It’s the weekend – and you’re ready to start following your curiosity! Just in time, here are your Weekend Wonderings:
- Should you offer sympathy or empathy to a family member, friend or coworker? I hadn’t really considered the difference but a friend posted a thought-provoking video on her Facebook page. The short YouTube offering provides a great overview of the difference in these responses as described by best-selling author and researcher Brene Brown.
- As the media reports on the craziness happening around the world, are you finding yourself hibernating in the safety of your home, neighborhood or hometown? If so, Elizabeth Gilbert believes that you should rethink your decision. The best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love describes her travels as a single woman to a foreign country in a recent article for Conde Nast Traveler. Her experiences reminds us of the importance of exploring new worlds, whether it’s across town or a nation half-way across the world.
- In fall 2014, my friend Mara helped me out by designing the graphics for my dissertation. I asked her what she wanted in payment and she said a good home-cooked meal. It took slightly more than a year for us to get together for her “payment,” but she recently collected. By then, she had narrowed the menu options to recipes from Jerusalem: A Cookbook. This cookbook, which received great acclaim, is written by Israeli chef Yotam Ottolenghi and Arab chef Sami Tamimi, both of whom grew up in Jerusalem and then met in London. The recipes that they offer in their cookbook are influenced by the Christian, Muslim and Jewish cooks that live in Jerusalem.
- So what did I make for Mara? Lamb meatballs with barberries, yogurt and herbs. (I substituted cranberries for the barberries.) Her verdict: Wonderful! A copy of the recipe is available on the blog, A Seasonal Cook in Turkey.