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The Unusual Way I’m Practicing Lent This Year

sunset Ketchikan Alaska

I know, I know; I’m an atheist Jew. Lent most definitely does not apply to me. Call it cultural appropriation or FOMO, but I’ve been participating in “Lent” since elementary school, when my best friends (who were mostly Catholic) would give up chocolate or soda or TV for 46 days. Along with one of my […]

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The Truth Is I’m Scared to Blog

Railroad tracks in San Clemente State Beach

One of my goals this year? To write one blog post a week. It’d been so long (two years?!) since I’d been on a regular blogging schedule, and I missed it. I wanted to get back in the swing of blogger things. So on January 4th, eager to stick to my guns, I pressed publish […]

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30/1

iceland flower

Tomorrow is my 30th birthday. The day after tomorrow is the one year anniversary of the worst day of my life. And the thing is: I can’t untangle the days.

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The Bad Dream That Hasn’t Ended

This blog has been silent for a long time. The longest time since its inception, actually. Why? Because I recently experienced a horrific loss. A loss so vast, and so debilitating, that I have barely been able to get out of bed each day — let alone work or write. But lately, the story has […]

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Why I Changed My Domain Name

You may start to notice some things changing around here. First and foremost, please note that my new domain name is SusanShain.com. (TravelJunkette.com will still redirect to this domain, but is no longer in active use.) So… why the change? Because I no longer feel like I am *just* Travel Junkette. Over the past few years, […]

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A Life Well-Lived: Inspiration From My Grandpa

If you receive my email newsletter, you know I was working through something a few months ago. Something I wasn’t ready to reveal on the blog. It’s now been over two months since my grandfather passed away, and I’m ready to share his story with you.  I started writing it on the plane when he first got […]

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