Tag Archive for ‘travel’

I Was Seventeen and Had a Car

I didn’t feel like I had a lot of freedom growing up. Most of the time, the only way I could take a deep breath was when I was reading a novel or listening to a good song. But when I was 17, I got a car. And I loved to drive. The thing about a car is that when you get in, you know you can go anywhere you […]

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Without a Map

“Keep yourself a stranger and pilgrim upon earth, to whom the affairs of this world are of no concern. Keep your heart free and lifted up to God, for here you have no abiding city.” –Thomas a Kempis, The Inner Life On my solo journey through Europe, I have realized I have a much better time, and am led to much better places, when I don’t rely on a map. […]

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House of the Virgins

Everything you need, at any moment, is right in front of you. You just haven’t been taught to see. We are born into this life thinking our salvation comes from attaining. We must get toys and houses and bigger cars with televisions in the back seats. And when that doesn’t work, some of us turn to spirituality. We go to yoga retreats and get certifications or sign up for classes […]

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My Pilgrim-Gypsy Soul

It wasn’t until recently that I discovered I am something like a pilgrim. Not the kind in a weird hat and heavy clothes, boots and stiff jackets and stuff like that. A pilgrim, as in, a wanderer for a home in the depths of my soul. Every time I go on a journey, I feel I am coming back to myself. Rather than feeling far from home, I feel closer […]

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Angels and Demons

There is so much beauty in this life, but we have to choose it. There is always a choice. Roughly a year ago, I was in a very dark place. My doctor gave me a medication that we both thought I needed, but which I didn’t realize would cause extreme depression. I woke up every morning with a gnawing in my gut, a feeling that I had screwed up my […]

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Wildflowers

Three years ago, in March, I took a trip to the Grand Canyon. It was a place I always wanted to go, and for some reason, it felt like the right time. I was at the cusp of a new job, a new beginning, and the desert was calling to me. I had never gone on a trip by myself before. I had never even hiked. But I wanted to […]

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