1: one the cause wonder or astonishment
2: intense surprise or interest: astonishment



Marvel (v.): c. “to be filled with wonder,” from Old French merveillier to wonder at, be astonished,” from merveille.

Marvel (n.): c. 1300, “miracle,” also “wonderful story or legend,” from Old French merveillea wonder, surprise, miracle,” from Vulgar Latin miribilia, altered from Latin mirabiliawonderful things,” from neuter plural of mirabiliswonderful, marvelous, extraordinary; strange, singular,” from mirarito wonder at,” from mirus wonderful” (related to: smile.)




“What difference is there, do you think, between those in Plato’s cave who can only marvel at the shadows and images of various objects, provided they are content and don’t know what they miss, and the philosopher who has emerged from the cave and sees the real things?

Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536, the most famous influential humanist of the Northern Renaissance, leading intellectual figure of the early sixteenth century; his generation’s finest Latin stylist; a mastery of Greek, and prolific and influential author in many genres)

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“The Source …
Who are You
Where lay your path
Why be on your journey...

The Source …
Your marvel amazes
Your mystique invokes
Your magnificence entrances”

Neena Verma (Indian writer, best known for writing, “A Mother’s Cry… A Mother’s Celebration”)

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“There are places which exist in this world beyond the reach of imagination.”

Daniel J. Rice (b. 1979, born in Germany, a writer, journalist, and editor, who spent his adult life living in the wild and untamed state of Wyoming; best known for writing the novel, “This Side of a Wilderness”)

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“My tides are fluctuating, too – back and forth, back and forth – sometimes so fast they seemed to be spinning. They call this ‘rapid cycling.’ It’s a marvel that a person can appear to be standing still when the mood tides are sloshing back and forth, something sweeping in both directions at once. They call that a ‘mixed state.’”

Jane Pauley (b. Margaret Jane Pauley in 1950, television journalist and host of “CBS Sunday Morning,” correspondent and co-anchor for NBC’s “Today,” also started the magazine series, “Real Life with Jane Pauley,” which was later renamed, “Dateline.”)

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“One travels so as to learn once more how to marvel at life in the way a child does. And blessed be the poet, the artist who knows how to keep alive his sense of wonder.”

Ella Maillart (1903-1997, French-speaking Swiss adventurer, travel writer, photographer, and sportswoman)

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“One travels so as to learn once more how to marvel at life in the way a child does. And blessed be the poet, the artist who knows how to keep alive his sense of wonder.” — Ella Maillart


I love traveling. I like stepping out on the precipice of the unknown, not just spiritually, but globally and locally too.  I love seeing and experiencing the nuances of our world.

When I was in college I loved traveling internationally. It did make me feel a bit vulnerable and exposed, but also brave in venturing out to meet different types of people and learning new cultures and languages.

It remains the simplest things to marvel at and gaze upon with wonders of the world when traveling: the ever-changing beauty of different skies, the stars, the sun, nature, art, food, and all that delights the senses.

Years ago, I did a spiritual retreat in Washington state.  It was for me “God’s Country,” and enormous and beautiful state.

While traveling on the airplane from NYC to Seattle to reach my destination, I sat making many origami figures for a mask I needed for the retreat. I sat next to a very good-looking surfer dude who was fascinated with my project. He talked to me for a while to the envy of many other women who sat near us. When he stood up, two damsels-in-distress shot up out of their seats and asked him for his help with his luggage. I smiled to myself. He was courteous in helping those woman, but I was amazed that he took the time to say goodbye to me as he departed.  I, in turn, was happy to have met him, and off I went to the next leg of my trip.

As I waited at the Seattle airport to switch to a charter plane flying to southern Watnachee in the southern part of state, I sat talking to an older couple. They had just gotten back from their trip to Alaska, and said they had a marvelous adventure. They recommended the journey, because that they believed that Alaska was one of the most wild and pristine places in our country.

As I got situated in the 12-seater plane, I marveled that there were only 4 customers taking the trip. The stewardess actually served us drinks and snacks. A very kind woman, native to Washington, pointed out Mt. Rainer as we flew over the mountain range. I was stunned at the majesty of the beauty of that mountain. Actually, the whole state was eye-popping gorgeous.

Sojourners, every day let us continue to look and expect the magical moments as we commute, travel, and journey to different.  Let’s marvel at our world and our lives, and what a better time than this Christmas season!

Godspeed, Sojourners!

Much Love, Tonya







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