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  • "So, what's going to be so great about this place? It can't be any better than Glacier." My brother whines. He is going through his "teenage" phase, a time where nearly everything that comes out of his mouth is inconsiderate and whiny. My father snorts in disbelief. "You'll see," says my mother...

  • I have forever and always thought of myself as a city girl. The plains of rural Kansas were never inviting, and seemed unimaginative and commonplace to this bustling girl. However, I recently came to appreciate the simple nuances and subtleties that accompany wide open spaces during my stay in...

    Tags: Europe, Exploring
  • When most people think of a relaxing family vacation, a cross-country adventure through nine western states plus a Canadian province doesn’t automatically come to mind. However, my parents weren’t looking for relaxing as they organized our summer vacation this year. My dad seemed to have taken it...

  •                  I actually wasn’t all too thrilled. I had always thought that cruises were for snooty rich people who had nothing better to do. I had no idea what was waiting for me: the memories I would receive and how my life would be changed. After hours of flying, we arrived in Florida, where...

  •     Sometime before I decided that band class was the meat grinder of my school's curriculum, I went on a trip to Chicago with my school's Wind Ensemble. My class and I travelled to play on the Chigago Symphony Stage, where we faced off against two schools to win the kind of plaque that Moses could...

  • I’m goin’ down to Austin, Texas, I’m goin' down to save my soul Guy Clark, “Texas Cookin’”   Of the many things one could say about Austin, Texas, the town is most definitely good for the soul. Like any city, it has its reputations, many of them very well earned, but Austin is a place...

  • My dad loves road trips. I hate them. He always asks me what I don’t like about them, and I say that I can’t put my finger on it but it has something to do with playing 20 Questions fifty times in a row, getting seatbelt marks on my cheek from where I fall asleep, and staring at endless monotony...

  • First off, I live in an urbanized area in central Pomona. A lot of people who live closely, and/or hear upon news stories that Pomona may be a dangerous/unhealthy place to visit; but I disagree. I have lived in Pomona for the past 10+ years, and I have an entirely different perspective on the...

  •      Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "you gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.  You must do the thing which you think you cannot do". To me, fear is one thing that always stops me from achieving what I want.   This spring break, I...

  • The rain came down in a thick shower and the water around our canoes seemed to splash up to catch it. The rain wasn’t cold. But is was generous with a refreshing and revitalizing soaking, even through my waterproof Frog Togs. There was no thunder, simply the excited chirping of the birds as we...

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