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Monthly Archives: August 2020

Ker & Downey American Safari Camp

Explore the great outdoors without sacrificing luxury or comfort on an American Safari Camp adventure with Ker & Downey. This is an epic family camping experience like no other. The American Safari Camp experience pairs customized itineraries with unparalleled service to some of the country’s most scenic destinations. Choose between the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Escalante, Yellowstone, Zion, or Monument Valley for your family’s glamping adventure. Luxurious Glamping Campsites American Safari Camp features luxurious campsites with 150-square foot canvas-walled tents. Precise attention to detail ensures guests have all the creature comforts of home. Firstly, soft down comforters over pillow top queen or twin beds promise a comfortable night’s sleep. Bunk beds are a popular option for the kids too. In addition, other amenities include a bedside table with a reading light and ample racks for the storage of luggage. The most luxurious amenity is arguably the canvas-separated en suite with shower, private flushing toilet, and a handwashing station. This is definitely not the outhouse from your childhood camping trips.American Safari Camp’s award-winning chefs prepare meals to your diet specifications. Rise

Kenzoku – True Friendships

Kenzoku – True Friendships and How to Make New Ones Kenzoku is a Japanese word that when translated means family. But its definition suggests a deeper meaning; that it is a bond between humans dedicated to sharing the same story. In other words, this implies that Kenzoku is the deepest connection of friendship. It is camaraderie, the family that you choose for yourself. In the hierarchy of relationships, friendships are at the bottom. Romantic partners, parents, children—all these come first. So, as we age, friendships often fall to the back-burner, and over time, they may burn out. However, true friendships have a way of withstanding time. You can go long periods of time without seeing or talking to each other, and then pick right back up where you left off. The thing is, it’s in your best interest not to let that happen. Time and time again research has found that social interactions with friends offer significant benefits to our physical and mental well-being. In fact, having strong, healthy bonds with other people has been shown to relax the nervous

Free Burma Rangers: Missions of Mercy Compelled by Love

Maintaining calm amid chaos, theirs is a mission to free the oppressed with help, hope, and love. Fighting war with love may seem surprising, but some risk their lives going into dangerous war zones and have the courage to stand with those under attack. Their motivation is not to win wars but to bring relief to those caught in the conflict. We hear about the ravages of war and the plight of refugees fleeing for their lives. But rarely do we hear of true heroes who run toward the battle to save the suffering, the forgotten. The Free Burma Rangers (FBR) is a multi-ethnic humanitarian organization whose mission is to bring help, hope, and love to the people trapped in some of the world’s hottest conflict zones, including Burma, Iraq, and Sudan. Mainly operating along the border of Burma, also known as Myanmar, FBR provides emergency services and relief to sick and injured displaced people. Over 100,000 people were forced from their lands in Burma, resulting from a long-running violent campaign against ethnic minorities by the military junta that wants

Ubuntu Life: Empowering Lives

A unifying idea, ubuntu means to be human is to recognize the humanity of others. “Ubuntu” is a simple African word that has deep meaning in society. It is a philosophy that holds a universal truth and is a way of life. Ubuntu means appreciating one’s uniqueness and having respect for each other. Each person brings different skills and strengths that contribute to the success of a society as a whole. But ubuntu also encompasses sharing, being helpful, caring, trust, selflessness, and community. Such a philosophy leaves no room for mean-spiritedness or retaliation. Instead, hatred and anger are conquered through compassion and peace. Nelson Mandela, an inspirational figure of freedom in the world, has been called the personification of ubuntu. He did not harbor retribution, bought sought peace, understanding, and harmony. Mandela once described ubuntu as “a traveler through a country would stop at a village, and he didn’t have to ask for food or for water. Once he stops, the people give him food, entertain him. That is one aspect of ubuntu, but it will have various aspects. Ubuntu

Experiential Art: Reimagining the Museum Experience

The art of engaging museum visitors brings together culture, technology, and science. Museums are exploring ways to increase visitor traffic and interest in their artworks through emerging technology and interactive exhibits. Their vision is to create immersive environments to form emotional relationships with art. Instead of being set up in static installations, more exhibits are staged to stimulate people’s interest. Immersive exhibits immediately draw visitors into an exhibit, tantalizing their senses and curiosity. Deep Dive Experiences Historical exhibits, for example, usually consist of complex, hard to digest content dealing with timelines, events, various historical figures, and changing territories. The exhibit designer must convert all that into bits of information that’s easily understood and enjoyed by visitors. By having visitors participate in the exhibit itself, learning history becomes fun, intriguing, and memorable. People become engaged, learning at their own pace, and having fun while doing it. The content of the exhibit speaks for itself, providing a more satisfying experience. Museums also benefit by reducing printing costs and inventory space for guides and exhibit information, all of which can be digitized and

