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Chrisje Comvalius: Standing Strong

Stage and screen actress, educator, life coach –  the list goes on and on for Chrisje Comvalius.  A little over a year ago, her kitchen table in Amsterdam was the place to land for counsel, fun, and divine food.  Today, you must travel to Rotterdam to receive her…

Small Spaces Standing Tall: Janis Merrell Gipson

You guys already know Janis Merrill Gipson and Rhonda Hardy.  They have contributed to Garden Spices, and they have both created artful spaces on Chicago’s South side.  What makes their spaces worthy of attention?  First, I was delighted to visit them both for cuisine and creativity.  Secondly, they…

Small Spaces Standing Tall: Rhonda Hardy

You met Rhoda Hardy through her dolls, Bronzeville Beauties.  Of course, a sense of an artful space was to be expected, but the volume of color and dimension was explosively vibrant.  Space smaller, but widely welcoming. –Victorine                      …

Just an Illusion

Transformation is an art, especially as it relates to furniture.  That weary cabinet, table, or chair that hears the call of a trash bin is rejuvenated, ready to live again. The wizard, Debra Flint-Salter, owner of Just an Illusion, does more than wave a wand to renovate furniture….

Sarin’s Thai

These days you can find Sarin at the Thai Cooking School.  She is introducing her “love” to students that crave this cuisine. “I have a great passion for Thai food. I like to share enthusiasm, my knowledge and my experiences with you. I cook with happiness and from…

The Panama Experience

The most striking thing about Panama is the diversity and culture of the people. Each area of the country has its own personality. Downtown Panama City has a definite metropolitan feel with its tall sleek buildings and Miami vibe without the Miami price tag. Taxis and food are…

Bernie Basley Photography

I was scheduled to visit Thailand this year and due to health issues, had to cancel my trip.  I’m thrilled to know I can visit this illuminating country via the photos of Bernie Basley.  Thank you Bernie! -Victorine – Bernie Basley Bernie loves to take pictures.  He earned…

Travel Bean: Hola Mexico

Hola Mexico! Visiting Cancun has been something that I have wanted to do since watching Spring Break on MTV when I was a teenager. Earlier this year, I finally decided to visit. The stories I always heard about Cancun were about the resorts, beaches and partying all night…

Her Movement: Delilah Masani Faye Mulraine

When venturing to connect with Delilah Masani Faye Mulraine, I found her by message.  She was conducting a retreat in Belize.  This is what she does.  She is her own movement, and her images, capturing her spirit, are what enticed GS to share her movement with the world….

Asha’s Attic

Upon, walking up the steep narrow stairway that leads to Asha’s Attic you are greeted with an oversized children’s book titled Asha’s Attic and a handcrafted sign created by the owner to let you know you’ve arrived to the most original resale shop in Chicago. The attic, as…