What We Can Learn from Trees

No, it’s not a joke.  Trees have much to teach us, or at least underscore, about living together.  They have been doing it for many millions of years, and we are only now beginning to understand their remarkable social life.


Top-flight Cast Takes on the American Classic, ‘Long Day’s Journey into Night’

Old Vic Production hits Beverly Hills with award-winning cast including Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville under the direction of 5-time Olivier winner Richard Eyre.


A Good Photography Blog

Why do people read blogs? One reason is to find out what’s happening in a particular field or with a certain person of interest. Another is to learn something! Since I am a teacher of photography, I always post articles about technique, particular solutions to lighting problems or instruction on the basics. There is always something to learn here.


What does Step-it-Up Camp Mean to me?

 

“It’s a fun program!” - Angel Flores

 

 “Step-it-Up joins the community together!” - Cassie Palomura

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Coming to America | Her Journey is a Story with Heart

Monir Zandghoreishi has long been a highly respected designer in the Pacific Northwest, but her story begins thousands of miles from here in Iran. Monir Zandghoreishi knows what it is to Come to America. Her life in America began with hope and struggle, and now today, she is taking all of the success she has earned and is pouring it back into her teaching and mentoring.  Her journey is a story with heart. 

Maurice Leary | In His Own Words

Growing up, my five siblings and I didn't have much. We were homeless for an extended period of time. Living in an apartment building with no basic necessities, no water, food, clean clothing, and shoes. The hard floor was our bed, but we slept in the seated position most of the time.  


Keeping up with Step-it-up Camp

It’s been well over a year now since Fashion Designer and Entrepreneur Monir Zandghoreishi joined her son-in-law Maurice Leary to expand Step-It-Up Camp. At first, Step-It-Up Camp was the brain child of  Monir Zandghoreishi's son-in-law Maurice Leary to provide after-school athletics to high risk students. Maurice started out with 16 kids to help them develop their skills and to stay out of trouble. Maurice himself had experienced a hardscrabble past. He was born and raised in New Rochelle, New York and knew one way to get kids on the right path was by mentoring them and giving them another road map to grow stronger and more resilient every day. 


Beauty Surrounds Us

Our story about Monir Zandghoreishi and Maurice Leary is a fine example of what America stands for. Maurice is built like a linebacker and Monir has the regal bearing of a Persian Princess. Monir fled Iran during a time of grave political upheaval and unrest.  Maurice comes from a hardscrabble past in New Rochelle, New York. They both share something in common: a heart of gold and a commitment to help young people.