Category Archives: Series: Clippings

Clippings: What I’m Reading This Week (1/26/15)

#THISGIRLCAN: I’m loving the #thisgirlcan PSA from the UK. In late January, as many people slow down on pursuing their fitness resolutions, it is a great reminder to keep going. And any time of year, it is an inspiration to all women to view exercise as fun and empowering. (It is also making me want to join a team! Those celebrations look like so much fun!)


#THISGIRLCAN! Photo from article above.
#THISGIRLCAN! Photo from article above.


Fair Pay: This is a great clip. Although the headline of this article is silly and extreme, the man featured here – farmer and entrepreneur, Johnny Georges – is an inspiration. He makes enough of a profit to meet his needs, and refuses to rip off his co-farmers and customers. I hope that slimy guy from Sharktank learned a lesson here. No one needs to make $6 per sale on every sale. Sometimes you need to make sure that you are doing the right thing to help people, especially if those people work so hard to support themselves and others.


Johnny Georges. From his public Facebook page.
Johnny Georges. From his public Facebook page.


That Painting Is Watching Me: Crazy stuff!! This article and photo gallery features the work of an artist who paints her subjects and, occasionally, their surroundings, before photographing them. Much cooler than the way I just explained it – check it out, and get inspired! What could you change about creativity that would be innovative and exciting!?

(AMAZING) pictures from article above.
(AMAZING) pictures from article above.



Full Disclosure: A refreshingly honest essay from on “why it’s a problem that writers never talk about where their money comes from.” While I don’t think it is always relevant to discuss (I don’t necessarily know if my doctor fully forged her own path, or if she got into medical school because she knew the Dean), I do think this becomes a big problem if those writers are dispensing advice (personal or professional) that is impossible for most people to follow if they don’t have the same resources. And we certainly should not dismiss someone’s talent just because they have connections or have received assistance – this can only bring someone so far – but those with connections should not forget the benefits of privilege. Overall, an interesting article on the things we do not often, but perhaps should, share.

Photo from article above which sites (Credit: Toa55, IJzendoorn via Shutterstock/Salon) (
Photo from article above which sites (Credit: Toa55, IJzendoorn via Shutterstock/Salon) (


THIS.: Another plug for Andrew Golis’ brilliant new social media platform. Check this(.) out!


This. picture is from the article above (NYT).
This. picture is from the article above (NYT).


*Please note that I’ve semi-arrived in 2015 and I’m not putting the suggested links into the body of my text. (I write “semi” because I think there is an even better way to do this that I don’t know about yet! Share!) Anyway, this is likely not revelatory to anyone else, and probably caused zero confusion, but hey – just in case you couldn’t find them – that’s where the links can be found!

Clippings: What I’m Reading This Week (1/19/15)

The Underrated Appeal of Tess McGill: A “panel” “discussion” of one of my favorite movies, Working Girl. (Highlight: “Speaking of romantic comedies, this movie is usually defined as one. But romance is really not the endgame in Working Girl. Tess isn’t looking for a man; she’s looking to put together a business deal. When Jack (a devastatingly handsome Ford) comes along, she initially sees him as a distraction. She falls in love with him because he’s the first person to ever see her as she wants to be seen: This tough, savvy businesswoman. In fact, the woman who spends the entire film scheming to get married is the antagonist, Katharine (played by Weaver). I love that adorable scene of Jack and Tess getting ready to go to work, but it’s significant that the final shot of the film is Griffith in her new office, alone.”)

Some serious Staten Island Ferry contemplation going on...
Some serious Staten Island Ferry contemplation going on…

Visual Aids: Here’s another breakdown, this time of infographics as a communication tool. This is from an older Harvard Business Review (April 2014), but if you’ve not already read it, check out this really interesting look at what makes a good infographic so convincing. Apparently, “the most compelling infographics… mine relationships among overlooked variables to tell you something unexpected and get you thinking.”

