Taking a Stand Against Racism and Prejudice

I was in fourth grade in a suburb outside of Orlando, Florida. My teacher, Mrs. Ezell was fierce. Her face was full of anger. It was completely fueled by a student calling another student “black.” Mrs. Ezell was short, perhaps only 5’2, but she was powerful and passionate. She wore the strongly scented perfume of cigarette smoke and hung out in the teacher’s smoke room on ev...
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Keeping Traditions Alive – Finding Community in Our Holiday Rituals

Rituals, Christmas, Traditions, Cultures
In the midst of all the holiday hustle and bustle, holiday parties, cookie exchanges, and shopping, sits the traditions and values that glue our families together during this time of year. Each year as we began the cycle of the holiday season, I am reminded of all the unique traditions celebrated by various people and cultures. As I child, I never fully understood the impact...
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The Day of the Dead Celebrations (Dia de los Muertos)

Holidays, cultures, and traditions from around the world are something that truly intrigues me. I’m fascinated by how much our small families and communities as well as our larger culture and country influence who we are as people and how we live our lives. When I notice an event around a holiday or tradition from another culture, I love to attend and learn more about wh...
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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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Calling on Our Community: Let’s Stand Up and Against Human Trafficking

I am so excited to share with you an invitation to a series of amazing global gatherings here in Denver. My friend, Sarah Davison-Tracy, founder of Seeds of Exchange, is hosting a team of peole from Nepal for a week and has created a number of exciting events to which we can go. I am hosting Global Grubbing: Nepal - can you join us for this one if you are local? Here is ...
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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 Magic of Soup and Dreams

What do soup and dreams have in common? Well, they bring people together! Food is the heart of humanity and a bonding point for most people—and dreams, doesn’t everybody have them? So why not talk about the dreams of what we hope to inspire over a few cups of soups from various cultures!? A brilliant idea from Evan, the creator of Warm Cookies of the Revolution (yes, another...
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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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