Category Archives: Articles

Hot Day Cool

It’s getting up there on the thermometer these days.  While I spend most of my day in air conditioning, I often think about what I’d be doing were I not.  Despite the warm weather (I grew up in the heat – 100 degree, what?!), I would certainly be spending my time outside – and perhaps even with a cold (or hot) treat.  I’ve rounded up some of fun links – what are yours?

Apparently, it’s hot drinks that keep us cool in the heat.

A new list of LA’s Best Ice Cream Parlors.

My good friend Claire’s wonderful tale of why she loves Sweet Rose Creamery.

A dairy-free alternative that looks like a cinch to make (if you have a blender + ice cream maker).

A fairly easy recipe for a light dinner on the patio courtesy of Giada.  (Need to try these!)

While I’m missing Jack’s awesome iced coffee, I recently discovered Peet’s new cold brew Baridi coffee.  YUM!

What about not having it all?

I have read a slew of responses to Ms. Slaughter’s article in The Atlantic, and this one seems to be particularly interesting.

Enjoy another boundary-pushing article – it will either push against your current ones – or open them.  Neither of which is right or wrong, if it’s right for you.

Why Women Still Can’t Have It All…Or Can We?

Last week I started to see a few posts on Twitter, from reputable sources, about an article in The Atlantic titled, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.”  I have always aimed high – and since my parents never reinforced gender roles and careers, I set my sights high.  In my lifetime, I have wanted to be a pediatrician, mechanical engineer, news broadcaster, Supreme Court Justice, marine biologist – just to name a few.  As I moved through different levels of schooling, it did become clear that being a woman, my career choices would involve asking different questions than my male friends.  I am still understanding what all of this means for me, and couldn’t appreciate this article in The Atlantic more.  What’s also exciting to me, are the conversations that are beginning because of the article both among my friends and in the print media.  It is a long read, but I think you’ll walk away satisfied with your time sacrifice, to read the author’s experiences and advice.  I’ve also listed some links to other articles in response to the original.  Enjoy.

P.S.  This can be a heated topic, as everyone has a different experience balancing it all, and I truly believe there is no one way to be successful (although the logic in me tries to find it).  If you choose to comment here in response, please be kind.  We are all working towards the same goal.

Original Article in The Atlantic
Why Women Still Can’t Have It All

Response in the New York Times
Q + A with the Author
Elite Women Put a New Spin on Work-Life Debate

Half Full or Half Empty?

Great article in the NY Times today about the benefits of seeing the glass half full.  It’s harder some days than others to do this, but I am the first to admit, it definitely takes less energy to focus on the positive and problem-solve rather than the converse.  It also leaves me with more energy for the fun things, like cooking and spinning!  What do you think?  Do you think it’s a richer life seeing the glass half full?

Friday Food for Thought

I read an inspiring article today about some teenage girls, taking a stand for the healthy body image of young girls nationwide.  I love reading stories about individuals inspired to make a difference (especially on this topic)- and this story is just that.  Read it here.  What do you think?

Friday Food for Thought

Have you checked out Brain Pickings lately?  It is a wonderfully curated site, with some of the most interesting things.  This video of Noam Chomsky on the Purpose of Education is just that.  As a linguist myself, he holds a special place in my heart.  What are your go-tos for inspiration and food for thought?

Kids & Health via The Atlantic

The Atlantic has had some great articles this week about kids and nutrition, including this one.  Some of my favorite memories growing up are from family meals at home – I was notorious for my “and then” storytelling.  What are some of your family’s favorite mealtime rituals?

Celery Sweet 16

The NYTimes Food section continues to be a great source of inspiration for me.  Eating Well often centers an issue around one food and lately, the Times has been doing similar, featuring different articles with one food at its focus.  This last one by Mark Bittman, caught my eye, “Sixteen Reasons to Take Celery Seriously.”  Celery is definitely underused in our kitchen – pretty sure I only use it in tuna salad.  Of the 16 things Bittman suggests, I thought the salsa with finely chopped celery would be easy and interesting to try.  The salsa definitely takes on a different flavor with the celery, and it’s a nice crunchy change to the texture I’m used to in our salsa.  Scott thinks the Celery Raita looks good too, so I’ll have to try that one next!

Some tips

  • I used 1/3 cup celery to 1/2 cup salsa – and a few pinches of cilantro
  • We use Ortega Thick & Chunky Mild Salsa, one with more cilantro and onions might be a better compliment to the celery
  • To finely dice the celery – I cut each stalk in half horizontally, then made 8 strips (by cutting each half in half lengthwise, and each of these halves in half lengthwise) – then I diced
  • If you’re not into celery, but love mango, check out this salsa/relish recipe – it looks delicious and easy!

Turkey on Rye, a Physical on the Side

Did you hear about the doctor who offered cooking classes in the waiting room?  Okay, so this is not quite what one doctor is doing, but it is pretty close!  I love to see this kind of thing from other colleagues in public health.