Survival of the Fittest: Finding My Sea Legs for a Galápagos Travel Story

It was cloudy and windy the day I found myself alone on a zodiac boat off the coast of Floreana Island in the Pacific Ocean. The small boat swayed near Devil’s Crown: an extinct, collapsed underwater volcanic cone. Around me were jagged, dark rock remnants, haunting and beautiful. I was on a snorkeling outing asContinue reading “Survival of the Fittest: Finding My Sea Legs for a Galápagos Travel Story”

Kissing Horses and Hiking Mountains with My Dog in New Hampshire

“The mountains are calling and I must go,” said John Muir about finding peace among the towering trees, silvery cliffs, and crisp mountain air that breathes freshness into your being. It was this desire that carried me away from my concrete jungle to the White Mountains of the Granite State over Memorial Day Weekend. TheContinue reading “Kissing Horses and Hiking Mountains with My Dog in New Hampshire”

Inspiration from THE INVITATION by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer is dear to my heart, and it always takes me back to a magical hike on a rainy afternoon in a Costa Rican virgin rainforest, so far from home yet so close to mother nature. I was soaked to the skin, coming alive amidst the lush landscape serenaded by theContinue reading “Inspiration from THE INVITATION by Oriah Mountain Dreamer”

10 Sensible Tips for Traveling Light

Ladies, let’s face it: we’re often guilty of over packing. Five pairs of sandals, three pairs of knee-high boots, matching outfits and accessories for every occasion, big bottles of hair products, our beloved blow dryer, flat iron, and creams of all kinds. It’s not an easy task to travel light,but with rising costs for checkedContinue reading “10 Sensible Tips for Traveling Light”

Meet the Animals that Inspired THE BLESSINGS OF THE ANIMALS by Katrina Kittle

This article was previously published on NBC Petside.com Of all the novels I’ve read involving furry friends, The Blessings of the Animals by Katrina Kittle is by far my favorite. There’s the dancing goat Muriel, a three-legged cat named Gerald, and Moonshot, a beautiful rescued horse among others, brought to life with vivid detail andContinue reading “Meet the Animals that Inspired THE BLESSINGS OF THE ANIMALS by Katrina Kittle”

Ten Smart Tips for Solo Women Travelers

The last time I traveled alone was ten years ago in East Africa. I stayed in Zanzibar for just two days but did everything I wasn’t supposed to do. I let the bar/resort manager flirt with me and take me on a walk on the beach after a few drinks one night. I went toContinue reading “Ten Smart Tips for Solo Women Travelers”

Taking Refuge in Australia’s Kindness

The other night, I awoke from a deep sleep to silence. There was no cacophony of frogs, no giggling kookaburras, no pitter-patter of possums on the roof, and no cows marching across the lawn throwing water bowls around. There were definitely no wallabies clucking for their babies. These were the sounds of the bush, whereContinue reading “Taking Refuge in Australia’s Kindness”

Living a Life Worth Writing About

To me, writing isn’t just a job. It’s a lifestyle. A very cherished one. Ever since I discovered my passion, all my actions, feelings, travels, and adventures became fodder for my articles, essays and chapters in my book. Whether it happened ten years ago, or just the day before, whether it was heartbreaking or joyful,Continue reading “Living a Life Worth Writing About”

Brooklyn’s Sean Casey Animal Rescue Helps All Unwanted Animals, Including the Most Difficult Dogs

As soon as the call came—a small Poodle was spotted curled up near the Prospect Expressway—Sean Casey of Sean Casey Animal Rescue (SCAR) was on his way. Thankfully, help came before the dog was hit by any cars. When I arrived to interview Sean for this article, he was at the vet getting the dogContinue reading “Brooklyn’s Sean Casey Animal Rescue Helps All Unwanted Animals, Including the Most Difficult Dogs”

PARROT CONFIDENTIAL: Film by Allison Argo Shows the Bittersweet World Parrots Share with Humans

I have witnessed parrots in captivity. I have heard their loud calls. I have seen in horror parrots who pecked their feathers out. I have also met wonderful parrot owners and rescuers who have dedicated their lives to making the lives of their feathered friends better. But until I saw Allison Argo’s film “Parrot Confidential”Continue reading “PARROT CONFIDENTIAL: Film by Allison Argo Shows the Bittersweet World Parrots Share with Humans”