Realizing the Comforts of My Color: Thoughts on White Privilege

She came from nowhere, it seemed, and slipped away in the same smooth and silent way. We were at the donut shop's counter, being treated to coffee by one of the people we were visiting.  His wallet was out, and suddenly she was there, at his side, all creased chocolate skin and curls spiraling with gray and—this is what has stayed with me—dark and haunted eyes. Image Credit: Christine H. via Flickr...more
Jeana theempressandthefool You might go back and read my comment again to see that I am a ...more

10 Things You Need to Learn About Cleveland Before the 2016 Republican National Convention

Forget everything you've heard or read since the GOP announced Cleveland, Ohio as the host city for its 2016 Republican National Convention. As an Atlantic seaboard snob who has now lived longer in Cleveland than anywhere else (26-plus years), and couldn't be happier about it, here's where you need to start your online education about Cleveland - and then share it. ...more

Travel Tips: 6 Helpful Ideas for Infant Air Travel

Vacation planning for couples or singletons usually means shopping for new attire, packing all essentials, planning trips or outings, and checking off items on their must-do lists at the holiday destination. Travel time during flight journeys or train/bus rides is leisurely spent by watching movies, listening to music, or reading books. ...more
TripsWithTykes Thanks for the kind words :) Glad  you liked the tips.more

Road Trip - Our Final Moments in NY

We spent the beginning of our last week on Road Trip at our family host’s home and then we headed to Wells, VT for a mini-vacation at a Bed & Breakfast Cottage to finish off the week. My husband was flying in to meet up with us, relax for a few days and then be my traveling companion for the return-to-home part of the Road Trip.We busied ourselves “spreading the love” as much as we could those last few days, although we were starting to wear thin. At this point in the journey we are always a bit like we have been eating way too much sugar for weeks on end, which we have....more

one month til go-time!

So here I am, sitting at my little office reception window (you know the type: typical American cubical world, too-cold and fake-bright) drinking my instant coffee and DREAMING about being on the road.Next month, I am set to embark on a two-week-long cross-country trip with my friend Brett. We met when we studied abroad last year in Germany, and took lots of trips together there....more

Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius

 Pompeii was so incredible.I was not expecting to see so much of the city preserved. Floors, ceiling, tiles.But I was not expecting to learn that Pompeii had 40 brothels.  And the cost of a prostitute would run you the cost of two glasses of wine. ...more
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The inherent stress of vacations

Most of us know that we need to take a vacation from work. Vacations are important to our health and well-being. But they are also stressful, especially for parents. There's the planning, the activities, the worry about the fun that you will or will not have, and the exhaustion from traveling. ...more

7 things I learned riding the London Underground

We all know “the tube”, the underground network of trains that connects the people of London.  Being the country mouse that I am, I don’t get to the city often.  I am not a pro at zipping through the train stations.  I can’t tell you if the District Line connects to the Jubilee Line or where you get off to go to Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace or pretty much anywhere....more

2 Attractions For Family Trip in Tenerife!

These two attractions are the most popular ones in the whole Spain! Especially for family travels.Tenerife is the largest island in an archipelago of the 7 Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. It is also the most populated island in Spain....more

Just a typical day in NYC...

The pleasantly annoying sound my iPhone makes when the clock strikes 6:00 AM… I don’t even raise my head, I just reach under my pillow and press one of the side buttons to snooze it (which is creatively set 45 minutes before I REALLY have to get up) – not sure if it’s a positive or negative thing that the phone is under the pillow, provides easier access to check the weather as soon as I awake.Who am I kidding?? Yes! I check Instagram and Facebook early in the morning sometime....more

What You Must Know If You Are Traveling Cross-Country By Train

My husband and I recently traveled to San Jose, California by train to attend the BlogHer14 convention. I’ll write more about the convention soon, but before that, I wanted to give you a few tips about traveling by long-distance train in the United States....more

The Island of Capri

Jungle Living In Thailand (What I Learned When I Gave Up Running Water)

In the summer of 2005, I packed my bags and boarded a 747 bound for Bangkok. At the tender age of 20, I signed up to spend a summer in Thailand, teaching English among the Kui people of Northeast Thailand.What I learned went far beyond the teeming streets of Bangkok and touristy beaches of Phuket — it was a lesson truly realized only when I abandoned my perception of comfort and fully embraced my new home. In a nutshell, it was soul-shaping.Here are a few of the lessons I learned from my time living in Thailand’s Sisakaet Province....more