International Women’s Day: My Heroines

Today I was reading through my personal Facebook feed and found some men questioning the purpose of International Women's Day. What, should we stop what we're doing simply to revel in women's beauty for an entire day? Um, excuse me?! This is only one of many issues that irk me. Women are not here on this earth … Continue reading International Women’s Day: My Heroines

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The Truth about Travel Addiction

Addiction. It's a strong word. It is also very, very much overused and, in my opinion, not taken seriously enough anymore. People commonly refer to themselves playfully as "shopaholics", "chocoholics", and so on. "I'm so addicted to that show!" "I'm totally addicted to cat memes!" "OMG, I have a major shoe addiction!" Sure. You like something- … Continue reading The Truth about Travel Addiction

Random Thought of the Day- Bukowski’s Fragrance

Sitting here in the cafe, an old, obese, grey haired man with a plaid flannel shirt and holey sweatpants hobbles in past me, the pungent smell of body odor, alcohol, and days-old-underwear suffocates me.  He sits down, scribbles something on a piece of college-lined paper, holds it up to the light to focus his eyes upon it, and … Continue reading Random Thought of the Day- Bukowski’s Fragrance

Bolivia’s Route 36: Not Your Average Bar

"La hoja de coca no es droga" was the slogan on t-shirts and posters everywhere when I was in Bolivia back in 2004.  "Coca leaf is not a drug."  Judging by the plethora of barrels and garbage-bags filled with the stuff everywhere in stores, on street sides, and the little green pieces stuck in locals' yellowing … Continue reading Bolivia’s Route 36: Not Your Average Bar

You’re Not Dead Yet! Bucket Lists: Part I

Talking with one of my friends a few weeks ago, I expressed how there were so many things I still wanted to do in life.  Her bright eyes widened, looking into mine, and she exclaimed, "You're not dead yet!"  I had to laugh at this- laugh at myself.  For some reason, it always seems to me … Continue reading You’re Not Dead Yet! Bucket Lists: Part I

Weekly Challenge: Some of My Favorite Artists

While normally I write about traveling, write about writing, or even write about writers, for the Daily Post Weekly Challenge I'd like to focus on something that equally fascinates me: art.  Before I ever took a liking to literature, I loved drawing, painting, and expressing myself with colors.  Being an artist was my childhood dream.  … Continue reading Weekly Challenge: Some of My Favorite Artists

Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride: A Gonzo Kinda Life

I first heard of the expression, "buy the ticket, take the ride" when I read Tom Wolfe's The Electric Kool-Aide Acid Test.  At the time, while I tripped along the words, riding along in the Magic Bus with Ken Kesey and his gang of acid-trippin' hippies (including Neal Cassady and Hunter S. Thompson), I had never read anything by Hunter S. Thompson.  … Continue reading Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride: A Gonzo Kinda Life

Love is HERE

Love is brilliant.  Love is blind.  Love is bold.  Love is beautiful.  Love is brave.  Love is bashful.  Love is beat.  Love is apparently best described by adjectives starting with the letter "b".  But seriously. love is wonderful and amazing and deserved by EVERYONE. I truly believe that our President desires the best for the people … Continue reading Love is HERE