Hello Everyone! Here are some more photos from my day-trip to Channel Islands National Park (off the coast of Southern California.) What an enchanted place. It’s great to know that the islands are protected national land, and will be preserved for future generations to enjoy!
My friend Angie – from Living Outside the Box – nominated me for a blog award. I graciously accepted, and as part of accepting, I was requested to share some random facts about myself. Well…here you go. Hope you find these facts somewhat interesting! 🙂
1) I started writing stories when I was only 5 years old. My first stories were about the sun, moon and stars. As a I got older, my stories changed but my love of writing never changed. To this day, I write stories. Currently, I am writing a feature-length movie script.
2) When I was a sophomore at university (19 years old), I got the acting bug. At the behest of a friend, I auditioned for a play, and we both landed the lead roles opposite one another. The play won national awards, including Best Ensemble, and was a semi-finalist at the American College Theater Festival.
3) When I was 15, I drove across the United States – from New York to Colorado (about 2,000 miles) – with a youth group to meet Pope John Paul II at World Youth Day. What a cool experience!
4) When I was 21, I studied for a semester in the Netherlands at the University of Utrecht. To say I had a good time is an understatement. It was awesome! Meeting people from around the world and experiencing different cultures opened my eyes, mind and heart. An unforgettable experience.
5) Coincidentally, my wife is from the Netherlands! We met 5 years later when I was getting my Juris Doctor degree at law school. She was studying abroad in the United States.
6) On the morning of September 11, 2001, I had just walked out of the World Trade Center when the first plane struck. I was 23 years old and on my way to work. The sound of the explosion of the first plane crashing into the tower still haunts me. Needless to say, that day has left an indelible mark on my soul.
I did not want to end on a sad note, but the reality is…that event happened. And, as a human race, we shouldn’t dwell on the past, but we should remember and learn from it. This way, we don’t continue to commit horrible acts against each other, over and over again.
Peace….Love…and Happiness to you all!!