Category: self identity

The Freedom to….

As a woman, and a labeled “baby boomer”, I have been raised a certain way. I was born and raised in the United States and I do feel that we are one of the better countries on the planet for the freedoms that are…

New Presentation in development

The laws of the heart are fickle. Why we love one place over another is  wholly individualistic. What tugs at one heart, doesn’t another. Perhaps this lends credit to the thought that there is no perfection in the world.  Perhaps we need to see past…

Reflection: Can this day be better…

So yesterday was ‘one of those’ days. It’s gone; it’s dusted; it’s binned. Hopefully, today is better. I’m in the midst of grading career plans and trying to think of new ways to ‘push’ my students into thinking about their careers in hospitality and…

Our Social Fabric…

I love the Budweiser’s commercials and especially, when in my Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism, we start our module on Food and Beverage Management.  Now I have other disciplines in my class, notably this semester consumer affairs and merchandising, even two students from psychology and one…

Today is just one of those days

I need my wide open spaces today. The morning didn’t start out too grand. First, I almost overslept. Second, I went to a local fast food store for my morning ice tea and oatmeal, asking for extra ice and I get three pieces. And…

Working on….

Sorry all, been away to a conference and then the start of university had me jumping.  But it is back to the grind. Last Spring I was asked to work and present a fifty minute lecture for our fall Ancient Lenses symposium on Greece….

Authentic branding in a digital age…

What does branding mean in today’s technological society? Does everyone truly understand what it is, what it means? Where does authenticity come into play? Does our social media give greater depth to the definition, the meaning and characteristics of branding of destinations? What about…

Nostalgia

I guess with this blasted heat, I’m feeling a little nostalgia, trying to remember if it ever was this hot.  We didn’t have a/c in my house, my parents home, till 2007.  How did we survive the summers growing up?  We have horrendous humidity…

Do you see what I see…

In May, I gave a presentation at DePaul University, in Chicago, on the Use of Technology and Social Media in the classroom. In the course of my reading, preparing for the talk, and examining my notes, I began to see patterns between the four/five…