Monthly Archives: December 2015

2015 is almost over

As 2015 comes to an end, I find myself reflecting, as many of us are, on this journey that we call ‘Life’.

I am thankful that I have a job and a steady paycheck unlike so many in our nation today. I pray that this changes for real, and not just on paper with bias statistics to further the political agenda of those in power.

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Dream Italia – Venezia The Final Days



I have but 2 days left in Venezia. It has gone by much too quickly. I can feel that she is beckoning me, ‘Stay. Don’t go Rae.’ I know that she has much more to show me. But alas, reality comes slamming back into view and I have to return to work. If I don’t return to work, how will I afford to visit next year? It is that thought, knowing I will return, that will get me through these next 48 hours.  Come, come with my on the final leg of my journey through Venezia.

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Should travel be threatening?

A few days ago I ran into someone that I had not seen since returning from Italy.  I was asked if I felt safe while I was there.  Yes, I replied and didn’t give it much thought at the time. The following day, the day after the mass shooting in San Bernardino, CA amidst all of the vocal activity on Facebook at the outrage, the arguments for more gun control; it being just days after the horrendous attacks in Paris;  a post by Rick Steve’s and Bloggers asking people to not cancel vacation plans outside the US; in response to a post that I’d seen on my FB feed, I made mention of the fact that I am much more “afraid” here in the US.  I started to think about the question I’d been asked.  Did I feel safe while travelling in Italy? My answer is still a resounding YES!! ABSOLUTELY!!!

I am not going to discuss the gun issue here or the politics of it, that’s not what this post is about.  It is about my feeling safe about travel. And let me stress that these are my feelings and mine alone.

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