I Still Believe in the Power of Community

It’s been four years since I published my book, Connected. On this anniversary month, I wanted to reflect on where I’ve been over the last four years and what my beliefs are now regarding this book and its topic. I’ve wanted to write this blog for over a week now… and then the senseless tragedy in Orlando took place. Orlando is my hometown. I spent my first 30 years of life ...
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Vietnamese Grubbing in the Heart of Denver’s Asian Markets

Vietnamese Dining
We made another stop to Southeast Asia last night with Global Grubbing through our new “dinner club” series. This time, we headed over to the South Federal Boulevard region of Denver, which houses a plethora of Asian markets, restaurants, and stores. If you’ve never ventured into this part of town, you’ll know you’ve made it when you see the Far East Center just south of...
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5 Ways to Find More Connection in Your Community

While at my Global Grubbing dinner last week, I made a comment that implied I didn’t believe Americans were as kind-hearted and giving as some of our international counterparts. After my comment, one of the participants called me out on it, to say that I’m just not getting out there enough then, because there are plenty of good people here in America! First, let me start by ...
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Frankly, I’m actually embarrassed by this…

Consumerism, E
I know I am one of the lucky ones. I have a roof over my head. We’ve got food in our refrigerator (often more than we ever finish eating), and my closet has clothes that rotate with the seasons. That makes me (and likely you) better off than 83% of the WORLD’S POPULATION, a staggering number that we can easily forget about when we have access to so many “things.” But frankly...
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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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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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8 Ways to Create Connection

We all crave and desire to be connected to our fellow human beings, but what does it take to really feel that connection?  Here's a list of several ways you can increase your connection to others. Be open and willing to share about yourself and your life.  Be a trusting person and friend. Stay true to your commitments, honor your word, and follow through with your prom...
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