TEDWomen 2013

13 December 2013
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When TED held the first TEDWomen conference in 2010, the idea raised a lot of grumbly questions. Is it for women only? By women only? Women attend the regular TED conference, so what is the point? The TED organization and its TEDWomen partner, the Paley Center, stood firm: it was an idea they thought worth […]

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Discovery Friday

31 May 2013
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In two weeks we’re leaving California for a summer full of warm nights, fireflies, our lively Ohio clan and my dream kitchen. I’ve been limping along here at chinese grandma during a prolonged transition year, and I want to thank you, kind friends, for sticking around even when I haven’t been at my best. Bear […]

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The future of restaurant food: Silicon Valley cafeterias?

9 May 2013
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What would restaurant food look like if chefs actually cared about your long-term health? The restaurant standard of today, in which chefs don’t think twice about melting a stick of butter over your steak, worked in a time when dining out was reserved for special occasions. But in today’s world, where many eat out daily, […]

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Discovery Wednesday

1 May 2013
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My blogging life is usually just me and my glowing laptop screen in the 2 a.m. darkness. This weekend was a happy change. I left my computer at home (which caused me even more separation anxiety than leaving my kids) to attend The Big Potluck, a community-oriented gathering of food bloggers in sunny southern California. […]

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Discovery Monday

11 March 2013
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A few recent discoveries, as well as some mail-order food finds in case you’re in need of a pick-me-up in these last days of winter… Parents of kids with severe allergies will want to read Sunday’s encouraging New York Times Magazine piece on Dr Kari Nadeau, a Stanford doctor on a mission to change the […]

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David Brooks: It’s not about you

2 June 2011
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My oldest niece is graduating from high school. She thinks it’s a big deal, but the adults in the family know how much bigger it is than she thinks. Wonderful times are in store for her, and tough times; eye-opening discoveries and hard lessons. I remember how confident I was at her age and marvel […]

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TEDWomen 2010

11 December 2010
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There are conferences, and there is TED. A trip to TED comes with a high price tag and high expectations for a mind-blowing, life-changing experience – no small pressure on the organizers. I was elated to attend the TEDWomen conference in Washington, DC this week, and it did not disappoint.

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Elizabeth Gilbert on creativity

21 August 2010
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Brain food – I’m serving up my very favorites here, and I hope you’ll feast well and enjoy. There’s a well-known motivational speaker named Charlie Jones who has a saying – “You are the same today as you’ll be in five years except for two things, the books you read and the people you meet.” […]

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