When spring returns, we feel a renewed sense of purpose and, as colorful buds return to the trees, so to a brightness in our spirit. In this issue of American Lifestyle magazine, we revisit some of life’s simple pleasures with a trip to the Dallas-based chocolate shop, Kate Weiser Chocolates, for a taste of her deliciously artistic creations. Join us in a journey north to the Pacific Northwest for the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Each year thousands of brightly-colored tulips bloom in the valley and are on vibrant display for all to enjoy. Also awash in color are the paintings of synesthete Melissa McCracken, who utilizes her gift to paint vivid and imaginative works based on music.