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Love It or Leave It?

What problems exist in your country? Do you feel so fed up with your home country that you consider leaving it? What elements make you stay? These are universal questions, ones that many people, including me, ask themselves. In Italy, perhaps the dichotomy between a country’s pros and cons is stronger than anywhere else. Gustav Hofer [...]

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A Sacred Conversation in a Church in Venice

I’ve had a hard time writing this post, trying to eloquently explain its purposes, so I’ll just keep it simple and lay them out before moving on. 1) In my own personal quest to better understand Italy, I’m writing about Italy and its lesser-known sights this year. 2) This post has me returning to the [...]

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England: A Travel Wish List

The following post is brought to you by Travelzoo. There are so many places I’d like to go, but one that shows up on my radar over and over is England. I have a sentimental relationship with England because my dad lived there, so I spent a good deal of time in London in my [...]

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A Peaceful Park with a Sad Past

For many people who live around Sacramento and the Bay Area of California, winter is all about skiing and snowboarding in nearby Lake Tahoe. While the Sacramento valley never gets too cold and the Bay Area often has sunny, mild weather in the winter, the Sierra Nevadas frequently get enveloped in layers of beautiful snow, [...]

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Novica Gifts: A Giveaway!

Have you heard about NOVICA? I am so excited about this giveaway because this company is truly deserving of our support. NOVICA is an online store of fair-trade products made by artisans around the world. The company’s mission is to spread happiness through giving artisans a free place to sell their products and, therefore, encouraging [...]

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Inspiring Reads, Winter 2014

One of life’s pleasures is reading, and with the expansion of online media and the possibilities of combining fantastic photography with writing, the amount of good reading online seems to just grow, leaving me wishing for more time to indulge. Here are some of the inspiring reads I’ve come across lately. If you have any, [...]

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Where to See the Art of Brazil

The theme for this month’s ArtSmart Roundtable is “national art,” or art that makes one think of a particular country. In advance of one of the world’s biggest events, the World Cup, which takes place this summer in cities all over Brazil, I decided to share suggestions for where to see the art of Brazil [...]

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Getting Back to Nature in Marin County

“I am a hiker!” These words came from my 3-year-old son and were echoed by his older brother as they trekked across creeks and up and down canyon hills in search of waterfalls and fallen trees. This time, the quiet forests of Cascade Canyon in Marin County, the area north of San Francisco, provided refuge [...]

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