Community Is Essential For Veterans To Feel Connected

We spoke with best-selling author and award-winning filmmaker, Sebastian Junger on helping veterans transition and integrate into the US after being overseas.   His interview will be used in FourBlock, a career readiness resource to help veterans find their calling.

In addition to Junger, the edX online course,  Find Your Calling: Career Transition Principles For Returning Veterans includes Columbia Business School Business Professor, Sheena Iyengar, author, “The Art of Choosing,” and one of the world’s experts on choice, and best-selling author, “Start With Why,” Simon Sinek,

Junger’s interview is so powerful and timely we want to share a few of the video highlights below.  The other videos, equally powerful and informative, are embedded in the course and available for free for veterans and their families.  Learn more here. Continue reading “Community Is Essential For Veterans To Feel Connected”

Former African Taxi Driver Turns Her Successful Restaurant Over To Her Sons

Masswana Restaurant Manager, Yohanes Tekestes, on his parents exodus from conflict-ridden Eritrea to taking the reigns of the family business.  

Almaz Ghebrezgabher, Co-Owner, Massawa Restaurant, is feeling a great sense of relief.  After 30 years of cooking and managing the East African, Massawa Restaurant, with her husband, Amanuel Tekeste, she is expanding the restaurant, and turning the business over to her four children.

She has trouble articulating her happiness and feelings of accomplishment but when we watch her on the video, we share in her joy.

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Shanghai Fashionista Dogs Flaunt Pearls, Matching Shoes and Outer Wear for New Year’s Lantern Festival

Conspicuous consumption is everywhere on the streets of Shanghai, China these days.  From the Prada, Chanel and Tiffany megastores to the ubiquitous Starbucks signs and McDonalds motorcycle deliverymen.

Starbucks, Yuyuan Gardens, Shanghai, China

It is hard to fathom this is the same China we associate with the dire poverty from just a few decades ago.  For sure there are the one percenters v. 99-percenters, and there is rural poverty in Western China, (unfortunately these is plenty of rural poverty in the US) but it seems that for some in the Shanghai middle class, things are better. One tiny example of this upward mobility are the clothes these dog owners buy for their beloved pets.   Continue reading “Shanghai Fashionista Dogs Flaunt Pearls, Matching Shoes and Outer Wear for New Year’s Lantern Festival”