Travel Essays to Read Before Your Next Trip

Traveling is an art form. It can be impossible to perfect, but it helps to read about other people’s experiences, and mistakes, before you leave. That way you can laugh about all the mistakes you’ll make, and get to know the area of the world you’re traveling to a little more intimately. The following post is compiled of essays and books I’ve read, and think everyone should read before, or during, their next adventure. Continue reading “Travel Essays to Read Before Your Next Trip”

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden: Is It Worth A Visit?

With a hefty parking and entrance fee, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is not for the cheap-minded individual. Just for myself the cost for parking was $15, and then entrance into the park itself was another $15. Add on any additional purchases (lunch/souvenir) and you’re looking at over $50 for one person. If you car pool then the cost doesn’t seem too steep, but for a single individual, it’s a bit much for a few hours at a garden.
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10 Poems To Read After Watching Wonder Woman

I’ve seen Patty Jenkin’s Wonder Woman twice now, and the movie’s take on World War I is so moving that I started thinking about how everyday women dealt with the effects of war. The stress of having to take up the jobs the men left behind, for less money and even less respect. Then I dived into collections of poetry written by women in the twentieth century– some of the authors quite the Wonder Women themselves; stationed as nurses during the war or even fought in the streets against the German invasions. Both World Wars had a massive impact on literature, but this post is not about Hemingway, Tolkien, nor Yeats. Below is a list of ten poems written by female authors whose subject matter aligned with the themes displayed in Wonder Woman: love, honor, and death. Continue reading “10 Poems To Read After Watching Wonder Woman”

Wonder Woman: A Hero For All

There are superhero movies where the actions of the hero are never contested. Everything is sunshine and roses. The jokes land on the correct beats, the action is cut in exciting jumps, but there’s something missing. Patty Jenkin’s take on the leading lady of the DC Universe supplies what the super hero genre can lack: heart. Continue reading “Wonder Woman: A Hero For All”

Sitting at the Edge of the World: Inis Mór, Ireland

The last time two times I visited Galway, Ireland I did the Cliffs of Moher thing, and while it was one of the better tours I’ve ever done, this time I wanted to do something different. That different ended up being a day trip on January 2, 2017 to the largest of the three Aran Island, Inis Mór. Continue reading “Sitting at the Edge of the World: Inis Mór, Ireland”