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  •  Deep within the Sierra Nevada, there exists a rock whose superior ergonomic form would cause even the most accomplished designers to turn green with envy. Standing just below hip-height, its smooth, indented center gently slopes upwards at an ideal angle on either side, creating a shape that...

  •         During the summer of 2012 I had the opportunity to travel from my suburban town in Minnesota to Chicago with my youth group from church. We went with the goal to show the love of God to every person we came in contact with. We had a thirst to serve. Not to show that we were better, or...

  • I had been counting the days in my planner for weeks, and March 28th, 2009 had finally arrived. I hugged and kissed my parents goodbye and set off with my seven fellow travelers—three girls close to my age, my pastor and his wife, and an elderly couple from a neighboring church. I could barely...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • After Hurricane Katrina, it was very hard for me to get attached to objects and situations. I learned to cherish things while they were there, and let them go when they left. The day after Christmas, I told my family members goodbye without a tear in my eye. I understood that nothing could make all...

  • Curled up in a beach chair, I hunt the myriad of specks for a streak. Flanked by two best friends, all fighting for a piece of the blanket, I search for luck in the Shenandoah sky -- a shooting star. To a flat-lander (dubbed so by mountain-folk), shooting for the stars involves a high probability...

  • We’ve all been in a situation where we did not have a close friend nearby. Picture the awkward conversation, trying to find something in common with a complete stranger. Then imagine being trapped on a boat for a week, shoved in tiny rooms with two people to a bed and eight people to one manual...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • As children we never realize how small our little spot of the world really is. We don’t understand that even though the town we live in seems to be the biggest, most magnificent place to be, it’s really only a tiny part of the world that we’ve never seen. As children we also never understood...

  • In the Peanuts’ Halloween special, the poorly-disguised Charlie Brown has grumbled, “I got a rock,” which has been repeated often in my family. If my mother was Charlie Brown, she would be ecstatic to have gotten a rock. It was the summer of 2010 when Nana and my cousin Frankie traveled to...

  •       Overwhelming, terrified, I'm going to live my life long dream. At the young age of only eight years old, my love for the country Japan was born. After another eight years of dreaming, my fantasy was now my vacation.      The flight from Phoenix to L.A. was the first flight of my life. My...

    Tags: Asia
  • After years of waiting, I finally took the flight back to Chinato visit my hometown. I miss authentic Chinese food, my friends and of course my parents.    21hours of sitting on the seat without moving was a total nightmare.I don’t describe myself as a moving person, but staying in a frozen...

    Tags: Asia, Heritage

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