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Texas Wine Month & Wine Sommeliers 2021

By |2021-10-26T19:04:05-05:00October 26th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Culture, Dining, Social Etiquette, Wine Etiquette|

Image by Tim Bigger from Pixabay In honor of Texas Wine month, let’s close October by celebrating Texas sommeliers and wine. Many folks don’t realize that our Texas wine region is the second largest in the U.S., right behind Napa, California. Texas expert Drew Hendricks, co-founder of the Texas Sommeliers Association offered his opinion [...]

Celebrating Czech American Heritage Month 2021

By |2021-10-20T15:24:03-05:00October 20th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Culture, Czech Republic|

Image: The Commissioners Court of Bexar County, The State of Texas and Governor Greg Abbott, The City of San Antonio and Mayor Ron Nirenberg As a second generation Czech American living in Texas, I’m delighted to share this blog in response to readers and followers who have been inquiring about recent developments. On [...]

A Novel Education – E.S. Alexander

By |2021-10-17T16:21:00-05:00October 17th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, book recommendations, Culture|

Image: Cover design by Adrian Cheah (Penang) Headshot by Matt Brandon (Penang) October is National Book Month, a month-long celebration that focuses on the importance of reading, writing, and literature. In honor of this important month, it is fitting to invite E.S. Alexander, my co-author for Access to Asia, to return and write [...]

Thanksgiving in Canada: Customs, Origin & Tradition

By |2021-10-05T11:57:15-05:00October 8th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Canada, Canadian Traditions, Culture, Holiday Season|

Photo by Daniel Joseph Petty from Pexels Canada, oh, sweet Canada! Many people refer to this vast country as the land of Maple Syrup. This nation is famous for its stunning scenery, fabulous people, spectacular ski slopes, and frosty winters. Be careful not to let the similarity of the Canadian Hofstede cultural dimensions [...]

Culture Coffee & Connections: Enjoy International Coffee Day

By |2021-09-28T12:47:04-05:00September 28th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business Etiquette, Culture|

Photo by Jason Villanueva from Pexels We owe a debt of gratitude to an animal herder named Kaldi for the discovery of coffee in the Kaffa region in Ethiopia. According to the story, he observed that his goats were rejuvenated after eating the red beans from the coffee plants on the plateau over [...]

National Coffee Day: 10 Tips from Our Baristas

By |2021-09-27T13:46:07-05:00September 27th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Culture, Modern Manners, Social Etiquette|

Photo by Tim Douglas from Pexels What would we do without our baristas? The chipper people who make our coffee shop experience delightful. In honor of National Coffee Day, September 29, 2021, we asked our local baristas for insight into making a better coffee house experience for all. Coffee shop popularity shines a [...]

10 ETIQUETTE TIPS FOR VISITING MUSEUMS

By |2021-09-18T10:59:21-05:00September 18th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Modern Manners, Social Etiquette|

Image: silosandsmokestacks.org Many people are ready to venture out and explore the world again. A recent study at the Berlin Institute of Technology (TU Berlin) in Germany has determined that the risk of COVID-19 transmission is far lower in museums and theaters than in supermarkets, restaurants, offices, or public transportation. Since today is Smithsonian Magazine [...]

5 Customary Yom Kippur Practices

By |2021-09-14T11:30:29-05:00September 14th, 2021|Cross-Cultural, Culture, Religious Celebrations|

Image by falco from Pixabay Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is the most significant holiday in Judaism. It is a day when the Jewish people ask forgiveness for the wrongs they have committed over the past year. It is the holiest day of the year and is traditionally observed [...]

Honoring National Hispanic Heritage Month in 2021

By |2021-09-13T10:20:08-05:00September 13th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, Culture|

Plaza Espana Seville Spain: Image by David Mark from Pixabay From distinguished politicians driving social change to recognized STEM field innovators, Hispanics continue to make monumental contributions to the United States, as well as worldwide. With over 60 million U.S. American citizens of Latino or Hispanic heritage comprising 18 percent of the U.S. population, our country flourishes with [...]

4 Rosh Hashanah Customs and Traditions

By |2021-09-04T22:24:35-05:00September 5th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Culture, Religious Celebrations|

Photo by ROMAN ODINTSOV from Pexels Rosh Hashanah, meaning "head of the year" or “first of the year” in Hebrew, is the celebration of the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah is the first day of the Jewish High Holidays leading up to the most significant holiday, Yom Kippur, also known as the Day [...]

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