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Traveling Into Danger

The engines roared as I braced myself for an emergency landing on the flooded tarmac. This was the mental exercise I practiced 25 years ago before I flew to Seattle with just a suitcase and my Golden-Lab retriever to start a new life. It was just … Continue Reading →

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Cairns Along Oak Creek. Sedona, AZ

Sun, Fun, and the Paranormal

It was about this same time last year (when the relentless Pacific Northwest weather starts to drive me nuts) that my friend invited me to visit her in Scottsdale, AZ. I was thrilled. To feel the sun on my face again. To exercise outdoors. To … Continue Reading →


ShelterBox Disaster Relief Tent

Why in the World

“If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you … Continue Reading →


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Feeding Disaster Victims in Tacloban

TACLOBAN, LEYTE, PHILIPPINES. Last week I bought a one-way ticket from Manila to Tacloban, hoping to find a nonprofit organization that could use my help. I’d finished my volunteer project with Habitat for Humanity International, and was looking for a useful way to spend two … Continue Reading →


Tacloban Grounded Ship

Tacloban, Philippines Seven Months After the Typhoon

This is my fourth day in Tacloban, one of the hardest hit areas of Typhoon Yolanda.  Seven months after the disaster the area is like a livable war zone.  There’s destruction everywhere you look, with some areas undergoing reconstruction but just as many that are … Continue Reading →