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  •   An intimidating chasm had always existed between my parents and myself: A great cultural divide lay between one generation and another. I was born in the United States. My parents came from India. I would describe it as an exotic paradise with foreign wonders and beautiful natives, and...

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  • Howell, Michigan. Okay, let’s be honest, it’s not the first thing that comes to mind when mustering up ideas for hot family vacation spots. It’s a small, suburban community nestled within Livingston-county between Lansing, Michigan and Ann Arbor, Michigan. It falls into the category of hidden...

  • The day was scorching but that did not have my focus; overwhelming joy, anxiety, grief, and enthusiasm all filled my body in one moment. Not knowing what I should be thinking or feeling, I stood there numb waiting for the campers to arrive. I waited in anticipation on the burning concrete path as...

  • My first impression upon my arrival to the city was a strong one. Although I wasn’t sure what I expected exactly, what lay out before me was definitely not it. St. Petersburg was, by far, the most beautiful place I had ever seen.  One of my favorite parts of my stay was seeing the architecture. The...

  • Falmouth, Jamaica, marked the third port of call on the cruise my family had taken this summer. Like many of the other ports of call, the presence of shopping was overwhelming as one first walked into the harbor. This part of Jamaica was immensely different from the typical Jamaican land only a few...

  •   Competitive Sports dictates my family vacations.  Between baseball, basketball and volleyball, we have traveled to many places we would have NEVER chosen.  So, this summer, as usual, we traveled to a small town, New Iberia, Louisiana for the AAU baseball championships.  Loading our vehicle to...

  • Ziggy Marley once said “When people come to Jamaica, we don't want them to think about the problems of Jamaica. So let them come be in their paradise.” When our group touched down in Jamaica, we saw no problems. There was no poverty, no despair. We landed in an area with the illusion of normalcy...

  • Experiencing the world that lives under the sea has always been a great topic of interest, constantly peaking my curiosity. So, after just completeing my scuba certification, one can only imagine my excitement when a family trip to the Great Barrier Reef was announced. I was traveling with my older...

  • In December 2010, I left Mom and Dad at the Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport and boarded my flight to Okinawa, Japan, where I would be reunited with my Marine-Corps-wife sister after a three-year separation. I was alone for the fourteen-hour journey, and while I was nervous, I was...

  • On the afternoon of June 13, 2009 I made my way to Heavenly Hills Christian Camp in Twain Harte, California. When my mother, sister, nephew, and I drove up to the camp turnoff I thought to myself that I didn't want to work anymore and I wanted to go home, but I figured I volunteered myself to work...

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