Attempted to Ford the River on the Oregon Trail: The Oregon Chronicles Part I

This is a tale of two Oregons. The good Oregon and the winter Oregon. Oregon is one of the most scenic states in the US. And because of my most fabulous of jobs I was fortunate enough to visit this fair state twice last year. This is Part I of my Oregon chronicles.

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Why can’t all languages be like Python

A couple of years ago in a rare moment of life clarity I decided I wanted to be a data scientist.
My very first programming class after an 8 year dry spell was Python. Python was the best. It was my first OOP language. It made sense, it looked right, and I could do cool things with it 🙂 But even back then I knew it wouldn’t be enough so I decided to go as far as I could down the computer science rabbit hole until I either gave up, got bored, or maybe find out this is what I was meant to do all along. Continue reading “Why can’t all languages be like Python”

Can you go home again?

The Sweet Shop at Florida State University, a Tallahassee original

Earlier this week I returned home to Tallahassee, to my family. I think (I hope) the crisis that brought me here is almost over. But my time back home has made me question what I always thought to be true. I belong in Florida. This is my home and will always be.

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Welcome to the Crescent City: New Orleans, LA

Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA. Photo courtesy of

Home of the Saints, crawfish gumbo, “The Hurricane”, Mardi Gras and the birthplace of Lil’ Wayne. I fell in love with this city over my Labor Day trip in 2018 and it has become my favorite southern city. On my 3rd trip to the bayou I wanted something more. This time with my partying days behind me (mostly) and my collection of beads firmly stashed away. I was able to see the real city in all its Southern gothic glory, without the parties, and parades, and throngs of semi-naked people. And it was everrryyything. Continue reading “Welcome to the Crescent City: New Orleans, LA”

Livin La Vida Pura! San Jose, Costa Rica

Pura Vida!

Sign of Costa Rica
Courtesty of

Whohooo! My first travel blog post 🙂 I am so excited to write about this trip. Costa Rica has been on my wish list for many years for places to visit. Rainforests, volcanoes, ziplines, year-round tropical weather and cute little sloths. Oh yeah!  I was all about Costa Rica, it was my dream country. I would have moved here site unseen given the chance.  Come and find out if the reality lived up to the dream.

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Footsteps in the Sand

I can’t believe I’m actually doing this.

New year, new start, new Tara. Welcome to my blog! This is my very first post on my very first published blog. Something I said I would never, ever do. But times change and I’m ready to try something different. I think this blog will be a great experience for me and I’m excited about sharing my corner of the world with you.

So with that being said, let’s get it on!!………………………….

Kaanapli Beach, Maui USA

Take only memories. Leave only footsteps. — Chief Seattle