[16 May 2015 | No Comment | ]
Justice :: Nail Salons

Years before I heard Beth Cossin talk about human trafficking and the prevalence of it in nail salons, I contemplated the business viability of my favorite local nail salon. Here’s my question: I pay $20 for a manicure with gel nails and about $25 for a pedicure. Each service takes about an hour. When you consider deducting expenses, does this allow a sustainable margin? Is the salon making enough to adequately pay the person doing my nails?
Earlier this month New York Times published two pieces on the topic here and here. The journalist …

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[6 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]
Recipe :: Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad

So everyone knows kale and brussel sprouts are all the rage. I’ve been enjoying eating these salads out (though some have nailed it down better than others), and recently I thought, I can do that. I can make a kale and brussel sprout salad at home that tastes good and enjoy the health benefits at the same time.
I did a little research, came up with what I thought was the right concoction & hit pay dirt. The first time I made this, I knew it was a hit. Here goes:
Kale and …

Book Reviews, Books »

[28 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]
Book Review ::The Narrow Road to the Deep North

“A good book… leaves you wanting to reread the book. A great book compels you to reread your own soul,” says Dorrigo Evans, the lead character of Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North. There’s a whole lotta soul readin’ over here.
Flanagan said it is the book he knew he’d have to write if he kept on writing. For him, it is deeply personal – his father, a survivor of the horror the novel depicts. It won the Man Booker Prize in 2014 and fully deserves it.
Narrow Road centers around …

Miscellaneous, Movie Reviews, Out and About »

[21 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]
Movie Reviews :: Oscar Nods for Best Picture

Scott and I checked an item off our bucket list this year by seeing all eight Academy Award Best Picture nominations before  awards night (which is tomorrow for those who are wondering). While it has taken some careful planning, it has been fun and perhaps will become an annual tradition in our house. Next step will be hosting an Oscar party… but I digress.
Here’s my preference in order for Best Picture among this year’s nominations. Keep in mind, this is for Best Picture. (Liking a movie doesn’t make it a candidate …

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[1 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]
Recipe :: Hearty Vegetable Soup

The first time I told my husband we were having vegetable soup for supper he asked, “And what else?”
Now, this is his most requested recipe and an easy staple for winter months. I started making it in college when I lived with my brother and it was also a favorite of “the boys” – think D 1-A football players – so this is definitely hearty. A single recipe creates about 10 servings, and since there are only two of us, I typically freeze part of each pot, creating a great 5-minute meal for …

Book Reviews, Books »

[24 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]
Book Review :: Missing Person

Written by the 2014 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, frenchman Patrick Modiano, this brief novel takes the reader along the narrator’s journey to learn his own identity. What we know is that early in the Paris occupation, the narrator and several others left Paris. The narrator (presumably) also attempted to escape France altogether. In a sequence of interviews and visits to vaguely familiar locals, the narrator tries to figure out who he is and what happened just prior to his memory loss more than a decade before.
By raising more questions than …