middle seat panorama

The Torture of a Middle Seat and So Much More

As a long-time, frequent flier, I can admit I have a very different view of travel than I did as a college student heading to spring break in California for my first big trip without the family. On that trip, I was so excited to be on the plane, I am a long way past it. And […]

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beach on Cancun

We Heard Her Scream “Help!”

It is so easy to get transported to a different world for me when I’m on a beach. I love the feel of the sun on my skin (what I can feel through the heavy coat of sunscreen). My toes are happy in sandals or sand. And watching the waves roll in lures me into […]

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the feeling of cotton

If asked, what does cotton feel like? How would you answer?

Sometimes the questions that get asked leave me to pause and ponder. That’s exactly what happened when someone on Quora requested my answer to the question, what does cotton feel like? When I first saw it, I thought it was a bit absurd to ask. Then again, I routinely quote Cotton Inc on “the touch the feel […]

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Janice Person women's march

Why I Marched in St. Louis Today

I have a really diverse group of family and friends. They cover almost every part of the religious, political, and economic spectrums. I have friends and family who are immigrants, gay or lesbian…. I have friends and family who marched in St. Louis today — in Washington D.C., New York, Raleigh NC, Oklahoma City, and […]

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patriotism on display

That Time I Attended the Presidential Inauguration

Years ago, before I blogged, I had what I assumed was a once in a lifetime opportunity. It was something that I had never really thought about doing and I am not sure I knew anyone else who had ever done this unless they lived in DC metro. I had the chance to attend a […]

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barn in winter

What do farmers do in the winter?

Wow it has gotten cold here, once in out of the frigid temperatures outside (still surviving the cold for now). I recently cracked open my iPad, opened Quora and saw the question What do farmers do during the winter? I had to answer it in part because I remember a time when I assumed farmers were kicked back […]

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2016 memory jar

My New, New Year’s Tradition — Creating a Memory Jar

I’m not sure how or when it happened, but 2016 got a bad rep. We had some startling moments for sure and lots of things we didn’t expect happened. Some were personal and others were in the public eye. It seems the public drags on happiness can be overwhelming. For me, I have to admit […]

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Flight attendant safety demo

Finding Awesome Amidst a Crazy Travel Day

So often as I travel at the holidays, I find myself wondering about my fellow man. With my day starting off with a rainy, icy mess, I have to admit my hopes weren’t too high. But I tried to be a bright spot with only friendly glances and words. I worried this would be a […]

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my car

The First Bad Winter Weather Took Me Sideways A Bit

The fact that I don’t like the cold is so well-known that it is a joke with friends. I prepare for the cold pretty seriously and I worry about having to walk on ice. When temperatures in St. Louis drop low, the hashtag #ihatewinter is bound to come out. And this is the first weekend […]

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cover-photo

A Once-in-a-Lifetime Opera Experience in Prague

When it comes to amazing experiences, sometimes you try to plan everything to the nth degree and other times you do a few things and the rest just fall into place. My trip to Prague was punctuated by an amazing experience on my final night in town. Ellen had asked earlier whether I like opera […]

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choose-a-backpack

Things to Consider if You Are Buying a New Travel Backpack

Recently I decided to get myself backpack travel ready again. It has been a few years since I’ve packed for trips in a backpack, in part because I usually travel for business and it seems I can secure business clothes better in a roller bag. But it is also because my big travel backpack suffered […]

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Hungarian parliament

How I Ended Up in Budapest for My Birthday (Video)

Those of you who have read the blog frequently may remember a few birthdays I have had. I try to make them truly memorable and frequently find myself embarking on an adventure of one sort or another. Last year was seeing my 50th state from a helicopter, the year before I went to the White […]

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GMO documentary for China

That Time I Was in a Chinese GMO Documentary Video

Working in outreach at Monsanto I get some unique experiences now and then, but I still can’t believe I was interviewed for and included in a GMO documentary. There was a small group of students from China who while in the U.S. were hearing the discussion here and they decided to do a lot of […]

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