Jan 272012

Last week I was in Paris. That’s Paris, France—not Texas—ya’ll. It was somewhat gray and rainy, but we still had a ball.

Parisians love their wine; they aren’t as crazy about cocktails. (We couldn’t find decent martini in all of Paris.)

Leave it to us Americans to create a cocktail for them anyway. The French Connection is a classic after-dinner drink combining the warmth of cognac with the yummy almond flavor of amaretto. And, this cocktail also makes the perfect nightcap.

The French Connection is simple to make: pour one ounce of amaretto and two ounces of cognac into a rocks glass with ice and garnish with a lemon wheel.


Jan 232012

Have you ever stumbled upon a book that made your world a little larger? Years ago, I found a wonderful book by prolific author Joseph Dispenza, The Way of the Traveler: Making Every Trip a Journey of Self-Discovery. Little did I know then that Joseph would become a valued mentor and dear friend.

In his book, Joseph says travel is an excellent means for spiritual growth and self-discovery when fueled by intention. He writes: “Travel in the outer world is a metaphor for the epic journey inward. And the reward for this sacred sojourn is the spiritual gift of grace: the grace of peace, the grace of self-knowledge, the grace of wisdom.

To guide readers along this path, Joseph offers a series of insightful exercises. One of my favorites is to pack those values you would like to take along with you on your trip.

For the past six days, I’ve been in Paris. In preparation for the trip, I followed Joseph’s advice. I wrote four values in my travel journal that I wanted to accompany me on the trip. They are: openness, courage, gratitude, and connection.

These four values have been my constant companions and have enriched my trip. Thank you, Joseph.