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Picture + 100 Words: Nature's Simplicity

Trees growing in a straight line? This is not coincidental. This is what happens when trees grow out and on top of dead, fallen trees. A concept called the nurse log. 70 more words


Meditation Plates

My husband and I have made it a ritual, with each place we travel to, we collect a piece(s) of affordable art unique to the region. 360 more words

The Little Things

Take a Gap Year, Learn a New Language: Lessons from Man Booker & Malia

When Malia Obama announced that she was taking a “gap year” between high school and her first year in college, many adults (me included) wondered whether we were too old to take a gap year of our own. 292 more words


How to Have a Memorable Night in Venice

One night in Venice, fairly far from our hotel, we were eating dinner at a restaurant and heard a flood siren. The sirens in Venice don’t wail. 348 more words


Picture + 100 Words: Overwhelmed by the Louvre

If you’ve been to the Louvre, this photo of me “passed out” on its floor might make sense. The Louvre is daunting from the moment you enter. 76 more words