Minnneapolis, Minnesota, USA
December 06
I am a stay-at-home mom who also happens to be an avid writer and traveler. I studied French and International Relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, lived in France, and have wandered to over 30 countries. I reside in Minneapolis, MN with my husband and two young children. I currently write three blogs:, and and am a frequent contributor to


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This year’s BlogHer conference was held at the Hilton New York in the heart of New York City. It had record setting attendance of almost 5,000 bloggers, sponsors and speakers from around the world. Although most attendees were women hence the name “BlogHer” there were some b… Read full post »

This month, Shot@Life (a global campaign that provides life-saving vaccines to children in developing countries) has launched something spectacular: Blogust.

Every day throughout the month of August, Shot@Life will feature a post on why comments matter and how they build community and work to… Read full post »

AUGUST 5, 2012 9:58AM

Rising to the sky

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Thoreau

Quote see in the lobby of the famous Rockefeller Tower before heading up to the “Top of the Rock”.

On top of the famous Rockefeller Tower, Midtown New York City, August 2012.

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Today I’m off to NYC for the weekend to attend BlogHer ’12, a blogging conference with thousands of woman around the world. I can hardly wait! Not only am I excited about meeting fellow blogger pals in person, I also can’t wait to learn about… Read full post »

The dramatic view of Lake Superior at the end of the Split Rock Lighthouse Costal Hike

Back in early June, my family and I had the pleasure of spending a long weekend along Minnesota’s sensational, untouched North Shore of Lake Superior. I’d written quite a few posts about the gorg… Read full post »

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Living in China, I often find myself standing up for this country, giving my temporary home the benefit of the doubt. Mass poverty? Yes, but economic and social development take time. Corruption? Oh yeah, but what

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It was no coincidence that the RESULTS International Conference to end global poverty was held at the same time as the AIDS 2012 Conference. It was a huge event and opportunity for over 400 RESULTS Activists to learn about the latest breakthroughs in HIV/AIDS treatments and the impact this de… Read full post »

JULY 29, 2012 3:57PM

The path not taken

This week’s Sunday Post theme by Jakesprinter is roads. I couldn’t help but think of this theme in both a literal and metaphorical way. As there was one road that I traveled on while hiking the Annapurna trail in Nepal, that changed my life forever and set me on my future… Read full post »

JULY 29, 2012 10:08AM

A fountain of flowers

“By cultivating the beautiful we scatter the seeds of heavenly flowers, as by doing good we cultivate those that belong to humanity”. – Robert A. Heinlein

This week’s travel theme from Ailsa of “Where’s my backpack” is one of my favorite photographicRead full post »

For centuries, the color purple has played a significant role in the Christian religion during Holy Week surrounding Easter. The color purple along with red, black, white and gold, has an important symbolic meaning as the color of royalty and suffering. It’s significance is not a coincidence gi… Read full post »

JULY 27, 2012 1:27PM

Purple Pasque Flowers

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I first saw them when I was running last spring. The mysteriously beautiful Pasque flowers that bloom around Easter each spring in Minnesota. Luckily I had my camera in hand and snapped the first picture shown of the gorgeous purple fuzzy flo

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JULY 27, 2012 8:53AM

The Arts and Carts of DC

I recently spent five days in our nation’s capital, Washington DC for a conference, and had the interesting experience of staying in nearby Crystal City an “urban village” as it is called on Wikipedia that is located south of Washington DC in Arlington, Virginia.

I had spent some ti… Read full post »

JULY 25, 2012 9:03AM

The Power of One Voice

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.† ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

I want to give all my readers a huge thank you for all the wonderful, supportive comments I received after my post The Color of Guatemala was Freshly Pressed.  I could not have… Read full post »

JULY 24, 2012 5:16PM

A Message of Hope


Today I did something I never dreamed possible. As a representative of the world’s poorest of the poor, I lobbied on Capital Hill. If you asked me two years ago if I would ever find myself here as an advocate for global and human rights, I would have laughed… Read full post »

JULY 21, 2012 10:48PM

DC and the missed opportunity

I’m here safe and sound in Washington DC and just had an amazing 12-hour day of conferences. I am here attending the RESULTS International Conference (a grassroots advocacy group focused on ending global poverty and hunger) on behalf of my advocacy work for the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life c… Read full post »

JULY 20, 2012 2:02PM

I’m off to DC!

The cab will arrive in 15 minutes and I can hardly stand my excitement. I am heading out today to our nation’s capital to participate in the RESULTS International Conference whose mission is to help end global poverty. There, I will be engaged in education, training, and gathering skills for th… Read full post »

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is the topic: Inside. It made me think of my children and how much they love to be inside things, explore the world and have fun.

To see life through the eyes of a child is to be a child again.

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JULY 20, 2012 9:12AM

The color of Guatemala

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. – Rabindranath Tagore

There is no place on earth that has as vibrant of colors as Guatemala. From the brightly painted buildings in hues of a brilliant rainbow to… Read full post »

JULY 19, 2012 4:07PM

What does one dollar mean to you?

“Children are one-third of our population and all of our future” – unknown

What does one dollar mean to you? 

Four quarters.

One green dollar bill.

A small pack of gum.

A piece of candy.

Or a life?

My son Max kissing his new sister – 11/15/06

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JULY 19, 2012 9:22AM

The birth of a new park

Tuesday night was a big night in Southwest Minneapolis. It was finally the opening of a long-awaited, highly anticipated newly constructed park in one of the finest locations of the city: The beloved Lake Harriet Bandshell.

Minneapolis is known for its parks. It has been said that there is a park… Read full post »

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Every single day, 1,000 mothers — some unaware they carry HIV — transfer the virus to their babies during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding. Without treatment, 50 percent of HIV-positive infants will die before their

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JULY 18, 2012 4:07PM

Passing the honor

Two fellow bloggers, Jennifer Avventura of My Sardinian Life | La Mia Vita Sarda and Emma of Emma’s Life Unravel recently passed the baton over to my blogs thirdeyemom and thethirdeyeworld for the Inspiring Blog Award. I must say that I’m very flattered to receive this aw/… Read full post »

“May I never miss a sunset or rainbow because I am looking down”.  -Sara June Parker

One thing I’ve learned is there is nothing like a gorgeous, undisturbed, peaceful sunset. Sunset has always been a celebrated, magical event.  For who doesn’t love a beautiful sunset?

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JULY 17, 2012 9:46AM

A Weekend at Rabbit Lake: Day

A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of spending the weekend at one of our friend’s cabins in northern Minnesota on lovely Rabbit Lake. Minnesota, land of over 10,000 lakes, is known for its cabin life, a common way many lucky Minnesotans spend their summers. Many cabins are passed down… Read full post »

JULY 16, 2012 9:32AM

The World in Technicolor

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I was recently honored with a blogging award by 2Summers called “Capture the Color” award and contest, sponsored by TravelSupermarket. Heather is perhaps one of the most talented photobloggers I’ve seen and/

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