My Unexpected Silent Retreat

I’ve recently had to have a pretty invasive but not difficult or worrisome throat surgery. In addition to the first wave of healing pain and running-into-doors-and-corners hours waiting for general anesthesia to work its way out of my system, I am on seven days of forced vocal rest. Talk about out of your comfort zone.

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Andrew is the author of Frommer's global guide to volunteer vacations, "500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference" (Gold Medal Winner from Society of American Travel Writers: Best Guide Book 2010). He spent more than a decade on the editorial team of PASSPORT Magazine. He has volunteered and led teams on service projects around the world, and is honored to be on the boards of directors for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF.org) and Mentor Artists Playwrights Project (mentorartists.org). Mersmann has been a featured speaker, interview guest, or moderator on several travel talks, from the New York Times Travel Show, Smithsonian Associates, and the 92nd Street Y-TriBeCa to Oprah and Friends, Animal House, and The Focus Group on satellite radio as well as on NY1 television. Past participant at the Clinton Global Initiative and judge for Condé Nast World Changers Conference, he blogs about volunteering and service travel at www.ChangeByDoing.com. As part of the evox television team, he is dedicated to audience engagement, so if you're not engaged, he needs to be thumped on the head (gently)...or at least told (nicely). Twitter: /ChangeByDoing

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sign on stone wall with man shushing for quiet
04/01/2015
I’ve recently had to have a pretty invasive but not difficult or worrisome throat surgery. In addition to the first wave of healing pain and running-into-doors-and-corners hours waiting for general... read more
sign on stone wall with man shushing for quiet
04/01/2015
I’ve recently had to have a pretty invasive but not difficult or worrisome throat surgery. In addition to the first wave of healing pain and running-into-doors-and-corners hours waiting for general... read more