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By Angelo Lopez on July 2, 2011

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By Adrian Klaphaak on April 8, 2010

My one month experiment working remotely from the rice fields...

I'm in Bali for the month of January, living into my long held dream of working remotely from Southeast Asia. I have had a vision of building a "second life" for myself here since my first trip through Southeast Asia five years ago. This month in Bali is my first experiment with what it's like to live and work in a very different reality. So far it has been just that – a very different reality.

I rented a house for the month in a village called Penestanan, just outside of Ubud. It is awesome in the old sense of the word – full of awe and beauty. The village is dripping with green, effortlessly growing in and around all of the homes. Nature is king here, and there is very little separation or attempt to control it. The people live in it and move with it. When the monsoon sweeps through in the afternoons, everyone yields and brings their already slow pace to a pause. They don't fight it. They stay in the flow. Seeing this level of fluidity reminds me how I sometimes resist what is happening around me, instead fighting to make what I want happen. That doesn't work here. What does seem to work is staying in the flow. Always a good lesson.

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By Shari L. Wilson on August 19, 2009

Okay, so maybe I'm wrong. Or not. I can't decide.

I've been reading recently about "glamping," the latest trend in "camping with glamour." In other words, camping in the great outdoors with upscale tents that have dividers for private rooms, high-quality linens on beds, air mattresses with mp3 player plugs. Glamping at places that organize events, like ice cream socials for kids.

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By Katwy Heru on June 30, 2009

Tall and slender young and fine, the girl from Ipanema goes walking, and as she’s walking the young man watching goes AAAHHH!

Rio! Lord! God! RIO!

Such a land of beauty with a bevy of the most beautiful women, and beautiful people, bewitching in nature, beguiled by the opulence of what God’s creative forces have to offer as it is stricken by the awesomeness of the downtrodden and the hopeless. It is only fitting that it is almost twelve years since my first contemplation of traveling to this place of God’s natural majesty that I now find myself renewed and recharged by her grace and natural mystic.

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By Kelly Jacobsen on June 26, 2009

The following is part two in a series reviewing my favorite things to see, do, eat, and hear in Washington DC.

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Visit The Capitol as many times as you can.

No matter how many times I see The Capitol, the magnificence of the structure never gets old. Hang around during the week and you might even spot a Member of Congress (or a group of friendly League of Conservation Voters interns and staff.)

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By Kelly Jacobsen on June 25, 2009

The following is part one in a series reviewing my favorite things to see, do, eat, and hear in Washington DC.

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The Flea Market at Eastern Market (Saturday and Sunday)

Favorite steals: Sunflowers that make this Kansans proud ($8 for one bouquet); Transfat free – supposedly- mini donuts (7 for $2); Assorted, unique greeting cards ($1 - $1.50/each or buy five, get one free)

Simply out of sheer luck, I happened to move into a fantastic rowhouse in the city’s historic Eastern Market neighborhood. While I love the colorful flowerbeds and brick sidewalks, my absolute favorite part about this neighborhood is the Flea Market on every Saturday and Sunday.

From Pennsylvania to Independence, 7th street SE is transformed into a community hub for DC’s young and old. Vendors selling produce, clothing, jewelry, flowers, and more provide their products are excellent prices and one can rest assured knowing they are doing their part to support the locals.

The outdoor portion of the market is only on the weekends, but starting this Friday, the indoor daily market will be reopening after a fire damaged much of the facility in 2007. DC is abuzz about the return and shoppers will be able get fresh meat, seafood, pastries, and produce six days a week (closed Mondays) in the newly air-conditioned building.

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By Kelly Jacobsen on June 15, 2009

After living in Washington D.C. for just over a week, I am, of course, well-prepared to share with you a few bits of knowledge I’ve gained in my short time here.

Go to Jazz in the Garden and prepare a picnic dinner. I went, along with two other interns from the League of Conservation Voters (See, Mom! I am making friends) this past Friday night and I couldn’t have asked for a more pleasant evening. We were not entirely sure what we were getting into and came without a blanket or chair, but were still able to enjoy the evening with hundreds of other Washingtonians.

Speaking of Washingtonians read this online magazine and follow them on Twitter. I learned of their guide to city when I stopped for some delicious (and sustainable!) SweetGreen Frozen Yogurt outside of their office and I’ve been hooked ever since. Each week, they deliver inside guides to the best events happening around the city, from free film screenings to pricey cocktail parties.

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By Lisa Attrill on May 25, 2009

As a visitor to Australia, there are so many differences from the United States that I decided to try to give you a quick guide. I hope this information will be helpful to you as it was certainly fun to create this list.

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By Katwy Heru on January 21, 2009

Faithful readers! How can I begin to share with you the very essence of the feelings I felt this day? Can mere words fully express my most innermost sentiments as I felt my spirit lifted upon the wings of ancestors who hoped, prayed, sacrificed, died, cried and dared to dream so that we and all of our children, and their children's children, might one day know what true freedom can feel like? Am I capable of imparting the images that portrayed so much of what moved Reverend Rick Warren to tears? Or, for that matter, relay how it was to receive the gift of his invocation that was so moving and heartfelt as he seemed to weave in those experiences in a prayerful tome that seemed to recount pivotal aspects of our American experience?

How can I attempt to frame the auditory refrains from our own Queen Mother of Soul, Aretha Franklin, as she returned us to childhood and had two million people swaying to the goldness of her voice in unison and union? Like babes in a cradle we all felt her motherly kiss as she sang "My Country, Tis of Thee." Thank you Queen Mother for giving me that grace filled experience as it soothed my soul and expedited my connection to everyone around me and beyond. She delivered me from the solitude of being one IN two million to becoming one WITH two million.

How can I express the well spring of emotions that I felt as the various luminaries that we have all grown to respect, and dare I say love, took the stage to create the space for President-Elect Obama’s receipt of the mantle of the presidency?

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By Janet Morrison on January 17, 2009

It's 8:20 on Saturday night. 2 1/2 days before the Inauguration of Barack Obama.

I learned of my trip to Washington D.C. only on Tuesday of this week. We leave tomorrow morning at 5:00 a.m.

Despite what I feel like is an over-busy life these days, with my last-minute decision to go on this trip, it's amazing how I've kicked it into high gear to be able to go on mini-shopping sprees because I am hoping to capture the swearing, parade, and people in any way possible--video, audio, or visual. I actually have no idea what *is* actually possible. I have no tickets and will only be in D.C. for a mere 10 hours on Inauguration Day. I don't know if it is possible to be a part of the parade *and* see the swearing in on the jumbo-trons. I have no idea what the crowds will be like and how easy it will be to walk around. But it doesn't matter. I will be there.

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