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That Spooky Gut Feeling That Mysteriously Helps

By Rachel Puryear Have you ever had a weird gut feeling around a person or in a situation for unknown reasons, and then it turned out to be spot-on? Most of us have either had such an experience, or know someone else who has. In some cases, people even credit such an occurrence with saving…

Signs Someone Truly Cares for You

By Rachel Puryear We all love to hear that someone cares about us. But what’s even more important than loved ones telling us how much they care, is them showing that they do through their actions – even if they don’t always say how they feel. Furthermore, there are nefarious types of people out there…


Mojave Desert Beauties, Part 2: Joshua Tree National Park

By Rachel Puryear The Mojave Desert in Southern California is a harsh place to live – but boy, does it have some amazing beauty that makes it well worth the visit. Here are gorgeous places to check out within the park. Be sure to also see the previous post on Death Valley National Park, which…

Spiritual, But Not Religious – What Does That Mean, Anyway?

By Rachel Puryear People are increasingly identifying themselves as not being religious. Often, those who do so categorize themselves as either atheist, agnostic, or spiritual-but-not-religious. This post focuses on the latter self-designation – spiritual, but not religious. Of course, that means different things to different people, and no one can speak for all who identify…

Three Gorgeous, Wooded Parks in Oakland, California

By Rachel Puryear Most people familiar with the San Francisco Bay Area don’t exactly associate the city of Oakland with having lots of forests and wildlife – in fact, its reputation is pretty heavily urban. However, this city nonetheless has plenty of awesome, woodsy spots to get away from it all. Here are just three…

Redemption is Possible. It Also Requires Work, and Paying Dues.

By Rachel Puryear Recently, in a Georgia election, we saw a reasonable candidate – thankfully – defeat a very toxic and hateful one. The hateful candidate had lived a documented life of perpetrating domestic violence, assault with deadly weapons, terrorizing his partner and children, and being an all-around hypocrite regarding his extreme views. This post…

Grand Teton National Park

By Rachel Puryear If you’re visiting Yellowstone National Park – which I highly recommend, by the way – make some time to also stop by the neighboring Grand Teton National Park, too, minutes away from Yellowstone. Grand Teton may be less well known that Yellowstone, but that doesn’t mean it deserves to be overlooked -…

Haunted by a Ghost: When Someone Disappears, Then Later Resurfaces

By Rachel Puryear On this blog, I’ve made no secret what I think about people who intentionally ghost someone – that is, they disappear on you suddenly and without warning, often for no apparent reason. Sometimes, ghosting follows an intensive love bombing campaign, only for them to go “poof” when they got what they want…

Yellowstone National Park

By Rachel Puryear The United States’ first-ever National Park, Yellowstone is a must-see for any parks and nature enthusiast. Here’s what you won’t want to miss when you go there: Grand Prismatic Spring You’ve no doubt seen the arresting photos capturing this vividly multicolored hot spring. Of course, as is usually the case with such…

Half Moon Bay’s Four Miles of State Beaches

By Rachel Puryear The San Mateo area – located about halfway between San Francisco and San Jose, also known colloquially as “the Peninsula” – is known as a bustling, densely populated region with a strong local economy and plentiful amenities. In many ways, it’s a smaller urban center that rivals the more famous cities it’s…

Seal Point Park in San Mateo, CA

By Rachel Puryear If you love the San Francisco Bay Trail, Seal Point Park in San Mateo is a lovely part of that, which offers sweeping views around the Bay Area. You can walk a paved trail around the Bay. You can climb a hill that offers a panoramic view up at the top. You…

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

By Rachel Puryear Nestled in the southern part of California’s Sierra mountain range, a couple hours away from Fresno; is a pair of two national parks, right next to one another – Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks. These twin parks offer mountain vistas, forests with giant trees to stroll and hike through, waterfalls, wildlife…

Traits, and Disturbing Tendencies of, Highly Judgmental People

By Rachel Puryear We all dread them. The comments, the glares, the attitudes. The drama, the unnecessary screaming. The way they make you feel like you’re never enough, and always doing everything wrong. Yet, none of us can seem to completely avoid them. I’m talking about highly judgmental people. So, what do I mean by…

Taco Bell on Beautiful Pacifica State Beach

By Rachel Puryear Do you happen to like beaches and tacos? Can you imagine enjoying Taco Bell food, while looking at a stunning State Beach in Pacifica, California? Well, you can. Pacifica’s State Beach is gorgeous and amazing, and also has a paved walkway above it if you prefer that. It also has a Taco…

Extraterrestrial Highway, Alien-Themed Town Near Las Vegas

By Rachel Puryear What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. However, if you head a couple hours or so north from Sin City, you’ll find a place that has generated plenty of rumors and whispers over the years. I’m talking about Area 51, situated along Nevada’s Extraterrestrial Highway – right next to a little hamlet…

Breadcrumbing: Ghosting’s Subtle, Sadistic Cousin

By Rachel Puryear Chances are, you’ve heard of “ghosting” – the notoriously childish and cruel way to end relationships (romantic, friendships, familial, and otherwise) by suddenly and inexplicably cutting off all contact with someone. When ghosting happens, the person who’s been ghosted is left to figure things out for themselves, and is denied a proper…

Mojave Desert Beauties, Part 1: Death Valley National Park

By Rachel Puryear Deep in the Mojave Desert, in the rustic southeastern part of California/southwestern Nevada; is a place famous for its parched, sun-scorched landscape. It’s in one of the hottest, and driest, regions of the world. It’s also incredibly, awesomely, humblingly beautiful and amazing. I’m talking about Death Valley. Now a National Park; its…

Pinnacles National Park Near SF Bay Area

By Rachel Puryear Live in the San Francisco Bay Area, or visit sometimes? Want to get away to a place that feels away from everything, even when you don’t have a lot of time to travel? Check out the Pinnacles! Situated near Hollister, California, it’s just about an hour and a half from San Jose…

Help and Hope for People Pleasers

By Rachel Puryear In a recent post entitled Are You a People Pleaser; we discussed the difference between healthy giving and excessive people pleasing – the latter involving letting others take advantage, and not voicing needs; because of a low sense of self-worth and a strong need to win approval of other people. In this…

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