Inside the Mind of an Unofficial Food Critic

When I am hungry, I will eat just about anything. The same is not true for my husband, who has a very particular taste in restaurants. I have struggled to contain my impatience at times when he scours through websites reading reviews and comparing menus before finally making a decision. While this vetting process can […]

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The World is Best Explored On Foot

I love maps. The best maps expand like origami from the palm of my hand to the size of an atlas that identifies each street by name. Maps are beautiful works of functional art that help me find my place by observing what is around me. I could probably find what I’m looking for faster […]

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Blue Man Group: Is Technology our Friend or Foe?

Three blue men stand perplexed by our presence. The moment is suspended by a repetitive beat in the background as they lean forward with eyes bulged. One takes initiative to step into the first row and climb his way up the armrests of the audience. The others follow his lead. It is an uncomfortable intrusion […]

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Niagara Falls, Ontario

I stand with my arms open, chin to the sky, as another gust coats me with sweet mist in my eyes. The cloud of white is a rush of relief leaving droplets behind poised on the strands of my hair. I cheer after each thunderous wave as I would on the crest of a roller […]

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O Canada!

Those of us born as U.S. citizens blissfully enjoy many privileges with our navy blue passports that past generations have handed down to us. The more that I travel, however, I realize just how naive my worldview as an American has always been growing up in what is thought to be “the greatest country in […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to Pickleball Tournaments

A year ago I hadn’t even heard of Pickleball, let alone considered myself a tournament player. Now here I was in 95º heat and 75% humidity in the Lake Odessa Tournament, overcome with exhaustion yet gleaming in anticipation for the next point. “9-9? I am going to win this!”  This optimistic visualization in competitive athletes does […]

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Clearwater Aquarium: Rescue, Rehab, and Release the Animals

It must have seemed like a simple mistake at first when a baby dolphin swam into the line of a crab trap. But when she couldn’t free herself and her mother felt that there was nothing that could be done, this baby dolphin was stranded in an entanglement of lines cutting off the circulation to […]

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