7 Picture Books for Kids Who Want to Learn Something New

By Lela Nargi Every now and then, a kid stumbles upon some new information that delights him almost beyond reason. And so begins the pursuit to discover everything he possibly can about his latest passion—whether it’s machines, or artwork, or the stars, or an unfamiliar language. And although nothing can take the place of firsthand […]

DC Thrifty Mom Nicole Luke and her Family, North Petworth, Washington, DC

THE LUKE FAMILY AT DC’S TAKOMA PARK RECREATION CENTER By Dawn Van Osdell Just a few short years ago, Nicole Luke was working for the Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s now defunct Tutu Institute, where she organized pilgrimages to South Africa for those seeking spiritual renewal, and even met the Dalai Lama. Today, she’s the mom behind […]

Around the World & Back to Brooklyn with Samantha Brown

Samantha Brown

By Lela Nargi On October 4, jet-setting TV hostess with the most-est Samantha Brown will launch “50/50,” her latest show on the Travel Channel. In putting the first season together, she spent weeks filming around the world—everywhere from Abu Dhabi to the Philippines—in each episode taking two random folks plucked off the streets on a quest to spend […]