“A Land to Inspire our Spirit: Grand Canyon – one of Earth’s most powerful, inspiring landscapes- overwhelms our senses. Its story tells of geologic processes played out over unimaginable time spans as a unique combination of size, color, and dazzling erosion forms: 277 river miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep. Our responsibility as good stewards is to pass on this gift, pristine and preserved, to future generations”. Grand Canyon National Park The Grand Canyon is […]
In my opinion, there is no city on earth as architecturally spectacular and beautiful as Paris. Her beloved monuments, buildings, and angular streets are a living work of art that never ceases to inspire the imagination. Much of Paris’ amazing beauty can be credited to the genius work of Georges-Eugène Haussmann, Paris’ city planner who was hand selected by Napoleon III to carry out a massive renovation of Paris between between 1853 and 1870. Haussmann’s renovation of Paris as it was commonly […]
Back in October, my husband and I decided it was time to make a road trip north and show our two children the Grand Canyon. We had visited southern Arizona countless times before always staying with my parents in Tucson. Yet, we had never ventured north as a family to see one of the greatest natural wonders on earth. Since I am not all too fond of long road trips with the kids, we decided to split our trip up into […]
Categories: Arizona, Grand Canyon, Road Trips, Sedona, TRAVEL, Travel by Country, United States • Tags: Arizona, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, road trips, Sedona, Sunset Crater Volcano, thirdeyemom, Travel
“I have my own definition of minimalism, which is that which is created with a minimum of means”. – La Monte Young By far the most beautiful thing about Cuba is her people. Despite their hardships, they have persevered and show hope. They may not have a lot of material goods let alone food to put on the table yet their spirits remain fierce and strong. Here are a few of my favorite shots that represent resilience, pain, hope and minimalism.
Last week, I wrote about my emotional visit to the 9/11 Memorial in New York City. It was a post that I sat on for a long time, not even sure how to begin to put my feelings into words. I realize that even thirteen years later, 9/11 still feels in some way like yesterday and the fear, emotions and horror of that day still remain vivid and raw within my soul. I didn’t lose anyone close to me that […]
“In order to fight against poverty, you have to attack it from many different directions and then pluck it out, ” said Marta, co-founder of Project Mercy, as she described their Community Development Model. “We cannot educate children if the only outcome is to make them discontented with the limited job opportunities currently available.” Back in June, when I was in Ethiopia as a fellow with the International Reporting Project I spent my last full day there visiting Project Mercy. Project […]
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“May the lives remembered, the deeds recognized, and the spirit reawakened be eternal beacons, which reaffirm respect for life, strengthen our resolve to preserve freedom, and inspire an end to hatred, ignorance, and intolerance”. – 9/11 Memorial Descending down into the depths of humanity lies the unexplainable. Within the two footprints of the North and South Towers, cries almost three thousand tears of the innocent lives lost from a horrendous act against our freedom.
Note: A shorter version of this post was published today on the Sedona Chamber of Commerce website: Visit Sedona. To view that post, click here. Sedona is a truly magical place. Blessed with a rugged, red-hued landscape of mountains, rock formations and canyons, the awe-inspiring beauty of Sedona is best seen on foot. A morning hike in Sedona is a spectacular way to start off the day as you can watch the sun slowly light up the brilliant red mountains and […]
Although my parents have lived in Tucson for over 20 years and I’ve been a frequent visiter to Arizona, I had never made it to Sedona except for when I was a child. Last week, during a family vacation to see my parents, my husband and I decided to include a short road trip with our two kids, spending three glorious days in Sedona and the Grand Canyon. Traveling through northern Arizona made us realize what we have been missing. Stunning, achingly […]
Growing up in Minnesota, land of over 10,000 lakes, as a child I always loved those whimsical signs on storefronts that said “Sorry we’re closed. Gone Fishing“. Well, in case you have wondered why there is so much radio silence on my blog, I’ve gone hiking! My family and I are in Northern Arizona having a wonderful time exploring the red rocks of Sedona and the immense beauty of the Grand Canyon. Here are a few photos I’ve taken all […]