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Decorating the Baby’s Room

Raising a baby means we'll be tied down more to our home, but we want to be sure that messages conveyed by the decoration of our home reminds us of the places in our past that have formed us, and to instill in our baby boy the possibilities of...

Decorated Walls of “My Room”

Before the current practice of sharing travel experience on blogs and on our social media "walls", the place where I highlighted my travels was on a physical wall - with printed photographs and maps.  After Kim and I married in 2017, I moved into...

Honeymoon 2017

Kim LaViolette and I were married on September 3rd, 2017 in Asheville, NC, our home.  We subsequently spent almost 3 weeks in Central Europe: in Czechia, Austria, Slovenia, and Croatia for our honeymoon.  Of course, the purpose of this trip was to...

“My Roots Song”

I first wrote and debuted this song in 2002 at our Mosteller Family Reunion as a reminder of the family roots I cherish in my life as I was trying to find my own place in life.  At our most recent Family Reunion in 2017, I performed it again, but...

Swiss Alps and the Via Alpina

As in the previous two years, I took advantage of my final spring student tour group ending in a major airport hub (PHL), to seek out a cheap flight to somewhere new to explore – giving myself a little break at the end of very busy stretch of work...

A Pilgrim’s Progress: Reflections After the Camino

https://youtu.be/jgaya-xPlQY As the months have passed by since we finished our trek of the Camino de Santiago, I’ve been meaning to write a wrap up about the experience of walking the 500 mile pilgrimage route.  I think I wrote plenty during the...

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2020 Year in Review

I began this travel blog website, as most do, to highlight those trips that are getaways from everyday life.  In 2020, "everyday life" was the true adventure.  And so, amidst this hiatus from travel, I'm using my blog as the forum to share my Year in Review.  This annual document has been a tradition of mine for a long time, serving as sort of a long journal...

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