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Five Reasons to Spend Winter Break in New Zealand

1) It’s a great way to celebrate 30 YEARS of marriage to the same remarkable lady, who shares my wanderlust and curiosity. 2) It’s been our turn for years to visit our besties from Amsterdam days (1985-1990), Neil and Jill White, a Kiwi couple whose hearts have been to knit to ours ever since. Neil […]

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Register now for the 2015 Cultural Tour!

It’s not too early to be planning to join us for the 2015 World to the Wise Cultural Tour! We have a treasure trove of memories waiting for you to create — from ancient Rome to the sensory delights of Tuscany, from the amazing mazes of Venice to the timeless thrills of Paris, from the gardens […]

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Announcing the 2015 Cultural Tour!

Announcing the 2015 World to the Wise Cultural Tour! Ask any of the wonderful people who have joined us in the past, and they will tell you this educational tour left an indelible mark on them. The mission of World to the Wise is to educate and inspire Americans with the cultural riches of the […]

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The Reason for My Madness, Part I

People often ask me how I came about my love for other cultures and languages. It has recently occurred to me that I have never written this story down, and yet it is one of the most defining chapters in my life. I was born in the state of Wyoming to Texan parents. When I […]

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Reflections of a White Man on MLK Day

Having recently watched the movie Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Martin Luther King, Jr. was already on the front burner of my mind. Not long before that, I had seen Twelve Years a Slave, based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in antebellum America. […]

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2014 World to the Wise Cultural Tour

Announcing the 2014 World to the Wise Cultural Tour! Ask any of the wonderful people who have joined us in the past, and they will tell you this educational tour left an indelible mark on them. The mission of World to the Wise is to educate and inspire Americans with the cultural riches of the […]

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A Giant Has Left Us

A giant left us today. Rarely has there been such a potent example of the non-violent protest of injustice as that of Nelson Mandela. During 27 years of unjust imprisonment, long after most of us would have succumbed to irreversible bitterness, he stayed the course and thereby maintained his voice. That voice continues to reverberate […]

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Jack, Clive and Aldous

While the world rightly remembers an icon American hero today, the deaths of two other culture shapers on the same day in 1963 are practically eclipsed. November 22, while John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, were riding in an open convertible through the streets of downtown Dallas, I was headed to school as a […]

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What Makes a City Great

I lost count a long time ago of the number of times  I’ve been to Paris. Having lived in Europe for 12 years, then made regular visits back to the Old Continent since moving back to the US, they all start to run together — to a certain extent. The wonderful thing about a world […]

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