Jewish Journal

  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Exploring Tune Hotels

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    March 20, 2014 | 9:10 pm

    tune KL night

    Traveling in Asia has been our life for the last eighteen months. George and I love to fly on Air Asia, they have great fares and fly everywhere we want to go. They are to Asia what Southwest Airlines is to the United States; a reliable low cost carrier with many flights. ... read on

  • Guam: “The Hub of Micronesia” Hafa Adai

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    March 18, 2014 | 8:00 am

    Guam UnderWaterWorld cool colors

    As our airplane descended toward Guam after departing Palau’s International airport in the wee hours of the morning, I reflected on how little I knew about the U.S. territory island called Guam. I knew the island of Guam, situated in eastern Micronesia, has had a strong U.S.... read on

  • Not Your Father’s Shop Class: Learning to be a Maker at the Exploratory

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    March 13, 2014 | 9:22 am

    exploratoryJean Kaneko is a tinkerer. Being around her and the Exploratory, no adult or child can help himself or herself, you feel swept up in the ability to gather parts from open containers and start to make. Perhaps you are drawn to scraps of fabric to design your own plushie animal or... read on

  • The Insanely-Tested Top Ten Travel Tips for Spring

    By Richard Bangs

    March 10, 2014 | 4:16 pm

    Spring is the season hope is rekindled, when broken blades are renewed, and light washes the shadows. We can go barefoot in the grass, pluck the charms of flowers, whistle in the warming breeze, and hit the winding road.

    Jasper Bangs celebrating Spring

    But, as with any... read on

  • Hooping for Happiness in Hawaii

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    March 5, 2014 | 8:38 am

    waikiki viewDuring my first hula-hoop class I was not happy because the hoop often dropped on the ground. Our instructor, Tisha, reminded us to be gentle with ourselves; each time we picked up the hoop, she instructed us to tell ourselves something nice. My internal monologue grumbled as I... read on

  • What Do Van Morrison, the Godfather of Punk and Seamus Heaney Have in Common?

    By Richard Bangs

    March 3, 2014 | 9:30 am

    There is a theory of "primitive affluence" that suggests that when a society has its primary needs met by Nature -- food, shelter, clothing -- then it will turn to creativity. Bali, a tropical island in Indonesia where the rich volcanic soil produces an abundance of food and... read on