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  • Trees

    In the grand scheme of things, it was just a forest. They were just trees. It was just another state park, another place where tourists go so they can pose with the giant redwoods, like they had entertainment value.   The reality of the situation was that, as I stood and gazed up in absolute wonder...

  • 36588430

    Excitement screamed through the air. I could barely breathe as I approached the vehicle that would take me to the best four days of my life. Despite the early hour, I was pumped and not at all sorry to see my mother drive away with a last whisper of 'Call me if you need me!' I laughed, knowing I...

  • 100_2595

    Saturday, July first was one of the longest days of my life.  I woke up at 3:45 a.m., spent an hour getting through security at the airport, and missed my plane.  They put me on the next flight out: 7 p.m.  Spending thirteen hours in the airport waiting for the three-hour flight was not so...

  • bay-of-pigs_killian

    As I sat there under a palm tree at the Bay of Pigs, I could not help but notice the pristine beauty of this place. The sand was an untainted white and the water was a perfectly clear blue. In this splendor, however, was great irony. Though the scene was tranquil now, in 1961, the sand was covered...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • River trip06 041

    When you can wake up on a piece-of-junk cot on a beach with a beetle the size of your palm crawling up your arm and do nothing but scrunch your nose, shake it off and roll back over and sleep again - that's when you know you've had a long day. That moment when you realize you just "showered" in the...

  • Homecoming_001

    Ever heard of Aubrey de Grey? The well known English theoretician proposed “Seven Deadly Things” that he believes contribute to premature aging. With advancements in technology, Grey believes aging will no longer be inevitable. If that isn't interesting enough, did you know that Illinois recently...

  • SUC50328

    As I boarded the plane I took one last look at my family waving goodbye to me. I looked to my left at my friends and they smiled at me. This was the first time I was going to be away from my family for an extended time and I thanked the heavens that I was going to have some company. We turned...

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                         Over the years, I have accumulated several memories that will never be forgotten. These memories are moments in my life that have been permanently tainted in the archives of my mind. These memories involve contentment, struggle, success, and anguish as well. I have many...

  • 20999634

    Je comprends pas. I don't understand- spend three weeks in Southern France with a family who speaks so little English they only recognize the name of your home town when you say Kurt Cobain, and you will find this to be the most important phrase in the French language. Or at least that is what I...

    Tags: Europe
  • DSC04824

    VBS: Vacation Bible School. In other words, the challenge at which a group of brave souls attempts to present the Gospel in a fun manner to a large group of crazy, excited, squirmy children. Ok, so it’s not as scary as it sounds; it’s actually really fun. But when you are in a foreign country such...

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