Contestants for the Peace First Prize, some as young as 8 years old, have devised innovative ways to fight problems like bullying and poverty in their communities.
Yet last Monday, I saw something more jaw-dropping than the tragedy at the Boston Marathon itself: people, many of them civilians, running toward the chaos. I saw police officers, marathon runners, race volunteers and even bystanders who did not flee, but moved toward the bomb blasts, without regard for their own safety, trying to provide assistance to the injured.
—Zachary Bell, The New York Times. At War Blog. April 23, 2013
I sometimes get impatient when YouTube video ads appear and I impatiently wait to hit the “Skip Ad” button. But this particular ad moved me, which was produced by Dove for their “Real Beauty Sketches” campaign. An FBI-trained forensic artist shares his approach on his craft, and illustrates how we can be our own worst critics.
For a very long time, I enjoyed moments of solitude by finding a little cafe to relax, eat solo, and jot things down in my notebook (in between sips of Syrah). Now, the experience has changed for me as I think of H___, sitting here miles away.
This evening, I was working through my salad when I realized that lately, food for me has become a matter of human-survival-necessity…a matter of self-preservation.
Breaking bread with those we care about makes a shared meal a delicious, enjoyable experience. In my family, a common greeting is to ask someone if they have eaten yet. It is no surprise then, when even the simplest meals prepared by a person like a grandmother are so fabulously yummy and memorable.
Steaming upwards in spiral fashion, I imagine the sizzling fried rice immersed in dashes of pepper, bits of beurre, and droplets of nước mắm that my mother makes. It would be inedible had it not been made with her loving hands. I wonder then, would my own H___ one day feel the same about me?
Anger, hatred and jealousy never solve problems, only affection, concern and respect can do that.
It’s easy to agree with someone. But it’s when we have disagreements with others, we stand the chance to learn more from (and perhaps even result with stronger thoughts or ideas). There’s a way to have an open dialogue with a level of respect and with a level of professionalism.
It was surprising for me to read today about Brandee Barker, a spokeswoman and former Facebook executive for Facebook’s COO, Sheryl Sandberg. Responding to Katherine Losse, author of a critique of Sandberg’s book, Lean In, she revealed her poor judgment (or lack thereof) when she states on Twitter: There’s a special place in hell for you.
In my culture, there’s a saying that one day we may be healthy and smiling, but the next day we may be down and out. Circumstances are impermanent and change is constant. Brandee Barker has much to learn and didn’t think about the consequences of her actions. There may always be a possibility where Sandberg and Losse may cross paths again and come to terms. It’s just nasty, brutish, and short…to wish damnation to anyone.
Point your finger at someone, and three still point back at yourself.
Whoever the Product Manager was that let Siri live on the iPhone home button didn’t think of two use cases: A) Meetings (need for discreetness) and B) Sleeping babies.
From our section THE TAKEAWAY:
How Jack Dorsey’s Lifelong Obsessions Became World Changing Companies
Jack Dorsey wasn’t your average kid in St. Louis. He had a speech impediment. He loved maps. He studied trains. He listened to the emergency dispatch center. And he noticed something interesting: Everybody was talking with short bursts of sound.
“They’re always talking about where they’re going, what they’re doing, and where they currently are,” Dorsey recently told Lara Logan on 60 Minutes, “and that’s where the idea for Twitter came.”
The Takeaway: The dots will connect. Like Dorsey’s fascinations brought him from St. Louis to New York to Silicon Valley, entrepreneurial energy has a way of taking you into unexpected—and fitting—places.
You can use my phone, but please don’t buy any new apps. #tech #apps
—San Francisco-based father to 7-year old.
It’s not even the things they do or the things they say.
I’m the proctor for one of the grades taking the ISAT this year and as the end of the test session drew near, I was walking down one aisle when I glanced down at one student’s desk and noticed that she was writing in one of those…
A simple infographic that speaks volumes.
“Never settle.” Wangui Wangui Kariuki is a young woman full of life, brimming with energy, and determination. A former Stanford Summer Session undergraduate student, she shares with me and future students, what impact Stanford had on her and what advice she has for them. Good luck, Wangui, for whichever path you pave for yourself.