Swimming for Grace

Swimming for Grace

by Vicki Bunke Standing along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, I found it fitting to learn that it is the lowest freshwater lake in the world. I had recently experienced the lowest point in my life. Eight months earlier, my 14-year-old daughter Grace died after living with osteosarcoma or bone cancer for four … Continued

Inspired by “The Water Tree Way”

This week, I had the pleasure of sitting down for a conversation with renowned film composer Ruth Mendelson, who is currently celebrating the release of her first novel, “The Water Tree Way.” We had a lovely chat over Zoom, where we talked about her history and prolific career, as well as her frequent collaborations with … Continued

Stephen Wise Temple: A Place to call Home

During Yom Kippur services at Stephen Wise Temple on Sept 16, 2021, Phil Koosed shared his family story from the past when his grandfather was the only survivor in his family from the Holocaust to the current generation when his own father now has eight grandchildren and Phil is spearheading the efforts of The Big … Continued

FLYING BOAT takes to the Sky and Screen

Watch Dirk Braun’s FLYING BOAT FLYING BOAT, trailer from Flying Boat on Vimeo. As if the skies adorned with thousands of sleek aircraft making their way to the largest aviation event were not enough to set the stage for the industry’s most prominent week  (The 68th EAA AirVenture Fly-in at Oshkosh, WI), add to the mix … Continued

The Great Migration

Africa! The last inhabitable continent for me to set foot on. Ironic, as according to 23andMe, it’s where 94% of my DNA comes from–the bulk of that being West African which is no surprise–being the descendent of slaves. This journey would take me to the East Coast of Africa in Kenya. It is a long … Continued

Life as an Expat in Beijing- What to Expect and How to Adapt.

At age 11, I moved to Beijing and studied there for 4 years. A transformative experience, those years opened my eyes to understanding society, culture and privilege. With foreigners in Beijing making up around 0.4% of the population, privileges are inevitable. A good way to kick off my experience in Beijing is explaining the “celebrity … Continued

You Are Beautiful by Myrna Clayton

Cultural Ambassador Myrna Clayton, released her digital single “You Are Beautiful” during Women’s History Month on March 15, 2021, to underscore the essential benefit of music — and the “essential work” of those who bring an “experience” to others through music. Myrna also founded the non-profit SHOWABILTY whose mission is to enhance the quality of … Continued

We Said Go Travel

We Said Go Travel