Austin Adventures, Part 3: Facing Fear


Since I was a kid, I’ve had a fear of doing things that are outside of my comfort zone. When I started traveling earlier this year, I decided that each trip would include something that pushes me past self-limiting beliefs. This is the third part in my Austin Adventures series, check out Part 1 &…

Flying/Traveling and Essential Oils


I’ve found that I really enjoy bringing essential oils when I travel for a number of reasons. I feel like the biggest benefit to oils is that they help calm and ground me and when I’m literally in the air, with feelings of anxiety about arriving safely or just what to expect when I arrive somewhere,…

Rediscovering Annville, my hometown


“If you really want to escape the things that harass you, what you’re needing is not to be in a different place but to be a different person.” ― Seneca, Letters from a Stoic Recently I took on a challenge to walk around my hometown of Annville, PA as a tourist. I’ve always wanted to…

Saying goodbye to my comfort zone


“Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.” ― Seneca In the new year I didn’t exactly make “resolutions” but I did set some intentions to create better habits. These include working on improving my physical, mental, and emotional well-being. I often think that I wish I could see people I admire while they…

Inspiration, Meditation, and the joy in being alone at Caledonia State Park


“True belonging and self-worth are not goods; we don’t negotiate their value with the world. The truth about who we are lives in our hearts.” ― Brené Brown Last Sunday I decided to travel to Caledonia State Park, which is in Adams and Franklin counties, midway between Chambersburg and Gettysburg along the Lincoln Highway, US…

Persistence at Hickory Run


“Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.” ― Seneca Up one hill, down another, up again, so much that I had to stop to catch my breath. Then down, down, down, sometimes tip-toeing, sometimes sliding, sometimes going “Slow-Motion”, but I did get up and down the mountain, well one of the mountains at…

Minimalism = more, not less.


This year has been transforming in so many ways. I learned that one concept, Minimalism, could help me clear out the clutter, physically and mentally. At the beginning of this year I had the realization that I’d been acting out of fear, and not really living a life I want, so I knew I needed…

Losing my ego while hiking at Colonel Denning State Park


“Ego says, “Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel peace.” Spirit says, “Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place.” ― Marianne Williamson A few weeks ago I went on a 5-hour hike at Colonel Denning State Park that took me up and down Blue Mountain in Tuscarora State Forest. I’ve been wanting…

Finding Strength at Huntington Beach


“There are always waves on the water. Sometimes they are big, sometimes they are small, and sometimes they are almost imperceptible. The water’s waves are churned up by the winds, which come and go and vary in direction and intensity, just as do the winds of stress and change in our lives, which stir up…

Enjoying the journey at Mill Creek Falls


“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson Today I learned a bit of patience, gratitude, strength, and kindness. All of this while walking in nature. I ventured to Mill Creek Falls, located near River Rd., Airville, PA. The trip took me about an hour to drive there, but just…

Travels to New York City


I ventured to the Big Apple with some friends on April 22. The bus trip, to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Central PA, was my first venture to New York in over a decade. This year I wanted to travel to the city to capture the amazing and historic architecture, gritty streets, and big buildings.

After arriving, my sister, her husband, and my friend and I all venturing to Midtown Manhatten. Starting at Bryant Park, where the bus left us, as we went from street to street, we weaved around the busy city.

Travels to Warren, PA


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Jamestown, New York


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Millersburg, PA


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Lorimer Park


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Johnstown, Pa.


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Brandywine Creek State Park, Delaware


  Brandywine Creek State Park, Delaware © Debra Schell / 2014 Images created August 15, 2014 FULL PHOTO GALLERY This 933-acre park is divided by grey stone walls built of local stone in the late 1800’s. At that time the property was a dairy farm owned by the du Pont family. This unique area became…

New Castle, Delaware


  Full Photo Gallery  Photography ©Debra Schell/ 2014 Created August 15, 2014 Info about the town: New Castle, originally named Fort Casimir, was founded in 1651 by Peter Stuyvesant, who was sent to provide the Dutch with command of all river traffic. Because of its strategic location, ownership of the settlement was constantly changing. The…

Our Lady of Angels Chapel in Charlestown


Click here for the FULL photo gallery Our Lady of Angels Chapel The 100-year-old Chapel is inside Charlestown Community, which is located in Catonsville, Maryland. When Our Lady of the Angels Chapel was built and dedicated in the early 20th century, it was surrounded by the rolling hills and open countryside of a farm that served as…

Pittsburgh Parks


I was out in Pittsburgh, PA for work last week and decided that I wanted to check out some parks that I hadn’t been to for a long time, or ever! So here’s a few photos, taken with my iPhone. Locations include Frick Park, Highland Park, and Schenley Park. Click HERE for More photos.

Mandi & Friends


Mandi Block attended a benefit dinner for the Salvation Army, held at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg in Camp HIll. She viewed artwork that I donated for the silent auction and bid on a photograph I had created last year. A nature photograph from Green Lane Park. She bid, and won, and took my photograph home. But Mandi wasn’t…

Luray, Va. & Shenandoah National Park


Images of the town Luray, Va. & Shenandoah National Park created on May 2, 2014. Photographs include images of the famous Singing Bell Tower, which is across from the Luray Caverns. Click here for images of the caverns. Go to my website for more photos.