"There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." — Nelson Mandela
Happy Mandela Day! Today is the birthday of South Africa’s first democratically elected President, Nelson Mandela, and the UN declared it Mandela Day in 2009 to recognize his contribution to global peace and freedom. It's meant to serve as a call to take time to reflect on Mandela’s values and principles and to make a positive impact in your own community. Mandela was a dreamer, a peacemaker, an educator, a leader, and a man of integrity as well as humility. How he left prison intent on leaving resentments behind in that jail cell and not bringing them with him is a personal inspiration of mine. He led by example, with lessons like, “I never lose. I either win or learn.” I hope you find a way to shine and uplift others today too. (I hope that for you every day.) This weekend I ushered a few performances of Tennessee Williams' Orpheus Descending, the final show of the 2022-2023 season at Theatre for a New Audience, and I highly recommend coming to see it if you can, before it closes on August 6th. It's a heartwrenching portrayal of life, love, and loss that lingers with you, thanks to some stellar performances. The Nelson Mandela quote above could just as well be a line in the play. We've been getting quite a few celebrities in the audience for this one, so you never know who may end up sitting next to you! Tomorrow I'm off traveling with Dad to visit his sisters in Southport, North Carolina, and I'm so excited the Dybiec clan will be together for a few days when I'll propose beating the heat with Barbenheimer! Six years ago this week while working for Tauck, I took my first tour with them through the Canadian Maritimes, and one of my fellow travelers was Oscar "Wally" Greenberg, the physicist who discovered color in quarks. He knew both Einstein and Oppenheimer, but he wasn't a talker; I learned about his accomplishments from another guest on our tour. Wally was a quiet gentleman, and I hiked the woods of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia with him and his wife, watching lobster boats haul their traps below us. On escorted tours you're certain to share your adventure with some amazing people, and I'd love to tell you more about Tauck and lots of others I love to recommend - for all budgets. As an enthusiastic solo traveler, I love escorted tours. Contact me, and I'll tell you why!
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