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Three Poems in the Indiana Voice Journal

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Three Poems in the Indiana Voice Journal

  I’m very happy to report that the Indiana Voice Journal published three of my poems in their September/October issue. Three poems in the Indiana Voice Journal I’ve been writing poetry since I was a little girl. To this day, writing provides a wonderful outlet for creativity to flow. It’s also very cathartic. Although, I’ve never shared poetry on my website before, I decided it was time to start. I’ve written a number of poems  about the wanderlust spirit. I’ve also dedicated more than a few lines to my home away from home — Spain. I’ve often wondered if creativity and the need to wander the globe are connected in some way. Certainly, whenever I  get off the beaten track to explore more of the world, my creative problem solving skills are required. Meeting new people, learning a second language, finding my way around, living on a tight budget are only possible if I’m willing to draw from my internal reserves. The benefits are numerous, including saving my little gray cells from atrophying due to lack of mental challenges. I love being on a learning curve. Inspiration is a wonderful tonic for the creative spirit. I am regularly inspired by my travels. Here’s a few words that I wrote once upon a time while on the road.  Wanderlust There are far away places calling my name And if I wander, I won’t take the blame So when a penalty must be collected Consider me protected Levy a fine on...

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What is it About the Mediterranean?

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

What is it About the Mediterranean?

What is it about the Mediterranean that pulls at my heartstrings and calms my mind? I’ve been carrying on a love affair with this sapphire sea for over a decade. Although I can find plenty of other places on this planet where I could happily spend loads of time, maybe even stay there indefinitely, yet,  I am drawn back to this one particular body of water. I’ve immersed myself in its beauty from some pretty inspiring places to say the least. From the heights of Ravello, Italy where the likes of Greta Garbo and Gore Vidal wiled away idyllic days or from the Parador of the seaport city of Malaga, I’ve never been disappointed with the view. You can read about Ravello, Italy here. Having made my winter home in the seaside village of Torre Del Mar, Spain, I now manage to  ensconse myself in such a close proximity to this body of water that its the first thing I see every morning and the last that I see every night.  Yet, I long to see more … You can see the views from the Malaga Parador here.   From where else would I love to see yet another view of my friend the Mediterranean? France, Monaco, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Greece? There are sixteen countries that have borders on the Mediterranean. Sixteen! My wanderlust would dearly love to explore at least a few more of these exotic locations. I am sure that each offers a magnificent vista of its...

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Can Travel Be a Therapeutic Journey?

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

Can Travel Be a Therapeutic Journey?

    Can travel be a therapeutic journey? Why do you travel? We know that travel isn’t always cheap. Anyone who has ventured out into the beyond also knows that traveling can be fraught with problems. Lost luggage, too much booze, late nights, cramped schedules and spending a lot of money on souvenirs often leaves people in need of a second vacation just to rest up from the first vacation. Is it possible to make a travel experience something less frenetic and more satisfying? It’s been said before that travel opens the mind. I believe it dispels the myth of manmade boundaries as well. It can even help us to recognize ourselves in the faces of those from other cultures, making the “us against them” model less effective at dividing humanity. As a transformative experience, however, travel has much to offer. It may be that the therapeutic benefits of traveling require a measure of deliberate intentions if, indeed, we want to reap the absolute most from a trip. Are there ways to approach a trip that can produce these benefits more easily? I think there is,  although what works for me certainly comes with no guarantee that it’ll work for anyone else. Here are eleven things that I try to build into every trip whether domestic or international.   Make sure that nature is part of the plan. Get off the beaten track. Take note of every-day life in different cultures. Sit and observe. Make an effort to try...

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My New Book

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

My New Book

  My book is ready for purchase! It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out that I’ve been absent from my own website for some time. You might say that I was distracted by other interests, the most recent being the publication of a new book. Yep! I’ve written and published a third book. Have We Been Screwed? Trading Freedom for Fairy Tales is a bit more controversial than my original books, but in a strange way still follows the ideals of the path I set for myself almost thirteen years ago. I’m a myth buster by trade and the older I get the more myths I’ve discovered that need my attention.    Click on photo to buy Kindle version Do you wanna know more? My new book is part autobiographical and part philosophical. A fair amount of the book delves into the topic of my childhood.  I grew up in a religious cult. It was an unusual existence within a closed society that turned out to perhaps be partially responsible for my lifelong unwillingness to conform. The lemon tree in my case really did produce enough lemons to make lemonade. When I turned eighteen, I left home and was excommunicated from my family. With no money, job, friends, car, driver’s license or family, I set out to find my place in the civilian world. Soon, I discovered that the world at large required conformity, too. That really bothered me. I’d just broken ties with perhaps one of...

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Budget European Airlines

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Budget European Airlines

  I’m flying the friendly budget skies in a few days. Headed to the other side of the big pond. A couple of blog posts ago, I promised my readers a little information about budget European airlines. This is a short but sweet little attempt to do just that. The cost of flights tends to be one of the priciest aspects of travel, but wait until you hear about the prices I paid when I booked flights for several trips within my upcoming trip. Although living in Torre Del Mar, Spain is indeed a treat all on its own, we always make a few travel plans while there. The beauty of living abroad part time is that I get to enjoy the comforts of my home-away-from home while still venturing out to do some serious exploring. And, the beauty of doing my exploring from Spain is that budget European airlines are abundant and truly inexpensive. Once you pay for that flight to cross the Atlantic, you can travel between European countries quite cheaply if you know what to do. I”ll be flying RyanAir and Vueling this year. Both depart from Malaga. RyanAir is an Irish budget airline between European countries. It can be extremely cheap to fly with Ryan. I’m boarding a RyanAir flight in Lisbon, Portugal to fly to Porto, Portugal. I will also be taking a flight from Malaga to Santiago de Compostela. I’ll return to Malaga via Vueling, a budget Spanish Airline. Here’s the good part....

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