Hospitality With Limits? What Do You Think?
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Does our hospitality have its limits? And, should it? I faced this question square on a while back. And it caused me to rethink my understanding of what true hospitality … Read More

How I Found Magic & Lasting Friendship in a Japanese Ryokan
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Chikako Takada: Renaissance woman. Ryokan proprietor. Opera lover. Friend of many. When I first met Chikako Takada, I was most impressed by her non-stop energy and enthusiasm towards life. At just … Read More

What to Do When Truth Stares You in the Face
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It was time to say goodbye. But truth was, I found myself unprepared for the moment ahead. The background Emily and Jack from Taiwan would come by for an hour … Read More

Get Creative When You Encounter the Unexpected
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At 7:02 am the power shut off. In that unexpected moment, everything seemed to stand still.  A Lengthy Blackout I thought it was a simple short, but it’s in a … Read More

What Happened When the World Came for Thanksgiving
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My living room transformed into a mini-UN for Thanksgiving a couple years ago. Irfan sat across from me on our “Thanksgiving Eve” international dinner. We had planned a small group, … Read More

How To Change A Life: Pay Good Attention
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Sometimes, we simply need to pay good attention to the people around us. If we do, we might even change a life. A Simple, But True, Story Damon and Sara … Read More

How You Can Turn Tragedy into Unparalleled Opportunity
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“What do we talk about?” I knew this was a pivotal moment, but I didn’t yet understand my role. These thoughts came to me as we sat on the porch of … Read More

Let’s Not Forget What America Is All About: Immigrants!
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Sometimes we forget how America came to be. Ours is a nation of immigrants. As we headed up the hill on our hike, my American friend Shari told me of … Read More

You Can Travel The World Right At Home
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What is the key to living out a truly global mindset at home? No question, sometimes it can be easy to get so caught up in the demands of our … Read More

How To Cultivate A Generous, Open-Handed Mindset
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How can we cultivate an open-handed, as well as open-minded approach to the “other” in 2017 America? Why does it make sense to do so? (Please note: I wrote this … Read More

The Powerful Truth Of Making Friends For Life
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Although we were friends for life, 10 years had passed since our last embrace. So much had happened. And yet it was just like yesterday. And we both agreed – we … Read More

Who Are The Colorful Threads In Your Life Journey?
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There is only one person with whom you travel an entire life journey. That is yourself. No matter if you enjoy the rare experience of a 50+-year marriage, or intimacy … Read More

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