The Tale of the Missing Checklist

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Whenever I travel, I make a checklist and meticulously check off each item as I pack. Before my last trip, though, I was so frantic that I lost the piece of paper. [ Read More ]

My First Time Camping… As an Adult

camping

We all remember camping as a kid. A nice weekend with the family, the outdoors, and great memories. [ Read More ]

It’s All About Colors

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Sitting in the second row of the coach class during a lengthy flight, my wife and I were able to hear a flight attendant as he pushed a wine cart down the aisle in the first-class section. [ Read More ]

At the Swimming Pool: What Lies Beneath

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Finally, the day arrived that my family and I would be on our way out of snowy Buffalo and on to our highly anticipated trip to Florida. [ Read More ]

No-Frills Lighting

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This is an actual light switch at a house I stayed at while traveling in Ecuador. I admire the family’s no-frills approach to lighting. Plus, the idea of potential electrocution definitely wakes you up in the morning!” [ Read More ]

The Magic of Snail Mail

mail

My fiancée, Gloria, loved surprises, and so did I. I had received word that we were scheduled to be rotated home, and I mulled over how to surprise her. [ Read More ]

Trust With Birthdays

birthday

Family vacations are always a stressful time, even before the actual vacation starts. And airport security questions only make it worse! [ Read More ]

Grown Kids

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I bound down the stairs of our hotel in Mexico after eight long hours on a plane from Seattle. I’m dying to feel a hot sun on a warm beach, rarities in the Pacific Northwest… [ Read More ]

Destined to be Hitched

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It was 1994, I was 17, and I spent my vacation working as a postal worker in a rural town south of Drenthe, Netherlands. I was looking forward to having a couple of days off from the duty. [ Read More ]

New York…A City of Halves and Halve Nots

New York City Street Sign 61/2 Ave

Midtown Manhattan can be a very intimidating place to navigate through.  When I first moved to the city from the ‘burbs, my father, a Queens native, tried to boost my confidence as much as he could. “New York City streets are really just a grid,” he explained.  “It’s almost impossible to get lost!” [ Read More ]

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