Monday, January 17, 2011


I absolutely adore musicals! So when the opportunity arose for my siblings and I to see Wicked in Chicago, we obviously jumped at the chance. The musical was outstanding; one of the best that I have seen. The music, acting, singing, dancing-all sublime. Though it was cold in the Windy City, the three of us had a wonderful time. Though it was just One Short Day (wink) it was still fun!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

This should, perhaps, be my new mantra as I travel!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

I Love Lucy/Friendship Song

Leave it to Lucy and Ethel to describe friendship to a T!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Good Friends are like stars. You don't always see them but you know they're there. ~Anonymous

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Share your Friendship

Why keep your friendship hidden under a rock? I found these hilarious PB&J friendship necklace pendants on Etsy. Cherrydot from San Fran makes these and a bunch of other food related staples in a wearable fashion. A close runner up was the grilled cheese friendship necklace; maybe next time!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Living Vicariously: 4/15

Step into the shoes of Margaret Werner, the only American woman to survive Stalin's gulag. I recommend reading this book on a gloomy, moody day; I guarantee you will feel grateful for your situation and your hopes will be revived. This book is tragic and triumphant. I always feel especially drawn to biographies and nonfiction accounts that track the ferocity of the human spirit. Karl Tobien, the author, is Margaret Werner's son. The authenticity and exemplary writing drew me in as I read this story. Prepare yourself to step into the life of Margaret as she strives to survive the Siberian death camps!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Traveling Without Friends

Ludicrous. I would never even think of separating my travel experiences from my friends. I either travel with my friends, travel to meet my friends, or make friends while I am traveling. Facebook, email, and skype have kept me in close and consistent contact (say that 5 times fast!) with friends connected with my travels in Europe, Central America, Africa, and all across the United States.

Friends. Relationships. They are what transform a trip into sweet memories and a photo into a story.

Thank you to all of my travel friends, both current and future, for making my travels come alive.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Living Vicariously: 3/15


I have never been homeless. The closest I have ever come to being homeless is having a friend in college sleep in a cardboard box in Milwaukee just to see what it was like. This book by Mitchell Duneier made me feel as though I was directly interacting with a large group of homeless men and women. Some of them are homeless due to choice; others were there due to drugs. The ins and outs of street life in Greenwich Ave. in NYC are fascinating. It was even more meaningful when I visited the exact intersection the book highlights this past summer. I did not see the same people in the book, but I saw the same setup of tables that the book describes. So, go ahead and dive headfirst into a life that most people would never dream of.


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