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Looking for adventure? Step out of your comfort zone.

My first guest post! Check out Norma Wallace’s thoughts on Solo Travel. —————————————————— “I remember reading Rafif’s post about solo travel and realized I have a story to tell. At first, I thought ‘no big deal – I have traveled alone before, in my 20s.’ Oh, that was 54 years ago. Things have changed! A ...

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Unlearning. Or: Everything I didn’t learn in kindergarten.

After a not-so-discreet hint from a friend, I returned to the gym. And I remembered one of the reasons I like working out: it helps me to think through problems and different strategies to solve them. Exercise allows me to redefine what I believe about random subjects. I realized that I need to have really ...

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Traveling with Sneakers. Or: Stuck at the airport.

I’ve grown bored of all the posts and articles that claim to teach us how to travel: things you should know before you go, how to pack, what to pack, how to get upgrades. The information is almost always the same, just recycled with different pictures and minor edits. I stopped paying attention to the ...

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Writer’s Block. Or: Writer’s Block.

I’m staring at my laptop screen again and wondering why it is that I often think I have a lot to say but then suddenly draw a blank when trying to express my thoughts. I’m told this is writer’s block. (Does that mean I’m a writer?) It’s sort of funny, this writer’s block thing. The ...

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Satanists and Supremacy

Yesterday I saw a bunch of guys in costumes. I thought they were practicing for Halloween. I was wrong. Me: “What’s up with the costumes? Is there a convention?” Him: “We are having a Satanist conference to worship Beelzebub, our lord and savior.” Me: “Oh.” Him: “We will be sacrificing a goat later this afternoon.” ...

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Can chivalry and feminism coexist? Or: hold the door, please.

We’re so polarized these days, and not just about politics. Beyond the more serious social issues around race and entitlement, we’re also having what I think are ridiculous conversations about feminism versus chivalry. Should men hold open the door for the woman? Is that a sign of respect? Is it a sign of chauvinism? Do ...

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900 Do-overs

They say our skin regenerates itself every 27 days. For the average person, this translates into approximately 900 complete skin replacements in a lifetime. Why do I find this interesting? I don’t, actually. But I am interested in knowing how often we can shed our emotional skins, how frequently we reinvent ourselves in a single ...

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