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Things to Know About Passport Expiration & Renewal

International travel and planning for it is so exciting. Choosing countries and cities to go to. Thinking about the new cultures you’ll get to know and new people to meet. The break from your day-to-day routine. And so much more. With all of that, passports are frequently an afterthought for those of us who have […]

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highlights of my SXSW 2015

Tips for First-Time SXSW Attendees

For the last couple of years, I have been able to attend South by Southwest (SxSW) with work. First-time SxSW attendees can look shell-shocked. Each year I have learned a bit more about how to make my SxSW experience successful. And as I asked in a blogger group if others would be going, someone asked […]

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Four Steps to Finding Fantastic Small Local Restaurants Abroad

As much as I love food and travel, the combination of both of those things is certainly peak experience for me. Because I travel with friends or family who may live local and going solo, it can be totally simple to find small local restaurants abroad at times when a guide who knows me is […]

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Chinese New Year fan dance

Welcoming the Year of the Monkey / Chinese New Year 2016

When I moved to St. Louis several years ago, there were lots of neighborhoods to choose from and lots of factors I could look at but a few stood out. I didn’t want to have a long commute and I like a city that is diverse. The diversity of UCity (University City) stood out for […]

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Remembering My Most Terrifying Travel Experience

Sometimes you get a prompt to tell a story and you suddenly realize that you remember more detail years later than you realized. That’s exactly what happened to me recently when I saw this question: What is the most terrifying experience you have had while travelling? My guess is a story like that prompts a lot […]

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traffic in a major snowstorm

Tips for Dealing with a Major Snowstorm

Seeing historic levels of snow heading to people along the East Coast, I can’t help but remember when I first lived in New York and I had NO CLUE how to handle a major snowstorm. I was lucky though since I rented from the family who lived in other parts of the property and they were well […]

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Adding My Voice to the Discussion on Religion & Immigration

Last night as I watched the news I saw statements flying, today I hear more of it defending and attacking. I put my thoughts out there, not wanting to be “in your face” but just sharing my perspective. I decided to share here since the rhetoric is getting more heated. I just watched the news […]

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That Time Family & Friends Told Me Where to Go

We’ve all heard of or seen dramatic scenes in TVs and movies where lots of the loved ones in someone’s life get together for an intervention. Sometimes as they tell the intervenee they have a problem, folks end up telling each other where to go. That sounds pretty ugly. Recently a bunch of my friends and […]

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