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[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 …

Book Clubs, Books »

[8 May 2015 | No Comment | ]
Book Clubs :: SOC Sista 2015-16 Short List

This is it! Below are the books my book club will be reading June 2015 – May 2016!
Go Set the Watchman by Harper Lee
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink
Dead Wake by Eric Larson
The Great Santini by Pat Conroy
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
The Violent Bear it Away by Flannery O’Connor
Run with the Horseman by Ferrol Sams
In addition, we’ve selected The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah as a companion book …

Justice »

[5 May 2015 | No Comment | ]
Justice :: In Action

A few years ago I blogged about a short film called The Candy Shop. Whitestone Motion Pictures wrote and created the film – a fairy tale-style storytelling of the all too prevalent sex-trafficking industry. At that time, I vowed to get involved, to do something, but I didn’t.
Fast forward more than four years, and I had a chance to re-immerse myself in the cause as well as learn about some others at the Wesleyan Women’s ALIVE 2015 conference. In one of the breakout sessions, Elizabeth Holmes accurately described what had been my experience with …

Book Clubs, Books »

[3 May 2015 | No Comment | ]
Book Clubs :: SOC Sista 15-16 Long List

It is that time again – the month when my book group takes a pause from discussing a book to research and pitch the next year’s selections. I love this meeting, not only because of the excitement it creates about the next year’s reading, but also because I know I’m going to come away with a long list of books now on my radar to read. (If you’re new to Lit&Leisure, I’ve written about how our book group selects books here, and about last year’s long list and short list as …

Cooking »

[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 …