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Nebraska I live to hit the ball, run the bases, and score a run for my team. Fast-pitch softball is the sport I play and in one particular summer about two years ago, the game I live to play, turned into a week of ducking for cover from thunderstorms and lightning, covering my face with...
My aunt’s wedding invitation brought news of marriage and news of her divorce. We didn’t go to the wedding, we didn’t know about the baby, and we didn’t hear about her moving to Phoenix until three months after she left. Saturday morning I awoke to a bustling household. Apparently the start of...Tags:
This is why I Love Road Trips I was twirling my spaghetti on my fork, as my parents tried to decide our next vacation. California? No, we’ve been there a hundred times, Nevada? No, its just desert over there. Frustration was setting in, and I blurted out the first state that came to mind:...Tags:
As my unexpected, three-month adventure to England was ending, my presumptuous, teenage mind was overwhelmed with the thought of the trip’s grand finale: five days in Paris. While making preparations, I reminisced wonders I had seen and people who I had met. From the elusive past of...Tags:
Every teenage girl holds a countdown to her 16th birthday. It’s on her mind from the day she turns fifteen. Mine was no different. After being fifteen for a month or so I had already told my dad that I wanted a big celebration for my birthday. So he made me an offer that was...Tags:
I wish I could stay in Venice forever. When I visited Venice, or Venezia in Italian, the spectacular grandeur of the city amazed me. Yet, the city seemed so peaceful and quaint with its boats gliding under the footbridges on the slow moving green canals. Venice has colorful buildings crammed...Tags:
Landing in the Dominican Republic this past january, I was extremely uncertain. I had never been on a missions trip before, or even experienced much poverty. All at once however, I was being completely immersed in a third world country and its lifestyle. The trip consisted of two weeks, and I was...Tags:
Ames, Iowa provides many opportunities to experience American culture and become immersed in American history. Since the mid 1800s, Ames has become a booming college town. Culture has had lots of time to flourish in this time, and evidence of the age of this town can be found everywhere....Tags:
My heart was beating so fast, so hard, pushing so much adrenaline through my body I thought I was going to explode. We heard the knocking for the third time, and huddled together for protection. One more knock. We screamed. Nobody was there. This is the treatment we received as the only three...Tags:
By no means am I an avid globetrotter. At this point in my life I have not yet had the opportunity to do much traveling. Last spring however I spent a week in Puerto Rico with my mother. This small island in the Atlantic is technically a part of the United States, but upon stepping off the plane...Tags: