You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Rolling Stones performing live

What if the Rolling Stones were right? Have you ever wanted something so intensely and dreamed of it to the point of not seeing how lucky you already were? While you’re thinking about it, here’s a great example. My father was an entrepreneur, a lumber merchant. He was born on November 26, 1918 – I […]


Gisele’s Legacy

Vintage sepia photo of woman

It was Friday, November 13, 2009.  What a year!  Michael Jackson and Farah Fawcett, hallmarks of my adolescence, both passed away.  Obama fever was in full swing. For me, it was one of the hardest years of my life for a whole other reason.  Before we get there, let me tell you about Gisele. Gisele […]



Woman at table with two friends

It was the summer of 1991, one year before the Barcelona Olympics. I left for Europe alone with my backpack on my back, sad to leave everything I knew – my family, my home, my friends, my everyday routine…my comfort zone! I knew that I was starting a new chapter. No longer a kid but […]