Category Archives: Books & Ideas

Differences and the Work of Greatness in Our Democracy

If Secretary Clinton and President Obama can move on with grace and dignity as they did in their remarks yesterday, I certainly can move forward too. As President Obama noted, when he welcomes President-elect Trump to the White House today, … Continue reading

Posted in Books & Ideas, Social Capital | Tagged , | Comments Off on Differences and the Work of Greatness in Our Democracy

Lessons from The Innovators [#bookreview]

Walter Isaacson’s book, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, is a good read to provide a long view of innovators who made major contributions to bringing us the digital tools we have … Continue reading

Posted in Books & Ideas | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Lessons from The Innovators [#bookreview]

Darkness cannot drive out darkness

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King, Jr. Seeking some words to grasp after the terrible violence of the week in Dallas, MN, and … Continue reading

Posted in Books & Ideas | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Darkness cannot drive out darkness

Color Blind Book Review: Breaking the Baseball Color Line Before Jackie Robinson

I’ve been putting most of my blogging energies into Cooking Chat, but I do want to get back into blogging here with some regularity.  A good place to start is with a quick book review of Color Blind: The Forgotten Team … Continue reading

Posted in Books & Ideas | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Color Blind Book Review: Breaking the Baseball Color Line Before Jackie Robinson

#FoodDay2015 Reflections and Links

Sure, if you read my food and wine blog posts on Cooking Chat, much of the focus there is simply on the pure sensory delight of good food, and the aesthetic appeal of a well-presented plate.  Today being Food Day, … Continue reading

Posted in Books & Ideas, CookingChat, Social Capital | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on #FoodDay2015 Reflections and Links

3 Insights from Adam Grant’s “Give and Take”

Could giving be the key to success? Adam Grant’s book Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success suggests there is some real power to the old maxim that it’s better to give than to receive.  He starts the … Continue reading

Posted in Books & Ideas | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on 3 Insights from Adam Grant’s “Give and Take”

Cooked: the New #Book by Michael Pollan

I was pleasantly surprised to unwrap Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan on Christmas. I’m a big fan of his past books The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals and In Defense of Food: An Eater’s … Continue reading

Posted in Books & Ideas | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

9 #Books I Really Enjoyed in 2013

Last year’s reading recap was largely a complaint that I didn’t find many books to recommend with enthusiasm. I’m happy to report and share about the books I read and enjoyed in 2013–definitely a good reading year for me! I … Continue reading

Posted in Books & Ideas | Tagged , , | Comments Off on 9 #Books I Really Enjoyed in 2013

Adding a Second Mini-Habit

I’m ten days into my new mini-habit of writing at least 50 words per day.  Happy to report that I’ve easily hit this goal, and enjoyed the process. As anticipated by Stephen’s post on Tiny Buddha, this very easy to reach … Continue reading

Posted in Books & Ideas | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Adding a Second Mini-Habit

10 Books That Have Influenced Me

My wheels have been turning all week since I read Peter Levine’s list of ten books that influenced him. I like the exercise of putting together such lists to help consider things that have been meaningful to us. It was … Continue reading

Posted in Books & Ideas | Tagged , | 2 Comments