Over the course of the past five years, I’ve been a contributor for several publications including National Geographic News, National Geographic Food, Global Moms Challenge, and Composites Manufacturing. Please scroll through the content below to see some of my work.
Last week my husband and I spent several days in the hospital; it was the longest either of us have ever spent with doctors and nurses. After two nights sleeping in hospital chairs, relying on the medical staff to tell us what to do and how to eat for my husband’s newly diagnosed condition, I … Continue reading Nurses Make the World Go Round: Upload Your Favorite Photos to Say Thanks
Wes Anderson’s latest movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is a fictional murder-mystery-adventure-love story set in a sumptuous pink Eastern European hotel on the eve of World War II. Unfortunately for moviegoers who’d like to visit, the Grand Budapest Hotel doesn’t actually exist. It’s a miniature model. The hotel’s home base is also imaginary: the Republic of … Continue reading Spoiler Alert: You Can’t Really Stay at the Real Grand Budapest Hotel (But We Can Tell You Everything About It)
Photographer Nicolaus Wegner loves a good storm chase—one of several reasons he produced a new time-lapse video called “Stormscapes.” His footage captures the formation of powerful thunderstorms developing over the Great Plains. Several of the storms he filmed are supercells—severe, potentially dangerous thunderstorms with a vortex of rotating air known as a mesocyclone. Supercells produce hail, strong … Continue reading Watch an Incredible Time-Lapse Video of Severe Thunderstorms
Over the past year, more than one million refugees have entered into Europe. One of the major challenges faced by countries impacted by the influx of people, is educating and taking care of the children and youth who have come onto the continent. United Nations agencies have been working to help provide support for these children, many … Continue reading Teaching Refugee Children: Insights From a Volunteer in Germany
Alain Hubert counts penguins as a hobby. His day job is collecting climate data as a summer resident at the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica research station. For someone needing a penguin fix, he is in the right place. More than a million emperor penguins inhabit the rugged Antarctic coastline. And when satellite images revealed a previously unknown colony near … Continue reading Explorer Returns to Emperor Penguin Colony in Search of a True Count
The sun is shining. Your friends and family are nearby. You’re reading a good book. And in the midst of a big hearty, smile, it’s hard to imagine that the happiness you are feeling inside could simply be a knee-jerk response to a chemical bodily reaction. What is happiness really? Certainly happiness is an emotional … Continue reading Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Happiness?
Looking for a travel destination with great views and friendly people? Try following a cue from the 2016 World Happiness Report. Every year the United Nations measures the quality of life for citizens around the world through surveys and data analysis. The same 13 countries have dominated the top of the list since the reporting began … Continue reading Visit the Top 10 Happiest Countries in the World
This photo was taken nearly thirty years ago. That’s me on the far right, proudly donning a pointy party hat in celebration of my younger sister’s first birthday. At the age of three I was a healthy toddler growing up in a poor neighborhood in Austin, Texas. My parents were both in their early twenties … Continue reading How You Can Help Protect Children From Preventable Diseases