3 Perfect Days on Saba

The hurricanes have left their mark, but beauty is returning. Commercial travel has resumed and Saba is again waiting to fill your days with beauty and serenity. Come experience why Saba is one of the happiest places on earth. Day 1: There is no better introduction to Saba than arriving via WinAir. The sheer cliffs…

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In Review: “Dragonfruit” by: Malia Mattoch McManus

Once in a blue moon, a story reaches into the core of your being, and moves it with the sheer beauty of its truth, honesty, revelation, and lyricism. I have a list of about ten novels that have done exactly that in my life. “Dragonfruit” is such a story, and will remain in my heart…

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Field Notes From First Semester

“There is no try. You do, or do not.” -Yoda, from┬áThe Empire Strikes Back Wow, Summer is finished! Anyone else feel like it flew by in about three winks? We had a lot going on, the finish of my husband’s first semester in medical school, a visit from my aunt whom we lovingly refer to…

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Though Billows Roar

I never thought much about the phrase “calm before the storm” until about a week ago. I had heard rumors of a hurricane gathering strength in the Atlantic Ocean, but I figured it would ignore us. Harvey had just hit Texas, how could there be another one so close? Each day brought uncomfortable updates until…

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The Way of Friendship

Mingling, Our journeys; The ones we have taken and The ones yet to be took… The resonance of varied spirits colors our walk, Asking and telling, Nodding and dreaming, weaving so grandly their unifying threads… stories; The ones we can tell and The ones we cannot.   Revelation collides with mystery and (sometimes) words Become…

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“Tired Mom” Hair and Makeup Hacks

I see you. Haven’t worn makeup in days, beginning to wonder if your skin will look exhausted forever. You’re taking care of little ones, managing epic amounts of messes, laundry, poop, sweat (if you live on an island like me and don’t have A/C in your house), and feeding needs, so you feel wrung out,…

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The Desperation Disciplines

The past two weeks have been a tidal wave of conflicting emotions: loneliness, sorrow, joy, anxiety, homesickness, gratitude, relief, anguish, resolve, love sickness, desire, exhaustion, despair, hope, discouragement, tenderheartedness, ferocity, and encouragement. I have experienced the visceral beauty of community near and far, the joint sigh of longing for wholeness and reprieve. We ache together,…

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Every Tongue, Tribe, and Nation

The air was hot with excitement. Even the breeze carried the energy of what was taking place. While straightening my tribal print dress, a friend whisked me into one of the classroom Labs acting as a dressing room for the evening. Phallic plastic molds and IV practice stations greeted me as I looked around the…

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The Left Hand of Forgiveness

Places are a lot like people; you lean into the good parts and forgive the bad. This is a continual posture, not a sanction. I think of this as bowing down, not in worship, but in a choice to honor with grace. I am not interested in hierarchy, or teaching this place or person a…

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In Review: “At Home in the World” by Tsh Oxenreider

I love traveling. I love books about traveling, but beyond that I love thoughtful books about more than just the traveling. Tsh Oxenreider’s latest book “At Home in the World” is a unique memoir detailing that time they took a year off to get a global education by actually going. Vagabonding with kids is not…

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