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 ›

March 2016 Book List

This month brought in plenty of changes and the random moments of snow and rain were only the beginning.  To start, March began the kick off for family weddings that will continue throughout the summer, contained numerous adventures in Costa Rica and saw the start of new jobs along with the possibility of starting graduate school in the coming fall.  With lots to balance and facilitate, March developed into a month of only taking on one book.  With Easter at the end of the month, what better choice than one related to religion, spirituality and humor?  Rather than indulge in multiple books, I found it better to savor one book and take in every word.  What book could I be talking about?  None other than . . . 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 ›

Christmas at Bellagio

Las Vegas probably seems like an unusual place to spend the holidays, but before I headed home to my family, I made a pit stop here and found the city to be sparkling with its usual elaborate decoration.  Walking with my dad along the Strip, no visit would be complete without some time at Bellagio.  Previously, my visits to their Conservatory and Botanical Gardens have transported me to Japan, but tonight, their annual Christmas display is up for show.  While the glass flowers in the lobby ceiling are another impressive arrangement from Dale Chihuly, whose work I’ve also admired in Denver and Seattle, you shouldn’t miss out on any floral display from this hotel in the Nevada desert.  A few photos from my visit will show you exactly why the Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens should be on your list for a future trip to Las Vegas: Continue Reading ›

It’s Christmastime in Chi-Town

Nestled in the Rocky Mountains with a fresh layer of snow, last Christmas found me in Denver, Colorado, but this holiday season I ventured on to Chicago.  Although its known for plenty of snow, it seems the unusual heat wave this winter has spread to Chicago as I found myself drenched in rain, not covered in snow.  The strong winds were up to their usual tricks, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t find the joy of Christmas spirit in the Midwest.  It was actually the opposite as I made my way through brightly lit window displays at Macy’s and Christmas trees and wreaths surrounding the hallways of the Palmer House Hilton Hotel.  This was one of the first times I experienced such great decoration and was entertained by this popular holiday.  A few photos from my walks downtown in the Loop and in surrounding neighborhoods nearby will show you just what I mean about Christmas in Chicago: Continue Reading ›