Everything listed under: Starting

  • WESTWARD, HO! Here A Year's next state is...

    This might surprise you, but the announcement of the next state in the Here A Year adventure is actually a little bittersweet for me. I have to leave a state I have genuinely fallen in love with. I will have to say goodbye to friends who have become family.

  • The votes are in!

    What can I say? -- I’m blown away...again! On this, the second time around, hundreds of people voted for my next location -- and holy guacamole -- I can’t get over how many passionate pleas there were.

  • State your love - its time to vote for Here A Year's next location

    My time in PA is quickly coming to a close. As of today, I technically have eleven weeks (or 77 days) until I depart for my next location and adventure. Trust me, it won’t be an easy move as I feel there is still so much to see, learn, and do.

  • Jump-start your volunteer adventure

    A way of life is picking up steam here in the United States; one that is marked by adventure and charity. Whether it's college students trading a bikini for a paintbrush during spring break, retirees joining the Peace Corps, or a twelve-year-old walking across America for the homeless, they all want the world to be a better place, and really, who doesn't? There's just something about adding curiosity and variety to the mundane.

  • Packing for Pennsylvania: My 100 Items

    If your house was on fire and you could only save three things, what would they be? Fun icebreaker question -- I know. My answer is pretty traditional and boring -- computer, camera, safe box.

  • The 3 Verbs, pt3 "To Connect"

    If you missed pt1 “To Live”, click here. If you missed pt2 “To Discover”, click here. Roads...

  • The 3 Verbs, pt2 "To Discover"

    If you missed pt1 “To Live”, click here. I’m the kid who always asked for a metal-detector for his birthday-- sadly, I never got one. I’d see people out on the beach or after baseball games sweeping back and forth, searching for covered treasure, and I wished, so badly, to be them.

  • The 3 Verbs, pt1 "To Live"

    I love the tavern scene in the movie, Fiddler on the Roof, where Tevye and Lazar Wolf are  celebrating the wedding arrangement of Tevye’s daughter Tzeitel. They are so overjoyed that they break out in chorus singing about the good times and the bad, but that in this present moment, they should drink “L’chaim” (to life). In essence, they were saying that life should be celebrated (or at least embraced) no matter the situation.

  • Prelude to Here-A-Year

    - - - - - Merrill: So, when you say "go", you mean, just go? Donald Sinclair: Uh, begin, commence, start moving... theoretically you have been racing for about forty seconds now, and so far Mr.

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