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Growing up my mother and I where inseparable, I worked with her when I could, and hugged her everyday. Being a child for years, there where secrets about my mother that were never mentioned, such as my mothers disappearance for two years when I was three years old? My mothers leg was deformed as...Tags:
The clouds were threatening to burst open as my dad and I were walking along the streets of Paris. This dark skyline did not make the city any less desirable, perhaps it just enhanced my need to belong. I was in love with Paris. Although I had been here once before when I was younger, I had...Tags:
After nine hours, I finally stepped off the small, confined plane into the cool Alaska breeze. Gorgeous mountains, peaks covered with snow surrounded me. The picture perfect scenery, as if painted on the sky, blues, greens and white. The air was crisp and clean. My journey had begun. While...Tags:
The word family can be defined as a basic social unit consisting of parents and their children, considered as a group, (www.dictionary.com). To me, family is more than a social unit. Family is hope, generosity, trust, and love; each word at its purest meaning. I was blessed with seven brothers and...Tags:
It was four o clock in the morning and there were four of us stuffed into our small Grand Am. All I could think about was how excited I was. We all couldn’t stop talking, which was odd considering the time. We were all so pumped and couldn’t stop talking about it! This day had finally come...Tags:
August 13th, 2006, a picturesque island day, perfect for our family reunion. Think beautiful palm trees, a cerulean sky, white sand, a colossal cruise ship, and my whole family together for the last island day to end a spectacular week of fun, sand, and delectable drinks with pink umbrellas in them...Tags:
After a journey of nearly three years from the northern tip of Alaska to the southern tip of Argentina we were ready for our very last day on the road. It started out like any other day. We had camped in a forest of partially rotten trees behind an abandoned logging camp. The trees were covered...Tags:
“I’ll go, but I really hate New York City.” “Of course you do. This is coming from the girl who hated the food in France, too. You’re about as cultured as a potato.” I huffed at my friend’s comment, restraining my hand from smacking him in the back of the head. The way he saw it,...Tags:
The Lost Horizon was the name of the title of James Hilton’s 1933 novel that told of a mystical place called Shangri-la, lost in the mountains of Tibet. 2009: eighty-six years after the novel’s publication, I found my self lost in the tranquility of the mountains of a location named after...Tags:
You cannot put Knoxville, Tennessee into a neat, little box and slap a bow on it. It just won’t fit. It’s tasty. It’s musical. It’s cultural. Something that special doesn’t conform into one category. That’s why Knoxville is so great year-round. QUARTER FINALIST 2013 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING...Tags: