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Family at Sea

February 27, 2019

I took a trip on the Norwegian Cruise Line Gem during a week there was no single supplement. The single supplement is a surcharge for single occupancy of a regular cabin.

There were 60 or so people traveling solo.  Each evening we gathered to hear about the day, see if there was interest in meeting up the next day to go ashore and who was interested in sharing a dinner table

The level of engagement was flexible and I got to see how other solos were experiencing the adventure.   It gave me...

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Lunch Time Getaway

February 9, 2019

When I travel, I love exploring the local cuisine.  I spotted that Dunya served many Iraqi style dishes and people were raving about their food on places like Yelp.  Just a short ride from downtown Waterbury, CT took me halfway around the world.  

It's a hybrid supermarket/restaurant with an amazing menu.  I had a yearning for falafel, which is a savory chick pea patty which was served over salad.  Topped off with a Turkish coffee and a pistachio baklava brought back memories of my past...

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Connecting

January 17, 2019

As an adventure seeker, I say "yes" to novel road trips. The aim of this one was to debut my story about my overnight experience in New York City at a storytelling show named "Maan, You've Got To Hear This".

Nestled deep in Bushwick, Brooklyn, I discovered its venue."Precious Metals Bar" an electic space cleverly designed which magically makes a former industrial setting feel homey.

The stories were very personal. There was a lot of deep listening. We witnessed and felt a wide range of...

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Old Town

January 10, 2019

I joined a group of solo travelers taking a walk to the historic fort in Old San Jua.  We saw beautiful sweeping views of the sea. The plan was to head back the same way we came. I suggested a walk through town to get a contrasting view.

As we walked past a historic square and across cobble stone streets, our heads turned to the right.  We discovered a street decorated with a rainbow of colored umbrellas. It drew us in. it got us to pause and lose ourselves in the moment.

The shared...

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Leaps and Falls

December 30, 2018

Someone told me that I achieved a lot in the last six months. Their comment made me realize that on a regular basis, I asked, “Do I dare do this?”  I sometimes failed at new things…but somehow/somewhere a new “door” opened.

In 2018 I expanded my community music programming, received unexpected invites to perform and I experimented with new ways to get students engaged.

People shared that I helped to spark their thinking and their willingness to go outside the comfort zone and that it was...

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