Island airport tarmac = Dog park

When you live on a small island (8 miles long by 3 miles wide) you have to get creative with daily life functions…like exercising your dog. I was dog-sitting for some dear friends… Continue reading

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Autopilot Living

Lately, it has come to my attention that I have been on autopilot of daily life…again. You know those moments in life where you recognize that you are just going through a routine… Continue reading

Rape victims’ family moves away from perpetrator

A few weeks ago, I got word that a little 4 yr old girl was raped by a 14 yr old neighbor boy. Even though this is loathsome news, it is not necessarily… Continue reading

Escape. Alone. Death.

The other day I watched out my window as a few friends of mine took off down the road in their golf cart. I had no idea they were going to the burial… Continue reading

Life on Utila – Doc Rail

Last night I went out to see the sunset and grab a beer with friends. We settled down just before sunset at SkidRow, a local restaurant/bar. We pulled two tables together and each… Continue reading

Normalcy. Unhappy. Risk.

Have you ever felt like you were on the edge of a cliff and you couldn’t see what was below you? Not literally, but the felling of it. You have butterflies in your… Continue reading

Grief. Vulnerability. Reality.

(This is an excerpt from January 18, 2012 taken from my journal.) Grief. It can come at any moment. You can see a picture or hear a song that reminds you of a… Continue reading

Water. Lunch. Photo. School.

  I had a very successful time back in the States and it’s been very exciting to return back to this beautiful island of Utila, Honduras. While I was back in the States,… Continue reading

1900lbs of learning

There were so many purposes for me going back to the States for a few months and collecting books for the first ever library at Centro Educacion Basica Republica de Honduras on the… Continue reading

Road trip for books

Last week was over-the-top! Why? 1 – Boxing up 1000+ books and shipping them to Utila for the first ever library of the public school, Centro Educacion Basica Republica de Honduras! 2 –… Continue reading

Books, books, books: from kids in Idaho to kids in Utila, Honduras!

Here are 800+ books ready to be boxed up and shipped to the public school of Utila, Honduras. I have a friend that I haven’t seen in almost 20 years, who is a… Continue reading

Baby Savanna Grace Allen

There is little more precious than a newborn baby. Savanna Grace Allen was born to my good friends, Sean and Rona Allen last Thursday. Her older brother and 3 sisters absolutely love her… Continue reading

Oddities and specialties of Utila

My usual mode of transportation is a bike but last week I decided to walk since  it’s easier to capture life, with a camera in hand, on foot.  Here are some oddities of… Continue reading

New uniforms. Smiling faces. Joy. Joy. Joy.

Last Thursday and Friday we  delivered brand new uniforms to some of the children of Centro Educación Básica República de Honduras. Hopefully it was the first of many “deliveries” we make to the… Continue reading

Glimpse into the underwater world

For the first time in many, many sleeps I submerged myself into the underwater world last weekend. It was a beautiful, hot afternoon and my roomy and I decided to put everything else… Continue reading

Some things never get old

There are probably a trillion+ images of sunrises and sunsets floating around on the internet, in scrapbooks, in bins, in photo albums, or even in your back pocket. I never get tired of… Continue reading

Abandoned drug plane. Add it to Utila’s airplane boneyard.

There are many beautiful aspects of living here on the island of Utila. Many people think it would be absolute paradise to live on an island in the Caribbean. Before you get lost… Continue reading

28 shirts. 39 pants. 29 skirts. 27 boys shoes. 24 girls shoes.

At the beginning of the week we heard of a scheduled power outage for the entire island  from 6am-4pm on Wednesday (3.14.12) and that just happened to be the day we planned on… Continue reading

One life at a time.

As I have spent time in parts of this beautiful island where there are many people in extreme poverty, I have to balance the feeling of being overwhelmed with knowing that I can… Continue reading