Sun, Surf, Sand, and Snow: Weekend Getaways in Southern California

February 28, 2018


I’m riding 130 feet in the air at the top of the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel. From my vantage point above the Santa Monica Pier at Pacific Park, I have a panoramic view of the surrounding Southern California coastline. Read More...

An Elegant Clash of Old and Nouveau in New Orleans

December 18, 2017


Some say New Orleans is the only foreign city Americans can go to without a passport. A melting pot of various cultures formed the city’s unique identity, which may appear foreign, but that in itself makes it distinctly American. No Read More...

Let’s Talk Turkey About Gratitude

November 23, 2017

Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton

This Thanksgiving morning I’m pondering all the things in my life for which I am grateful.

I am blessed with two great children and many dear friends. I’m grateful for you loyal readers and followers who … Read More...

This Living, Breathing Chandelier ‘Exhales’ Oxygen to Purify Air

September 28, 2017

Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton, Urban Gardens

The 70 “petals” of engineer/designer Julian Melchiorri’s  bionic chandelier Exhale contain algae that simulate the natural process of photosynthesis, releasing oxygen to purify the air.

I viewed the chandelier on a private guided tour … Read More...

Guided Instagram Tour of the Global Urban Garden

June 12, 2017

Paris, Stockholm, Barcelona, Brooklyn, Winston-Salem, Los Angeles…In my visits across the country and abroad, I’ve experienced some compelling imagery and special moments that have captured my soul with their intriguing visual details.

The New Nordic Cuisine
The luscious beet, perched … Read More...

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