A Cup of Coffee with a Splash of Humility

The other day I was talking with a few people at my current job about coffee.  While talking about different flavor profiles of coffee, we started talking about New Orleans.  I mentioned that coffee from New Orleans has a unique taste because it contains chicory.

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Camino Vignettes: Keeping the Peace

This story is the first of a continuing series about my adventures on the Camino de Santiago.  You can read an overview of my time on the Camino here.


There is plenty to look at as one walks the Camino de Santiago.  A large part of the beauty of the Camino is its diversity.  Forests.  Plains.  Cities.  Mountains.  Tiny villages.  Vineyards.  Sunflower fields.

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The Road to Santiago

The Camino de Santiago is an instrumental part, not just of my journey, but of who I am as a person.  If someone truly wanted to understand me and why I see the world the way I do, he or she would have to understand the Camino and the impact it had on me.

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Welcome to Pilgrim Shelter

If you’ve been following up to this point, you probably noticed the change in the name of this blog.  It was a difficult decision to change the title because the previous one served me well.  SoR.Shelter was, and always will be, the title under which I started blogging.  However, I don’t think it encapsulated the scope of this blog well enough.

Thus, I bring you to ‘Pilgrim Shelter.’

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Bell Tower Thoughts

While I was in Florence, Italy, I climbed 414 steps to the top of Giotto’s bell tower.  It is part of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral.  The view was incredible, to say the least.  The next day I also climbed the (higher) Cathedral dome designed by Brunelleschi, which is situated next to the bell tower.  The dome is the highest point in the city, but I think I liked climbing the bell tower more because I had a view of the dome itself.  For some time, I took in the view of the city and of the dome.  It really was breathtaking.

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Back at Home – Follow-Up

I realize that my last post wasn’t exactly the most encouraging or hopeful thing I’ve ever written. What it was, though, was honest. It was difficult to put myself out there as much as I did, but it was also pretty liberating. I wrote what I felt.  Continue reading