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Cell Phones Suck

Cell Phones Suck

Remember when I said I would save my writing for stronger life convictions?

Cell phones suck!

Trust me, I know this is a trendy topic to talk about these days. Facebook “friends” love sharing videos like this one and articles like this one online. You know, with their cell phones.

My frustration peaked this past weekend, but it’s been building for over three years.

Cell phones suck the life out of life.



Vacation and Travel Are Not the Same Thing

Just because you left your hometown does not mean you traveled. If you went somewhere with you family, stayed with your family, talked only with your family, and moved between places with only your family, you have not traveled. If you went to an all-inclusive, sat on the beach by yourself, had someone bring you everything, you have not traveled. If you go back to the same place every year, with the same people, and did the same thing, you have not traveled. You went on a vacation. (more…)

A Very Special Fourth of July

This past weekend David and I crossed off a couple items from our bucket list. We took a train for the first time, stayed in a Bed and Breakfast for the first time, and biked from Pittsburgh to Washington D.C. along the Great Allegheny Passage and the C&O Towpath. We covered 350 miles in 3.5 days. It was an amazing, scenic journey that I can’t wait to tell you about. But first, a side story. (more…)

Cheers to Four Years of Bliss



“But if you love someone, then you want your beloved to be happy. You might feel frightened for him initially, but that feeling soon gives way to pride at seeing him doing what he wants to do, and going where he always dreamed of going.”

– Paulo Coelho, Manuscript Found in Accra

It’s always amazing to think how fast time passes. Today is our 4th wedding anniversary! David returns home from Kazakhstan tonight, and I can’t wait to see him. It’s amazing how long 10 days away from my blue-eyed best friend can feel.


Committed to Memory: Mental Souvenirs

photo (45)_We all love souvenirs. Seemingly irresistable while traveling, we are convinced that our trip memories will all be lost unless immortalized by that overpriced turtle made of seashells (I had a particular weakness for those growing up).  Over the past few years, my souvenirs have become less seashell turtles and more house items (I guess I really am getting older…). In any case, I love decorating our home with items from around the world that remind me of adventures. That table runner from Guatemala, the framed papyrus from Egypt, the swinging chairs from Ecuador, the napkin rings from South Africa… Admittedly, I just returned from the Bahamas with a magnet of a colorful lobster. Old habits die hard. Mom, if you are reading this, I really DO love it. Thanks again!

Of course, in the end, my favorite souvenirs are the pictures that we take. Nothing brings back that flood of memories quite like a candid photo. The biggest fear my husband and I have while traveling is that we will lose our camera memory card. We carry multiple cameras and have seriously considered putting stickers on them that say, ” If found or stolen, please keep the camera and enjoy. But if you could, kindly send the memory card to…” (more…)

Travel When You Are Young

Let’s get the usual suspects out of the way: You should travel when you are young because it is when you have the most independence and the least responsibility. Travel when you are young because grad school/law school/job opportunity will be there when you return. Travel when you are young because it is more difficult when you have children. Travel when you are young because you shouldn’t wait until retirement to enjoy your life. Travel when you are young because you will never regret the memories you make and the adventures that you have. Jeff Goins wrote a nice post about all this. You should read it.

How about this:

Travel in your youth to avoid being ignorant. (more…)