The Michigan Road Trip.

After growing up snowmobiling in the Upper Peninsula, roaring through beautifully silent, snow-decked forests and thickly iced lakes and attending the University of Michigan & exploring the Great Lakes, how could I not seize the opportunity to visit again? The most difficult portion of the planning process: condensing the potential stops to our week’s worth of time. Without exaggeration, I could have spent a month hiking and swimming with absolutely no cell reception and been the happiest clam on the planet.

Pictured Rocks, I Love You

The beauty of Lake Superior and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan! Cyan, turquoise, cerulean, teal, sometimes even light violet…just ogling the waves is mesmerizing and peaceful. I love this state and the Great Lakes, their wild, remote beauty and escape from reality.

BLACK LIVES MATTER.

It is past time for an end to systemic racism in America. We cannot remain silent. “There comes a time when silence is betrayal.” “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” –MLK

Go Chasing Waterfalls!

One of the most beautiful day-hikes in Pennsylvania, the Rickett’s Glen Falls Loop has over 20 waterfalls to explore! Who knew this state has so much incredible nature?!

Quarantined Brilliance: Ideas for the online world language classroom.

This is 2020–we have the tools and technology to still educate our students in an engaging manner, even if our souls hurt from lack of human interaction. Here are some, if I may say so myself, fantastic tips and tools not only for language instructors, but all teachers, to sweep away brain cobwebs and ignite engagement in our students’ minds!

Marvelous Munich München

München ist so wunderschön! Between the ancient castles and museums, lively performances and beer gardens, Christmas markets, and nature’s beauty, it’s impossible to grow weary of Munich’s charms. Not only is she lovely, but also a wonderfully livable city. But visiting will have to do, I supposed. Here are 3 of my top 7 reasons to visit Munich because I got carried away!

101 Reasons to not Change your Last Name

He’s your husband. You love him. After that whole getting married, devoting your life to each other thing, in our society it is assumed your last name will change. But…should it?

The Substitute Teacher

This isn’t one of those I wander in and know immediately I’m going to change some dust bunny-sized portion of the world for the better days. It’s not even one of those yell a little to assert dominance, read the instructions to the class, and then kick back to read the online paper while filling out pointless job applications and hollering every 11 minutes and 32 second to get off that YouTube and do your work days. This is a hold your head above the water and pray no kid under your jurisdiction starts swinging at another for calling his mama a homo sort of days.

Why Pittsburgh Is Beautiful.

In honor of the Steelers’ first game of the season against the cheating Patriots (y’all can keep Antonio Brown–have a stellar time with that drama snowball), here are some snazzy shots of one of the more underrated cities in America. Before moving here, I imagined soot-streaked steel mills belching smoke into a gray sky. Of…