Top 8 All-American Travel Experiences

From sea to shining sea, the United States of America is a giant tapestry of beauty and wonder waiting to be explored. We have assembled our Top 8 All-American Travel Experiences because this is “America the Beautiful,” Ker & Downey style. Sonoma Valley, California Taste your way through Sonoma County for a tour through a handpicked selection of private vineyards and tasting rooms. The Sonoma Valley is home to some of the earliest vineyards in country making for a luxurious All-American travel experience. Iditarod Trail, Alaska Alaska’s historic Iditarod Trail plays host to the annual Iditarod Great Sled Race — dubbed the “Last Great Race on Earth”. From the comfort of Winterlake Lodge, experience the trail by both land and air. Firstly, begin with your own privately guided dogsled ride. Next, hop aboard a private helicopter for a birds-eye view of the trail’s high mountain vistas and deep ocean fjords. The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana Escape to the the iconic wild west at The Ranch at Rock Creek. Set in Montana’s legendary ranchland, this luxury-infused “home on the range”

SylvanSport VAST: A Camping Trailer Like No Other

Enjoying outdoor living with uncompromising comfort, convenience, and efficiency. Hitting the open road with a camper has just become more convenient than ever before. Outdoor enthusiasts are being wowed by a totally new design concept and innovations that make the SylvanSport VAST modular camper, a real home away from home. An engineering feat, VAST is the company’s first travel trailer, completely reimagining comfort and convenience to maximize the enjoyment of the great outdoors. Breakthrough Design At the drawing board, every detail from the vehicle and residential systems to the manufacturing process underwent scrutiny. The resulting towable is lightweight and versatile to suit any camping preference. VAST accommodates gear for all types of outdoor activity and can haul 500 lbs. of cargo. Compact yet roomy, VAST’s multi-functional design lets you configure your own living and storage spaces quickly and easily. “Just like we re-invented the pop-up camper with our SylvanSport GO, we set out to reinvent the travel trailer with our VAST,” said Tom Dempsey, CEO and lead designer for SylvanSport in a press release. “It’s so elegantly forward thinking in

Wendi Levy: Hair Care Pioneer Behind Mixed Chicks

Not even Coronavirus can bring bad hair days to this entrepreneur of curly tresses. During the COVID-19 pandemic, people had to learn to do things for themselves. Those who frequented gyms had to figure out at-home workouts, those used to eating out had to brush up on their cooking skills, and those who used to run to the hair and nail salon had to find new ways to maintain their beauty. While times have been tough, beauty guru and co-founder of Mixed Chicks, Wendi Levy, had to adjust in the same way. Her beauty empire, which has products in stores like Target, Walgreens, and CVS, was temporarily halted by the virus. However, she encourages people to see the positivity in it all. “We’re all down right now,” Levy says. “So, nobody’s winning the race. The race is on pause, so really use this time to love and be present and learn from it so that we can make healthier, wiser, more caring choices when things return to the new normal.” Coronavirus Effects on Life and Business Thankfully, Levy’s family, which

Dr Joel Kahn: Heart Health & Tips to Living Long and Well

While today’s “to do” list might have completion of a corporate project, planning a family vacation, picking up the dry cleaning, and making an evening Pilates class, I suggest you add one more item: taking steps to live long and well. Indeed, the possibility of living longer than our parents without the chronic diseases, medications, and surgeries that many of them endured is within our grasp and the key is to keep your body as young as possible while medical advances are progressing year after year. There are 4 things you can do starting today to maximize your odds of living long and well. None of them take much time or expenses. 1) Know Your “Arterial Age” Over 400 years ago the leading English physician, Thomas Sydenham, wrote that “we are as old as our arteries” and he has proven to be on target all these centuries later. The #1 killer worldwide, atherosclerosis, is not typically tested for at annual physicals but it can be screened for in a highly accurate, safe, and available manner that reveals whether your arteries are

TV Commercials: The Boomer Connection

Baby boomers and television commercials have a kinship like no other generation in history. It’s been about 60 years since television became the advertiser’s dream come true. Marketing pitches for goods and services began to be pumped into living rooms across the country, captivating audiences with clever messages often accompanied by a catchy tune. On average, today’s American consumers are exposed to over an hour of TV ads a day – and that’s not including radio, print, online, and mobile ads, which could run into several thousand exposures a day. Boomtime Boomers are fortunate to witness the evolution of TV ads during the most transformative television broadcasting years in history. After WWII, consumerism, optimism, and technology launched us into the modern era, which coincided with the baby-boomer generation. Boomers have been watching television ads aimed at them their entire lives. Today, the boomer generation wields the most spending power according to an analysis by MagnifyMoney of Federal Reserve data, providing a prime demographic for television advertisers. But which television ads are the most memorable? What makes them memorable? To find