Belton, Texas: Ideas for Sunny Days

This past month, rain clouds have taken up residence in central Texas. The weather app displays thunderclouds over every day for the next week and a half. It is dark, humid, and warm outside; and this is unfortunate, seeing that outdoor activities are always the best option for entertainment in small town America. I know rain is good for Texas with our continual drought and … Continue reading Belton, Texas: Ideas for Sunny Days

The “You’ve Got Mail” Guide To New York

The “You’ve Got Mail” Guide To New York. There’s a You’ve Got Mail tour of New York. You’ve Got Mail might be the most charming and quotable movies I’ve ever seen, and that, as well as the extraordinary chemistry of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, makes it my favorite movie. The screenplay is witty while also being romantic (not in the lovey-dovey way but in … Continue reading The “You’ve Got Mail” Guide To New York

13 Books To Read Before 13

I grew up saturated in literature. Library trips were a weekly occurrence. When we were big enough, each child had their own library card and bag full of books. Sometimes Mom would want more books from a section than was allowed, so she would spread the checkouts among each child. The Jennings family could single-handedly wipe the shelves of everything pertaining to Mesopotamia. I routinely … Continue reading 13 Books To Read Before 13

Waco Stories You Didn’t Know Existed: the Waco History App

One of the new trends is to be a “tourist in your own city”. But too often, people doubt Waco. The Farmers’ Market? Done. Cameron Park Zoo? Been there 3 times already. Or maybe you don’t doubt it and want to check out places like the Hippodrome or Wine Shoppe… but you can’t afford to spend the money. Well, local history has a way of … Continue reading Waco Stories You Didn’t Know Existed: the Waco History App

When travel plans don’t go your way.

Stranded in Glasgow As anyone who has studied abroad might tell you, traveling independently will teach you more about the world and yourself than any class can. This fall, I lived in St Andrews, Scotland. Responsible yet flexible, I knew I would be an expert traveler. Rick Steves was going to recruit me with a handwritten letter. But the essential thing about travel is… you … Continue reading When travel plans don’t go your way.

Crossing over: cultural hybridity

“Travel. But also invest in your time with the St Andrews students. You will make friends from all over the globe.” Last night, I had the opportunity to speak at the pre-departure dinner for the Baylor at St Andrews group. I thought I had gotten over my nostalgia and longing for my other home, my other culture. I doubt however that I’ll ever lose the … Continue reading Crossing over: cultural hybridity