One morning as I was setting up to begin my workday, I turned my computer on, and I saw San Miguel de Allende for the first time. The city was being featured on the MS Bing homepage. If you are familiar with Bing, you know that every day, it features a photo of a city, event, or animals.
I was immediately intrigued when I saw the photo of San Miguel de Allende. The city did not look like the beautiful, but different, Mexico that I knew. My family and I have visited Mexico many times. How is it that I…
To say that this book is filled with heartbreaking and eye-opening information is an understatement.
Ruby Hamal is an Australian journalist and writer of White Tears/Brown Scars. Since its publication, Hamal’s book has caused a scramble of feelings for readers— from commendations for exposing global racial stories and tragedies in history, mainly revealing white women’s complicity to subjugate women of color— to condemnation for deconstructing white womanhood.
I had not heard about Hamal’s book until it was chosen by my book club. One of the book club organizers contacted Ruby Hamal, and a couple of weeks later, we were privileged…
My transition from tea or a small mug of coffee to a 12-ounce mug of coffee(s) every day was smooth and discreet. I didn’t even notice it.
I realized I had been enchanted by Seattle’s coffee culture when I began telling my husband right before going to bed that I could not wait to have my delicious morning coffee. Is that addiction, or is it just the allure of its texture and flavor? By the way, I only drink two cups of coffee a day: a regular in the morning and a decaf or half-caff around noon.
I know some…
There is simply one reason to visit and love Seattle, the Emerald City: its nature. You might even end up staying.
The Seattle area has it all: scenic parks throughout the four seasons, beautiful snow-capped mountain ranges, lakes, nearby islands, and urban forests.
Let’s start with summer: summer is an outburst of greens and glowing water! The Seattle area is a year-round evergreen Eden, but the richness of the green palette goes to extremes in the summer!
I am among the few lucky ones that have not been markedly affected by the repercussions of COVID-19. My organization transitioned all its employees to work from home early in March 2020; my husband’s company followed a couple of weeks later. Then, our son began online education in April 2020. The stay-at-home situation started as an opportunity for the family to spend more time together. However, as months passed, work remained steadily busy. …
Frida Kahlo is well-known for her self-portraits, romance with Diego Rivera, socialist alienation, feminist influence, and Mexican nationalism, but how was she able to become who she was with such a wounded body and soul? Her fortitude and perseverance are praiseworthy — to me, that is the main reason to admire her.
“At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.”
― Frida Kahlo
A visit to Frida Kahlo’s Blue House in Mexico City shifted my perception of Kahlo to focus on one of the most important aspects of her life — her…
Think about a beautiful medieval postcard — now, imagine you are in it, walking among 12th-century walls and down picturesque cobblestone streets. It is a hot, breezy summer day. All of a sudden, you feel invigorated, curious to know everything. I remember telling my husband as we were taking our first steps into town, “I wish walls could talk. What a charming town!”
Siena is a beautiful, hilly town located in the central part of Tuscany, Italy, about one hour away by car or bus from Florence. …
Franz Kafka was a German-speaking novelist and short-story writer from Prague, the capital of the former Kingdom of Bohemia, now the Czech Republic. Kafka is widely known as one of the significant figures of 20th-century literature, and The Metamorphosis (1915) is one of his most acclaimed books.
One day, after a conversation about Kafka’s books with a school friend, I decided I needed to purchase this book. Coincidently, organizing my husband’s nightstand the next day, I found The Metamorphosis at the bottom of a small pile of books: the book had been right under my nose for who knows how…
I love Jane Austen for her books, but mainly because she was a determined, independent woman ahead of her time. She had a fantastic imagination and was not afraid of satirizing people's ridiculous struggle to marry money.
“A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.” –Melinda Gates
On March 8, many countries worldwide celebrate and recognize women’s social, economic, cultural, and political accomplishments throughout history — regardless of their background and culture. International Women’s Day is a day for a collective call to action for accelerating gender parity.
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