Showing posts from July, 2010

The big move

I moved out when I was 18. But it wasn't far.

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Now I am moving away. Farther than before.

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I am super excited! I appreciate variety when it comes to weather, but I must admit that the prospect of living in a city where the temperature is always, well, perfect, has me chomping at the bit.

So if you like beaches, perfect weather, whales, rocky coasts, seafood, and me, please come visit! I will be happy to see you, and I'm sure you won't have a hard time enjoying yourself.

The purpose of the move is to attend school at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. I am extremely excited to study at such a diverse place and to be surrounded by bright, talented people who share my interests. I have always wanted to earn a Master's degree (I think because my dad did), and now that dream is coming true!

More than self...America

There is nothing as exhilarating, refreshing, and inspiring as driving across America. Well do the words of "America the Beautiful" describe the natural wonders found here.

O beautiful for spacious skies
For amber waves of grain
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain
The beauty of the United States of America extends well beyond its physical features. I love America because of the freedoms I enjoy as a citizen of this country. I love the freedom of expression. I love that people can assemble and openly express their opinions, whatever they may be. I love the fact that people can protest and disagree with the government without fearing for their lives. I love the interstate system! I love the diversity of this country. I love that the fate of this nation ultimately lies in the hands of the people. I love public discourse. I love the cities. I love the suburbs and the neighborhoods.

America has flaws. America has problems. And that's okay. America is ever ch…