The language of love: Finding love in another language

For me, love has primarily been conveyed to me in English. Growing up, my parents only spoke English in our home. As a child, I enjoyed hearing my German opa and oma (grandpa and grandma) say “ich liebe dich” (I love you) to me and my siblings whenever we visited them in downstate Illinois. But, I... Read more »

IPW 2014: Proud to be a Chicago "cheerleader"

Last week, more than 6,000 people from 70 different countries descended on Chicago. The draw was IPW 2014, a conference put on by the U.S. Travel Association where people buy travel packages to destinations around the world. Chicago last played host to the conference 16 years ago. A lot can happen and change in 16... Read more »

Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - April 11, 12 and 13

Wow! It’s finally starting to feel like spring in Chicago. If you’re like me, the warmer weather makes it hard to stay at home. Instead, I grab my family and, together, we head out and enjoy all the city has to offer us. Lucky for all of us, there are tons of great, multicultural events happening... Read more »

Chicago, it’s time to meet and eat poutine

The other night, while out with friends, the conversation unexpectedly veered to poutine. And, it was all my fault. I was with friends who originally hail from Canada. For some reason, I felt compelled to ask them about something I keep hearing about here in our fair city: poutine. Do you know what poutine is? Or, better yet, have you tried it yet?... Read more »

Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - April 5 and 6

It’s finally starting to feel like spring in Chicago. So, if you’re not gone for spring break, it’s time to grab your family and head out into the city. Yes, we’ve got another fun-filled, multicultural event-packed weekend on the horizon for us in Chicago. Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five multicultural... Read more »

Top 6 resources to use to plan your next vacation - no matter where your travels take you

My family is in major vacation-planning mode. It will be spring break for us soon. So, while my sons get ready to neglect their books for a while, my husband and I are feverishly studying up on how to make the most out of our vacation. Now, don’t get me wrong. We aren’t ardent trip... Read more »

Baladino: Sharing ancient sounds of Ladino music with people in Chicago and the Midwest

This weekend, my older son accomplished a major feat – he finished his homework for Tuesday a whole day early. What brought on this desire to complete it ahead of schedule? The opportunity to see Baladino, a Mediterranean folk band, last night right here in our hometown of Chicago. And, I was beyond thrilled for... Read more »

Top 6 tips to get prepared for your first-ever blogger conference

A few weeks ago, I attended my very first blogger conference. While I had wanted to attend other conferences in the past, I wasn’t able to do so for various reasons. I was dying to go to a conference to get smarter about the blogging business, learn how to perfect the “art” of being a blogger, and... Read more »

It’s a small music world after all: Similar songs take top spots on Spotify's country-specific "top lists"

I’ve become one of those people whose music, books and movies all reside on my smartphone and tablet. I can’t help it. I enjoy having all of my cultural, artistic and creative outlets with me at all times - at home or on the road. For music, I tend to “swipe” on over to the Spotify app... Read more »

Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - March 29 and 30

I love weekends like this when multicultural events abound in Chicago – both in the city and the suburbs. In just the span of a few days, you can experience Greek, French, Hawaiian, American Indian, and African cultures – to just name a few. And, the best part is that you can do that all... Read more »