Photo by Edward Guk on Unsplash By Jillian Fraioli I worked for over two decades in professional kitchens and restaurants. There’s a phenomenon that you might not yet know about most chefs: when they’re in their own kitchen, they often don’t cook. Well, let’s look at that for a moment. They don’t cook much. They don’t cook fancy. They keep limited ingredients on hand. They know of every place in their town that delivers or serves food until 4:00am. And they eat there, often. In my experience, this is due to a few things: they’re at the restaurant too long, they’re too tired, they [...]
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By Stella Orange The grocery store was packed on a Sunday afternoon, resulting in a sort of grocery cart Grand Prix. Racers drove their metal carts down the aisles, vying for pole position. The intersections at the ends of the aisles were especially treacherous: not only did you have to keep your eye on the cart riding your bumper; you also had to time your entry into the turn just right to avoid collision with other carts. And there I was, in the bean aisle, standing still. I was contemplating my spouse’s request for what seemed like far too many [...]
Photo by Jeremy Cai on Unsplash By Juna Guetter In a world that celebrates giving, the aspect of receiving is often missed. Receiving isn’t a quality that gets much attention or the respect it deserves. It’s often buried underneath the pile of more honorable deeds like giving. There’s even a Biblical saying embedded in our cultural conditioning: “It is better to give than to receive.” And we’ve believed it to be true without question. What this creates is a world of stressed-out people proving to themselves and others that they are good based on what they do, how much they volunteer, how much they [...]
Photo by Heidi McLelland By Kristen Domingue Felicia Brabec’s inspiring life has its roots in being conscious and awake quite early in life to others’ pain and suffering. For those familiar with the deep empathy that calls us to service and holds the hands of our integrity to the fire when it comes to doing all you can to help, you’ll recognize familiar themes and find a comrade in arms in Felicia. What most inspired us about Felicia’s story is the way it takes into account the shaping influence of our childhood experiences. Too often we assume children and teens are [...]
Photo by Roberto Delgado Webb on Unsplash by Maria Sylvester, MSW, CPC “The beauty you see in me is a reflection of you.” ~ Rumi We are drawn to certain people for a multitude of reasons. One magical reason is that we see special traits or characteristics in others that we can’t quite yet embrace within ourselves. We are attracted because we sense new possibilities for ourselves in that other person. Maybe it’s the way a friend speaks openly and directly when you’re inclined to go undercover with your thoughts. Maybe it’s a friend’s wildly creative talents that you admire when you are not [...]
Photo by Jim Wilson on Unsplash By Bridget Baker TURNAROUND APRIL 2019 ISSUE OF THE BRICK MAGAZINE SUBMISSION: NOT SURE WHERE/HOW TO GET TO YOU WHERE YOU WANT TO GO? TRY A TURNAROUND! By Bridget Baker Do you have a dream — big or small — but you don’t know where to start? Are you inspired to create something that makes a lasting impact in the world, but you can’t imagine how you’d get there from where you stand now? When you plan a trip, you think of where you want to go first. You don’t concern yourself with how you’ll get there, you [...]