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If you haven’t heard the name Matamba yet, you soon will. Matamba is a Bolivian roots reggae and hard rock artist (he performs and creates music in both genres), who in the last few years has become a household name in Bolivia and will be the first Bolivian artist to “break” onto the international scene. Matamba has performed throughout South America, Central America, parts of Europe and will soon participate in the 9 Mile Music Festival in Miami, Florida,…

Fellas: 9 First Date Tips that Will Make Sure You Get a Second Date

You’re on the first date and it is going well.  You know you are attracted to her and you want to impress her.  But, it’s hard to gauge how she is feeling about you. And so you’re trying to figure out how to finesse things into a second date.  Don’t worry…I’ve got you covered.

Men I am about to drop some insider dating gems on you that you should immediately add to page one of your dating playbook … you can…

Annoying Habits that Wives (and Husbands) Need to Let Go

In order to make married life truly “work”, it requires responsibility, dedication, communication, and compromise on both parts.  No one is saying marriage is always easy, it isn’t, but there are things that can help lighten the load.  And this includes letting go of annoying habits that, over time, can drive a wedge between you and your partner and can add unnecessary tension and friction.

Ladies, this one is for you, (and husbands you can let go of these habits…

10 Inspiring Quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that Will Help Us Get Through These Next 4 Years


Not only is it a new year, but it is also a year of governmental transition from what we’ve known and loved to the unknown.  We are entering into uncharted territory with the change of administration this month. And, at best, many of us are left with a sense of unease and concern, as if we are holding our breaths hoping nothing bad happens.

This isn’t a great way to feel at any time and especially when it relates to…

6 Tips to Help Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

Every year, like clockwork, I ask myself four very important questions:

What did I learn from the last year?

What do I want to accomplish next year?

How am I going to do it?

And, how will I stick to it? 

In my opinion, it is the last question that is really the most important. Because if you don’t stick to your resolutions, none of the other questions and introspection really matter.  And there is no crystal ball when it comes to making and…

How Informed Should You Keep Your Young Kids on Current Affairs? And Why?


The question of whether or not to inform your young children about current affairs is a very personal and sensitive question and one that I always ask myself when it comes to my own children.

Initially my reaction was that I want my “kids to be kids,” meaning I wanted them to live in innocence and remain blissfully ignorant to the realities of society. I didn’t want to burden them with knowledge they are not prepared nor mature enough to…

3 Tips To Survive the Holiday Season When You Can’t Cook A Lick

Anyone who knows me knows I don’t cook, despite the fact that I LOVE to eat. The holidays are one of my favorite times of year for many reasons, and that’s mostly due to the abundance of food and family that is around.  So how can I, as a non-cooking person, pull my weight in social settings where everyone is expected to contribute?  Here are three tips I have used to survive the holiday season as a non-cook.
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10 Things I Learned About Marriage from Watching the Obamas

When I look at relationships that I aspire to resemble in my own marriage, I look no further than our President and First Lady. To me, the Obamas are the epitome of a healthy, loving, marriage.

As President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle conclude their last days in office, I want to thank them for being a wonderful example of marriage.  Here are ten lessons I learned about marriage from watching the Obamas:
1. R.E.S.P.E.C.T
The first and last rule of…

4 Tips for Successfully Traveling with Young Children

I just returned from an amazing trip to Peru, specifically Cusco, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley with two young children and it was a huge success.  Firstly, my definition of a “successful” family trip/vacation is one that is fun for both adults and children alike, is not overly stressful, and is easy in terms of logistics.  What made this trip so successful you ask?  It was the right combination of several  key factors that came together in just…

Recharging, Rejuvenation, Reclamation: The Art of Letting Go


For the last few years, I have been feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, dissatisfied, and generally unhappy in my life despite the blessings of stable employment, health,  professional achievement, and a loving family.  I am still too young for it to be a “mid-life” crisis/malaise, so what gives?  When I took a step back to figure out what was going on, I realized what my problem was; I was doing too much and investing too much of myself into other people…