The Harrowing Adventures of Santa Cruz Pt. 1

I’ll never be able to ride a roller coaster again. This summer I flew to Santa Cruz to go camping with a good friend and her family. They kindly invited my sorry self along for what turned out to be a very memorable week. On the third day of the trip we went to the Santa Cruz…

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The Harrowing Adventures of Santa Cruz Pt. 2

The first swoop of the ride threw my stomach against my spine and my head lolled against the seat restraints. I tried valiantly to withhold what I knew was coming. It didn’t work. After Typhoon gained some momentum, it swung us into the air upside down. My body clenched, and my legs slammed against the…

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Pretending: How I Cope In Costa Rica

When I was little I remember pretending to have pets all over the place. I had bunnies in the bathroom and horses in the house. I thought I wanted a bunny and a horse more than anyone in the world. I would read books about them and pretend they were real. I daydreamed at home…

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Beautiful Bella & A Lesson in Photography

My sister Bella hates getting her pictures taken. Unfortunately for her, our mother is very persistent. She insisted I take these pictures despite Bella’s best efforts of aversion. During this shoot, my sister taught me that there is one thing which divides great photographers from brilliant photographers—the art of making people comfortable. You can’t capture…

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The Journey Begins

Well, folks, it’s really happening. In three months time, I’ll be in Costa Rica! I’ll be teaching English to first and second graders in the city of San Jose for four and a half months and I’m so excited! You can follow my adventure on my website and subscribe to email updates there. But despite the…

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To The Chariot Guy

Dear chariot guy, I’ve seen a lot of people. Today I saw someone new.  He looked like a college basketball player. He had a hat on backwards with an afro poking out the back. He pushed his wheelchair while the attendant behind him pushed another. It looked like a silver chariot. He grabbed his bag…

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