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Monthly Archives: June 2020

Luxury Alaska Adventure

Alaska’s Wild Frontiers: Ker & Downey’s luxury Alaska adventure is an exclusive journey exploring Alaska’s treasures – local art, wildlife conservation areas, and plentiful nature.  North America’s “last frontier,” Alaska is a wild land of epic proportions. It is a place where grizzlies gather at the salmon-filled rivers. Moose often stop downtown traffic. Glaciers and their deep valley imprints seem to appear around every bend. In other words, outdoor adventure here is never more than a stone’s throw (or private helicopter ride) away.  Alaska Adventure: Wild Frontiers is Ker & Downey’s exclusive luxury Alaska adventure. It is an in-depth study of some of Alaska’s finest treasures, from local artists and wildlife conservation areas to luxury lodges and wilderness, untouched and unbelievable. Anchorage Ker & Downey’s luxury Alaska adventure kicks off in Anchorage at the city’s most renowned hotel, Hotel Captain Cook. The hotel offers a flawless first taste of Alaska with its historic prestige and Old–World explorer atmosphere. This pairs beautifully with its towering panoramic views of the surrounding Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet. Start off by spending time with two of Alaska’ leading wildlife artists, Jon and Jona Van Zyle. Afterward, leave on a private flight-seeing transfer to the historic Iditarod Trail. You will pause on the

Nik Wallenda “King of the High Wire”

Tightrope walking his way into the record books, this aerialist enjoys a good walk where none have gone before. Walking over the mouth of an active volcano is not everyone’s idea of taking a morning stroll, but Nik Wallenda is no ordinary person. He recently walked on a thin steel cable stretched 1,800 feet across the mouth of the molten Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua. Wearing a safety harness and gas mask, he traversed the 2,000-degree cauldron in 31 minutes, pausing briefly to regain balance as hot winds whipped up around him. It was his longest walk, and another notch added to his eleven Guinness World Records. Take a moment to watch his breathtaking feat right here… Wallenda’s daredevil feats without the use of safety nets have been wowing audiences since 1992. A Sarasota, Florida native and seventh-generation member of The Flying Wallendas, he carries on his family’s tradition of aerial acrobatics, and daredevil tightrope walks. As a child, he participated in various circus acts. At age 13, he made his debut as a professional tightrope walker and decided to make

JC Glick: A Warrior’s Wisdom

A combat veteran brings original and unconventional concepts on education, leadership, and resiliency into the private sector and to the non-profit world. Intrapersonal intelligence is no small thing. It is one of the rarer forms of intelligence of which there are seven, according to psychologist Howard Gardner. This form of intelligence is introspective, a calm that comes from knowing. A person having this gift knows himself and is at peace with who he is. He can handle what life hands him. Rarer still is a combination of gifts involving several types of intelligence such as intrapersonal, interpersonal, kinesthetic, and logic. Great leaders from history were anomalies like this, able to assess, devise a plan of action, and lead by example. These ancient warriors were also deep thinkers and philosophers out of necessity. The world wasn’t always the relatively peaceful, cushy place it is now. The times were brutal. Thinking men who could navigate the storm of ever-changing world events were victorious. This rare type of leader still exists today. His name is JC Glick. His mission is to impart the

The Strahov Library: A Czech Republic Gem

Visit a national treasure, one of the most valuable and best-preserved historical libraries in the world. I’ve always enjoyed traveling and long ago became the person my companions have relied upon to put together an itinerary that will be second to none. One of the necessities is to find and work with the best experts and guides. They will magically transform any vacation into a memory for the ages. I tend to rely on Wendy Perrin, Conde Nast, Travel & Leisure, or Rick Steves in my search for those at the top of their game. Pick the Right Guide For instance, in Russia, we were accompanied by two excellent guides arranged by Exeter International, Gennady in Moscow, and Anya in St. Petersburg, who were absolutely perfect! It would not have been possible to duplicate our experience with a group tour. Moreover, if you travel with three others, the expense of hiring the best guides is no more than the cost of traveling on a high-end group tour; in fact, it’s probably less. And, now you get to go when you

Counterfeit Beer: Will Craft Brews Go The Way Of Vapes & Spirits

There’s a troubling trend on the rise around the world, and it’s finally getting some much-needed attention from the relevant authorities. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), roughly twenty-five percent of all alcohol consumption worldwide is currently linked to sales of so-called “unrecorded” alcohol products. Sadly, this alarming phenomenon isn’t limited to peppery wines purportedly from the Mediterranean or flat, ostensibly Russian vodkas with metallic aftertastes. So-called “dank vapes” — which are essentially cheap replicas of actual vape mods and tanks — have saturated the online vape market, causing everything from poor flavor to outright explosions on the user end that cause serious injury. Even branded vape juice – the electronic smoking mixture usually made up of nicotine, propylene glycol (PG), and vegetable glycerin (VG) – has fallen victim to counterfeiting. This concerning pattern not only generates unwarranted negative publicity for legitimate companies; it also puts the health and safety of unwitting consumers at serious risk. In recent years, even premium brands such as those associated with Big Beer and cigar companies have fallen victim to the rise of

