Speak Stupid and Carry a Big Stick: The Demise of the Educated American.

The U.S.A. and her educational crisis “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela. Once, we were a nation that understood this: education is essential for freedom, for a functioning democracy, for change, for hope, and for a better world. But we have committed the great travesty…

The Page of Three Amazing Adventures: Page, AZ.

Sadly, we did have to leave all of this and return home at some point. At least we have a beach upon return, thus cushioning the fall back to reality! Did your eyes ever see such a sight?! Probably, but it’s nothing as astonishing as real life! To say the adventure out West was breath-robbing,…

Beautiful Bryce Canyon

Day II In UTAH Hoodoos, hoodoos, everywhere! Famous for her gorgeous sunsets and sunrises, pinks and reds and oranges gently soaking the sky and warm stones, Bryce Canyon provides an exciting playground any time of year. Easily accessible for most anyone, one can park at Sunset Point; in less than 100 yards, the earth yawns…

Beyond the Lousy Paycheck: 10 Reasons Teachers Are Dashing in Droves

Education is our future; I and millions of other teachers are shaping that future. We make hundreds of split-second decisions every hour, from answering content-related questions to comforting a sobbing student to giving life advice. Teaching is a mental whirlwind, and an occupation laden with immense, overlooked responsibility. Perhaps more and more of the public is behind us, but we keep electing politicians who are not.

Magnificent Zion, Utah

Crisp air fills my lungs and massive beauty fills my eyes as my conflicted brain attempts to also focus on where I am placing my rapidly climbing clumsy feet. The canyon, grasping trees, snaking emerald river and sage green shrubs, with deep iron red rock reaching stoic hands toward the sky…photos never do such places justice. You have to go.

Ciao, Dolomiti!

Grasleitenpass to Tierser Alpl to Schlernhaus! (and 10 reasons why the Dolomites are the best place, ever.) Sadly, our final full day wandering the Dolomites… I wish I could return any summer with a month’s worth of time and great weather on my hands. The eye-exploding views will always be novel, the people along the…

Dancing the Dolomites: Rotwand to Grasleitenpass Hütte!

The clouds roll in as the sun begins to set and the pale crags stretch into rose | lilac | indigo and gone. It’s still and heavy outside, but I don’t know because I sleep like a marmot from the excitement of the day. Scrounging for an Euro, the shock of the three minute ice…

Dancing in the Dolomites

So many incredible views; so much happiness…it’s no wonder visitors from everywhere hike these other-worldly trails. How to journey to the mountains, and the perfect first day’s hike.

The Dolomites: Rosengarten

One of my favorite places in the world! If you find yourself in Italy, Germany, or Austria, or, let’s face it, pretty much anywhere in Europe, it is 1,000,000 times worth the trip to hike through the Rosengarten. An extraordinarily unique range in the Alps, the Dolomites are other-worldly with their vast array of landscapes…