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In an attempt to make amends for my Halloween Grinchiness, here are some heartwarming images and information about the NGO in Ghana that rescues children from child labor and slavery, and Semester at Sea’s involvement in supporting their efforts. Give … Continue reading
I might as well start with a confession: I am a Halloween Grinch. I’m not proud of it but it does feel a little better to own up to it. Where do I start admitting all the reasons why I … Continue reading
Remember those kids’ Choose Your Own Adventure books? Here we have a Choose Your Own Excuse blog post. 1. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot! I haven’t posted since June. Where did the summer go? It went to some glorious places as it … Continue reading
Oprah has chosen to restart her book club with Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild”!! So excited for Cheryl, couldn’t happen to a more deserving author. Many of you may have heard about this fabulous memoir here first so, yeah, I feel quite … Continue reading
The MV Explorer (a proud ship, not a boat) leaves from Puntarenas, Costa Rica on Monday for the 2012 Short-Term voyage of Semester at Sea. Zac Brown always gets me up for the journey: “Don’t grab your coat. You won’t need it where we are going…You got worries you can drop them in the big ocean.”
I sometimes physically ache for the sea from my otherwise perfect home in Denver. I have a fabulous, small balcony on the ship where I marvel at the myriad colors and surfaces of the water, watch funny little flying fish jump away from the wake, contemplate the line where the sky meets the ocean and feel very small but enormously grateful.
The voyage will take us to Peru, Ecuador, Panama, the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, Belize and then home to Ft. Lauderdale on June 15 – old favorites (I lived one winter in Belize and fell head over heels for this amazing country) and intriguing new ports of call. I will be studying “The Social Roots of Health and Disease” with a brilliant woman who helped write the UN Millineum Development Goals and has worked for my all-time favorite global NGO, Partners in Health.
I will be posting on my travel blog so here’s the link and an old but timeless piece that fits well today: http://marsea05.blogspot.com/2010/08/thrill-of-transition.html. See you back here in late June.
I am trying to take small bites of Terry Tempest Williams’ exquisite new book “When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice,” but I am failing. I am devouring it with unashamed gluttony. Fortunately her words, her voice, time … Continue reading