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

Behind the Scenes of the Happiest Place on Earth
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“The Happiest Place on Earth.” This is the tagline for Disneyland, and for many, it can be true. Smiling children. Fun adventure. Nonstop candy. Rides galore for all ages and interests. … Read More

Receiving the Unexpected Gift: A Lesson in Hospitality
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“Am I ever tired,” I thought to myself as I stepped out onto the train station platform at Oberamergau, a small town in southern Germany known for a yearly Passion … Read More

Why does Hospitality Matter?
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We often miss the power and lasting value of an act of kindness. Extending ourselves in hospitality can open up new avenues of connection. Ones that, sometimes, can last a lifetime. … Read More

The Art of Food and Friendship
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“A guest coming into our home is a celebrated affair,” my friend, Sakina announced. “We say in our religion that Allah is showing you an extra kindness when he brings … Read More

Traveling the World through Tea
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The aromas of jasmine, rose and oolong intermingled, wafting through the air as we entered the tranquil tea house. We discovered this character-imbued space nestled in one of Beijing’s remaining hutongs – … Read More