Come From Away

Come From Away is a new musical based on true events from September 11th, 2001.

It tells the story of how 38 planes were diverted to Newfoundland, Canada with a population of around 7K and about that many passengers decended on the town.

This musical is a story about kindness in the face of tragedy, openness in a time of fear, effort in a time of panic.

It’s moving, heartfelt, memorable, and important.

If you get to NYC or have a chance to see it on tour, do it.

It will be worth the trip.

Instagram Story

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I’m sure you are aware of Instagram. It’s an app that let’s you upload photos and share them. It’s a visual way of sharing your social media story.

Recently, Instagram launched Instagram Story as a way for users to now create photos, videos, boomerang, and more to share.

It’s only posted for 24 hours and allows the user to be playful and quick with giving some insight into their days.

At the top of the scroll it lists all the people you follow who have created stories and allows you to watch them one after the other.

And for the person who posts, you get to see who viewed it. Plus you can save it or post it to your regular feed.

And it’s just a little bit addictive. Have fun sharing.

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Dixie Chili

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Dixie Chili has a long history in my family. The original location opened in Newport, KY and is still open. Most of my extended family still lives in the area. Every  visit includes at least 2 trips to the iconic location.

From the website:

Founded in 1929 by Nicholas D. Sarakatsannis, Dixie Chili set the standard for quality food at reasonable prices. “Papa Nick” developed his secret chili recipe using only the highest quality ingredients: 96% Fat Free Beef Chuck, Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese, Bermuda Onions, and 100% Semolina Wheat Spaghetti. He passed the recipe down to his sons — George, Chris, Panny and Spiros — who continue to serve the delicious and nutritious chili Nick served back in 1929, fresh from the kettle, everyday.”

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Basically three options exist for us; coneys or chili, or both. Coneys are hot dogs with chili, mustard & cheese. Chili can be plain or eaten as a 3-way (chili, spaghetti & cheese) all the way up to a 6-way (chili, spaghetti, cheese, onion, beans, and garlic)

It’s a place that not only has great food, but memories of family and good times together.

It’s more than a restaurant for my family. It connects us to memories of the past and new experiences in the present.

And we always leave with cases of canned chili to take home.

http://www.dixiechili.com/menu.php

http://www.dixiechili.com/

 

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

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We recently had the opportunity to stay at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

What a place. Totally hip, booming, and the new Vegas experience. If you like that kind of thing.

While Vegas is not for everyone, for those of us who find Las Vegas to be an adult playground, this is an excellent place to visit.

They have everything you need, pools, clubs, bars, restaurants, casino, shops, and some awesome rooms.

Smack dab in the middle of the strip. It really the right amount of wrong.

Oh and make sure you look for the Chandelier Bar and the hidden pizza place.

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Elizabeth Gilbert – Eat Pray Love Author

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Elizabeth Gilbert may be best know for writing Eat Pray Love, which was a chronicle of a major upheaval and recovery at a time in her life. It also became a smash success as well as a film starring Julie Roberts in 2010. Gilbert has continued to write past the phenomenon of the Eat Pray Love experience and has 2 Ted Talks where she discusses her journey.

The talks offer a candid, self-effacing approach to the creative process. She presents her own path as well as other’s paths to their inspirations, ultimately encouraging the listeners to find their “home”. That place we should all return to as we have both successes and failures in our lives.

Take a listen, it’s worth it.

She has continued to write beyond Eat Pray Love with many books including those posted below:

 

Big Magic

The Girl on the Train

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Recently tore through the thriller novel The Girl on the Train. It immediately struck me as a well-written, intriguing, mystery- thriller. I found mysefl trying to piece together these fragmented memories of the main character, Rachel. What did she see? What did she forget? How did she get involved?

The novel moves along briskly as you meet different characters and wonder if and how it’s all connected. Kind of like a puzzle you are desperately trying to put together, right along with the main character.

The film version is going to be released on October 7, 2016, limited. Starring Emily Blunt, it promises an interesting film along the lines of Gone Girl.

The themes of memory, loneliness, loss play throughout the story and lead to a dramtic climax.

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The NoMad Hotel

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The NoMad Hotel has very quickly become one of my favorite hotels in NYC. It’s distinct, elegant, and bustling. The rooms are all individually decorated and inspired by the french word “Voyage”. The service is terrific. It also has a world class restaurant, and bars, including my favorite the Library Bar. An actual 2 story working library that is made available only for Guests of the hotel.

From the internet:

Housed in a historic, beaux arts building, this Parisian-inspired luxury hotel is 1.4 miles from the Museum of Modern Art.

Stylish rooms have free WiFi, hardwood floors and handmade rugs, walk-in showers, and original artwork, as well as pillow-top mattresses with Italian bedding, desks, minibars, flat-screen TVs and iPhone docking stations; suites add bay windows and extra living space. Some rooms include clawfoot tubs and city views.

Perks include nightly turndown service, a 24-hour gym and a bi-level library, plus an indoor/outdoor rooftop event space, an opulent lounge with a 24-foot-long mahogany bar, and a destination restaurant.

Address: 1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001
NOMAD Hotel, Stonehill & Taylor

NOMAD Hotel, Stonehill & Taylor

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https://www.thenomadhotel.com/