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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The Chinese New Year – Fun Facts About the Cultures, Customs, and Traditions

As an American, I’m often deeply disappointed that our culture doesn’t seem to have the richness of history, customs, and traditions that so many other cultures around the world embrace and celebrate. I found myself seeking out festivals, like the Day of the Dead, holidays, and events celebrated by my fellow global citizens in order to get a taste of some of the magic and b...
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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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A Sweet Tradition for the Fall

I find that the older I get, the more I love having traditions. Traditions are the things that make each season, holiday, or milestone actually feel like something special to me. It's in these traditions that will later adds moments of nostalgia as we look back with those seemingly longing eyes and think, "Where has the time gone?" and reminisce about those remember whens. O...
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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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