It’s one thing to say, “I’m going to travel one day” and another to not only travel, but pick up every four months and move to a new country. Colin Wright left his promising corporate career seven years ago, packed his bag, hit the road and created a way to sustain his new lifestyle as he travels. I caught up with him in Wichita, Kansas, of all places.

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Copying – styles, ideas, forms – is common in the arts, especially as one begins. What gets exciting is when one finds their own voice and feels confident enough to step out in their own direction. Clark and Co – a fairly young music group – found their own voice, which has fueled them to move forward and keep growing.

 
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Many people feel they have a book inside of them and aspire to write. Far too often, the book just stays inside of them instead of the individual grabbing a pencil and putting it down on paper. Not so with Jeff Lazarus. Jeff, author of the just-published book "Dogtology" shares how he got the book out of his mind and onto paper.

 
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When the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, one era ended and another one began in Central and Eastern Europe. Where the older, established generation was generally taken aback by this change, the younger generation saw opportunity. From the shadows of state-controlled everything, young entrepreneurs chased ideas and created entire industries from nothing. Julita Radev was a college student in Bulgaria at the time and was one of those who created something from nothing.

 
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Some people have a dream and pursue it. Others have many dreams and pursue them, creating a lifetime of doing. In this episode we visit with Nimrod Kovacs who, starting with escaping communist Hungary as a young man, has spent his life dreaming, believing and doing - living his dreams one after another. 

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Knowing one's family history and heritage is one thing; embracing it is another. In this episode we visit with Martin Miller who, for years, did not know his family's background. Once he learned, he was told to keep it quiet. After years of living in fear, he had a dream to embrace his heritage. He shares his journey with us and how, after all this time, lives in peace with himself.

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We love the holidays for the same reasons everyone does. One of the nice things about the wintry weather is Mulled Wine - it warms you inside and out and gets you into the spirit of the season. Here's our recipe, just in time for the holidays.


Mulled Wine

1 bottle of dry red wine (we use a Bordeaux)

½ bottle of dry white wine (we use a Sauvignon Blanc)

Juice from ½ orange

Zest from the ½ orange

Peeled, sliced fresh ginger - about a 1" (3 cm) finger-sized piece

2 cinnamon sticks

¼ teaspoon of ground cloves

2 tablespoons or to taste of agave nectar 

 

Remove zest from the orange and set aside.

Juice the orange into a saucepan.

Add the wine, zest, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and 2 tablespoons of agave nectar; stir to mix.

Heat on medium low heat until hot - not boiling. Reduce the heat to low for an hour or more to allow the favors to release and blend. Add agave nectar until desired level of sweetness is reached.

Serve hot and enjoy!