Coming Home to Greece with Diane Kochilas

Coming Home to Greece with Diane Kochilas

For an expat like me, homecomings and farewells are part of the bargain of loving two countries: Greece and the United States. New York, Athens, and the Blue Zone Greek island of Ikaria triangulate my existence, and until this past March with COVID-19, I moved fluidly between them. My back-and-forth sojourns have been so frequent … Continued

Inspiration for the 2020 Graduates: Life is What We Make It

 Life is what we make it. Class of 2020 Publisher’s note: I met Enock Makasi on March 24, 2016 when he was flying from Los Angeles, California to Salt Lake City on his way to his new home in Idaho and he was 15 years old. He had already flown from Uganda to Amsterdam and then California. He … Continued

Feeling Our Way with Cantor Emma Lutz

Shabbat Shalom. As we have all been #SafeAtHome during COVID-19, the clergy of Stephen Wise Temple have been sharing a daily dose of wisdom. I found these teachings from Cantor Emma Lutz this week deeply moving and she allowed me to share them again here. Happy Mother’s Day Weekend! The patient person shows much good … Continued

Yes! Our Live Animals can join your Con-FUR-ence Call!

Want to liven up your next video conference meeting? Planning a FaceTime with friends or virtual birthday party? Sign up to have one of our amazing animals join the call! We also offer virtual tours with several animals. We’ll join the meeting do a quick intro of the sanctuary then you can ask questions or … Continued

Oranges in the Shower – A Whiff of Hope

This morning, at 7am, I ate an orange in my shower.  It’s a thing. My almost 21 year-old daughter read about it and it’s apparently been a thing for a few years now. Eating an orange in the shower, they say, is a direct line to joy. And right now, I need a little joy. … Continued

Traveling to India to meet The Dalai Lama!

Sarah Robarts, Dara Toulch, and Kendal Hurley traveled to Bodh Gaya to celebrate an anniversary and meet His Holiness. In late 2019, we were invited on the trip of a lifetime – to visit His Holiness The Dalai Lama in Bodh Gaya, India for a private audience. We had been working with his Personal Emissary … Continued

ShemeshFarms: A Story About Resilience

In times of adversity and the unknown we look for inspiration all around us in hope of harnessing our own resilience and strength to get through.  We look to our friends and family, to our communities, to our faith, to nature, to books, to social media! Our friends at Tripping Kosher filmed a short documentary … Continued

Where did our Family go Diving for the Holidays? Bonaire

From the editor: While traveling around our planet has been paralyzed by the coronavirus, we know that we will travel again. We hope that the travel stories we publish inspire you to add destinations to your bucket list for your future travels! Mandy and I have traveled and dove all around the world always in … Continued

Venice Way Pizza at Hotel Erwin

Find your Favorite NEW slice at Venice Way Pizza

I love to watch sunset from High Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Erwin in Venice. In fact, the hotel was built by my summer camp friend’s family! And, now I am obsessed with their new pizza! It officially opens TODAY. Make sure to stop by for a slice at Venice Way Pizza! Amy Castillo, my travel … Continued

We Said Go Travel

We Said Go Travel