Mother’s Day Around the World

It’s that time of year to show that special someone just how much you honor them.  It’s Mother’s Day this weekend, and you’re probably wondering how you’ll show your mom how much you’re grateful for the times she fed you, gave you a shoulder to cry on and continually told you, “Everything’s going to be alright.  And if it’s not, I’m always here for you.”  Whether you’re celebrating with gifts of carnations or roses or cooking Mom breakfast in bed, today is a time to show Mom how much you care, and the rest of the world agrees.  To see how much everyone cares about Moms, take a look at how different parts of the world show their love. Continue Reading ›

Native American Heritage at the Natural History Museum of Utah

Like most elementary age children in the United States, I remember learning about my state’s history, main agriculture, state bird and numerous facts about how the state was established.  As I grew up, my memory changed when I made my way to Colorado and all that remained of my Utah knowledge was of beehives, seagulls and pioneers.  All of that changed when I paid a visit to the Natural History Museum of Utah, and began to relive the memories beyond those of my middle school classroom.  Walking outside of the popular and current Gecko exhibit, past the displays of gems and minerals and beyond the exhibits of Utah’s weather, one place in particular called my attention.  A gallery of Native American art, crafts and history welcomed me in and before I knew it I was taken back to my childhood where my dad had taken me to Pow-wows and numerous activities with local tribes in southern Utah.  Many times I had asked my dad, “What happened to the Native Americans after the settlers came in?  Where are they now?”  It’s a difficult question, but this section at the Natural History Museum of Utah gave me a few answers. Continue Reading ›

Valentine’s Day Around the World

Valentine’s Day is a time that gets two opposite reactions: Love or disgust. Although I enjoyed celebrating with packages of candies and Hello Kitty cards, not everyone shared my sentiments. I’d always hear, “Happy Singles Awareness Day!” or shouts of “Happy VD!” Whether you celebrate with chocolates covered in red and pink foil or groan and roll your eyes at this day, it’s still enjoyed throughout the world. As February 14th approaches, I’m taking time to enjoy and take a look at how other countries participate in the festivities of love and singlehood and perhaps inspire you to look at this day of love in a different light. Continue Reading ›

Luck on Chinese New Year

My grandmother is getting ready for Chinese New Year after a Denver Broncos Super Bowl victory, carefully placing red and gold envelopes on the dining room table covered with oranges, candies, Chinese sweets and a vase full of red roses. The red accoutrements adorning the table are all to bring good luck in the New Year, and I’m happy for any opportunity to rope in a little good fortune. Although I agree most people make their own luck through hard work and dedication, I decide to work on a Lucky Knot to make my own rabbit’s foot. My grandmother asks if the game is over, but for me it seems like it’s all just begun. With multiple applications for jobs and school in the balance and two possible places to land for a while, I wonder if not washing my hair and refraining from eating meat on Monday will give me a little bit of hope I’ve been looking for. Continue Reading ›

City or a Country Girl?

For as long as I can remember, one thing has always been a priority in my life: adventure.  I’ve always wanted to be on an adventure in a new and unique place and constantly dreamed of it.  Eagerly daydreaming of possibilities from my books and diligently putting extra change and birthday money in my piggy bank, I always found ways to prepare for my great escape.  Growing up in a small town in Southern Utah and then heading to a small town in Colorado for college, I was anxious to experience city life.  I was thrilled to live and intern in London and I headed to visit family in San Francisco to see if it might be my residence after college.  Indecision held me back as I made my way to Denver, a small city that became my home base, and I continually yearned for more in a city.  Even though I had two brief summers in San Diego and most recently I finished my time in Chicago, my sense of adventure still isn’t satisfied.  It seems as much as I love being in a city, I yearn to be out in the wild and the unknown.  In the middle of downtown Chicago or in Lincoln Park, I enjoyed finding patches of green and even ventured outside of the city to find gardens and conservatories.  Was I not a city girl, after all?  Did I only think I wanted to be in a large metropolis but was really a country girl at heart? Continue Reading ›