Museums and Monuments for Memorial Weekend

In every city I travel to, I have a favorite building or place. In New York City, I love the Morgan Library and Museum and the City Museum of New York. In New Orleans, it’s Jackson Square. In San Diego, it’s La Jolla. In Washington D.C., it’s Arlington Cemetery and the Library of Congress. Books…

History in Atlanta’s Backyard

Last night, I attended the D-Day Commemoration at Atlanta History Center, kicking off my week of commemoration of American military. I may start calling this Memorial Week instead of Memorial Day. I also had a chance to do a behind-the-scenes tour of The Swan House, part of the Atlanta History Center. The D-Day conversation was…

After hours in Atlanta this summer

I wrote this while I was working at Georgia Tech for the Office of Conference Services (2014-2019). The choices are endless if you are looking for fun after hours in Atlanta. Options vary depending on the age group of guests, but there is something for any age staying with us at Georgia Tech. At Georgia…

Food Flix: Ramen Shop Review

I love movies about food and cooking. Maybe it’s because I can’t cook? You know what they say about teachers… those who can’t do, teach. Those who can’t cook, eat and watch movies about cooking. The Good (Chef, The Hundred Foot Journey, Eat Drink Man Woman, Like Water For Chocolate), The Bad (Chocolat, No Reservations,…

Tolkien: More Film Than Movie

Last night, I had the chance to screen Tolkien, a biopic about one of the greatest minds in literature and fantasy. I thought to myself, this beautifully crafted film is going to get lost among all of the summer blockbuster movies, and Fox Searchlight made a horrible decision not to release it during “nomination season” – between Thanksgiving…

Advice for the Newly Inducted

I wish I could get in a time machine and redo parts of my life. I loved college for the most part, but now working on a college campus, I feel like I could have done more and taken advantage of opportunities available only in college. Professionally, I know I could have done more when…