The Anti-Defamation League recently launched the Imagine a World Without Hate video and action campaign. Let’s all do our part to work towards this vision.
On December 2, Basque athlete Iván Fernández Anaya was competing in a cross-country race in Burlada, Navarre. He was running second, some distance behind race leader Abel Mutai - bronze medalist in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the London Olympics. As they entered the finishing straight, he saw the Kenyan runner - the certain winner of the race - mistakenly pull up about 10 meters before the finish, thinking he had already crossed the line.
Fernández Anaya quickly caught up with him, but instead of exploiting Mutai’s mistake to speed past and claim an unlikely victory, he stayed behind and, using gestures, guided the Kenyan to the line and let him cross first.
Good sportsmanship. Winning isn’t everything.
An amazing photography series and cultural exploration.
What kind of candy are you buying?
With Halloween around the corner, candy purchasing is once again surging. Fun and tasty, right?
For us, maybe. But, lots of chocolate production is unethical, as it uses excessive child labor and unfair working conditions. Before you buy, look for a fair trade certified label, so that your fun and tasty treats aren’t at the cost of a child’s unfair labor.
Here are some tips for good chocolatey treats to give away. You could also go the fruit route!
A Japanese collective is turning old phone booths into aquariums! I love how this repurposes outdated structures and breathes a new life into them rather than letting them rust and become unnecessary eyesores. (This sort of urban revitalization has appealed to me before, too.)
(And the winner’s e-mail address won’t be disclosed to the listserv — unless they want it to be.)
Are You Supporting Health Horizons?
Many of you know my amazing friend Laura, who I met 8 years ago in a pre-orientation program at Tufts University. A doer-and-shaker, Laura co-founded a phenomenal nonprofit called Health Horizons International (HHI), which seeks to build a new vision of primary health care and community health in the Dominican Republic. I’ve seen the programs and followed the organization avidly since its inception. I have a lot of respect for their approach, results, and plan for the future.
Today is Laura’s birthday (happy happy Laura!) and also the last day of her big fundraising push after stepping down from her Executive Director role last month. I hope you will join me in supporting her efforts. Organizations like these take off with selfless leaders but are only sustained through financial support that dually keeps dedicated, skilled leaders employed and passionate and that supports programs that ultimately are low-cost but have certain infrastructural needs. Your gift will have huge impact; feel free to email me if you need to be convinced.
Here’s to a fabulous organization and an even more fabulous friend!
Bret and Jemaine of Flight of the Conchords fame have worked with kids to create a song, “Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That),” completely to benefit Cure Kids in New Zealand. I was just going to post the song here, but I actually really enjoyed watching their whole process, which includes some fun references, tangents, and brilliant fundraising ideas from kids. Purchase the song on iTunes today.
There shouldn’t be a distinction between what’s healthy and unhealthy. Cooking and eating well, meaning deliciously and nutritiously, is not just an issue of access or cost — it’s also an issue of education and understanding, and our government has a responsibility to help with this transition. And as chefs, we have the responsibility to do our part both from behind the stove and beyond.
The good folks at CollegeHumor teamed up with nonprofit Malaria No More for “Malarious” (rhymes with hilarious…get it?), a collection of 24 short, original comedy videos starring more than 30 celebrities and comedians, to raise money for Malaria No More and help treat children in Africa for Malaria. The videos are available for a minimum donation of just $1. (Just like what Louie C.K. did, but for charity!) Some highlights include Nick Offerman reading a slam poem about bacon, Reggie Watts performing a special Mosquito-related song, and Ellie Kemper trying to criticize cute little puppies.
I donated and am slowly combing through the videos; they’re hilarious and benefit a really important, actionable cause. The trailer posted here is only the tip of the iceberg. Get on board: http://www.collegehumor.com/malarious
These masks that protect from the sun feel like overkill. Also, they’re kind of scary. Also, is it really comfortable to sit outside in them? Also, they have to be sold on the black market?
(Just another weird trend piece from the New York Times.)
(thanks for sharing Chris… hopefully it wasn’t a recommendation that I wear one!)
For the first time in Olympic history, all 205 countries participating will send at least one female competitor.
WOW. That took a long time, but I’m glad we’re there.