August in Movies

August 2, 2014 by sarah

We’re still in the thick of Big Movie summertime. For a nice palette cleanser between action flicks, here are four iconoclastic sleeper hits not to miss in the glare of the blockbuster season.

One is a dark Irish comedy-thriller with some deep questions at its heart. One is a heart-wrenching documentary that will most likely make you a more empathetic person (at least it did that for me). One infuses the standard rom-com structure with a whole lot of weird. And one dispenses with anything standard entirely and goes all out for absurd.

See ‘em in your local art theater or put ‘em in your queue. Just don’t skip ‘em! 

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July In Photos

August 2, 2014 by Ali

So long, farewell, auf widersehn, adieu, July!

I would say that you flew by, but actually I was the one doing the flying this month. As you may have noticed on Instagram, I spent most of July across the pond in Europe!! We had a fabulous time visiting Austria (picture perfect), Germany (fascinating) and Italy (delicious). And while I intentionally chose not to bring along my big camera and take a zillion photos this trip, I did snap at least a few and will be sharing some of those and restaurant recommendations in an upcoming post. So stay tuned for that.

But I’m back in KC now, and perhaps a little too excited about a month ahead with zero traveling plans on the books. I have high hopes that the month will be gloriously normal and routine. We shall see. :)

As for July…

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10 Safety Tips For Traveling Solo

July 29, 2014 by Ali

Greetings from Florence! I have a few extra minutes between stops around town this morning, so I thought I’d pop in with a little post today about…yes…traveling! Specifically, tips on traveling alone.

This is especially dedicated to all of you single people out there, whom I highly encourage to get out there and travel if you’re not doing so already. (I may even do a follow-up post about my 10 favorite and least favorite things about traveling alone — would there be an interest in that?) But this post also definitely also goes out to anyone who’s going to be traveling alone for an entire trip, or even part of a trip like I’m doing this time around in Europe.

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What Movies Shaped Your Childhood?

July 12, 2014 by sarah

I have several movies that looped in the background of my childhood, creating a mesh of memories and meaning that influenced my life and worldviews in surprisingly profound ways. I’ll tell you about three from my very early days (3 to 5 years)…if you tell me some of yours!

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10 Amazing People I Met In El Salvador

July 10, 2014 by Ali

Wow. It has been a month since I’ve returned home from my trip to El Salvador with Unbound, but the dear people I met are still on my mind often.

I think of my sponsored friend, Josefa, in the morning when I drink my morning coffee from the matching mug I gave her. I think of women like Blanca Estela, who work hard in the El Salvadoran fields each day actually growing and harvesting coffee. I think of Maria, who spends her days in the kitchen cooking food to share with people just as I love to do. I think of Victoria and Kristin, two of the Unbound staff members who traveled to El Salvador with us, working hard each day just a mile or so away from my house in Kansas City.

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How To Start A Book Club

July 1, 2014 by Ali

5 tips on how to start a book club…that’s awesome…and that lasts. :)

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June In Photos

June 30, 2014 by Ali

Anne of Green Gables once said, “I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.”

Well, if I had to live in a world that was like this past month, I’d take it.

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10 Things I’ve Learned: Meg

June 29, 2014 by Ali

Happy Sunday, friends! We’re finally back with another post in our “10 Things I’ve Learned” series. And I’m happy that our guest-poster today is my lovely, long-time friend, Meg.

I actually met this pretty girl back in the year 2000, when my high school boyfriend took me to his “cool friend, Meg’s” house for a party after prom. I instantly saw a spark of a kindred spirit in this artsy, people-loving, deep-question-asking, song-writing, faith-seeking, life-celebrating girl. And as luck would have it, our paths crossed again for a year attending the same small liberal arts college and we became friends. Then our paths crossed again while doing an AmeriCorps stint in Dallas. And now, she is one of the friends I rearrange my schedule to make sure that I see anytime we’re both in Wichita with our families over the holidays, with hopefully a road trip to visit one another at least once a year in between when we can stay up for hours and hours talking just like in college and also make sweet treats like these. So yep, 14 years of friendship in, I’d say she’s a keeper. :)

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