memories

Little Man is writing an essay for school and he asked me to read over it. and now, my heart is swooning. he has written about a little girl who gets to go on a surprise vacation to Italy, and she has to guess where. her first guess is Como, which made me smile because […]

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watch us as we go

we went to Europe. we counted down the days. we talked about it as if it were a faraway dream. but then we made it happen. we went to Europe. and I’m going to tell you more about it as soon as I can wrap my head around it all. it’s a pretty big deal, […]

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back home again in Indiana

It’s about time I share this fun little find. I got this awesome broken Coke bottle in Vanuatu, and it’s my favorite souvenir. Maybe ever. Why? This Coke bottle, which is broken and battered and stamped with the city where I live, was found in Vanuatu after American soldiers had trashed the island with a […]

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Uganda, revisited

when I’m working, oftentimes it’s when I’m riding in the car with someone that I get the best interviews. there’s something about driving around a new place with someone I’ve just met that seems to allow for this free-flowing conversation. for whatever reason, we’re both at ease. there’s nothing else to do but talk and point […]

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I wanna get outta here

“it seems hardly right,” she said as she poured herself a tall glass of Coke, “to feel sad and long so deeply for something I’ve already experienced that most people never will in a lifetime.” she put the Coke back in the fridge and allowed the door to close a bit harder than she should’ve. […]

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that time I hated Paris

I had walked around the streets of Paris for what felt like at least 30 miles before I gave in and bought a ticket for a red double-decker “hop on-hop off” bus. it was a bold move for someone who admittedly would rather slit her wrists and bleed out slowly than to take in a […]

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5 things: Berlin

I was only lucky enough to hang out in Berlin for a few days. (a few very, very, very cold days.) so I’m not so sure I have much to offer if you’re wondering what to see and do. I’m not your girl for that. in fact, I’m the girl who made it to Checkpoint Charlie […]

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the man at the window

Werner Buettner, center, is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Ratzeburg. The amount of work this man is doing for the refugees in his small town in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, is admirable and likely will never be forgotten by those he’s helped. Here, he’s seated next to Syrian refugee Tarek, as they both try to […]

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a country of extremes

it’s been more than a month since I returned from a weeklong trip to Cuba, and it’s taken me this long to get my thoughts together about the entire ordeal. in fact, my thoughts are still scattered more than a bit. but it’s killing me not to talk about it. for the first few days […]

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Their destiny

IF YOU ASK MEMBERS OF THE KIWANIS CLUB OF SENTINEL, MONTANA, WHICH CAME FIRST, THE CHICKEN OR THE EGG? THE ANSWER IS OBVIOUS. IT WAS THE CHICKENS. Story and photos by Kasey Jackson Leslie Womack pokes her head into the chicken house and turns back, eyes wide, a grin plastered across her face. “Look at […]

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