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Life as a Miracle: though petrified, I prevailed

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“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.”

Joan Didion’s famed opening line resounded the air as I took my first step into the slot canyon. I hoped I’d survive to tell this story. We’d read, in a Nat Geo article, that the walk in/out of Petra was four miles and I had a gimp.… ...

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Traveler Talents

So, we depart soon for vacation, South America bound.

Our tour package, entitled “The Best of South America”, highlights prized sites and sights: Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, Machu Picchu, and Easter Island.

We’re hoping the physicality of this trip isn’t beyond our knees… With successive travel adventure abroad (now at 40 countries explored via tour after accomplishing visits to all 50 states), we’ve been reminded of a wondrous reality of life in America: Prez Bush One passed ADA.… ...

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A Cautionary TALE

 The good news is that my knees didn’t buckle, bend the wrong way, or creak during Thai travel.
The bad news evoked more revery than a single sentence…
Fragile, cautious, in jeopardy. Not feelings I’d ever experienced before. Never a victim of robbery or rape, I’d lived a face-forward life.… ...
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Spender Bender

My husband and I saved money after gaining it the good old-fashioned American way:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAMRXqQXemU

We moved to the land of Opportunity that California was in 1979, a bit behind the steep climb in housing prices, fantastic career opportunities, but we planted-and-thrived anyway, coincident to the year the Smith Barney TV commercial aired.… ...

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Life as a Miracle: Satchel Easy-Peasy

airport-739311_640Life as a Miracle for the Colando couple seems to revolve around airports, not a door.

Life as a Miracle related to travel validates our quest, our zest for forays throughout the world.

The one I’ll relate in this post rolls back to 1993, when my husband traveled-for-a-month on business+fun in Europe.… ...

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Life as a Miracle: iPhone Home

My husband and I are not obsessive text-tweet-selfie-posting fools. When we vacation, we unplug. In today’s vernacular the term is off-grid: no emails, no postcards, no phone home. We liberate ourselves from the entrapments of daily life and self-interest to immerse ourselves in what’s new, immense, and worshipful abroad, to grow larger versions of ourselves.… ...

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Life as a Miracle: Hole in the Earth

I declined to crawl the channel under the Great Pyramid of Giza. We forsook the catacombs of Rome.

I couldn’t bare to read the spelunking passages of Nevada Barr’s book about caving in a national park. She was a favorite author; I read her mysteries serially.… ...

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Life as a Miracle: LAX Crosswalk

airport-739311_640It was late night and I was alone. At LAX, a pinpoint on the daily passenger map, estimated back then at 50 million people a day. A minuscule ant among those traveling hither-thither-and-yon.

Scared. You bet I was. Even a near miss wouldn’t do: I needed to re-unite with my man.… ...

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Comparison is the Thief of Joy

10313731_10153910149753707_6666291755952769009_nAs we all know, nothing distinguishes your friends from the false like adversity. We’ve all had samples of that. Unwarranted and unwelcome reinforcements of your sad, mad, and/or bad can overwhelm glad for you. It’s as if the false are in cahoots with the devil, in a parody of friends.… ...

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Pride isn’t Power

PJ and Lary 2014-39bFor our 12th anniversary my husband gave me a significant ring.

He also made a significant promise: that we’d travel abroad at least once/year for the rest of our lives. We’d achieved his travel goal of seeing all of our magnificent 50 states first, adventures that we shared and enjoyed.… ...

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