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    What America Means to Me

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

    America is a tired farmer wiping sweat from his brow as he sits on a flatbed of hay that he’s baled in a central Indiana field. America is the timeless beauty of the orange Texas sun glowing down on the ageless bricks of the Alamo at dusk. America is a child with a red face […]

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    Living Beyond Breast Cancer: “We Can Survive” Concert Oct 24

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

    STAR-STUDDED “WE CAN SURVIVE” CONCERT AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL TO BENEFIT LIVING BEYOND BREAST CANCER OCTOBER 24. 2014 #WCS Taylor Swift, Pharrell Williams, Iggy Azalea, Alicia Keys, Sia, Paramore and Lady Antebellum and Gwen Stefani to Headline   Join me at the We Can Survive Concert presented by 5-hour ENERGY and CBS Radio benefiting Living Beyond Breast Cancer […]

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    India: If Not Now, Then When

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    India: If Not Now, Then When “Excuse me miss, are you travelling by yourself?” he asked. “Yes”, she replied rather vehemently. A tiny voice inside her head murmuring out aloud reminding her that this was such a contrast to the somewhat awkward self-conscious girl she once was. That was two years ago. In an ‘if […]

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    Revisiting Hong Kong and Its (Disappearing) Neon Signs

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    I still remember my first impressions of Hong Kong. Racing through Kowloon in the back seat of a red taxi at midnight in 1990, I saw the neon. Bright and colorful, flashing and still, the neon signs peered at me through the side streets as my taxi made its way to the quiet of the […]

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    Alma Del Barrio: First Annual Salsa Fest this Sunday

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014

    Life is better when you dance, so come dance SUNDAY OCTOBER 26, 2014 @ The Lawton Plaza, adjacent to LMU Library with four top LA Bands: Jose “Perico” Hernandez y Son de la Tierra Cal State LA Afro-Latin Ensemble The Echo Park Project Son Mayor FREE Lesson 11:20-11:50am with 8x world champion Cristian Oviedo You […]

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    All to catch a glimpse of an Arctic sunset

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014

     All to catch a glimpse of an Arctic sunset The last time I excitedly went into a rant about the race, 78° North and how incredible it’s going to be (whilst on crutches) a mountain guide replied “you can forget about it”. Something I was refusing to consider, never mind accept. Well that was it.I thought that choosing a […]

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    Daughters to Zion

    Monday, October 20, 2014

                I stood in awe at the grandeur before me.  Nature had taken the flat Utah desert as her canvas.  With sand, water, and an abundance of time as the palette, the result was a masterpiece, Zion National Park.             As our car rested in front of a cabin in Springdale, Utah,  a free bus […]

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    Mountain Gratitudes in the USA

    Sunday, October 19, 2014

    First Rights My brain fog had barely lifted as we drove into the mountains of New Mexico. The majesty of the Sangre de Cristo reached out to touch the raw places of my soul, and I breathed deeply of the aspen-filled air. Barely six months after the final divorce papers were signed, I escaped with […]

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    Clothes to Grow Into in Nicaragua

    Saturday, October 18, 2014

    I memorized all English-language warnings before I left.  Keep your important documents in a money belt close to your body.  Bring change so you don’t have to pull out a large bill.  Don’t wear jewelry or nice clothing.  Carry your backpack on the front of your body so it cannot get yanked or cut away.  […]

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    USA Today: 10Best Spas in Los Angeles: Part 3

    Saturday, October 18, 2014

    Hidden Gems and High End Treatments: The 10Best of Los Angeles Spas by Lisa Niver Many times in the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, Stars need a place relax and hide-away. Whether you are a famous celebrity or just want to be treated like a VIP, here are 10 of the best places to […]

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Latest Writing Contest Entries

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Oct
23

What America Means to Me

America is a tired farmer wiping sweat from his brow as he sits on a flatbed of hay that he’s baled in a central Indiana field. America is the timeless beauty of the orange Texas sun glowing down on the ageless bricks of the Alamo at dusk. America is a child with a red face […]

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Oct
22

India: If Not Now, Then When

India: If Not Now, Then When “Excuse me miss, are you travelling by yourself?” he asked. “Yes”, she replied rather vehemently. A tiny voice inside her head murmuring out aloud reminding her that this was such a contrast to the somewhat awkward self-conscious girl she once was. That was two years ago. In an ‘if […]

