Land of the Free

Land of the Free

America has for years been tagged; land of the free, home of the brave. The truth of that tag line is tested regularly as the country evolves. For better or worse, America remains a young country with an evolving landscape and identity. Relative to cultural arts as part of the fiber of our nation, we have historically done well. American arts leading the way globally, allowing citizens to take pride, pursue careers and succeed. From fashion to architecture, visual arts and performing arts, controversial or emerging studies, classic and modern, American people, American talent, has been passionate, cultivated, recognized, and rewarded. Until today. America is in turmoil. Regardless of what side of any argument one person finds themselves, the fact is that cultural arts are in the throws of enormous challenges. Leadership in America no longer advocates to develop or support the cultural arts as a part of national heritage or education. Cultural arts in America is no longer embedded in the future plans for our “land of the free”. Access to the arts is increasingly unaffordable, inaccessible, privatized, and elitist. It’s likely to get worse. A fact of survival for cultural arts organizations and artists, is an increased need for funding from the private and corporate sectors.   The erosion of funding for the arts has always been a challenge. Today, its simply  catastrophic, a prerequisite for choosing a career in this sector “only brave need apply”. Arts organizations in America are destined to shrink, in many cases rapidly. The future survival of any organization is dependent on shifting business models, new attitudes about revenue generation, and cost of services. This means increased selection of what and who succeeds based on new commercialized standards for business practices. In the land of the free,...
Travel Beautiful

Travel Beautiful

Beauty is a combination of factors; looks, style and attitude! Anybody can look beautiful, if they feel beautiful. It’s no big secret…it’s as simple as that. Yet even what we know is simple can be a challenge to actually practice. So how should we accomplish feeling beautiful? Shopping? Spa?…Travel? Gym? They are all worth pursuing. Each has its benefits and particularity for women its critical to schedule time in our busy lives to take care of our own beauty and development. The fact is…your in charge of your life. Your in charge of being beautiful…feeling worthwhile. Are you the person you want to be? Do you feel beautiful, engaged and fulfilled in the life your leading? The single most important step you can take is to schedule time for all the things that you have held in your heart or on your bucket list for self fulfillment and improvement. One that is probably the most challenging and easiest to excuse is travel. I don’t have time, I don’t want to go alone, I don’t know where to go, stay, eat, the language or how to get there…sound familiar? Taking time in a distant land to rejuvenate can be wonderful, offering growth and the ability to live for the experience each day brings. It is an important experience in self discovery and learning to love…because its one of the fastest ways to love yourself. When getting away we want to feel at ease with ourselves, pleased with our daily reflection as the glow of new experiences sparkles in our eyes. We want time to ourselves and social experiences with others....