Category Archives: Blog

Stumbling Upon Look Up in Queens New York

A good friend sent me a wonderful surprise from Forest Hills, Queens.  On a sunny, summer day, she went for a walk down Ascan Avenue. Apparently, the neighbors on this street decided to spread positive vibes by painting rocks with uplifting messages and colors. My friend, who has read my books as well as traveled…
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Worldly Cocktails – Pisco Sour Recipe

How can you travel without leaving your home? How can you relive previous adventures without packing a bag? I believe that your sense of taste is a way of exploring the world without needing a passport. Here are some yummy examples from Spain with its tortilla española and Cuba's mojito. Travel to South America with…
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Wining, Dining and Cruising – Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

Nestled in the Ozark Mountains of south-central Missouri is a world-class boating, golfing, shopping, and fishing mecca. The Lake of the Ozarks—with more miles of coastline than California's ocean beaches—is the Midwest's premier lake resort. Only a couple hours from St. Louis, Jefferson City, and Branson, the "Fun Lake" is known as one of the…
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Finding the Upside during Quarantine

After two months of staying at home, losing work, canceling travel, and missing birthdays, graduations, and more, we are all getting a bit frustrated and even depressed. Plus, the news is all doom and gloom with an uncertain timeline as to when the new normal will arrive. However, the only power we have over this…
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Look Up while on Lockdown

With the majority of us sheltering in place and social distancing to help us all combat Covid-19, we are essentially on lockdown. Families and friends are adapting to a new way to virtually gather for a meal or celebrate by creating a drive-by party. The traditional way to instruct in-person is forced to pause. Now,…
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Land of the Rising Sun – Kyoto, Japan

Exploring Japan's cultural and artistic capital of Kyoto is more like walking through an outdoor museum than a bustling city of one and a half million residents. With temples, shrines, castles, and gardens located throughout the city, Kyoto has a calming, Zen-like essence. Perhaps this is why emperors chose Kyoto as their ancient residence. The…
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Hello from Fort Lauderdale

A month ago, I was returning from a work trip to Cuba. This was my third trip in the last six weeks. To say that the beginning of 2020 was a whirlwind for me professionally is an understatement. However, I never could have expected to see the world unfold as it has over the last…
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Pivotal Times Reminding Us to Look Up

In times when people are losing work, closing businesses, and fearful about other changes concerning the Coronavirus, it is important that we protect ourselves, families, and communities by staying at home and washing our hands. However, we must also shift our perspective to the upside of this situation. These challenging times will leave us all…
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Adventures No Travel Required – Coronavirus Quarantines and Cancelations

Are stay-at-home adventures possible? Whether it is lack of time, financial difficulties, weather hiccups, or the most recent obstacle, the coronavirus quarantines and cancelations, people often ask me: Can I have an adventure without traveling? Can I embark on an adventure without leaving my own home? YES! You CAN have an adventure without traveling far…
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