This Is Our Village

There’s a certain je ne sais quoi about visiting a tourist town during the off-season. Roaming the empty streets, it feels as if the place is yours for the taking. Today, my grandma and I wandered around the village of Lake George for a few hours and it was wonderful.

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World Water Day

Having clean water is something many, many folks take for granted. 

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I’ve done a lot of fundraising for charity: water over the years and I continue to be inspired by the great work they do. 

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Don’t take anything for granted. Be thankful for what you have and give back to those who aren’t as fortunate. Skip the latte today and give someone clean water. Educate yourself on organizations that give 100% of donated proceeds to the cause (ahem, like charity: water).

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Don’t assume all charities are frauds. It may be surprising, but there are GOOD people in this world doing GREAT things. And the folks at charity: water are those people. I’ve met them. I’ve volunteered with them. They’re wonderful. 

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Please, spread kindness and cheer, xo

Jackie

Iceland Revisited

I still don’t know why, exactly, but I do think people can have a spiritual connection to landscape, and I certainly did in Iceland. -Hannah Kent

A year ago today I was gearing up for a European adventure — and the first stop was Iceland! I arrived on Feb. 2, 2015 and I’ve reminisced about my time there every day since.

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A Stranger’s Poetry

I had just finished perusing the Union Square holiday market where I, of course, spotted a dog shop and bought Rudolph a wool sweater. As I was heading to my train I saw a few folks huddled around this poet. I couldn’t help myself. Sure, I had a train to catch at Grand Central but that could wait.

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13 Gifts For Travelers

Traveling is all I ever want to be doing. To have a constant stream of flights and itineraries to keep up with is my dream. Alas, the holiday season is upon us and while I’m one to advocate for donating to charitable causes over buying crap for folks, I guess doing both is OK too. But even better is finding fun travel-related gifts that give back!

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