Reinvention

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Olga Murray & The Nepal Youth Foundation

Posted on September 8th, 2016

 So what do you do when, in your early 60s you decide to retire after serving 37 years as an attorney at the California Supreme Court?  If you’re Olga Murray, you embark on a mission to help the children of Nepal who suffer from extreme poverty and cultural handicaps.  Almost 30 years later, more than 45,000 children have been impacted... Read More...

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Women in The World

Posted on April 8th, 2016

The seventh annual Women In The World Summit just concluded three days of amazing women sharing incredible stories of life for women around the world – good, bad, and often devastating.  Organized... Read More...

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Young Girl Stands Up to Terrorists

Posted on July 14th, 2014

July 14th is international Malala Day and Malala Yousafzai is celebrating her 17th birthday by meeting with the president of Nigeria to urge government action  to bring back the 250 young girls kidnapped... Read More...

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Poet Maya Angelou

Posted on May 28th, 2014

We celebrated Maya Angelou’s 84th birthday two years ago, http://www.iminerva.com/maya-angelou/, and now we mourn her passing.  She inspired us, made us look inside ourselves, and made us stand... Read More...

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Vacations to Inspire Great Cooks

Posted on January 21st, 2014

Planning a vacation to Europe this year?  Or maybe to Turkey or Morocco or Mexico or Central or South America or the UK?  Add some spice to your trip with a cooking class.

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Diana Nyad – Dream Chaser

Posted on September 3rd, 2013

Congratulations to 64-year-old Diana Nyad on completing her 110-mile swim from Cuba to Key West, setting a record for the longest ocean swim without flippers or a protective shark cage!

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What’s Your Mission?

Posted on February 10th, 2013

The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article entitled “Why You Need to Find a Mission.”  Rush Medical Center’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago has been conducting research... Read More...

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Vietnam & Cambodia – A Trip Back To War

Posted on February 9th, 2013

I remember the Vietnam War – vaguely.  Back in the 50s/60s/early 70s, we didn’t have CNN or 24/7 news coverage as we do now, or live-streaming internet feeds,  so the fall of Saigon wasn’t... Read More...

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Rhonda Goes Rambling

Posted on February 9th, 2013

I met Rhonda on my trip to Vietnam and Cambodia.  She was almost mid-way in her seven-month adventure traveling to exotic ports of call and her story is an inspiration for those of us who sometimes... Read More...

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A Giving Spirit

Posted on December 13th, 2012

It’s that time of year when we’re all in a giving mood.  Shopping for gifts for family and friends, baking cookies for the neighbors, leaving a special envelope of thanks for the mailman. ... Read More...

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Cruise Europe’s Christmas Markets

Posted on November 1st, 2012

Cruising the Danube River would be a delight any time but offers the promise of an especially magical pre-holiday celebration – one I’m hoping to plan for December 2013. Imagine leaving... Read More...