How Can You Travel on the French Riviera When Children Are Starving in China?

"Guilt is a good reality check. It keeps that 'do what makes you happy thing' in check." Edward Burns By Mary Kay Seales Growing up in the 1950's in the U.S., it was common to hear at any dinner table around the country, "Clean your plate! There are children starving in China!" I don't know… Continue reading How Can You Travel on the French Riviera When Children Are Starving in China?

The French Riviera: It really is all it’s cracked up to be!

By Mary Kay Seales I'm back in one of my favorite places on earth, the dreamy blue Côte d'Azur in southern France. It's summer and the tourist season is in full swing. The beaches are packed, and the little narrow streets in the ancient cities along the coast are alive with people sitting at outdoor cafes, sipping… Continue reading The French Riviera: It really is all it’s cracked up to be!

Jazz: A Lingua Franca with Body & Soul

By Mary Kay Seales “The cool thing is that jazz is really a wonderful example of the great characteristics of Buddhism and great characteristics of the human spirit. Because in jazz we share, we listen to each other, we respect each other, we are creating in the moment. At our best, we’re non-judgmental.”  Herbie Hancock… Continue reading Jazz: A Lingua Franca with Body & Soul

Three Days on the French Riviera Without Breaking the Bank

By Mary Kay Seales (previously published in France Today, June 29, 2016) Do you love travelling to France, but shy away from the French Riviera because you think it’s all glitz and glamour? Most people I talk to have the same reaction: Don’t I have to be a movie star or a millionaire to vacation… Continue reading Three Days on the French Riviera Without Breaking the Bank