“Do you consider yourself an ‘Influencer?’” My former student, Savannah, popped this awkward question as we swung open the doors to “Happy Place,” the surreal pop-up photography playground that zinged into Boston this month. “Um…” I stalled, grappling for an appropriately inspiring answer to explain why I had been invited to tour and photograph the space,… [Read More]
Learning Around the World:
Though I am a classroom teacher, this site is about the learning that takes place beyond a school's walls. We can learn everywhere! Use these articles to explore our world's joys...
Attractions in My Beloved Massachusetts Capital! I’ve run Around the World “L” Travel Blog for a decade now, and have lived in Boston nearly my whole life (multiple decades!), but it isn’t until THIS article that I am finally, comprehensively answering the question I get so much… What are the Best Things to Do in Boston,… [Read More]
How I Decided on Minneapolis for Travel: Scanning ultra-bargain flights during a particularly fraught week of life, the airport code MSP winked an alluring, “Hello!” “Ooo, Minneapolis…” I cooed, “I’ve never explored you before… but this flight is cheap, and a random 1.5-day solo trip to Minnesota’s metropolis is just what I need to cleanse… [Read More]
“How Should I Pose for the Camera?” In our era of daily digital photos, the question of how to pose is everywhere… but is particularly symbolic — and sometimes even fraught — for women to decide. How female bodies are angled or female faces are formed for pictures (and in life, for that matter) sends messages.… [Read More]
Even the Hotel Carpets Knocked my Socks Off! I was prepared to be stunned by the unique antique decorations of the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Western Massachusetts — after all, the hotel is almost 250 years old. However, I was not expecting what a WILD mix of old and new sights exist in this… [Read More]
Every year, I declare the best destination of my 365 days of travel that I think readers would most enjoy. The past two winners were classic vacation pleasers: the Caribbean island of Curacao, and fairytale Quebec City, Canada. Few of you, however, saw this year’s pick coming… My favorite place I traveled this year was Pittsburgh! Are you surprised???… [Read More]