(from article above, HBR)
(from article above, HBR)

As Smart as You Look: Jessica L. Glazer, here, sharing with you a WSJ article on the things we often do to appear smart, the things people actually look for when trying to gauge your intelligence, and what really works if you’re attempting to come across as the next Girl-or-Boy Genius. (Hint: Sit up straight, make eye contact, and use a middle initial.) (Bonus: this article comes with an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand infographic!)

(from article above, WSJ)
(from article above, WSJ)

2,000 Calories by Lunch: This terrifying and fascinating New York Times features shows what 2,000 calories equals at a number of popular fast-food and fast-casual restaurants. It is pretty disturbing – until you get to the end and realize that cooking your own food can afford you a full day’s worth of meals for fewer calories than one milkshake from Sonic. (YEESH.)

(from above article, NYT)
(from above article, NYT)

Red, Red Resveratrol: A quick review of a recent study that shows that red wine contains enough resveratrol to “mimic” a workout. Don’t think about skipping the gym altogether, but this might be enough of an excuse to shorten your Friday night workout and make it to the end of Happy Hour! (Apparently, you could also eat pistachios or grapes to get the same effect but… nah.)

(photo from Men's Journal)
(photo from Men’s Journal)

Clippings: What I’m Reading This Week (1/12/15)

“Beer. Now there’s a temporary solution.” – Homer Simpson: Looking for a great beer bar in your area – or in a city across the country? Well, loo no further. Draft Mag has compiled their Top 100 list of the Best Beer Bars in America. Assuming your resolutions don’t have to do with drinking fewer IPAs, enjoy!

Max's; Baltimore, MD - Our old neighborhood... (Photo from article)
Max’s; Baltimore, MD – Our old neighborhood… (Photo from article)

Diner Dissection: As a native New Yorker, I was born with a love for any place where I could order egg creams, omelets, mashed potatoes, or grape leaves, any time, day or night. Every neighborhood had its own diner, and sometimes we would choose a location based on bar proximity, or which spot made better pudding. But diners played a pivotal role in my teenage social outings and is still a prominent part of my childhood nostalgic thinking. Here, Ed Levine breaks down what makes a diner – and which ones we should be visiting these days.

(Photo from article)
(Photo from article)

Leave the keys, bring an umbrella: Would you like your city to be car-free? Or a bit less car-ful!? This article highlights a few cities that are taking steps to reduce traffic and pollution. Would you leave your car at home for a free subway pass?


Clear Eyes, 3-D Printer, Can’t Lose: An amazing story about a husband who used 3-D printing technology to find an alternative to his wife’s possible craniotomy for the removal of a tumor. A true tale of love, dedication, technology, medicine, proactive measures, and perseverance – it’s amazing.

(Photo from article)
(Photo from article)

Go, go, go!: Places to go, people to see… The NYT on 52 places to visit in 2015! (PS: I love that Philly is #3!)

St. Vincent & The Grenadines (Photo from article)
St. Vincent & The Grenadines (Photo from article)

Clippings: What I’m Reading This Week (1/5/15)

Captain Crunch and Soybean Paste: Over oatmeal? Check out this article with a glimpse at kids’ breakfasts around the world. You may find yourself extra grateful for your Kashi and milk – or longing for miso soup tomorrow at 7am!


Photo from NY Times article - Link above.
Photo from NY Times article – Link above.


#IDNYC: I love this idea! Municipal IDs are a terrific way to get city residents more involved – and to share the wealth of a city’s cultural and artistic riches with the people who call it home.



Nerd Alert!: I. Am. So. Excited. For. Game of Thrones. In. IMAX. (I am way less excited to sit near GoT fans dressed in costume. But I’ll put up with it, I guess.)


Game of Thrones! IMAX!
Game of Thrones! IMAX!


Guilty children, depressed adults?: Interesting article from The Atlantic, exploring new research that indicates that the more guilty behavior people exhibit as children, the higher their risk of depression and other mood disorders later in life.

Photo from The Atlantic article - Link above.
Photo from The Atlantic article – Link above.


