“Life is not Perfect. Life is Good.”

Let’s talk about positivity for a moment. Most of us could use more of it. The atmosphere I face at work every day has been so negative that it has become a daily struggle to combat it with positive vibes. This may have perhaps led to an unhealthy obsession with Life is Good® products. (Believe

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Galentines Day Travel

I noticed the word “Galentines” floating around the internet this Valentine’s day and it took me a while to catch onto its meaning (I know, I know…clearly I’m out of the loop since I’m lucky enough to be spending Valentines with a significant other). For those of you also out of the loop- it’s gal,

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Not Following Shackleton to Antarctica

This week I received my first blog-related email! It arrived in broken-English (always a red flag), from Oceanwide Expeditions, a company that had found my blog and was offering me a chance to win a 30-day trip to Antarctica! All I had to do was simply find 20 people to vote for me to be

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Find Antoine de Saint Exupery in Paris

Location: Paris, France Literary Inspiration: Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) by Antoine de Saint-Exupery About the Book The seemingly autobiographical tale of Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) has remained one of my most cherished books since the first time studying it in high school French class. This little French story of a stranded

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Traveling Teddy Bears

Location: The World Literary Inspiration: Teddy Bears, by Mirja de Vries Do you carry a companion stow-away in your travel luggage? Maybe a childhood stuffed animal or a traveling gnome? Perhaps my association of teddy bears and travel began with a childhood reading of Paddington Bear. With his bright blue coat, jaunty red hat, and

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Book Review: French Milk by Lucy Knisley

After reading Lucy Knisley’s graphic novel travel log Here at Hogwarts (read my review of it here), I couldn’t wait to get my hands on another. I was so fascinated by the idea of a travel log in comic form! As Paris has been high up on my re-visit list since the first time I

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Book Review: Here At Hogwarts, A Graphic Novel Travel Log

Recently a friend, and fellow librarian, shoved a small booklet at me and instructed me to read it. “It’s a graphic novel travel log,” she said. Knowing how I like to travel log, she said I needed to read it. I haven’t read many graphic novels. To me, books mean lots of pages, that book

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Book Review: Heat

Heat by Bill Buford Format: Audiobook from Audible Goodreads Italy Also: FOOD Summary Heat is a memoir of a reporter turned amateur chef. While researching for a story on the Italian TV personality chef, Mario Batali, Bill Buford took a position in one of Batali’s kitchens. After that it wasn’t long until he gave up

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