“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

I’ve decided to start doing a Favorite Quote post every Friday. Because, why not? I love quotes and have a habit of collecting them. I thought I’d share a quote every week that’s special to me, and how it has helped me. These past weeks, I’ve been struggling with the idea of traveling alone. I’ve been on my own for short periods during trips when … Continue reading “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

Goat Walking in Guatemala

It’s not everyday that you see goats being walked on a leash. It was such a treat for me to see this little girl walking her goat when I was in Tecpan, Guatemala. I love goats, and made quite a few friends during my volunteer trip earlier this month. They are fun, playful, and more curious than dogs. They’ve got such personalities too. Some are … Continue reading Goat Walking in Guatemala

Book Review: The Paradise Guest House

I love reading books that transport me to another land, somewhere far away from my New York City fast paced life. I picked this book, The Paradise Guest House by Ellen Sussman, because I was drawn to the cover. The inviting doors, the adorable statue of Lord Ganesha and the palm leaves were all I needed to read the back cover. I was immediately hooked … Continue reading Book Review: The Paradise Guest House

Guatemala Service Immersion Trip With Fordham Global Outreach and Share Tours

In early August, I spent a week in Guatemala working with Fordham alumni and Share Tours on a new school for kids in Tecpan. In a remote village in Tecpan, overlooking corn fields on hillsides there stood a newly constructed school awaiting a cement pavement and a paint job. A few years ago, the community had gotten together to build the school, but stopped work … Continue reading Guatemala Service Immersion Trip With Fordham Global Outreach and Share Tours

Howling Woods Farm: Where Wolfdogs Get a Second Chance

A brown, burly dog came jogging toward me. His wolf-like face had amber colored eyes that sparkled in the sun. His heavy coat waved and his thick legs moved with grace. When he reached me, he sniffed and slowly plopped to the ground, exposing his long, soft belly to rub. Big, and surprisingly cuddly, Samson, a 7-year-old, 110-pound, wolfdog mix of wolf and Alaskan Malamute … Continue reading Howling Woods Farm: Where Wolfdogs Get a Second Chance

My Galápagos Adventure

I had dreamed of visiting the Galápagos for nearly ten years. In September 2012, I was able to finally make the trip of a lifetime. I got to swim with sea lions, hang out with wise old giant tortoises, hike on spectacular cliff trails next to iguanas and exotic birds. I even experienced the thrill of swimming with a white-tip reef shark and snorkeling with … Continue reading My Galápagos Adventure

Cheetah Conservation Fund’s Livestock Guarding Dog Program Helps the African Cheetah

You’ve heard of seeing eye dogs, doggie therapists, and search & rescue dogs. But have you heard of guard dogs that are helping cheetahs? The Livestock Guarding Dog (LSGD) program started by the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in Namibia is one of the most successful programs implemented to help farmers guard their livestock from cheetahs—and help save the lives of cheetahs in the process. The … Continue reading Cheetah Conservation Fund’s Livestock Guarding Dog Program Helps the African Cheetah

Billion Baby Turtles: Give a Dollar, Save a Turtle

SEE Turtles Organization launches billion baby turtles campaign Baby turtles are adorable. They are also in serious trouble. The Billion Baby Turtles campaign launched by the SEE Turtles organization has a lofty goal. A billion is a big number, but that’s exactly what’s needed to save endangered turtle species. “Odds are long for a baby sea turtle, even under the best of circumstances. With all the human … Continue reading Billion Baby Turtles: Give a Dollar, Save a Turtle