Throwback to a 2014 Favorite: One of my favorite articles from 2014 has recently been making the rounds again. I enjoyed rereading it, and thought I’d share it here:

Pamela Druckerman - photo from NY TImes
Pamela Druckerman -author  photo from NY TImes article – Link above

Clippings: This Week’s Articles of Interest (Week of 11/10)

PIN-terest: I love this article on a Baltimore hairdresser, Janet Stevens… who spends her evenings studying and replicating ancient hairstyles… and disproving long-held assumptions from archaeological scholars on how Greek and Roman women styled their hair. It’s amazing what can happen when people combine their skills and passions. As Ms. Stevens, says, “Whatever you’re most passionate about when you’re five is what you should do for the rest of your life.”


What we (should) talk about when we talk about Buzzfeed: Interesting thoughts on the future of Buzzfeed and the power of FacebookWorld from good friend and brilliant media expert, Andrew Golis.

Do something today that could make this list: While we’re on the subject of Buzzfeed and their C circle (see above article), here is a list of photos to brighten your day.

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Dinner and a (cooking guide) movie: I’ve always loved Mark Bittman’s cooking videos, and I’m happy to find that I also enjoy Melissa Clark’s videos, as well. The NYT recipe pages are quickly becoming my go-to how-to guides and Clark’s mini-lessons are simple, short, and amusing. My brother sent this recipe along to me (a not-so-subtle request for his next visit?): – and I’m planning to use this ice cream how-to this weekend:

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How you doin’?: Visit Barbara Fredrickson’s website to take her Positive Self Test. The quick online test looks at your strongest emotions from the past 24 hours to provide a snapshot of your positive : negative ratio. If you sign up through the site, you can also track your results over time. Fredrickson has found that a 3:1 ratio is needed for one to truly flourish. Not seeing the results you want? Look for assistance (a friend, family member, counselor, or trusted person) and take steps to improve your happiness and well-being! For suggestions, keep reading our page!

Clippings: This Week’s Articles of Interest (10/13/14)

Let’s Do Lunch: Tartines are one of my favorite foods to eat in Paris, yes, but also in my own home. And while I’ll never forsake grilled cheese, I do love both styles of sandwich; they make for such quick-and-easy, vegetarian-friendly fare! And they’re delicious! Here are some great recipes, perfect for a late Saturday lunch tomorrow afternoon:

Social Psychology & The Dinner Plate: Interesting article from Psychology Today covering Paul Rozin’s research on the psychology of nutrition:

The President and First Lady seem to love hugs, too!
The President and First Lady seem to love hugs, too! – p/c Scout Tufikijan/David Burnett

Happy to Hug: As a serial hugger, I was stunned to read about people who are so hug-averse that they will actually tell their students “don’t touch me.” But I agree that most people are, as the article notes, coming out of the “don’t hug” bubble – and are receiving affection with open arms. (Friday Fun: check out the funny Channing Tatum video that the article references)

Trusting Your Movements: Do you engage in any of the four “subtle gestures” that, according to the MIT media lab, read as “untrustworthy?” If so, take note, and practice stopping these behaviors in order to avoid having others judge you based on unconscious movements.

If you’d like to watch a short video about this research, click here:

Na Pali Hike - Jessica Glazer - 2013
Na Pali Hike – Jessica Glazer – 2013

Walk with Me: Did you really need another reason to go outside and breathe in the gorgeous autumn air? You did? Okay! Here it is! According to the University of Michigan – and all parents who tell their kids to get outside and play with some friends – “group walks in nature are linked to with significantly lower depression, less perceived stress and enhanced mental health and well-being.” Now, off the couch and out you go! Have a great weekend!

Clippings: This Week’s Articles of Interest (9/29/14)

Amazing Graze: I’m a big fan of grazing, often because then I get to taste a little of everything. Yesterday’s grazing included kimchi, a piece of muenster cheese, leftover alphabet soup, and some Talenti pistachio gelato (of course, every day should include gelato). In this article from The Guardian, Amy Fleming explores why we love to graze.

