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YOU ALL BUT crawled out of the cave and into sky—space—expanse—countryside. Breathe. The stone cool under your feet. Your heart thumping hard. Muscles throbbed against skin. Mud clung to you, thick around your feet, and your jeans were soaked and slimy and heavy. You felt like you could sink into the earth. You walked the …

The smart traveler’s ABC’s

ABC’s: basic building blocks of knowledge. Some of the first things we learn; vital to progress and growth. I have put together my own ABC’s for traveling; rudimentary, almost basic tips learned from my experience as a travel writer, crucial for developing the “travel smarts”: Adventure; your sense of, that is. Don’t leave home without …

Top Travel Websites and Blogs

ANOTHER holiday has just begun—the hottest season of the year: summer! Time again to plan another escapade. Have you already decided where to go? In this digital age, you need not be confined to travel agents, guidebooks and brochures as your sole travel resources. You won’t need to sign up and pay for such services …

5 Simple Ways to Be That Responsible Beach Bum

IT’S that time of the year. Heads and headlights turn beach-ward. Everyone looks to the horizon where sea meets sky. But remember, this summer: nothing should end up in the water but you when you take that dip—certainly not that used paper cup, or that candy wrapper, or the plastic sandwich bag from lunch. Leave …

A retreat-style soul weekend experience

There was a long road, winding, rocky. And darkness, the kind that devours. I could hear the gurgling of  little meandering streams tipping its silver toes here and then there, and on my right was a great body of lake I could feel but could not see. Deep, I thought. In the distance, a spark. …

Angels in the Early Morning

A SMALL child hangs in the air. She holds her arms out in the dark morning, grasps a piece of cloth; she lifts it over the head of the Virgin Mary with slow, gentle care. Bells ring. A fistful of flowers is tossed at the Mother; the air is thick and dark but the courtyard …

A Festive Easter Celebration across Canada

WITH UTMOST pleasure, great joy, and fanfare—it is how the Christian world celebrates Easter, the holiest, and the oldest of all of this faith’s traditions. Pertaining to the resurrection of Christ after his death on Good Friday, Easter marks the tail end of the long cold winter and the coming of spring. Like in many …

Eggs, Rabbits, Jesus—and Egg-hunting with a Twist

BRIGHT AND lurid. That’s the typical Easter egg—hard-boiled and painted over in vivid hues of pink, blue, green, yellow, purple—everything. It was not as cheerful long, long ago. The Easter egg was dyed blood-red to signify the blood of Christ. Imagine children today running around, bright-eyed, foraging for objects that put torture and suffering to …

From Easter to Summer: Hot Spots!

EASTER: the herald of many things. Restored hope, forgiveness, and new life; for those of a Christian bent. Painted eggs hidden in bushes, decorated hats and baskets, white bunnies with pink ears; for those of a Hallmark-card bent. Spring or summer; according to the hemisphere in which you live. In this part of the world …