Participating in the Women’s March on Washington

Our chartered yellow school bus drove under the sign that read “Greenbelt Metro Lot Full” and I said to my friend quietly, “wow, really?” in disbelief. I could hear other women saying, “I’ve never seen that lot full” and “It can’t already be full so early in the morning”. But as we passed the very full parking […]

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Hiking in Whistler, British Columbia

It was so cold that I could see my breath in front of me, my feet and legs ached and I was standing at the bottom of the black diamond trail looking up at what I had in store if I accepted this challenge. I hadn’t seen a single person for over an hour and the way looked a bit precarious […]

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Celebrating a Decade of Marriage

My dearest Mindy, How can I begin to sum up the past ten years? Perhaps I should go back to our wedding day, which feels both far away and just like it was yesterday. Watching you sleep the next morning, I felt so incredibly lucky and grateful that you chose to share your life with me. […]

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Day Trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan

The beautiful views of green farm land became difficult to see when the sky suddenly became dark, very dark, perhaps even darker than we had ever experienced before. Before we knew it the sky opened up and dumped LOTS of water on our car in the fast lane of the Highway 94. Little did we know […]

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Exploring the Spreewald in Germany

As the East German buildings became more interspersed and the lush greenery started to take over, my shoulders dropped and I began to relax. When I spotted cows outside the train window I became more and more excited about our weekend in the Spreewald, nicknamed the Venice of Germany, which seemed to be the perfect antidote […]

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Why Chicago is an Awesome City

I used to frequent the mid-west city of Chicago in my 20s but on this trip I felt like I was seeing the great metropolis for the first time. Since my last visit, I had traveled to many new places and so now Chicago’s bridges reminded me of Dublin’s bridges over Liffey River and the […]

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Standing Up Against Westboro Baptist Church in Orlando

As I took the exit to I-4, I began reflecting on why I was going to Orlando in the first place. When the news of the Pulse nightclub shooting broke, I was in a wifi-less cottage in the woods next to a lake in Ontario, Canada. When I eventually got online the internet lit up […]

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My Favorite Free Things to Do in San Francisco

I became very excited when our plane finally touched down in San Francisco, a city I hadn’t visited in over 15 years but had frequented in my 20s. Memories of climbing Coit Tower, driving on Lombard Street, visiting Golden Gate National Park, touring Alcatraz, exploring Fisherman’s Wharf and attending the latest opera came flashing back like […]

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Going to Church on Easter Island

As I dipped my fingers into a shell filled with holy water, I stood for a moment at the doorway making the sign of the cross and taking in the church interior which was simply decorated with Rapa Nui art. I knew then that what I was about to experience was miles away from the Catholic […]

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Picking Berries for Megan in Ireland

Megan wasn’t feeling well and so had been staying in the house for the previous few days. Cabin fever set in as she missed the outdoors and all that it had to offer: the sunshine, her friends and berries. Mindy and I had become fond of Megan; after all, she was the very first resident […]

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Valle de la Luna in the Atacama Desert, Chile

Valle de la Luna – A Different World

“You must go to Valle de la Luna”, the Chilean woman at the Cejar Laguna told me, “It’s like a different world”. And so Valle de la Luna was solidified on my bucket list! Out of all the daily adventures my mother and I took in the Atacama Desert, considered the driest place on earth, […]

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Winnifred Beach, Jamaica

Winnifred Beach in Jamaica’s Portland Parish (northeast) has a very special vibe to it, unlike any other beach we’ve ever visited. It was lively, had ample shade and was filled with welcoming locals. After we scraped the car once, we decided it was best to park our small rental car and walk the rest of […]

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Being Vegan in Ireland

Food isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind upon the mention of Ireland and even if you do think of traditional Irish food, it usually comes to mind only after images of lush green countryside, James Joyce and perhaps even Guinness. As vegans, however, food is one of the first things we consider when […]

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Sleeping at the Dublin Airport

I should have known that my evening in the Dublin airport would be eventful when the excelerator in the bus that had picked me up in Sligo suddenly stopped working about a mile away from the airport. We began inching our way every so slowly as we drifted in neutral as far as we could […]

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Things to Do in Strandhill, Ireland

Strandhill is a small community located just outside of Sligo Town on the west coast of Ireland. Perhaps most popularly known for its surf, Strandhill lies along the Wild Atlantic Way and sits at the base of Knocknarea, a distinctive mountain with history dating back to the Stone Age. With powerful waves crashing against the […]

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