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Below are the posts related to love. There are stories of love, acts of kindness, ways to share the infinite amount of love trapped inside of you looking for ways to get out, and things you can do to better love yourself.

The African Fund For Endangered Wildlife Giraffe Center!

August 6, 2014

Kissing The Giraffe

In Nairobi I got to visit the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW). It’s an education and conservation center on the edge of Nairobi National Park. It was started in 1979 to repopulate the Rothschild giraffe population. Long victimized by humans who have encroached on their territory in western Kenya, the population fell precipitously. If […]

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The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

August 4, 2014

Feeding The Elephants

While in Nairobi I paid a visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. They are a non-profit dedicated to helping orphaned elephants live on despite the death of their mother. You may wonder why the elephants become orphans. There is disease and there are accidents that leave elephants injured or dead. But there is also […]

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The Most Important Lesson On Love I’ve Learned

February 14, 2014

Dog I love you pillow

Though I’m still happily single (see 2012′s My Happily Single February 14th, 2012 and 2013′s Another Happily Single Valentine’s Day), I think something important is overlooked on this holiday of love. Today is a day to celebrate love. That’s great. Though it’s too commercial I definitely see value in taking a day to celebrate something so […]

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Catching A Train To The Wrong City In The Middle Of Nowhere

June 30, 2013

My Savior And Angel

It’s an honest mistake to make. How many cities could be named Bokaro in India? The answer, of course, is more than one and here’s the story (and if you’re curious, within 43km there are three different cities that start with the word Bokaro). As an Indian you have to reserve train tickets far in […]

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Photo Friday – Love At First Sight – Nicosia, Turkish Republic Of Northern Cyprus

June 7, 2013

Love At First Sight - Taken 5-Jun-2013 - Nicosia, Turkish Republic Of Northern Cyprus

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Zach Sobiech’s Story – Life, Love, And Music

May 25, 2013

Zach Sobiech

Rarely do I find myself speechless, but that’s exactly how I felt after I saw this video. The wisdom this young man had, the purity of his love, and the impact he had on his community. It’s all so beautiful. Unfortunately he passed away last week, but his story lives on via the video below, […]

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2 Burmese Monks, No Common Language, Tons Of Fun

May 15, 2013

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As I explored Bagan by bike, I was going to a particular temple next to the river. On my way I saw a beautiful temple and decided to stop for a minute to see it. I didn’t go inside but the sign said it was from the year 1215. Wow. At the entrance there were […]

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What Is Love? The Hoyt’s Story

April 27, 2013

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I came across this story and it was too beautiful not to share. Maybe it’s because I have thoughts of running my first marathon on my mind, or maybe it’s just because I’m human! How could you not be moved by such a story? In short, while in the womb Rick’s umbilical cord cut off […]

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Cultural Incompatibility: Hitting Children

April 13, 2013

Smacking

I hesitate even calling this a cultural incompatibility because this is a behavior, or dare I say, a parenting style that cuts across all cultures. It’s not like machismo, which is widespread throughout Latin America, but male chauvinism varies from place to place. In all of Scandinavia I am pretty sure it’s illegal to hit […]

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A Simple Greeting, A Deep Transmission Of Love

February 23, 2013

Child Namaste Greeting

How do you greet people? Maybe you nod at them, maybe you shake the other person’s hand, maybe you bow or do a curtsy. Everyone is different and every culture has different norms regarding greetings. In Singapore I couchsurfed with a local girl. She was also hosting a girl from the Czech Republic who spent many months, maybe it was […]

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An Indian Wedding – Need I Say More?

February 20, 2013

Main Event

I had the pleasure of being part of the wedding festivities for my friend’s sister-in-law. Weddings are a big deal everywhere, but I’m not sure any other place on the planet places so much emphasis on them and draws them out for so long with so many rituals and ceremonies – not even Big Fat […]

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Another Happily Single Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2013

Sage Advice From Barney Stinson

Last year I was happily single on Valentine’s day. This year, I’m happy to report, I am still single. India has taught me a lot about social pressure, and I’m not sure there is any greater social pressure in Indian society than to get married. Married people seem to be perceived as more grounded and […]

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Nicholas Winton: The Humble Hero With 6,000 Kids

February 2, 2013

Nicholas Winton

I watched the documentary Nicky’s Family last night and I’m still having a hard time processing what I saw. To summarize, Nicholas Winton was a successful British stock broker who planned to take a vacation to the Swiss Alps with a friend in 1938. The friend decided to go to Prague instead. The British and […]

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Coming Alive Through Music

January 5, 2013

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There are many fuels that propel us through our days and through life. There’s knowledge/learning for our minds, food for our bodies, and love for our souls. Another fuel, though, is music. I’ve shared my own anthems and the anthems for the Happy Nomad Tour. The more I travel, the more I see how central […]

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Photo Friday – The Apple Of My Eye – Raleigh, NC, USA

December 28, 2012

The Apple Of My Eye - Taken 25-Dec-2012 - Raleigh, NC, USA

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Volunteering At A Mother Teresa Home For Sick Children In Davao, Philippines

December 3, 2012

Holding RJ

You may be aware that Mother Teresa had a home for old people to die in comfortably and with dignity in Calcutta, India, as well as a home for sick and malnourished children. What you may not know is that these homes are all over the world – in 133 countries to be exact. When […]

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What I’m Thankful For Today

November 22, 2012

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This post was an afterthought. I wasn’t planning to write anything for Thanksgiving. Last night I realized how crazy it was that last year I was rescued from homelessness by Indians in Costa Rica, this year I’m in India.  But as I sit here in India, about to dive into a 3-day wedding festival of […]

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