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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A Journey to the Congo – Global Grubbing Cooking Class

Is there anything more satisfying than the smell of fresh cut onions and peppers, seasoned meat baking in the oven, and plantains frying on the stove? I don’t believe so, especially when you are surrounded by people who have a love and passion for travel, culture, and food, and a host that is so warm and inviting you just want to linger a little bit longer than you should… ...
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Community Food: Thai Green Papaya Salad

Certain songs can you take you to an exact moment in your life. Smells can remind you of a person you loved. And tastes will have you traveling to an exotic journey you’ll always want to remember. That’s exactly how I feel about Green Papaya Salad (Som Tam). Adorned with a Thai theme at a monthly community dinner a few weeks ago, I couldn’t help but bring this tasty dish to...
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People Are Good. I Really Believe That.

When you look around at most of the world, it’s easy to question whether or not humanity has totally become a complete wreck. Our news reminds us of all the tragedies, traumas, and terrors that are happening at every moment and in every corner of the world. But sometimes, all you need to do is walk into a local café in the heart of your city to find out that good people rea...
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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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A Greeting of the Heart and Soul

While I often tout social media as being a place where I get lost in the abyss of things I don't need to know about, every once in awhile I stumble upon a message that touches my spirit. That was so this week, when I saw an image that spoke about the Maori greeting done in New Zealand. The image immediately spoke to me (similar to the one in this post). I am mesmerized by t...
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A World of Interconnectedness

Have you ever noticed that the more you pay attention to something, the more it expands. From everything to getting a type of car, dog or style of clothes – once you’ve embodied it you then see it everywhere. Or was it always there to begin with? It’s amazing what one can see when they are open their eyes to what it is they want to see. As I’ve turned to the depths of my ...
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Being Grounded in Rituals, Traditions, and Community

Whether we are aware of it or not, traditions, rituals and community play a large role in our lives and livelihood. On the Winter Solstice, my friend Jan Haas mentioned her family getting together to celebrate the day. I said to her, “You really could teach me a thing or two about rituals and traditions.” Over the following days, I realized that was what I missed most abo...
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