Outside-the-Box Travel: A (Relatively) Normal Suburban Family Goes House-Sitting

Outside-the-Box Travel: A (Relatively) Normal Suburban Family Goes House-Sitting

Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to. – Alan Keightley My husband, two kids, and I recently house-sat for the first time.  As a typical, middle-class family living a typical American lifestyle, this makes us kind of unusual. I’ll explain why we did…

Nicaragua: A Post for 1,000 Voices for Compassion

Nicaragua: A Post for 1,000 Voices for Compassion

I went to Nicaragua in February of 2013. A friend I knew through volunteer work, Brooks, invited me to accompany him and several others to visit schools, medical facilities, and other nonprofits. Brooks was a retired minister who had been traveling to Nicaragua regularly since its civil wars in the 1980s. Over the years, he had forged relationships with Nicaraguans…

Oh, No! Everything’s Great!

Oh, No! Everything’s Great!

Break out your virtual #2 pencils—I have a little quiz for you. No worries; it’s only one question, multiple-choice. Why was I convinced last weekend that something very bad was going to happen in my life? a. I’ve broken some twenty-odd chain letters during my time on Earth, starting around the age of eight. b. My fortune-teller, fortune cookie, and…