A Little Taste of Ethiopia in My Own Backyard

Ethnic Dining, Global Cuisine
Prior to this week, my only experience of Ethiopian food consisted of spicy lentil soup and injera, both of which I thought to be quite tasty and left me wanting more. Yet, I was intimated by a true “Ethiopian style” dinner, after all, rumor had it, these places make you eat with your hands! I’ve long been curious about the Ethiopian Restaurant that sits along Colfax Avenue....
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Smiling, Dining, Cooking–Nepali Style

Global Grubbing, Ethnic Dining, Cooking School, Denver
It was by chance that I met Sujita. I had stopped in the mall to get my eyebrows threaded (a technique mainly used by woman in Asia and the Middle East), an alternative to waxing that I started doing just earlier this year. When I first went into the salon to get threaded, I realized it was all woman from around the world who were doing this service, so that intrigued me more a...
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An Ethiopian Adventure Starting in the Middle of City Park

This post was written by my friend and fellow global citizen and diversity-lover, Erin Daly. I'm excited to share her story here on the blog.  It was your normal, average summer morning at City Park in Denver. I was scheduled to meet a friend, Ashley, and her daughter, so our girls could play together while we caught up with what was happening in our lives. It was a quiet...
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The Making of An Awesome Community

Do you really love your neighborhood, your city, and your community? Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community. - Anthony J. D'Angelo Next week marks my eight year anniversary for moving to the city of Denver, Colorado. In eight years, I’ve created a community and network for myself here, but not only do I love the people, I love the city as well—and it j...
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Is This the Story You Are Telling Yourself?

Singular view of a story, Perspective
Have you ever considered how we formulate ideas of people? Whether race, culture, or religion, we are each presented with information about a group of people. From that viewpoint our entire perspective is then created and often times cemented. Despite not always having a complete 360-degree view, we make vast assumptions, create personal truths, and assign entire populations...
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How to Make New Friends and Meet New People

In a recent study about social connections, most people reported having only two or three people in which they felt close enough to share personal details about their life. That number dropped from decades ago, where the average was closer to four or five, and experts see that number dropping even more in the future. It’s no wonder 3.5 MILLION people are searching online for “...
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Could Your Life Change By Doing Just This One Thing?

I’ve had these instances lately where I’ve realized that life really does happen in the moments. They are silly moments, not moments of greatness, or impact, but just times of random connection. Like being at a 4-way-stop sign and both myself and the other driver trying to wave the other one to go first—and then both of us chuckling at ourselves for wanting the other to go. ...
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The Ultimate Loss Within Our Communities

Today is the 32nd anniversary of my father’s suicide. I was exactly one month away from turning five, my younger brother only two, and my sister almost eight. Even thirty years later, it’s hard to know exactly why my father chose to leave this planet and his life, but he did. Suicide is the ultimate loss within our communities, because it’s a cry for help heard too late. We i...
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What Mattered Most… Today.

It seems every day I have the same fight with myself. What will I get done today? How much can I complete? Will there be enough time to finish a project, run this errand, make dinner, write, call a friend, do laundry… the list in my head is perpetual. I cross two things off and I add four more. It’s like a bad reoccurring dream that haunts me day in and day out. My “to-do” lis...
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We Have Much to Learn From People Around the World

For as far back as I can remember, I've been intrigued by cultural differences. Everything from what people believe to how we behave in public is influenced by our culture. I volunteer regularly with refugees from Burma, and they encourage us to just walk in the house, don't knock, roam around the house as we need--even help ourselves to stuff in the kitchen. For an American...
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