Archive for May, 2012

Take a Minute

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Hot dogs and hamburgers sizzling on the grill.  Flag-bearing Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts marching in the town parade.  Friendly games of volleyball played on the front lawn.  Sitting in traffic on the long drive home from the beach.  Toenails and fingernails painted red, white, and blue.

All of these are fine images from Memorial Days past.  I am sure that many others have similar memories, for many of us love to embrace this unofficial start to summer.  This year is no different.  We enjoyed a small cookout with friends last night and look forward to a day of relaxation and family today.  However, as I’ve been thinking about this article for the last few days, I noticed one glaring omission.  Where is the memorial in this day?

I think the patriotic part of Memorial Day is alive and well.  Drive down almost any street in the US, and you are bound to find American flags on the lawn, the porch, or the windows of at least one house.  Go to the store, and you are certain to see people wearing red, white, and blue attire. But how many of us take time to remember those who gave their lives in the name of our country?

I know that I am among those who haven’t.  So, today I plan to take a minute or two and think about the great freedoms we have and those who gave their all in order to provide them.  I hope you will do so also.


Pack Your Bags

Monday, May 21st, 2012

This coming weekend heralds the unofficial start of summer.  Not only does Memorial Day weekend mean that you can wear white again (according to etiquette), it also marks the beginning of summer fun.  Let the season of weekend cookouts, day trips to the beach, and holiday fireworks begin.

While summer evokes many different thoughts, for most people summer is a time of travel.  With kids out of school and nicer weather, it is a great time to pack the suitcases and hit the road.  Maybe it simply is a trip an hour or so away for a weekend at the beach or a stay at a campground.  For others it could be a week-long trip to a new and exotic locale.  For my family, it is a first in my lifetime, family reunion.  All of us will be there:  aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, nieces, and nephews.  It should be a fabulous time, re-meeting family, sharing stories, and trying new adventures.

There is a special element to vacations.  I don’t think it necessarily is the new location; it more is the people with whom you travel.  When I went to Paris with my husband, I was in awe of the Eiffel Tower.  But even more than that, it was that I was able to share it with him, much like when I travel with my children.  Although the complaint of “He’s/she’s in my space” is tiresome, it is wonderful to be able to explore new places with them.

As the season of vacations begins, turn to our travel publication, Good Life Review, for inspiration and suggestions.  Highlighting locations around the globe, we have great ideas for your next trip.  From Colorado to Japan to Monaco and everywhere in between, please travel the world with us.

Emily Krasowski

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Emily is the Communications Specialist at PeKu Publications. She helps with the administration of the company’’s brand identity and outreach activities. Emily also develops and manages marketing communications.

She is a Communication Major, Spanish Minor at Saint Anselm College with a particular interest in social media.

Recent Articles from Emily Krasowski

A Mother’s Day Un-card

Monday, May 14th, 2012

I don’t buy many greeting cards.  Although there are many with humorous punchlines and sentimental poems, I never feel that they fully capture the sentiment that I’m trying to express.  So, even though yesterday was Mother’s Day, I didn’t buy a card for my mom.  I did purchase a gift and call her, but I didn’t put a greeting card in the mail for her.  As I reflected on all that my mom has done for me, I decided that the best way to express my gratitude would be to write my own words.

I feel fortunate to have the mom that I do.  I have fond memories from my childhood and stayed close to her during my teen years.  While we did have differences of opinion, I never fought with her the way other friends of mine did with their moms.  There always was mutual respect for one another.

Throughout adulthood, she has continued to be there for me.  She has been my cheerleader, praising me on my career accomplishments.  My mom has served as my counsel, advising me as a new parent.  She has become my friend, sharing with me as a peer and no longer a child.

Several years ago I faced the biggest challenge of my life to that point.  When I turned to my parents, I realized the foundation that I had in them.  Not only did my mom support me, she also became a lifeline.  Every day my mom would call me as I drove to work to see how I was, to make sure that all was well.  As I overcame obstacles, my mom was there for me every day.

Since that time, my mom and I have forged an even stronger relationship.  Although she lives 1,500 miles away and I see her only a couple times a year, I feel closer to her than ever before.  We talk every few days, and not out of obligation.  She keeps me updated with her and my dad’s on-goings, and I do the same for my family.

As I consider all that my mom has done for me, I know that even this, my role at Wasabi Media Group, is due in some part to her.  If she hadn’t instilled the love and confidence in me, I may not have been the person that I am.

Although the words are small and simple, I mean them with all of my heart.  Thank you, Mom, for everything.

Happy Mother’s Day.

May Highlights

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Living in New England, May is the time when my senses are reawakened.  Yards and fields are beginning to explode with colors, as our local flora starts to bloom.  The season of closed windows has drawn to an end, as the warmth of the day lasts more than a few moments.  With these windows opened, we again hear the children playing outdoors, zipping by on bikes and scooters.  Our palates are anxious for the local produce that will arrive soon:  fiddleheads, rhubarb, and strawberries.

All of these experiences make May such a wonderful month.  There’s nothing quite like the smell of fresh spring air or the taste of a delicately sautéed fiddlehead.  Yes, to my mind, May is a month of newness and delights.  To keep in line with that theme, WMG has some newness and delights of it own to share:

  • Our wedding publication, Here Comes a Bride, has increased its publication frequency.  With this increase, we also have become more focused on the topics that a bride and groom will need:  bridal beauty advice, reception entertainment tips, creative invitation ideas, and much more.
  • Good Life Review, our travel publication, will be highlighting one travel region each month.  We start this new spotlight by taking a closer look at travel in Mexico.  However, if your travel plans don’t include Mexico, there’s no need to fret.  In addition to this focus, we still will be covering travel throughout the rest of the world.
  • Like NASCAR?  Make sure to check out Gas Pedal Addicts.  With a focus on Sprint Cup and Nationwide drivers, races, and more, it is the perfect source for NASCAR info.  New to this publication is Sprint Speculation.  Every week, we poll our readers on which driver is likely to win the upcoming race.  Don’t forget to share your opinion!

On this Monday morning, as the sun shines and a gentle breeze ruffles the leaves, it seems like a good start to the week.

Have a great week, and happy reading!