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A Nepalese Funeral, A Public Cremation, and Sharing a Stranger’s Grief

1 May

Kathmandu  Outdoor CremationIn our culture, even in this era of extreme openness, there are still some things that we keep private. Last year when my father died, I remember asking my mother if she wanted an open casket at the funeral. And while she wanted it open, there is a feeling of vulnerability when your loved one is laid out for people to see, even if those people are friends and family.

So when you see a culture that performs its funeral rituals with complete openness, it is sobering as well as shocking. I wasn’t prepared for it and that made it more unbelievable. As it stands, I’ve thought about this funeral many times since we returned from Nepal two weeks ago.

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5 Surprising Reasons You Should Go On A Cruise With Your Kids

17 Apr

Legend of the SeasThink that cruising is just for old people or for couples wanting to party their way through the Caribbean? Think again. More and more families are cruising and here are 5 reasons why… Continue reading

Elephant Rides, Monkey High-Fives, And One Very Important Rule

10 Apr

Feisty and me on an elephantWhen you become a parent, you child-proof your house, wanting to make sure your kid is kept from harm. And you make rules, hoping to keep them safe. But, our trip to Thailand made me realize, you can’t prepare for everything, nor can you even imagine all of the rules you’ll need for your children. Continue reading

This Photo Stinks!

3 Apr

Durian Fruit in BangkokIn February, when we were in Asia, we came across a fruit called durian. I had never even heard of it, but we were very curious to try it since people snickered every time we asked about it.  What was so funny? We soon found out… Continue reading

6 Warning Signs Your Plane May Be About To Crash

27 Mar

Airplane Interior I have a secret to tell you. I’m morbidly fascinated by plane crashes. I can tell you which airlines have had disasters and even rattle off the flight numbers of the flights.

I’ve seen video clips of airplanes doing more flips than an Olympic gymnast and even one crashing into bits into the Indian Ocean. And while these crashes are horrific, it’s amazing that people survived them. But, they did.

Airlines don’t want to alarm people unnecessarily, and that’s a good thing. But there are some things you need to know. So fasten your seatbelts, here are 6 signs that indicate your plane may be going down.

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Backwards Bucket List: This Place is Amazing!

13 Mar

Walking the halls of Ankgor WatAs I mentioned in my last backward bucket list post, I love reading bucket lists. And I’ve noticed this destination on several lists. There is a reason….It is AMAZING! Continue reading

Desperation, Good Looks, and Getting Fooled

6 Mar

Greece is in a world of hurt, financially, that is.

I’ve heard that desperate times create desperate people. And the people in Greece are showing their desperation. We found this out first hand.

Acropolis, Athens, Greece

Acropolis, Athens, Greece

Arriving in Athens jet-lagged and exhausted, we trudged through the airport toward the train station. Boarding the train to the city, I kept thinking that something was going to go wrong….

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