Working from Lyon, France

I recently returned from beautiful Lyon, France, where I worked for a month. It was great to be in France again and I look forward to returning in May. I stayed in a renovated apartment in a 16th century building (in historic Vieux Lyon, a UNESCO world heritage site). It had a unique staircase, which was built without a core.

a rue Lainerie staircase
a rue Lainerie staircase | source:


Here are some photos that I took during my stay:

Family Trip to Waikiki

A week ago, I took my parents on a Hawaiian vacation. We stayed in a Honolulu apartment, a block from Waikiki beach. My father is rehabilitating from successful neck surgery.

A few of the highlights from our trip were the visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center and the awesome show “Ha, the Breath of Life,” drinking a delicious non-alcoholic Hakka at Yauatcha, almond-pineapple-coconut croissants at the b. patisserie Waikiki International Market Place, and crepes with fresh local fruit at Arrancio di Mare.

I also enjoyed getting up early and taking my boogie board in the warm ocean water. On Saturday night, I went to the oceanfront Rumfire nightclub at the Sheraton-Waikiki, where the atmosphere was friendly and full of energy.

Here are some photos from our trip:

Consciously Seeking Beauty

I just deleted the Hillary Clinton is  a Warmonger video. It showed some of the graphic casualties that have resulted from her immoral and illegal policies. I deleted it because, well, my blog is a family show. But also, false modesty aside, I know more about the details of US atrocities, US criminal behavior abroad, and corruption, than 99.9% percent of the population. For years, I’ve uncovered, researched, analyzed, and scrutinized US foreign policy as it relates to international norms and laws. I’ve been a passionate student activist; spoken out in NATO, the UN, and the EU; given presentations; lectures; taught courses;  ran for Congress (at age 26); written a book; and founded and directed an organization. And one must continue to stand up for justice and peace with love and compassion. Having the experience that I do, understanding so many details about U.S. foreign policy, I make an extra conscious effort to surround myself with beauty. The world is an enchanting place with  music,  art, wonderful people, nature, great food, funny stories, and so forth. I know the truth as it relates to my country’s role in the world, as do others, but I want to always strive to see the good in the world as well and to promote tolerance and understanding. We have one life to live, and to do so with purpose. We should seek to make the world a better place but also to enjoy it.

You are Responsible for What You Eat

I was thinking about the post I wrote the other day in response to the role of good food in a relationship. In my answer, I wrote, “They say that married men are healthier than bachelors, which is probably due in large part to their eating home-cooked meals instead of restaurant food, fast food, or processed microwavable dinners.”

I reflected on some of the married couples I see when walking around town, a lot of men with huge beer bellies who can be easily categorized as obese. Some of the women they are with are in relatively decent shape. So what does this mean? Ideally, it is great if two people in a relationship are on the same page when it comes to healthy eating and exercise and, therefore, support each other in maintaining that lifestyle. But in the end, it is nobody else’s responsibility to ensure you eat healthily and exercise; the responsibility rests squarely on your own shoulders. Having negative influences around you is not an excuse. If your girlfriend happens to consume pies and Twinkies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it is your responsibility to spread out the tuna salad, fresh fruit, and water. If your boyfriend is a slob and eats buckets of KFC and donuts every day; it is your responsibility to eat a salad and a healthy sandwich. Yes, studies conclude that married men live longer, but that doesn’t mean that just because someone ties the knot they will reflect that statistic. It is up to each person to make wise choices, especially if one’s significant other does not.