The Power and Virtue of a Small, Unexpected Gift — Weekend Meditation

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When I opened my back door this morning, the first thing I saw sitting on the step was an old pot filled with some just-picked apples, an unexpected gift from my neighbor. Such a small, simple offering but immediately I felt a chrysanthemum of joy blossom in my chest like a tiny firework. A much needed tiny firework chrysanthemum of joy, for the previous day had been a difficult one.

This is the power of gifts, especially spontaneous ones that aren’t given out of obligation or ceremony but from a place of kinship. A gift that, in my case at least, spoke of welcome and belonging, and painted the moment a bright, encouraging hue. A true blessing.


Come Hear Kelsey Nixon Explain How to Be a Rockstar in the Kitchen at Our October Maker Talk — Maker Talks

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Maker Talks

When: October 7. Doors open 6:30pm, Event begins 7pm
Where: Subculture, 45 Bleecker Street (right by the 6, B, D, F and M trains)
Attending: 170 total tickets available

Join us in New York on Wednesday, October 8, as we get the inside culinary scoop from Kelsey Nixon, Cooking Channel TV personality and author of Kitchen Confidence: Essential Recipes and Tips That Will Help You Cook Anything. Kelsey has had a love of food her entire life and cut her chops as an intern for Martha Stewart and a contestant on The Next Food Network Star. Today she devotes her time to sharing simple ways for everyone to be a chef in their own homes on her show, Kelsey’s Essentials.

Additional presentations include:

  • Erin Scott of Yummy Supper
  • Ben Pare from The Cocktail Snob

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