Havana Campas Dance combines Flemenco and African dance

I spent nine days in Cuba on a photography tour. We were in Havana, Vinales, Cienfuegos, and Trinidad. Reflections: Cuba is a country in transition. It is not a third-world country, rather more a first-world country which has been neglected for 30 or 40 years. Once elegant buildings and first-world infrastructure are decaying. The infamous […]


Reflections on the Election

Today is Nov. 9, the day after the Presidential election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Last night, I barely slept. I went to bed about 10:30 p.m. because I had to get up early to catch a flight. Still, I tossed and turned, my stomach numb, my heart heavy with sadness, fear. I wondered […]


Beyond Equity: Removing Barriers

I was at a meeting a number of months ago where we talked about equity. The speaker showed the picture of three children looking at a ball game over a fence. It is a great illustration to show the difference between equality and equity. Equality is giving everyone the same thing. Each child is given […]


Asian Fusion Thanksgiving

The table is set.

I told a few people about our Asian Fusion Thanksgiving dinner. Though several months late, I am sharing the menu. We had traditional roasted turkey, bread stuffing, and fresh cranberry sauce made with orange. Desserts were also traditional – made by my guests: pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and apple pie. But the rest of the […]


Beyond Diversity — Having Courageous Conversations

I attended the Beyond Diversity training given by Pacific Educational Group – called Advancing the Courageous Conversation and Defining Courageous Leadership in Education. I was skeptical before starting the two-day training. Quite honestly, there are few trainings that are worth giving up two full days. Usually, I don’t find the information sufficiently stimulating. Usually, the […]


SVP Thriving in India

I published a blog on my visit to SVP Bangalore and SVP Mumbai. Check it out:  


Thanksgiving Dinner — “I’m Stuffed”


So you would not think you’d need a theme for Thanksgiving dinner but as my son and I started to plan the menu, we started talking about stuffing. And how at the end of the meal, everyone says, “i’m stuffed.” So we went with a “Stuffed” theme. Appetizers Stuffed olives Stuffed dumplings brought by a […]


Veal Shanks with Apple, Fennel, and Chanterlle

Veal Shanks

Beautiful slow cooked veal shank. Preheat oven to 275F. Use a large dutch oven. Cook 4 slices diced bacon. Remove bacon and set aside, save the fat. Salt and pepper 4 veal chops and then brown them in bacon fat. Set the chops aside. Add a diced onion, a small diced fennel bulb, and 3 diced […]


Thoughts About Africa

Mother and baby in village

I had never been to sub Saharan Africa before. We went to a private game reserve in South Africa called MalaMala. Then we went with some friends to Zambia near Kafue National Park. We stayed a couple days in Livingstone to see Victoria Falls. And we spent one day in Johannesburg where we visited an […]


Asking and Being Asked


My friend and colleague Brian Saber interviewed me for his site Asking Matters about how I make asks and how I like to be asked. You can read the feature here. His questions really made me think about how important it is to feel comfortable making an ask when you fund raise.