Barcelona: Spain or Catalonia?—When we unexpectedly met its complexity and conflict

Many may not even realize—I, one of limited knowledge, can only begin to understand—the layers of Barcelona’s complicated history within the region of Catalonia. Seeing…

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Valencia: The Luster of Spain’s Third-Largest City Illuminated (Part 3 of 3): Quality + Balance

As my family’s soccer trip to Valencia came to an end, we reflected that true prosperity flourishes in the balanced Valencian way of life. The…

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Valencia: The Luster of Spain’s Third-Largest City Illuminated (Part 2 of 3): Artistry + Progress

As Valencia progresses into the 21st century, this city built over two millennia works to maintain her heritage. Quality development balances artful modern construction with…

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Valencia: The Luster of Spain’s Third-Largest City Illuminated (Part 1 of 3): Her Allure

Valencia doesn't seem to realize how beguiling she is, which only adds to her charm. As the capital of a once-prominent region, this unpretentious city…

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My Personal Soul-Searching Journey to Lake Tahoe

Years ago my life took a detour, settling for a while in one of the world’s most majestic settings. From here I was able to…

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Honoring Inspiration and Quality: Paris Notre Dame, the Masterpiece

Certain places throughout the world exude quality and inspire each of us to be the best version of ourselves. In Paris (and throughout France, for…

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El Dorado Hills: on the Brink of Change

El Dorado Hills, once on track to be one of America’s best towns, still has an opportunity to lead the movement toward more thoughtful development.…

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Weekend in Amsterdam

Diversity is embraced here. “Weird” might be the Dutch norm due to pragmatic tolerance. This trade city has been accustomed to associating with different cultures, ideologies…

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Honoring 9/11, Promoting Peace

Honored to have been chosen as my son's interviewee for his 8th grade writing assignment for which he was to interview someone who could recall…

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Yosemite Spring

Winter Deluge Enhanced the Beauty of this Natural Treasure Original article on Medium Yosemite Valley — photo by Caden Giaudrone Wet Winter February 2017 — according to reports, this was…

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