Showing posts tagged as 'travel'

Happy Independence Day

Tags: Inspiration, Spirit, Travel

July 04, 2011 07:02

Two of my fondest memories of living on the East Coast involve the 4th of July. Moving from California to Maryland to attend Johns Hopkins in the crazy hot month of August, I came too late that first year. But when July came around again, one of my friends had the idea that we should all head to Washington D.C. to see the fireworks.Sitting on the Mall that night, I had no idea what I was in...

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Where Do You Go To Escape?

Tags: Inspiration, Mind, Travel

May 18, 2011 03:00

Grand Tetons. To say that I'm envious would be a gross understatement. I've only been there once, but it was one of those epic trips that I will be dreaming about the rest of my life.Whenever I'm having a tough day, I easily close my eyes and remember my first glimpse of this mountain range, which seemed to rise out of nowhere, as we traveled down from Yellowstone. It certainly is one of the...

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Tuscan White Bean Soup

Tags: Italy, Main-course, Soup-on-saturday, Soups-and-stews, Travel

April 02, 2011 20:36

I was out to lunch the other day with a college student, and he mentioned that he wanted me to get another bean soup recipe up. So, this one is for him, and I'm pretty sure he'll like it. I trust you will too.For centuries, the people of Tuscany have loved beans. In fact, they have the unfortunate nickname of bean eaters. Tuscan bean varieties vary by geographic area, and some towns are known...

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Gabriel's Message

Tags: Catholic-church, Inspiration, Italy, Spirit, Travel

March 25, 2011 07:55

I broke the news to a group of college students last night. Nine months from today, we'll be celebrating Christmas. That's right. Today's the Feast of the Annunciation, the moment humanity learned of Emmanuel, God with us.You may recall that the image above, the Cortona Annunciation by Fra Angelico is one of my all time favorites. I've had the chance to see it several times in the Museo...

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Tags: Inspiration, Spirit, Travel

February 08, 2011 08:44

Every few years, one of my childhood friends makes a trip to Washington DC for her job. Usually, I take the train down and we catch up over dinner. This year, she came in a day early and we had the chance to spend the day together.It was really great to reconnect. We lucked out because it was sunny and unusually warm for early February. Last year at this time we were still recovering from back...

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Oh My

Tags: Diabetes, Inspiration, Travel, Type-ii-diabetes, Vegetarian

December 22, 2010 21:16

It's always fun to visit a new place. I really enjoyed my time in Mississippi, although I only saw a small portion of the state. One thing struck me during my brief time there, however and it involves food. Mississippi has the highest obesity rate in the country, with over 33% of the population considered obese.Those who read this blog on a regular basis know that where there's obesity, Type...

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Another Adventure

Tags: Catholic-church, Italy, Travel

October 21, 2010 05:49

A priest friend of mine and I had to scrap our initial itinerary for an Italy trip we were planning for next summer. With the dollar as weak as it is right now, the trip was just too expensive.I'm being cautious about it because, when I brought my last group over, some people traveling with me were just overwhelmed by the costs. It made for a stressful trip and took away a lot of the enjoyment...

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Don’t Stop Dreaming

Tags: Inspiration, Italy, Mind, Travel

October 10, 2010 22:10

Where's your happy place? When I'm having a tough day, I close my eyes and think about Tuscany. Over the last twenty years, I've had the great blessing to visit this wonderful part of Italy many times. If I were rich, I'd have an apartment in Florence overlooking the Piazza della Signoria. Almost always noisy and crowded with tourists, I'd love to set my alarm to go off in the middle of the...

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St. Francis of Assisi

Tags: Catholic-church, Inspiration, Italy, Prayer, Spirit, Travel

October 03, 2010 20:56

Ten years ago today, my family and I were celebrating the Jubilee Year in the Umbrian town of Assisi. October 4th is the feast day of St. Francis, and there is an ancient tradition of celebrating the vigil of his death with prayer. It's known as the Transitus of St. Francis.Those two days in Assisi were some of the most memorable of all my travels in Italy. Almost 800 years after his death, I...

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The Weekend Is Here

Tags: Inspiration, Mind, Travel

September 03, 2010 19:37

I took a shopping trip into Baltimore today, trying to get some things for the three-day weekend. First, I wanted to get the ingredients for the Carrot Oatmeal cookies I was going to make. I found the recipe on-line, and since I love oatmeal cookies, I thought this would be the perfect way to try something new and use up a bunch of carrots I bought last weekend.

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