My Journey


Birding Instead of Newsing

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It was quite the week in American news and politics. If you turn on the television or simply decide to open up the internet, you would immediately think that the world is crumbling all at once. There’s violence, hatred, back and forth shouting, and blowhards on both sides, whatever that means, bickering at each other. There’s love vs hate. Hate vs love. Opinion vs Opinion. Quite simply, things have just gotten completely out of control. So, instead of spending a pleasant evening reading about or listening to people tell me about everything that is bringing a major suck to my […]


Visiting Paradise!

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It’s not everyday that you get to visit Paradise! Fortunately, on a recent trip to Seattle, and then south to Mt. Rainier National Park, I did get to visit Paradise. Located just about two-and-a-half hours to the southeast of The Emerald City, nestled right at the base of the 14,411 majestic peak of Mt. Rainier is this stunning area, aptly named ‘Paradise.’ From what I was able to see during a half a day visit to this area of the park, from what I can tell, there was nothing more than a lodge, a visitor center, and then a stunningly […]


How I Am Dealing with the Death of My Dad

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I am not going to pretend that I know exactly what others are going through when they experience the loss of a loved one, just as others have no idea exactly what I have been going through. In that case, I cannot pretend that I know something that I do not know. All I can do is tell my story, share my thoughts and give some insight into my current life and how I am dealing with my new reality. Missing My Daily Phone Calls My days driving home from work are no longer very enjoyable, whereas just a few […]


Stalling on My Goals: Finding Motivation to Bounce Forward

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I have come to the realization that so many of the goals that I had set, and some of the achievements I had hoped to reach have somehow slipped away. I’m not exactly sure why this has happened. Perhaps it’s a combination of being content along with some bouts of laziness, and life just sneaking up on me like a stranger in a dark night. It’s kind of upsetting to set out to accomplish something, only to let it quickly fizzle and fall so abruptly from the mind. I don’t know how to fix this, other than to get better […]


The Day My World Changed Forever

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My mind feels full but my thoughts constantly barrage my senses. It’s difficult at this time to know exactly how things will turn out, what the future holds, and how long it will be before my life returns to any sense of normality. I know eventually as the hands on the clock continue to turn and I continue to rip away the pages of my daily calendar, that the days will slowly get easier. But for now, what should be a calming thought, thinking that the days will slowly get better, is still clouded by the thoughts that things will […]


Discovering Spain’s Magical Brilliance in Andalucia

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I’ve fallen in love again. Quite possibly harder than I have in the past. I’ve fallen for the vast landscape of seemingly infinite olive groves, the mash-up of cultures, the nonsensical zig-zagging of streets and alleys, and the lack of any true sense of urgency that seems so prevalent with the people that call this region of Spain their home. I have found myself in the heart of Andalucia, free to roam the streets aimlessly in search of tasty tapas, some local vino, and listen nonchalantly for the distant sounds of the foot stomping of Flamenco dancers that escape from […]


Sleep is Nice, But Sleep is Not Life! (Seize the Day)

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Some days it may feel good to sleep in a little bit late, lay in bed and stare at the ceiling, but don’t forget, for each minute that you spend, that’s one less minute that you have to spend. There’s a reason that the term Carpe diem is famous (meaning ‘Seize the Day). It’s because it is true and it’s not something that we should take for granted. If there’s ever a time that you feel yourself saying something like, “I love sleep,” it might be time to reevaluate your life a bit. Yes, getting a good night’s sleep is […]


Exploring the Lively Scene Around Ocean Beach Farmers Market

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Wednesday at the farmers market in Ocean Beach, CA, is always a great time to roam around, buy some fresh produce, watch one of the local bands play some good tunes, and do some really amazing people watching. Roaming up and down Newport Avenue, especially when the weather is nice can get pretty crowded, but it’s always a fun, laid back vibe with plenty of good grub and beach living at its finest. Along the park near the beach is always a large crowd of some acrobatic-type of yoga going on and a flurry of people hula-hooping, tight-roping, and local […]


Why Palomar Mountain is One of Best Hikes in San Diego

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The winding South Grade Road that leads up to Palomar Mountain led me into deep, socked-in fog that began to conceal the thick woodlands along the roadside. Then, like an airplane rising up over a thick marine layer, I emerged into high blue skies and along a vista that overlooked a sea of clouds below. I had yet to set foot on the hiking trail, but I could already sense and see the vast wilderness that surrounded, and I knew then that I was in for a great day, and ready to experience one of the best hikes in San […]