I love to cook – What Mom taught, I share with my boys

I love to cook! It’s a skill I learned early in life, thanks to Mom. I can’t remember a time I wasn’t her sous chef, unless one of my aunts was in the kitchen, too.

When I was about 10, old enough to stay home by myself during the summer, Mom would have me defrost the meat, usually chicken, when she left for work in the morning. Throughout the day, she’d call with instructions to season the meat, preheat the oven, start the rice or pasta and begin steaming the vegetables.

By the time she arrived home in the evening, dinner was served.

I didn’t know it then, but Mom’s daily instructions got me hooked on cooking, a passion I want to pass on to my own two boys.

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Suite Talk: Interview with Acacia Bamberg Salatti, Part 2 – Family, Faith, Leading, Following, Living and Dying

Acacia Bamberg Salatti

Here’s the second half of our conversation with  Acacia Bamberg Salatti, the author of “A Leading Actor Learns to Love the Supporting Role,” a deeply emotional and inspiring piece. Our talk with Acacia is a probative examination of the many issues raised in her article.

In case you missed to first part of the chat you can find it here.  As always we invite you to lean in, lean back and enjoy!

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Poll: America a Fading Dream?

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A hallmark of the “American Dream” has been that each successive generation will enjoy a higher standard of living then their parts. For most of our nation’s history that has largely been true. However, as The New York Times reports in recent decades that’s changed. How do your compare to your parents and grandparents? That our poll and share your thoughts.

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Consciously Curated: Pause For Success; Slow Growth; Forgetting …

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Here is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to help you keep thinking good:

NY Times: Let’s Chill

“Working in 90-minute intervals turns out to be a prescription for maximizing productivity. Professor K. Anders Ericsson and his colleagues at Florida State University have studied elite performers, including musicians, athletes, actors and chess players. In each of these fields, Dr. Ericsson found that the best performers typically practice in uninterrupted sessions that last no more than 90 minutes. They begin in the morning, take a break between sessions, and rarely work for more than four and a half hours in any given day.”

Thinking Good: Conduct Your Own Symphony

Dr. Speights gives us some practical insights on how to begin each day with purpose and focus, with an eye to setting the tone, tenor and tempo.”

YouTube: Can You Figure Out the Mystery Inside This Ad About High School Love?

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Suite Talk: Building an Intergenerational Legacy, Part 2 of an Interview with Lance Watson, Jr.

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Photo by Lindy Baker

On this episode of the Suite Talk we continue the conversation with Lance Watson, Jr., on building legacies that span generations, learning from our children and the importance of mentoring and being mentored.

A technology-enthusiast and social-media socialite, Lance is the founder of Heirborn, a non-profit focusing on cultivating what he calls the “three primary functions of leadership: teaming, technique and timing.”

For previous episodes featuring Lance, click here and here.

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Suite Talk: Legacy, Leadership & Generations – Part 1 of an Interview with Lance Watson, Jr.

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On this episode of the Suite Talk we feature a longer and more probing conversation with Lance Watson, Jr., who is on staff with The Saint Paul’s Baptist Church of Richmond, VA.

Charged with leading digital initiatives for this vibrant community of over 10,000 worshippers, Lance stands at the intersection of technology, communications and spirituality.

In this portion of the conversation, we parse the differences between succession planning and legacy building; the spiritual dimension of strategic planning and the benefits of intergenerational dialogue.

We’ve heard from Lance before and we’ll hear more again soon, but for now: Lean in, lean back and enjoy!

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