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  • As the rain outside slowly dwindled away we walked into a preserved castle, tucked gently away in Italy. Upon entering, the shadows of people danced upon the walls as they talked in hushed voices at their tables. The small murmurs that rang in our ears were unrecognizable yet beautiful as the sweet...

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    Tags: Europe
  • When you’re a fifteen year old girl living in the U.S, you think you know how to deal with change like a chameleon knows how to deal with color. Running fashion trends and the latest Twitter update, American culture appears to be a never ending cycle of change.  Yet in retrospect, is what we...

  •     “I can’t believe you’re finally coming to stay with me! After a whole year! My family is so excited, and my mom is doing crazy cleaning!” Rachael was talking so fast that I could hardly understand her, but it didn’t matter. All that mattered was that I could tell how excited she was, and I knew...

    Tags: Europe
  •   No one ever thinks that your life can be turned upside down in only ten days, but it can. When I went to Brazil last summer on a mission trip it changed my entire outlook on life. The people I encountered made me realize how good I have it and that too much is taken for granted.  On July 22...

  • In today’s society, there remains striking debates on ethnicity, social class and religion.  It was not that long ago blacks were legally separated from whites in the United States and the apartheid regime raged in South Africa.  Immigrants were scrutinized with extreme suspicion and women were...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Going on vacation is a hard thing for most farming families, there are chores that must be done daily, and bills that have to be paid by the work done on those sweat-of-the-brow days. Though, neighbors and relatives are trusted with the work, there is always a farmer's independent worry that...

  • Ever heard of Aubrey de Grey? The well known English theoretician proposed “Seven Deadly Things” that he believes contribute to premature aging. With advancements in technology, Grey believes aging will no longer be inevitable. If that isn't interesting enough, did you know that Illinois recently...

  • 'You think you live in the middle of nowhere? Come here!' (My Journal entry from 7/24/07) 'Here' was the Crow Creek Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota settled just southeast of Pierre. 'Here' contained nothing but rolling hills with cattle, the occasional shrub, and hay fields upon hay fields...

  • Two years ago I embarked upon a life changing pilgrimage to a little town called Medjugorie with my local youth B.U.D.S.(Believers Under Divine Spirit) youth group.  Getting there was no easy task. The round trip took over sixty hours, but I would gladly go again at the drop of a hat. The first day...

    Tags: Europe

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