Tales: Bloganuary # 11 (Boldly Living Bourdain-ism)

The prompt for Day 11 of the Bloganuary challenge is “What does it mean to live boldly?” To live boldly generally means to live a life without reservations.  I use the word reservation becaues it will forever remind me of Anthony Bourdain.  A figure who has inspired me to travel and start a blog that…

Tales: Bloganuary (Critical Assumptions End Here)

The prompt for January 9th is “What do people assume incorrectly about me? For me, it depends on when and where you met me. If you met me as a child in preschool to high school, the assumption would be that I was a loser, nerd, or just another non-player character existing in the landscape…

Tales: Bloganuary (Writing is a Superpower)

The prompt for January 8th is “What do you like most about your writing? I wonder how many people found this prompt challenging to respond to in the briefest way possible. I love writing and have a long list of reasons I am drawn to it. That previous statement would seem even more bazaar if…

Tales: Bloganuary (Laughing at the Comment Section)

Day 7 prompt was What makes you laugh? This topic isn’t something that I think of very often. I can say that there are no actual defining criteria on what makes me break out in joyful laugher. One moment it can be because I am watching scenes from the old Dave Chapelle tv show and…

Tales: Bloganuary (Inspired by Jamaica Kincaid)

The prompt for January 6th is “Who is someone that inspires you and why? This is another difficult prompt because we encounter many inspirations throughout our lifetime. But, at the moment, I can only think of one person, and that person is Elaine Cynthia Potter Richardson, an author who goes by the name Jamaica Kincaid….

Tales: Bloganuary (What I Wish I Knew How to Do!)

I am a day late and a dollar short, but yesterday I intended on posting the on 5th day of Bloguanuary, and it didn’t happen. The prompt for January 5th was “What is something you wish you knew how to do?” I honestly have a laundry list of things I wish I knew how to…

Tales: Bloganuary (No Toys for a Child)

The prompt for day four of Bloganuary is “What was your favorite toy as a child?”   I honestly wanted to skip this prompt today because I felt this topic was too basic and didn’t spark joy. But, then I started to wonder, why does talking about a favorite childhood toy prompt me to shirk…

Tales: Bloganuary (Leaving my Comfort Zone for Friends)

The prompt for day three of Bloganuary is “Write about the last time you left your comfort zone.” I have been leaving my comfort zone for most of my life. As a young adult, I learned that in order to navigate the world, I frequently had to experience varying levels of awkwardness and vulnerability. At…

Tales: Bloganuary (Road Trip Caribbean Style)

The prompt for day two of Bloganuary is “What is a road trip you would love to take?” If money was no obstacle and time was on my side, my road trip would be an exploration of the Caribbean by way of a sea vessel preferably a yacht , but I am sure if bridges…

Tales & Travel: Time Traveling to the Past

It’s 2022, and I found myself trying to take pictures like I used to, but I feel a bit unsexy and more body-conscious than usual. This isn’t a new thing for me, but that single act of trying to take a nice picture led me to look at all my old photos from 2007 until…

Travel: Exploring Trier’s Christmas Market

Last weekend, I, alone with an acquaintance, visited Trier, Germany. This blog is about this brief Saturday afternoon frolick throught Trier’s Christmas Market. It’s December, and I find myself in Germany, a country known for the most commonly understood stereotypical scenes of Christmas misery and bliss. Christmas isn’t my favorite holiday, but to be honest,…

Travel: My Weekend in Iceland (The Land of Fire & Ice)

At the beginning of December 2021, I visited Iceland, and I was happy to report that I had checked it off my bucket list. While the term bucket list has become somewhat cliché in my world, I know that some places are more than a list to be checked off. Iceland is one of the…

Tales: 6 Best Candle Companies + Candle Care Tips

I have a weakness for flowers and candles; it’s the kind of weakness that leaves me craving the visual and olfactory sensations that come from smelling well-made candles and seeing beautiful flowers on my table. So indulging in buying candles has taught me a thing or two about burning them and what scents work best…

Tales: 愛のコリーダ In the Realm of the Senses

In the Realm of the Senses or L ’Empire des Sens is a Japanese art film released in 1976. This film tells the story of two lovers and the passion that engulfs them as ones’ obsession turns deadly. This sounds like an introduction to a Lifetime movie, one where the man or woman does something…