Every Party Has a Pooper, Don’t Let It Be You

Every Party Has a Pooper, Don’t Let It Be You

No matter what languages you speak or understand, or don’t speak or understand, there’s an expression in any language that is universally understood by its tone: whining. I was riding a crowded cable car on a sweltering, sweaty, summer day in Italy. The close quarters and ripe scents of numerous hot humans sardined together would ...
Whether You’re the Chief or an Indian, Be a Good One

Whether You’re the Chief or an Indian, Be a Good One

Okay, I’ll take a break from the travelogue this week, even though I don’t want to. I want to keep writing about my awesome trip, talking about my awesome trip, and thinking about my awesome trip because that way I can keep reliving my awesome trip. I miss it bad. The time away was great, ...
What NOT to Do When Traveling Internationally

What NOT to Do When Traveling Internationally

We’re less than 24 hours into our trip, in Paris standing below the Eiffel Tower after finishing a cheesy selfie photo session. My daughter and I walk over to the corner where we’ll meet our tour bus in a few minutes. There’s a souvie shop there, so I browse postcards while we wait. I assume ...
The Struggle to be Selfless

The Struggle to be Selfless

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth,” and His daughter Kari wanted to explore every inch of both. But the results of standardized testing in math and science in her early education proved she would never be an astronaut, so Kari had to be content with Earth exploration. She had a pretty ...
Catching the Travel Bug, the Good One (Not Zika)

Catching the Travel Bug, the Good One (Not Zika)

They were the times before mandatory car seats and seatbelts, when a family could stuff a beat-up old station wagon to the gills then pile in and on whatever surfaces were leftover and hit the open road for a family summer vacation. The safety laws now are a good thing, but I sure have a ...