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  •    My grandfather, radio receiver affixed to his ear, relayed the coordinates. Terrible and terrific, formations of B-17 “Flying Fortresses” streaked across the war torn sky of a nearly defeated Nazi Germany.  The bombers’ prey, the cultured city of Dresden, seemed unsuspecting and eerily...

  • I did not really want to go. In fact, my best friend practically dragged me along. It was our yearly church CIY trip and this year we were camping.   Now don't get me wrong, I love camping. What I don't love is bugs and pitching my own tent. So naturally once the sun set, I was tucked away into my...

  • Sunshiny Summertime .  Strolling casually along the warm water’s edge, the gritty sand gently grabs my feet.  Reflecting off the waves rolling onto the shoreline, the sun illuminates shells in the shallow surf. Delivering a whiff of a dead fish, the constant breeze fills the depths of my lungs. ...

  • I knew the moment I got off that plane in London’s Heathrow Airport that that choir trip would be once in a lifetime.  I had to see and feel everything I could, because even though I knew I would come back, I had no idea how long it would be until then.  I remember there was moss growing on the...

  • Five people and one clearly possessed dog. That was how my summer started out. I live in Charlotte, North Carolina so I rarely see my family who live in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. However, in one moment of nostalgia, my dad shipped me off to Massachusetts to spend time with his family. In honor of...

  • Ah, the illustrious metropolis that is New York City: the city on everyone's bucket list and that is known by so many names (City that Never Sleeps, the Big Apple, Gotham). So, why is it that NYC is referred to as "Hong Kong on the Hudson" when Hong Kong is just known as Hong Kong? Simple. When you...

  • The rocks shift beneath my feet as I draw a long breath and slip the heavy pack from my shoulders. Pulling the water bottle from the side pocket, I choose a nearby log as the first of many resting places on the long hike. The sun streams into the clearing, making the leaves dance as the wind blows...

  • 4:00 AM twisting and turning in a plane seat; I am trying to sleep, but the snores around me keep me alert and awake. To my surprise, I look at the screen from the EL AL television monitor, and discover there is only an hour left. No longer irritated; I am anxious and excited for the arrival. I...

  •     Traveling has always been a big part of my family. The love for the long drives came from my dad's infamous car rides that went nowhere and yet everywhere. The magic in that, was that we never did know whether he knew of these beautiful places from his youth, or if he just came upon them in the...

  • 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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