unfinished stories

What an honor it is to hear people’s stories. Their experiences, their journeys. The way they dream, the beauty of their adventures. I find myself rejoicing with them in their triumphs, crying with them in their pain. I laugh in the moments filled with humor and hold my breath as the intensity rises. And as I listen to people’s life stories, I try to take a moment to understand what it’s like to be in their shoes. (more…)

to read or not to read

P1080807Growing up with dyslexia was not easy for 25-year-old Christer Egon Eckermann. As a young boy he experienced reading to be a bit of a chore, and he could not manage to find any joy in the task.

Christer had numerous individuals who worked alongside him to help him improve his reading skills. But for all the individuals that were there to support him, there was still a lack of programs, activities or incentives that motivated him to read. For a number of years he found it to be a challenging, uphill climb.  (more…)

from broken heart to healing art


It’s 6:00 on a Thursday evening. Nine ladies from various countries and backgrounds sit around a table in a shop in the center of town. Most entered this art workshop as strangers. But it’s amazing what can happen in just two short hours.

Artists in the Making

The table is strewn with scissors, paint brushes, glue, and several large boxes filled with patterned paper napkin scraps. Each of us is given several small pieces of cardboard, and with only the slightest bit of instruction, we’re encouraged to simply get to work.

To say I’m not crafty is putting it mildly. In forty years of adventure and learning, this is the first time I’ve taken any sort of art course. And to be honest, I find myself a bit nervous.

As we chat and begin to create our own little works of art, we are directed by a lady whose style and personality are much like her art: bold, colorful, creative and unique.


a story of cafes and clothing

Most have heard the old adage:

Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.

Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day.Teach a Man To Fish, and You Feed Him for a Lifetime-2

To meet someone like Camilla Bilstad Johannessen is to not only see the truth behind this statement, but also the heart and compassion it can entail.

Johannessen is the founder and project manager of an exciting new business in Sandefjord, Norway, Cafe Vintage and Vintage Baby. (more…)