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Baltimore “Hero” Mom, Violence is Not the Answer

Posted by on 10:11 pm in Blog, I say, Love is Family | 1 comment

Baltimore “Hero” Mom, Violence is Not the Answer

By now everyone has seen the video of the Baltimore “hero” mom striking her rioting son repeatedly. They are calling her “Hero Mom”, “Mother of the Year” and saying that if more mothers were like her we wouldn’t have this problem. Here’s why I don’t agree with those statements entirely. I have felt this kind of desperation and fear. Just yesterday I was told my son was being rude to teachers at his school. I felt that rush of red to my face. You’re afraid your child will grow up to...

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Give Up, Live a Dream Anyway

Posted by on 5:42 am in Art Thou Mindful, Blog, I say | 1 comment

Today, I was supposed to board a plane back to Holland. I was going to continue living what I thought was my dream life. Instead, today is the day I give up on that dream, for now. A few years ago we ditched the American Dream for an entirely different dream. We left EVERYTHING behind for a backpack and a dream of living in Europe. We somehow managed to turn that dream into reality when we moved to Italy in 2009. Then, the crisis hit the Italian economy, finding work was difficult and finalizing our permanent status was beyond challenging. So...

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Stop Putting Your Kids First

Posted by on 7:59 pm in Art Thou Mindful, Blog, I say, Love is Family | 3 comments

Stop Putting Your Kids First

Traveling the world and living abroad gives you some perspective on yourself in the context of community. The American culture, its very fabric, is woven with a strong value for individualism. It’s about winning and personal achievement not the greater good and the best for the future of society. That’s great for economies and making money but what does that do for our communities? When we put ourselves before the good of others, what does that do to our sense of compassion and gratitude? When we see ourselves greater and more...

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Got mommy issues? Forget them today.

Posted by on 7:09 pm in Blog, Love is Family | 8 comments

Got mommy issues? Forget them today.

I wrote this on International Women’s Day. Sadly, for me, it was also the 7th day I had been in the hospital with my mom, five of which were spent in the ICU.  She’s a strong, 64 year-old woman, and her sudden sickness took all of us by surprise. She was taking care of me, my sister and my son, we were in bed with a terrible flu and she then caught it. The difference between her and us is that she is a diabetic and has recurring issues with her heart and kidneys. A couple of days after arriving in the ER she went into septic shock...

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Mindful Fashion

Posted by on 12:23 pm in Art Thou Mindful, Blog, Girls are Pretty, I say, Spiritual Rainbow | 10 comments

Mindfulness is an ancient practice of being aware, of living the moment fully. Kaballah and Buddhism have several techniques to teach ways to fully experience the moment. These techniques are thought to be the secret to living life to the fullest and happiness. No matter what you’re doing even something as simple as eating you can be mindful. Feeling each bite, chew and swallow instead of thinking about what you have to do after dinner is a good practice of mindfulness. Right now, stop reading, close your eyes and feel the air coming in...

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How To Create an Inexpensive, Green Beach Wedding

Posted by on 9:57 am in Blog, Girls are Pretty, I say | 0 comments

How To Create an Inexpensive, Green Beach Wedding

You have asked, “Is there a way to have a cheap, elegant, green beach wedding ?” I have your answer. I worked as a wedding planner aboard cruise ships and other exotic destinations so simplicity with impact is a vital mix for a successful event. A few years ago we decided to celebrate a 10-year vow renewal on our anniversary. Our first wedding was small so beating that budget was going to be a challenge. Also, after living in Europe for a year we went back home to South Beach, I knew I just had to embrace the its beauty and give...

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Minimalist Living: How Europe Changed Me

Posted by on 12:20 am in I say, Wanderlust | 0 comments

Minimalist Living: How Europe Changed Me

About five years ago, I decided to ditch my “American Dream” for a backpack and some adventure across the pond in Europe. Many things change when you make such a drastic life change. What I never expected is how much simpler my life would become. I live with so much less now! It’s no secret that living in Europe is simpler and spaces are much smaller than most places in the US. I went from living in a 1,400 sq. ft. home on a lake in Florida to a 484 sq. ft. (45 sq. mt.) attic apartment atop an 800-year-old building in Italy....

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The Problem With Piet

Posted by on 2:47 pm in Blog, I say, Wanderlust | 0 comments

The Problem With Piet

This past weekend I attended the local Dutch festivities welcoming Sinterklaas into town. He’s not really like the Santa Claus we know in the United States, he’s more of a Catholic bishop, a Saint dressed in a completely different manner. His beard is longer and so is his hair. What stands out most and makes him so unique is not anything he is or he wears but his “helpers”. I will try to describe Zwarte Piet, Sinterklaas’ assistant, as objective as possible. Let’s start with a quick google search: From...

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Natural Cough Remedy From my Grandma’s Recipe Book

Posted by on 10:21 pm in Blog, Food thy medicine | 0 comments

Natural Cough Remedy From my Grandma’s Recipe Book

I get tons of requests for this recipe. I am all about natural remedies but I need them to be effective. In our family it has cured every type of cough. So let’s get to it. What you’ll need. Half a purple onion Juice of six limes (or lemons) 8oz of raw honey Peel the onion, chop it into pieces and liquefy (blender) it with the juice of six lemons, you can leave some of the lemon pulp if you prefer. Add the raw honey and mix. It tastes great if you add the amount of lemon and honey that makes the onion tolerable to you. This is the...

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A Letter to the Author of Kissing Fish

Posted by on 7:35 am in Blog, Spiritual Rainbow | 0 comments

A Letter to the Author of Kissing Fish

For a very long time I felt I was alone in my feelings, thoughts and studies of scripture — labeled a rebel, rejected. I went through my atheist phase, I was angry at God first and decided he/she didn’t exist at all. As I healed that part of me and realized with my heart, spirit and mind that it was just my pain speaking, I became agnostic. I held on to all the love of science and philosophy from that phase. I redirected my anger towards all churches of any denomination. I felt like I was raised in a cult that destroyed my family....

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