Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Sunday, March 28, 2010
The Divine Right of Capital: Dethroning the Corporate Aristocracy, by Marjorie Kelly (2001).
"The notion of ice melting is something is something I've had on my mind lately. I've been chipping a good deal of it on my sidewalks these days, as penance for my lazy habits as a Minnesota homeowner. But there's a secret ice teaches: that the seemingly impenetrable isn't. The trick is to hit on a seam--hit it just right--and witness the miracle of an entire chunk breaking away. Attack under the exposed edge, and another chunk can be loosed effortlessly. Before long the unyielding has, in fact, yielded. What seems impenetrable isn't. This is a useful maxim for tackling the topic of corporate governance." (51).
Sunday, March 21, 2010
"'If you want to thrive in Baltistan, you must respect our ways,' Haji Ali said blowing on his bowl. 'The first time you share tea with a Balti you are a stranger. The second time you take tea, you are an honored guest. The third time you share a cup of tea, you become family, and for our family, we are prepared to do anything, even die,' he said, laying his hand warmly on Mortenson's own. 'Doctor Greg, you must make time to share three cups of tea. We may be uneducated. But we are not stupid. We have lived and survived here for a long time.'
"'That day, Haji Ali taught me the most important lesson I've ever learned in my life', Mortenson says. 'We Americans think you have to accomplish everything quickly. We're the country of thirty-minute power lunches and two-minute football drills. Our leaders thought their 'shock and awe' campaign could end the war in Iraq before it even started. Haji Ali taught me to share three cups of tea, to slow down and make building relationships as important as building projects. He taught me that I had to learn from the people I work with more than I could ever hope to teach them'" (page 150).
Chelsea, you're right. You almost cannot help but cheer him on, out loud, as you're reading. Amazing.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Forgot to mention this awhile ago. Employed. Alan Wong's.
There's just something about the huge focus on sustainability, local farmers, and oooooo the Macademia Nut-Coconut Crusted Lamb Chops. And those marinated Hamakua Springs Farms tomatoes. Divine. Divine.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
In my constant efforts to "Get With The Program" (I've turned this into an actual quarterly event for myself, where I catch up on all email, make a few token visits to Facebook, contemplate setting up a Twitter account so I can keep in touch better by "tweeting" with people, and even think about getting addicted to a weekly television program...Lost, anyone?), I decided to peruse YouTube for what's "hot" and "now" and "current".
I came across this really great video. Which I agree with completely. And will use it to justify my instincts that being soooo connected to sooooo many people is somewhat unnatural. Though Facebook is a well designed tool for "keeping up", it's actually very stressful for me to log on and realize I have a couple hundred Facebook friends that I could keep up with. People, I love you all! But where do I start? And then I think if you only have time to "poke" someone, perhaps it's an indication that it's actually time to readjust life priorities. That said, despite Julian's humorous and excellent points, I will keep my Facebook account. But hold off on Twitter.