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Christmas at Home

Christmas at Home

Clearly, it was a sign. As the burly man loaded our Black Hills spruce on top of the car, he winced as the needles pierced through his gloves and into his thick, calloused fingers. “Them heres angry trees,” he said, rubbing his hands together. “Dey never want to be chopped down in the first place.” I stared at the tree on the roof of the car. An angry tree. It’s blue branches shining in the 80-degree sun, drooping over the back of the window, while…

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42

“The Answer to the Great Question…of Life, the Universe and Everything…” said Deep Thought. “Is…” said Deep Thought, and paused. “Forty-two,” said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm. Or it’s the price of a single glass of Elijah Craig 18 at Manny and Merle in Louisville, KY. It would have been kind of the bartender to tell us this number before he poured the drink, even if it took 7.5 million years, but he was more of a Dolt…

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Splish Splash: Takin’ a (Seaweed) Bath

Splish Splash: Takin’ a (Seaweed) Bath

Remember that amazing picture of my mom that I submitted for Vagabond’s photo contest? Sadly, it didn’t win. The picture that did was taken from the top of a mountain…on a ridiculously beautiful day. Unfortunately for me (and my photography), we didn’t experience many sunny days while in Ireland. Occasionally we had good visibility, sure. But bright blue skies? Not so much. Wah-wah. The number of clouds we experienced on the tour certainly didn’t factor into the amount of fun we had. I took that picture of Mom on a…

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Be Good or Be Gone

Be Good or Be Gone

The world can be a terrible place. Paris, Beirut, Kenya. Those are the ones we know about. That is what we’re reeling from today. And if you’re not horrified by what the politicians are saying, you’re probably horrified by the hate and vitriol filling your Facebook feed. It’s no wonder we’re feeling overwhelmed, depressed, unable to stymie the flow of tears. I’ve spent quite a bit of time in South Africa, where everywhere exists a stark dichotomy between the stunning beauty and the appalling horror next to…

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HELP! Vagabond: Photo Contest

HELP! Vagabond: Photo Contest

Could you help me? Vagabond Tours is having a photo contest for the best picture taken by a customer during their 2015 tours. You know I love a good contest, but I’m not exactly a professional photographer, and I’m having problems choosing which pictures to submit. What’s the prize? The winner receives a vase from Dingle Crystal. While on our Driftwood tour in June, Mom and I got the chance to watch Sean Daly, Master Craftsman at Dingle Crystal, hand cut a few…

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How to Halloween

How to Halloween

Clearly, I’ve been doing an excellent job with my travel writing during the month of October. All those posts about girls’ trips and Ireland recaps and what’s coming up next? Whew! It’s been hard to keep up with it all, am I right? To be fair, I’ve been busting my ass at work. You know, the place where people are occasionally mean and make me cry? And the place I’ve been thinking about visiting the most is my bed. Because…

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Best Holiday Ever: 12 Days of Bourbon

Best Holiday Ever: 12 Days of Bourbon

September was Bourbon Heritage Month! How exciting! Except now it’s October. But that’s ok. We’ll just create a new holiday: the 12 days of bourbon. Cassia and I are back at the whole YouTube thing. The latest episode has me trying to convince her to appreciate bourbon by way of a variety of bourbon cocktails. I don’t think it worked. Things got a little ridiculous at drink #8, so we needed to create a special cut for that one. Cheers!

When the Timing Doesn’t Work

When the Timing Doesn’t Work

There’s a right and a wrong time. In January, I wrote about applying to the Institute on Science for Global Policy’s Climate Change Arctic Program, which is hosting a series of debates on climate change throughout the country. The issue of climate change is particularly close to my heart as a Floridian, but I was particularly drawn to the possibility of traveling to the Arctic as part of the conference.  So I submitted my application (possibly twice) and waited for the conference…

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Crazy in Love: Things to Do on Jekyll Island

Crazy in Love: Things to Do on Jekyll Island

I might have crossed a line. When Jekyll Island’s Facebook account commented on one of my posts, I likened myself to a giddy school girl talking about that cute guy in math class. It was meant to be as adorable as I am. But now I’m thinking I came off a bit psycho. Like single white female psycho. Like, I LOVE JEKYLL ISLAND SO MUCH I’M GOING TO KEEP IT LOCKED UP SO IT’S MINE! ALL MINE!!! Clearly, I am not making…

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Two Wheels Required: Cycling Jekyll Island

Two Wheels Required: Cycling Jekyll Island

Before we left for Jekyll Island, my husband purchased a bike rack for the car so we could take our super awesome Sun Bicycles with us. The purchase was, perhaps, the best decision of the trip. I adore the bike paths on Jekyll Island, absolutely adore them. With almost 25 miles of trails, you can cycle the perimeter of the island, through the historic district, along the beach, beside the marsh, and within the woods. The routes take you through some of the…

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