Discoveries of a Wanderer

Discoveries of a Wanderer

September 2011 Archives

Oh, the Places You’ll Go

posted by Jana Melpolder

Dr. Seuss’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go has inspired adults and children alike with this story of travel and discovery. I mean really, what graduating senior hasn’t heard this book during that final graduation ceremony? There’s a deep message of […]

1 Man, 3 Wives, and 24 Children

posted by Jana Melpolder

I recently interviewed Joe Darger and his three wives Alina, Vicki, and Valerie to capture what life was like for this polygamous family and their 24 kids. Check out how Joe describes the polygamous lifestyle. Read the entire interview here>> […]

Feeling Stuck? Get Out of It!

posted by Jana Melpolder

It could be up to you whether you move yourself to a new direction or stay put in a rut. You can do it! You can change your life!      “You are not stuck where you are unless you decide […]

A Prayer of Thanks

posted by Jana Melpolder

I like this Christian prayer of thanks – it reminds be to be grateful for simple things like the sunshine and good friends. Check out other prayers in Beliefnet’s Prayer Library.   For each new morning with its light, For […]

Encouraging Words for Hard Times

posted by Jana Melpolder

“It’s in the difficult times that we’re growing and you can’t just rebuke everything hard. We’ve got to endure it and fight the good fight of faith and pass the test.” – Joel Osteen “Ever have days when life just […]

A Glimpse Inside a Polygamous Marriage

posted by Jana Melpolder

What’s life like for one man, his three wives, and their 24 children? I recently interview Jim Darger and his wives Alina, Vicki, and Valerie to find out! Check out a short video where they take us through daily life […]

Push Yourself Out of Your Comfort Zone

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Ease destroys bravery, trouble…creates strength.” – Maimonides, Guide for the Perplexed   Check out other inspiring quotes and resources: Motivational Quotes on Strength The Lord Is My Strength: the 23rd Psalm 8 Bible Quotes for the Depressed India’s Last Typewriter […]

Village Life in India

posted by Jana Melpolder

Village life is more complex than what merely meets the eye. At first glance, there’s a small community of people that have spent their entire lives together in close-knit relationships. But look deeper, and you’ll see an amazing array of […]

Trek Through India in Your Own Living Room

posted by Jana Melpolder

Enjoy the beauty of India without ever having to get out of your chair! Here are several photos from my trip to India during the summer of 2009. Check Out More Photos: Funny Animals and Unexpected Friendship! Enjoy the Beauty […]

10 Things to Love About India

posted by Jana Melpolder

Tourists should visit India more often!! Here’s a quick list of reasons why I think India is a beautiful place: 1. The closeness within an Indian family. 2. The spicy food.   3. The respect for elders. 4. The beautiful saris and […]

Video: A Glimmer in the Shadows of 9/11

posted by Jana Melpolder

  Video: Finding a Cross Amid the   Rubble of The World Trade Center       View the Clip Here    

Serving the Families That Lost a Loved One on 9/11

posted by Jana Melpolder

Written by Jana Melpolder   America has been through a long and difficult journey throughout its 10 years after 9/11. This decade of loss and recovery not only belongs to Americans, but also to the family members that lost a […]

Video: Blind 9/11 Survivor Talks About Being Guided Out of the Twin Towers

posted by Jana Melpolder

  You can also check out: Beliefnet Editors Share Their Experiences of September 11th Beliefnet Bloggers Talk About What They Were Doing on 9/11  

Have the Courage to Push Yourself

posted by Jana Melpolder

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. – Ambrose Redmoon     Check out other inspiring quotes and resources: Motivational Quotes on Strength The Lord Is My Strength: […]

If They Can Walk, I Can Walk. But I Just Don’t Want to…

posted by Jana Melpolder

I’m not going to lie. I’ve never owned a car and I’m 27 years old. I’ve been a licensed driver for 10 years but never with my own set of wheels. Before you think, “that’s crazy or weird,” let me […]

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