• The Kindness of Strangers: You Get What You Give

    Dena September 23, 2010

    You’ll seldom experience regret for anything that you’ve done. It is what you haven’t done that will torment you. I really didn’t know what to expect. It was my first solo international trip. I’ve traveled internationally—England, Kenya, Wales—but always with a group. I’ve traveled solo—Seattle—but I was still in the US. Paris was going to be something different—an international journey, alone, to a place where I didn’t even speak the…

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  • An Unexpected Encounter

    Dena February 11, 2010

    I had an interesting encounter at the nail salon earlier this week. The salon owners are long-time family friends — a gorgeous Vietnamese couple with two beautiful children. The nail technicians there are also Vietnamese; however unlike the owners, their English is very poor and…

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