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  •             I have been waiting for this week for a whole year.  This trip happens every year and is a tradition in my church.  We travel from El Centro, CA, where I live, to St. Louis, MO, to a conference.  I timed it once and the results where 31  hours and 59 minutes with 9 stops in between. ...

  • A person can grow very old in three years. After all the pressure I felt from moving away from my home in Manila, Philippines, not to mention culture shock and a stint of identity crisis, I sometimes feel sixty instead of sixteen.               However, I’m getting ahead of myself. Allow me to...

  • My nose wrinkled at the stench of sweat and horse poop.  The magnificent creatures I saw on TV and in magazines was NOTHING like the gigantic, smelly beasts I encountered on my first day volunteering at the barn on Camp Bette Perot.  I was located near Palestine, Texas at Camp Bette Perot, a Girl...

  • When people think of San Antonio they think cowboys, ranchers, or just plainly people who are stuck in the mid west.What if I told you it was so much more than that. This magnificent city holds more history and variety of cultures than any other city in the Unites States.  San Antonio started...

  • Infants to adults with no clothes on their backs and little resources of food and water. Families sleeping under boxes or very small shelters. I could count every rib in their bodies. Diseases covered them from head to toe. A little worried about getting too close. My heart cried out, “How are...

  • A few years ago, my family decided to rent a cottage at a random lake called Spider Lake, found by Traverse City, Michigan. To picture its location like a true Michigander, lift your right hand, palm toward your face, and look at the pad of your ring finger. That’s just about where this lake is....

  •               After a twenty-eight hour bus ride, I stepped down onto solid ground. It was great to finally be at our destination in New Orleans, Louisiana. I was there with my Michigan church youth group to be involved in the National Youth Gathering, or NYG, which is a gathering of Lutheran high...

  • As soon as you walk off the 777 in New Delhi, India, you realize the place is different. Even after midnight, the air is hot and dry. There are no terminals in India; it is a mad rush full of pushing and shoving to get on the bus to take you to the airport. Such began my trip, my voyage of my...

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  • Bright lights. Crowded Streets. Seas of buildings. Such assets comprise the typical formula of countless cities—and New York City is no exception. Media often glamorizes New York, along with other cities; so as a Californian utterly familiar with urbanization, I naturally had some skepticism...

  • Nigel no Monogatari (The Story of Nigel)   On the humid evening of August 20, 2007, Paul Knieser drove a minivan while his five children rode in the back seats. He drove slowly searching and praying for a gravelly gray opening between two painted lines: a parking spot in Walt Disney World, Florida...

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