“Excuse me,” there is No “Thank You” in China

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Traveling has always been important to my family, as stepping outside of one’s bubble forces one to see the beauty and depth of the very large world. It impresses one to be slow to judge, quick to remember that someone may be approaching life from a different paradigm.

This truth was something we experienced often on our trip.

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Getting Crafty: Not So Terrible After All

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I haven’t been able to draw much more than a worm since.

Likewise, my painting skills and crafting skills need a bit of refining. So when I came across a particular DIY craft on one of my favorite design blogs, DesignSpongeOnline, I bookmarked it and decided it was going to be my “visual arts” challenge for early 2011. The challenge? Create a chalkboard globe.

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How I Plan On Celebrating Chinese New Year and My 30th Birthday

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This year, the start of the Chinese New Year coincides with my 30th birthday, Feb. 3, 2011. Being a Caucasian-American of mostly English descent, sporting milky-white skin topped off with strawberry-gold locks, it’s fairly excusable that the majority of my knowledge of the Chinese New Year came from the local Chinese restaurant’s placemat and a […]

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The New Starbucks Logo: A Lone Siren

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Does the new Starbucks logo accurately represent the Starbucks brand? Are the naysayers of the world panning it because they don’t like change, or are they voicing true branding concerns? Will I keep meeting up with friends at Starbucks regardless of the fact that their nameless logo is a green siren that does not necessarily translate immediately to “coffee” or “tea” or “third place?”

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