Elements of a Story

“You lose sight of things… and when you travel, everything balances out.” — Daranna Gidel Shot in Santa Monica, CA -Drew Maloney (Emily Marchesano) Advertisements


As I looked up at the top of the hill where the school stood, and the steeply inclined path that stood between it and me, I reminded myself that I chose this job.… Continue reading

A Softer Outlook on America

For those who have been reading my last few posts, I can see how some might get the feeling that in some ways I am coming off as anti-American. Looking back at my… Continue reading


When I was growing up I remember my grandmothers talking about how they lived in Germany as children. It always sounded so exotic and like a fairy tale. I always wondered what it… Continue reading

BULA! Time to Learn Some Fijian!

  When visiting Fiji, I was fortunate enough to immerse myself in their culture for about two weeks. During that time, I was able to learned a few helpful phrases in their language.… Continue reading

Be Our Guest….

My family has been Disney fans for as long as I can remember. We grew up watching the VHS tapes of the unforgettable disney films such as The Lion King, Cinderella, and Beauty… Continue reading

Travel Tip #1: Go Get Lost.

The romantics say you can find beauty in the most unexpected places. Well, I for one am a cynic. But if there’s one city that still echoes in my memory and warms my… Continue reading

New York, New York

Naturally as Americans, we’re anxiously awaiting to see all the ends of the world. But, let’s put that motion in reverse for a second. What’s one place, if anywhere, that the rest of… Continue reading

Spring Break.

“Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.” ― Wendell Berry… Continue reading

Travel Reel

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine This is a short travel reel done by my friend Dave Fitz. Check it out.… Continue reading