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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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    The Healing Powers of San Gemini, Italy

    Friday, October 17, 2014

    I suffer from a long term chronic illness which affects my health severely. In 2009 I was convinced to get away from my home town and start anew in North Queensland. The move initially helped but after the excitement of a new place wore off my health continued to degrade. Soon I could not concentrate […]

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    Vacationing English Style in Self-Catering Cottages

    Friday, October 17, 2014

    England is famous for its lovely, pristine natural environs with pretty backdrops. Quaint villages surrounded by green hills and rustic coastal towns are characteristic of the English countryside. Doesn’t “English countryside lifestyle” conjure images of idyllic stone and thatch roofed cottages, rural farms, unspoiled landscape and scenic ocean views? In other words, the perfect escape […]

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    Winter’s Tale in Florida

    Thursday, October 16, 2014

    Winter’s Tale: Winter, for some visitors to Clearwater Beach, Florida is a season to escape but for others, especially those in need of inspiration, she’s an animal to seek out.     Named for the season in which she was rescued, Winter is an eight-year-old dolphin who is inspiring child amputees, Iraqi war vets and medical researchers […]

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    USA Today: 10Best Spas in Los Angeles: Part 2

    Thursday, October 16, 2014

    Hidden Gems and High End Treatments: The Best 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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    Children of Kibera, Kenya

    Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    When our patients and their parents heard that we were going to Kenya and would visit a school in Kibera—one of the largest slums in the world—many of them asked if we could take some supplies for the children there. One mother had her children use their allowance to buy books, others brought colored pencils, […]

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    Discover Los Angeles: Tart Restaurant & Farmer’s Daughter Hotel

    Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    The Farmer’s Daughter Hotel is a unique Los Angeles hotel offering stylish hotel rooms and  welcomes you like family in the heart of Los Angeles across from the Grove. Test out Tart Restaurant‘s tasty creations and upcoming Halloween special libations!   Loading #TartRestaurant for dinner and drinks! Come join us! @tartrestaurant @wagstaff_LA View on Instagram Loading […]

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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 […]

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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.  […]

Read More
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Oct
17

The Healing Powers of San Gemini, Italy

I suffer from a long term chronic illness which affects my health severely. In 2009 I was convinced to get away from my home town and start anew in North Queensland. The move initially helped but after the excitement of a new place wore off my health continued to degrade. Soon I could not concentrate […]

Read More
2014-09-30_542ab9ab82016_Purcell_SM_P3_C3.JPG
Oct
16

Winter’s Tale in Florida

Winter’s Tale: Winter, for some visitors to Clearwater Beach, Florida is a season to escape but for others, especially those in need of inspiration, she’s an animal to seek out.     Named for the season in which she was rescued, Winter is an eight-year-old dolphin who is inspiring child amputees, Iraqi war vets and medical researchers […]

Read More
2014-10-06_54329a7f968d2_RedRoseSchoolkids.jpg
Oct
15

Children of Kibera, Kenya

When our patients and their parents heard that we were going to Kenya and would visit a school in Kibera—one of the largest slums in the world—many of them asked if we could take some supplies for the children there. One mother had her children use their allowance to buy books, others brought colored pencils, […]

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They Said

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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Sep
29

Ticking off the Top 7 Historic Attractions in Brussels

Brussels is Belgium’s capital and the largest city in the country. It is a cosmopolitan city with a renowned art scene that has been vibrant for several centuries. History and culture enthusiasts cannot afford to miss sampling the charms of this city especially after snagging those hard-to-come by last minute holidays from Ireland. A notable […]

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Thank you from POPS
Sep
28

P.O.P.S. the Club with Tim Allen October 16

P.O.P.S. the Club In January 2013, in a dingy classroom at Venice High School, Dennis Danziger, a high school English teacher, and his wife, Amy Friedman, started a new high school club. The club was just a fledgling idea, with only two elements—first, the motto would be “First We Eat,” and lunch would be served; […]

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Sep
26

Gunung Mulu National Park: a World of Caves

The karst landscape of Gunung Mulu was inscribed in 2000 as Malaysia’s second UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. Among many natural sites already present in the prestigious list, Gunung Mulu easily stands out as it is one of the few that is inscribed on all four natural criteria set by the World Heritage Committee. These are: 1. it being an outstanding specimen […]

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We Said

lisa katie at nice guy HRD
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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betsy and lisa
Aug
5

La Ventura: Modern Mexican Food Melts in Your Mouth

La Ventura: Modern Mexican Food Melts in Your Mouth I had the opportunity to experience Jeffrey Saad‘s new restaurant, La Ventura, on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City last night. “[Saad's] insatiable appetite for ingredients and flavors and encyclopedic knowledge of spices allows him to create ‘food without borders.’” I fully enjoyed everything and highly recommend you […]

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Aug
5

August Views on WSGT

From the latest WSGT news: This August there are many views to pay attention to: My Wharton article, Harnessing YouTube Marketing Power, was the MOST POPULAR POST on the site for over a week! Next article on Venture Capital Funding. We Said Go Travel on YouTube is at nearly 240,000 views so probably one month away from […]

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