History Comes Alive in Poipu, Kauai

by Sandy Bornstein / Jul 21, 2021 /
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When planning our recent anniversary getaway to Kauai, Hawaii, I did not spend time researching historical sites. With less than a week at this romantic destination, our emphasis was on outdoor adventures and food. At this point in our lives, we are extremely grateful for the time we spend together. Ira was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive and incurable brain cancer, approximately a year ago.

Music for Connection and Celebration

by Kerry Dexter / Jul 19, 2021 /
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Finding connection, celebrating difference, taking joy in the small things on the way to those discoveries: music can be a gateway to all those things.

Music for Connection and Celebration

“Josh Recommends” for the week of July 16, 2021 by Josh Garrick

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“Josh Recommends” for the week of July 16, 2021 by Josh Garrick  

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Through the Eyes of an Educator: Cultivating Positive Energizers

by Stacey Ebert / Jul 12, 2021 /
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‘Energizers stimulate vitality in others; by interacting with energizers, others feel motivated and inspired. Energy givers are optimistic, attentive, reliable, and unselfish. They attract others.’ 
- Marcella Bremer (Positive Energizers)

The Best Funny Global Read? I Named My Dog Pushkin (and Other Immigrant Tales)

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I love this book—and I think you will, as well. The new intercultural memoir from Margarita Gokun Silver, entitled I Named My Dog Pushkin (and Other Immigrant Tales), is both an extremely humorous memoir about living an international life, and an unflinching glimpse into (as expected, with a global life) the never-ending process of cultural adjustment.

Your Summer Must-Read: From Hell to Challah: Rising from Fragile to Fearless, One Grain at a Time

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Here’s my recommendation for your must-read book this summer: Shari Wallack’s extraordinary memoir, From Hell to Challah: Rising from Fragile to Fearless, One Grain at a Time. Here’s why…

This book is an exceptional glimpse into pandemic travel, reconnecting, friendships, food, mental health, growing into fearlessness, the importance of travel and always expanding your worldview, and self growth. It’s one of the best travel books (and memoirs) I’ve ever read, and is funny, to boot!

Artist Spotlight: Jasmine Zhang

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Jul 07, 2021 /
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With a conceptual approach, Chinese-born and Oakland-based interdisciplinary artist Zhang Mengjiao, aka Jasmine’s work investigates social issues of “immigration” and explores questions pertinent to the autonomy behind being a woman of color, Chinese, artist, and human being. Her socially engaged art takes the form of photography, texts, painting, performance video, and sculptural installations.

Heading to the Beach? Your Indispensable Packing List

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Heading to the beach? I can see it in your eyes…a day filled with laughter, play, surfing, paddling, sand castle-building, snacking, napping, and building memories. A day at the beach is one of those things that we long for, enjoy, and remember always. 

Five Cybersecurity Tips to Protect Yourself Online While Traveling

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The quarantine has lasted for what seems to be an eternity. But the vaccines were developed lightning-fast, and they've proven to be just as effective. As a result, people can't wait to roam outside freely, and travel agencies are overloaded with people booking their holidays. 

3 Tips And Ideas For A Unique Camping Experience

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One of the fondest memories of people growing up come from camping with family and friends. You just can’t help but smile whenever you think about the fun times you had whenever you go camping.

Even if you’re not a fan of outdoors, you can still enjoy camping and make the same memories with your family today. The key is to put some time and effort into planning your camping activities so that it can be a memorable, fun, safe, and stress-free experience for everyone.

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