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Alaska Cruise

I went to Alaska with my 89-year-old Dad, my 83-year-old step mom, my 79-year-old mother-in-law and a friend. We left from Seattle and went to Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway. We stopped for a few hours in Victoria BC but we did not get off the ship. It was a great way for my parents to […]

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India

One thing I love about India is how it confronts every sense — it can be both a delight and an assault. This trip I visited Delhi and Varanasi. What I remember and loved most were the sites, the smells, the sounds: The spectacle of people everywhere, women in the bright colors they embrace and […]

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Cuba

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Asian Fusion Thanksgiving

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 […]

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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 […]

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SVP Thriving in India

I published a blog on my visit to SVP Bangalore and SVP Mumbai. Check it out: http://www.socialventurepartners.org/seattle/blog/  

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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 […]

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Veal Shanks with Apple, Fennel, and Chanterlle

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 […]