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Oct
21

All to catch a glimpse of an Arctic sunset

 All to catch a glimpse of an Arctic sunset The last time I excitedly went into a rant about the race, 78° North and how incredible it’s going to be (whilst on crutches) a mountain guide replied “you can forget about it”. Something I was refusing to consider, never mind accept. Well that was it.I thought that choosing a […]

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2014-10-10_54382d4ed64fd_EmeraldPoolslowerwaterfalls.jpg
Oct
20

Daughters to Zion

            I stood in awe at the grandeur before me.  Nature had taken the flat Utah desert as her canvas.  With sand, water, and an abundance of time as the palette, the result was a masterpiece, Zion National Park.             As our car rested in front of a cabin in Springdale, Utah,  a free bus […]

Read More
2014-10-08_54348d94652bf_RedRivervalley.jpg
Oct
19

Mountain Gratitudes in the USA

First Rights My brain fog had barely lifted as we drove into the mountains of New Mexico. The majesty of the Sangre de Cristo reached out to touch the raw places of my soul, and I breathed deeply of the aspen-filled air. Barely six months after the final divorce papers were signed, I escaped with […]

Read More
2014-10-10_543723789ce35_nicaraguaboys.jpg
Oct
18

Clothes to Grow Into in Nicaragua

I memorized all English-language warnings before I left.  Keep your important documents in a money belt close to your body.  Bring change so you don’t have to pull out a large bill.  Don’t wear jewelry or nice clothing.  Carry your backpack on the front of your body so it cannot get yanked or cut away.  […]

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They Said

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Oct
2

Join in the Adventure Travel Reality Show In Cancun

  Adventure Travel Reality Show In Cancun Dallas, TX – Tiger Travel, LLC is hosting an exclusive launch party and filming of its new adventure travel reality television show in Cancun, Mexico. The exclusive event will take place at the all inclusive Grand Oasis Resort from November 2 through November 6, 2014. Be a part of the […]

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Oct
1

Best Urban Exploring Spots in Europe

While most people might picture a thrilling vacation as one that takes place in the middle of an untamed jungle or on the side of a treacherous mountain slope, true adventurers have no problem finding undiscovered excitement in the heart of a city. Urban exploration is the adventurous traveler’s best kept secret. All over the […]

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Sep
30

Ilocos Norte, Philippines: Paoay Opens Bacsil Sand Dunes

Sure, the sand dunes of Ilocos Norte have been used as the setting for the desert scenes in the movies Mad Maxx, Born on the Fourth of July, and the local blockbuster flicks ‘Ang Panday’ series and ‘Temptation Island’. The sand dunes have always been there. For the longest time, the locals knew it was […]

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Susan's inlaws' hometown in China
Sep
30

Should you be a Good Chinese Wife?

Please enjoy this excerpt from Good Chinese Wife: A Love Affair with China Gone Wrong  by Susan Blumberg-Kason The Chinese University of Hong Kong sits atop a mountain, north of Hong Kong Island and twenty minutes south of the mainland China border. When I arrived on campus in 1990 for a college exchange year, I […]

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We Said

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Sep
2

#MinaMoments: Bourbon Steakhouse at The Americana at Brand

I was excited to be invited to Bourbon Steakhouse at The Americana at Brand which opened only five months ago. Chef Michael Mina and his collection of fine restaurants have won so many awards; I could not wait to see what it would be like. I enjoyed starting the evening with the special bubbly from White […]

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Lisa Ellen Niver
Aug
31

#TasteLA: Enjoying Field to Fork 2014

Thank you to the Los Angeles Times for inviting me to enjoy the Taste of Los Angeles 2014 as a member of the media. It is  “A FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL THAT’S AUTHENTICALLY L.A.” I went to Field to Fork on Saturday morning which was hosted by Russ Parsons & Nancy Silverton. “Indulge in the bounty of California with […]

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Aug
22

Hollywood: The NICE GUY is OPEN!

What is The NICE GUY? The latest bar lounge hybrid experience from John Tezian, Brian Toll, Markus Molinari and Adam Koral of The h.wood Group. John Terzian says, “This is [The h.wood group's] first venture into a restaurant/lounge concept, it was an organic step for our brand, we created a fun and upscale lounge atmosphere […]

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Aug
10

100+ Countries in A Lifetime: Interviewed by @MappingMegan

Thank you to Mapping Megan for interviewing me for her fantastic travel site. Read the full interview “100+ Countries in a Lifetime” by clicking here. A few questions to get you intrigued: How has travel enriched your life? Travel has shaped my life. I went on a teen tour to Israel, which inspired me to study in […]

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