You can restore the Ocean!

You can restore the Ocean!

Article first published as You Can Restore the Ocean! on Technorati. Not many people see how they can help the planet in less than nine months! Brian Meux and the team of marine biologists and volunteer divers at Santa Monica Bay Keepers are helping the Planet and restoring our giant kelp forests. Taking an urchin … Continued

Adventure Around the Corner: New York City Style

Article first published as Adventure Around the Corner: New York City Style on Technorati. In New York City for Bar Mitzvah Dos, we met Agnes, an event painter, working at the incredible party planned to celebrate the Jewish ritual to bring my nephew to adulthood.  Watching her create an oil painting of our family and … Continued

Colonial Colombia: Santa Marta and Taganga

Article first published as Colonial Colombia: Santa Marta and Taganga on Technorati. Traveling north of Cartagena along the Colombian coast you reach two towns, Santa Marta and Taganga, jewels of the Caribbean coast. We went one way by Marsol, van transport and back by public bus. Because George is fluent in Spanish from his years … Continued

A Port Day in Cartagena

Article first published as A Port Day in Cartagena on Technorati. Seeing Hard Rock Cartagena told me that Cartagena, Colombia is now a Cruise Ship port town. After seven years working as assistant cruise director on-board cruise ships, I thought I had been to every port town in the Caribbean. But now, new interesting cities … Continued

The Secrets of Happy Marriages

Article first published as The Secrets of Happy Marriages on Technorati. This recent sunset in Brentwood, California reminded me of the one a year ago when we got married at Casa Del Mar, December 19, 2009. I thought, “We made it! One year of marriage! Thank goodness we both showed up for the first blind … Continued

Race to Nowhere: Do we have a Map?

Rich Text Article first published as Race to Nowhere: do we have a map? on Technorati. The movie, Race to Nowhere, has brought new attention to education and student motivation. I hope that this film inspires dialogue about what school could become. As Seth Godin says in his 2010 book, Linchpin, Are you Indispensible?, the … Continued

Muzungu: One who travels around

Article first published as Mzungu: One who travels around on Technorati. In the book, The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World, the three “lost girls” are in Africa and learn the word, Muzungu.  “I learned that [muzungu] originally meant ‘one who travels around,’ referring to the European traders who came in the … Continued

Race to Nowhere

Article first published as Race to Nowhere on Technorati. Race to Nowhere is a new movie about our schools, our students and ourselves. The issue of homework causes family arguments, feelings of stress, suicide and illness and some students take drugs to stay up late and finish their work. We seem to have forgotten that children’s play is … Continued

Colombia: To Go or Not to Go?

Article first published as Colombia: To Go or Not to Go? on Technorati. When I mentioned we are leaving to go to Colombia in two weeks, nearly everyone replies, “Is it safe to go there?” The Lonely Planet starts its section on Colombia by saying, “Colombia’s back. After decades of civil conflict, Colombia is now safe … Continued

Grateful at Thanksgiving

At this time of Thanksgiving, we are grateful for all the people who traveled to be with us and to celebrate with us!  We were lucky to spend Thanksgiving with our family and celebrate Zachary’s Bar Mitzvah together. I read this poem which my sister found for me at the Bar Mitzvah, and was reminded … Continued

We Said Go Travel

We Said Go Travel