It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change. Attributed to Charles Darwin
If you’ve traveled to Costa Rica, you’ve experienced its beauty and the many ways to enjoy all it offers. A small, narrow country angled between Nicaragua and Panama, it is bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean; on the west, the Pacific. It has a high literacy rate, no military, is politically stable and welcomes tourists to enjoy its warm, tropical weather, outdoor activities and eco-tourism.
As a member of a number of culinary organizations, I’m always excited to see the wonderful array of cookbooks that fellow culinarians publish each year. Getting a coveted review in the New York Times or making the holiday short lists in the national press can elevate some lucky authors to magnificent sales and notoriety, but there are so many books that don’t make the cut for whatever reason or aren’t glamorous yet are valuable gems.
One such book that has caught my attention is Share: The Cookbook that Celebrates our Common Humanity. With a foreword by Meryl Streep, Share has created some buzz, and there are contributions from well-known people, but it’s not a sexy book with a glitzy cover and over-the-top recipes that will sit on coffee tables and look glamorous, whether or not it’s actually used. Instead, Share highlights how food is our common denominator, a way to nourish us physically, mentally and spiritually. And it speaks of how food can provide employment, economic stability and environmental sustainability in the developing world. Additionally, all of the profits from book sales go to Women for Women International, a non-profit that provides opportunities for women who have survived rape, torture and war.
By Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn
Nicholas Kristoff and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, are the first married couple to win the
Pulitzer Prize for the writing they did on China as New York Times correspondents. They
additionally won the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement, and
Nearly all of us dream about what it would be like to change careers. This can be both exhilarating to imagine ourselves following our passions or dreams and also more than a little daunting. What exactly will it take to reinvent myself? Is there a market for it? How do I start? Sound familiar?
How many of you received wise financial counsel and an overview of how money and economics work before you left home? Sure, lots of us had allowances and were told that we should save our money, but what about when you went off to college or left home for good? Did you have any real sense about how to budget, to set up a retirement account or even to create financial goals for yourself? Chances are, the answer is a resounding “no.” I was encouraged to create a savings account and not to live beyond my means, but the only advice I ever had about a retirement account was when my father told me that the most important thing about college was to find a good husband.
Times have changed, but many of us, especially those of us who are women, rarely receive serious guidance on how to manage money effectively and create a safety net for difficult times or for our retirement unless we major in economics or business planning. While a book on finances is somewhat outside the box for the type of books I review for this site, I have just finished reading a great basic guidebook on financial planning, and decided to share it as financial survival is crucial for us all,
If You Want To Change The World, TELL A BETTER STORY
Gail Larsen, (Celestial Arts/Random House)
In 2005, as I practiced a two minute “elevator speech” for the Women Leaders for the World graduation, my coach Joanne Brem, suddenly exclaimed, “Wow, I get it! You want to change the world. You must contact Gail Larsen and take her workshop!”
I took Joanne’s advice seriously. Two months later I was in Santa Fe, New Mexico at Gayle’s four-day Real Speaking intensive along with four other attendees. Our goal? To connect with our authentic voices and take our messages into the world at large.