Off the Ranch: When I do sit down for a full meal (which is usually twice a day, though I’m slowing coming around to this “breakfast” thing), I often like to start with a big salad. But putting the wrong dressing on a salad can really ruin a good thing. To save your greens, here is a great article from Bon Appetit on how to build dressings for any salad. It does leave out my favorite for argula, however: an easy mix of olive oil, lemon juice, and freshly grated parmesan (like this):

Grande Social Inspo: Every so often, I get a Facebook update from someone I do not know. Clearly, I did know them once or, perhaps more accurately, I met them at some point, but their name rings no bells. I’m happy to hear that they’ve just become an uncle/run a marathon/made spaghetti for dinner, but our relationship really begins and ends there. Not this guy! When he realized he didn’t really know most of his Friend list, he decided to have coffee dates with everyone on it. Wishing him the best of luck and hoping he works in a few herbal teas to avoid the caffeine rush I used to get after long days of coffee with students. And while we don’t all need to schedule 1,000 visits to Starbucks, let’s all use this as “Social-Inspo” to put down our iPhones more often in order to focus on the people (who are or could be) sitting across from us.

The Danger of Un-rest: From The Atlantic, an important piece on the dangers of not being able to afford sleep: how our bodies are impacted by long-term sleep deprivation, and why those working grueling schedules are especially at risk.

Rides for Recyclabes: Brilliant idea in Beijing subways: rides for recyclables. Given that Beijing citizens are apparently better at recycling than most other city’s residents, it would be terrific to see this implemented in other locations:

Clippings: This Week’s Articles of Interest (9/22/14)

30-Minute Meals – or Slow-Cooker Creations?: How to be more efficient in the kitchen? “Invest time or work, not both.” From one of my favorites, Mark Bittman:

Dental Dilemma: Excellent article from The Atlantic on the issue of health plans refusing to cover dental care, how this proves to be a medical danger and financial roadblock, and why this needs to change immediately:

An iPhone Case for Superman: Currently trying to decide: should I get the (bendable) iPhone6, or wait it out with my (cracked) iPhone4? I’ve been waiting a while for the 6, but am not exactly delicate with my belongings and fear that I could take “bendable” to a new level. Maybe this Yale-generated, super-steel case could help? If not, it will sure make some fancy superhero gear:

Cupbearer Chopsticks: Innovations abound. I would carry these chopsticks with me everywhere!:

“In Daylights, In Sunsets, In Midnights…”A cool set of infographics, and a very interesting way to conceptualize our precious time. Hoping everyone is lucky enough to fill out all of their squares – or mindful enough to make each square they have really matter:

“…In Cups of Coffee”: A Coffee Guide Infographic – I will bring the cortado picture with me so US baristas will stop shouting back at me “WARM milk!?” and I can sip happily, imagining that I am back in Mallorca:

Clippings: This Week’s Articles of Interest (9/15/14)

Mental health research update: new study on schizophrenia indicates that it is not one, but a combination of eight separate genetic disorders:

Living ColorI am moved every time I see a collection of recolorized photos. Makes such an impact and helps history feel so much closer:

Lost in TranslationI love all of these words, especially “commuovere,” “luftmensch,” and “trepverter!”:

Typewriter PaintingAmazing feature on an artist with cerebral palsy who uses a typewriter to “paint” pictures:

HS Favorites Book Guide: Book suggestions based on your favorites from high school:

Lost in Translation, by Ella Sanders
Lost in Translation, by Ella Sanders

Clippings: This Week’s Articles of Interest

Some articles of interest from this week:

A fantastic article about a brilliant artist about to embark on what sounds like the best book tour of all time.

Excellent. On education techniques, testing, memory, fluency, and the art (and science) of learning to fail.

Want to be more productive and finish the workday by 530pm? Follow this advice from Cal Newport: embrace the idea of “fixed schedule productivity,” commit to these five research-based techniques, and don’t forget to put your To Do’s into your calendar immediately!

Helpful advice for pescetarians (like me!), vegetarians/vegans, non-stop meat-eaters, and anyone who likes to cook – 9 essential tools for cooking vegetables:

Already planning what to wear for your Instragram shots during your autumn apple-picking trip? Make sure you don’t do the following things when planning your orchard visit: