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  • On May 22, 2011 the town of Joplin, Missouri was struck by an EF-5 tornado. The tornado in Joplin was approximately three-quarters of a mile wide and left behind a path of destruction that was 13 miles long. It destroyed many of the businesses in Joplin, five of the nine schools, one of two...

  • Featuring red, yellow, green and blue cards numbered from zero to nine, Uno is a well-known game. I remember sitting cross-legged on the tile floor in kindergarten as classmates tried to teach me the rules, but I never understood. Who would have guessed that more than a decade later I would learn...

    Tags: Europe
  • Each city is significant for a distinctive reason. Some are best known for sights thought only to exist in dreams, while others possess history far more realistic than classroom textbooks can describe. Dubai is one of a kind. It has characteristics that make it similar to other cities, but its...

  • Now, when most people think of a relaxing vacation, they usually think of places such as Florida, or the Caribbean. But might I ask, who thinks of a soothing summer holiday in such a small town as Easton; let alone the minute state of Connecticut? Well, I would: Seeing as I've lived here for most...

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  •           It felt like we had been hiking forever when I finally saw it; the most beautiful beach I had ever seen. I was in Monterey, California in June 2007 with my sister visiting my mother’s side of the family. My Aunt Anne declared she wanted to take us to China Beach, totally different from...

  • Italy: Day 1 After the 8 hour long, tedious journey from Austria to Venice, Italy, I stood up and I felt as if gravity was pushing my body down. The buildings look as if they were houses made into skyscrapers. I walked across an ally and I couldn’t distinguish if the building was a hotel or an...

    Tags: Europe, Exploring
  • Waking up in the morning and breathing fresh mountain air is often a reminder of my love for my hometown of Colorado Springs.  Almost everyday I see the sun shining down on the vastness of Pikes Peak in the Rocky Mountains. A prominent feature of this family-friendly city “The Springs,” as locals...

    Tags: Colorado, USA
  • One lazy afternoon in June I was moping around my house in Central Florida, trying to escape the blazing 100 degree summer heat. Trying to find a cure for my chronic boredom, I heard my mother making an announcement. She’d been talking about how she wanted to go up north to visit some relatives,...

  • Two years ago, I participated in an international peace project called the Ulster Project. This project helps foster peace between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland and between different races in America. Sixteen teenagers from Northern Ireland come to live with sixteen American...

    Tags: Europe

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