Reveling in the Art of True Potential

Defying perceived limitations, she became a warrior for all who dare to dream. Aimee Mullins is an accomplished athlete, actress, fashion model, and activist for sports, women, and innovative prosthetics. Through her example, she is changing our perception of people with physical disabilities, proving their ability to define their own identity and achieve success. Mullins encourages and motivates not only the disabled but anyone who is short on hope and wants to overcome feeling marginalized. All her life, she tore down barriers and shattered stigmas to become the firebrand she is today. Mullins describes her journey as being open to adventure and following her curiosity into everything that challenged her comfort zone. Her messages uplift the human spirit by amplifying the need to fulfill individual potential and making the possibility of dreams coming true within reach. “It’s Just Me.” “It’s factual to say I am a bilateral-below-the-knee amputee. I think it’s a subjective opinion as to whether or not I am disabled because of that,” she says. The Allentown, Pennsylvania native, was born without shinbones requiring amputation of both her

Painless Payment Plans

A groundbreaking humanitarian initiative gives patients access to free medical care in exchange for community service. Healthcare is so expensive in America. Did you know that medical debts are the leading cause of individual bankruptcies in the United States? Moreover, more than 65% of these patients utilize their insurance but still can’t cover the bill. Now, imagine if you could volunteer your time instead of paying your medical debt. Well, Dr. Demetrio Aguila III is a Nebraska-based plastic surgeon who is allowing his patients to do just that. He is also the president and CEO of Healing Hands of Nebraska, a medical and multi-specialty surgical practice that offers surgical solutions to chronic pain, as well as surgical treatments for conditions of the nose, throat, and ears. “I see too many people who need surgery, but just can’t afford it,” he says. “I decided to make it fair, as long as people agreed to pay the goodness forward.” Through his surgeries, Dr. Aguila has helped the immobile walk, veterans recover from chronic pain, alleviate the pressures of sinusitis, and many more

Leading The Agritech Revolution

Mother Nature and high-tech combine forces to urbanize sustainable food for the masses. When a former investment banker and IT geek does a career 180 uprooting himself from a comfortable lifestyle in Tokyo to live in squalor among China’s hutongs, one might cock their head and ask why. But only if you don’t know the back story of visionary Stuart Oda would you question his motives. This second-generation Japanese-American has dedicated his life and career to a cause quite far from his training. He’s helping to solve world hunger both now and in the future. An International Childhood Oda was born in Colorado, surrounded by the majestic Rocky Mountains. Growing up bilingual didn’t hurt his future one bit and came in handy while attending high school in Singapore. He returned to the U.S. to attend UCLA, where he studied political science, nurturing his initial intentions to become a lawyer and eventually work at the State Department. Upon graduation, he needed a job, and Merrill Lynch Tokyo was the only one to give him a call back in his job search.

Andrew Nemr: A Tapper Tour de Force

Embodying the oral tradition of an American art form, he promotes tap dance as a means of storytelling and community building. An audience sits transfixed by the rapid-fire taps emanated by the solo performer as he pummels the stage with his metal-tapped leather shoes. He slows down and begins to speak profound truths, weaved into the story of his craft. All the while, he’s tap dancing, creating his own background “music,” accentuated with a flurry of riffs to emphasize his points. The story brought to life by his message in tap moves the audience, leaving them inspired with souls enriched. Such is the work of Andrew Nemr, a celebrated tap dancer, champion of a uniquely American legacy. His love for the art of tap dance permeates every part of his being. He uses his whole body to communicate with an audience. Through incredible control of his lower body, his seemingly weightless, fluid moves, and feet striking the floor clearly and decisively, Nemr’s taps become his “vocabulary.” He’s an international performer and choreographer, runs his own tap dance company, educates, and

James Logan On Sniffing Out Malaria

The world’s best scent detectors could one day be used to help diagnose deadly diseases. While most of us are squeamish about discussing infections, body odor, parasites, and insects, there are those who enthusiastically embrace these to bring about solutions for one of mankind’s greatest banes: disease. In years past, great strides have been taken to battle deadly diseases, but there’s a long way to go in finding ways to control and eradicate them. For instance, malaria is a leading cause of death and half the world’s population remains at risk. Developing an effective treatment has been elusive as people who are infectious with the disease are needed for further study. A person who has survived a malaria infection can pass it on even though they show no symptoms. Finding these people has been the biggest challenge … until now. I Like Bugs Professor James Logan, biologist and medical entomologist, is the UK’s leading expert on insect repellents and methods of personal protection against arthropod vectors. Fascinated with bugs since he was a child, he now heads the Department of