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  • The silence is so strong it hurts my ears. It’s as if the people around me are trying not to wake the souls that lie below our feet. The water around us seems shadowy, but I know what is there. It’s a feeling, not what I can see, that reminds me of the true meaning of Pearl Harbor.  The tour guide...

  • "Anything will help. God bless you." "Mother of 4." "Homeless. In Need."      Everyday as I drive to school I pass signs resembling these. I sit nervously tapping my foot on the gas pedal trying to avoid eye contact as I wait for the light to turn green. Guilt. Discomfort. These are words that I...

  • No one had to tell me to feel the way I did. I felt it all on my own. With depths as bottomless as the ocean, and craters so vast they seemed to spread across the world forever, the view was like nothing I had ever seen, or have since. As the scorching sun baked me like a cookie I knew I was...

  • The night was cold but the air was clean, so clean that the only thing that had polluted the perfect scent of the wilderness was the smell of fresh pine burning beside our camp smoldering away into the night. My friend and I came across the camp just a couple of hours before and decided to make...

  • In first grade, my teacher asked us to bring in postcards from all the exotic places we’d been in our lives. My friends brought back little cards with photographs of beautiful beaches, tall towers, and vast canyons. I had nothing to show. Since then, I've always envisioned traveling as endless car...

  • Gone was the sea breeze and moist air of our salty South Carolina coast. Here in Kanab, Utah our lips cracked like the sand tresses of the red canyons we gazed upon. This place made us dig deep into our souls and deep into our boots for that piece of us that remembered what it was to be feral. It...

  • Every summer I visit family in Seattle. The weather is always a million degrees cooler than Houston, TX, where I live. I love the change in scenery and lifestyle. Since I live in the suburbs, I am unacquainted with the hustle and bustle of city life. There are so many activities to do outdoors in...

  • The four hour and thirty minute drive to Kemah, Texas was enough to give me the audacity to jump out the window and join the bugs as they splat against the passing cars. I sleep half the time and look out the window the other half of the time. I am always looking, looking out of the window to see...

  • Imagine your ideal vacation. Where are you -- On a beach, a jungle, or by the pool in five star hotel. What are you doing – sunbathing, burying your feet in the sand, or getting ready to go for a dip? Whatever it is, my –- now ideal—vacation was nothing like that. Being part of a nonprofit...

  • Fear is the one, invisible deterrent that stops me from making the most of my life. Fear is not a person or a physical obstacle, but I too often live my life dominated by its unseen hand. But on May 27, 2016, I was determined to live my life ruled by courage. May 27 marked my first trip to...

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