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Roads

Most roads are nothing more than a means of reaching a destination. Without much thought, they get us from Point A to Point B. There is one exception, roads with an unspoken significance. When we take a minute to think … Continue reading

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Stardom

Every little girl fantasizes about being famous at some point in her life. Star-filled dreams of standing in the spotlight and coyly smiling at a crowd of paparazzi and their flashing cameras fill their minds. For some girls, those dreams … Continue reading

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Queenstown, One More Time

People who visit Queenstown, New Zealand for the first time experience a strong and unrelenting gravitational pull to return. The insatiable desire of, once again, laying eyes on its resplendent sights and breathing its intoxicatingly sweet air is deep and … Continue reading

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We’re on Vacation!

I’ll be back in two weeks to post more pictures and stories of our family’s adventures in Indonesia (and beyond)!

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A Simple Christmas

Completely isolated from the pandemonium, chaos, and hectic nature of the holiday season, Christmas in Tembagapura gave us the opportunity to focus on the little things. We played Frisbee with our neighbors in the hot morning sun, had a few … Continue reading

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China Extended Study Trip – Part II

Freezing temperatures and extreme smog gripped the city of Beijing during the first week of December, but that didn’t stop Ally and the rest of the MZS group from having the time of their lives. With pure energy and excitement, … Continue reading

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Another Mountain Adventure

Living life on the edge of the world is inherently complicated. The simplicity of a normal life continues to be replaced by a challenging reality, which often turns menial tasks into adventures. Ironically, it’s one of the things that I … Continue reading

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China Extended Study Trip

Books are windows to the world; the ability to step into and explore the pages of those books is an adventure. For the past several weeks Ally has had her nose buried in textbooks studying the rise and fall of … Continue reading

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Lost in Translation – Part IV

The Tembagapura department store is ready for the holidays. Artificial Christmas trees with flickering lights and kitschy wooden ornaments are up, and the shelves are amply stocked with children’s toys and games. Amusingly marked by things lost in translation, many … Continue reading

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Psych!

The scope of our Indonesian adventure moves in a dynamic state of flux, and it never fails to surprise us. My last post alluded to the fact that we boarded the plane and arrived in Timika, but that didn’t happen. … Continue reading

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Stuck in Bali

El Niño is still up to his old tricks, and more. His relentless force continues to cause unfavorable conditions in the region and ignite a new host of problems, including wildfires throughout the island of New Guinea. The wildfires are … Continue reading

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We’re on Vacation!

I’ll be back in one week to post more pictures and stories of our family’s adventures in Indonesia (and beyond)!

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