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Happy with 2011 and Happy for 2012 to be here

In Au Pair, Travel 2011, Writing on January 1, 2012 at 3:25 am

Arriving back from Paris has been a bit of a whirlwind.  With all the holiday travel and preparing for the launch of the we.are.america2012 website tonight, I will admit that I have been a bit of a blog slacker; but, if there is one thing I’ve learned this year,it is that. . .

things don’t always go as planned, and that’s part of the fun.

Reading that sentence a year and a half ago probably would have made me cringe.  At that time, I knew that I was going to quit my job, and I knew that I was going to spend 2011 traveling; but my way of preparing involved excel spreadsheets, lots of notes from travel guides, and a very detailed calendar of where I thought I would go and when.

Thank goodness things got too busy, and I wasn’t ever able to set those plans into stone. Read the rest of this entry »

Are You Listening?

In We.Are.America(2012), Writing on December 1, 2011 at 8:15 am

Today is World AIDS Day, and it’s got me thinking about different stories, and different people, and why I blog, and why I think this new project, we.are.america(2012), is so important. Seemingly all unrelated, even I thought so, until I read the starting line of my sister’s blog about World AIDS Day: “Today’s post is personal.”

World AIDS Day is a lot of things. For some it is a day of remembrance. For many it is a day of action. For others it is a day of service. It should be something, it should personal, for all of us. Read the rest of this entry »

Leaving Home in the First Place

In Writing on November 11, 2011 at 9:03 am

There are a few things over the past week that have started to come together in my mind while mulling over my decision to leave Paris and what happens next.

I must admit, for me, the decision to move back to Kentuckiana and what to do when I get there is a multi-faceted one, to be honest it is more complex than I thought; and something I plan to write about, mostly for my benefit, through the next few entries. Starting with:

Why did I leave in the first place? Read the rest of this entry »

Revisiting an Old Skill

In Writing on October 20, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Seems as though now is the time for me to return to things I’ve learned before. I know I’ve slacked a bit on the blog lately, for a number a reasons, which I will get into in another post.

For today, though I’ve got two separate posts to share in this particular forum. The first is a piece of writing that I turned in as an assignment for my online writing course with the Sydney Writing Centre. It is a profile on Stevie, one of the other au pairs here, and it happens to be the first piece of journalistic writing that I’ve touched since probably my second year at Boston University. Read the rest of this entry »