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  • For reasons too complicated to describe, my older sister, Sommer, decided to have an exotic wedding in a foreign country, which none of my poor family would be able to attend. Therefore, Sommer invited us to a reception, before the wedding. After all, it wouldn't do to have a new brother-in-law...

  • In my junior year of high school, I started preparing for college. In 2010, during spring break, I chose to be productive and go to Washington, D.C. to visit and tour colleges instead of hanging out with my friends at home. Although my main purpose of going to Washington was to visit colleges, I...

  • Paris is a city for artists. Everyone has their own version of Paris. At the mention of the city of love some daly in daydreams of a wistful glance from a parisian lover or the fluttering of lashes hinting at flirtation from across a cafe. For the poet and the philosopher taking their coffee bitter...

  • Finding Heart in the Desert             Picture yourself sleeping in a room with no roof, pulling weeds in one hundred degree weather, and finding lizards in your bed sheets. Top that off with nearly all communication around you in silence.  What you are imagining right now is exactly where I...

  • Four months ago while talking to my uncle I decided that it was high time for a road trip.  I started saving every penny I earned in my after school pharmacy tech job, in preparation for a month long road trip from Idaho through Arizona and California. On the first of July I left my life long home...

  • When I received that phone call, from my delegate leader that I was accepted into the People to People European Heritage Journey I was beyond ecstatic. Traveling Europe for two weeks, with 24 other kids and 4 adults, during the summer I knew was going to be great experience. We were going to see...

  • There’s a point, high in the northern Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming, where the smooth asphalt gives way to the crunch of a gravel road. The evidence of isolation is evident here in the fallen trees that have settled into resting across the passageway. Watching my father climb down from the driver’s...

  •      On a mission trip down to Mississippi two summers ago I was forever changed.   My church, Sugar Creek Lutheran, loaded up two fifteen passenger vans with 25 students and luggage to last a week to aid in cleaning up Hurricane Katrina's damage.       We arrived in Mississippi in just about 20...

  •   Ensenada   My trip to Ensenada, Baja California Mexico was the last time I went with my grandpa Jose. He died December 26, 2008. That trip is very memorable because it was the last trip I had with him. We went with my cousin, my sister, my uncle, and my aunt. This was during the summer...

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  • "So, what's going to be so great about this place? It can't be any better than Glacier." My brother whines. He is going through his "teenage" phase, a time where nearly everything that comes out of his mouth is inconsiderate and whiny. My father snorts in disbelief. "You'll see," says my mother...

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