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I am constantly learning about new ideas and areas of research, and finding ways to bring people together to change how our society works for the better. This work stokes my creative fires and demands that I pay attention. I'm proud of having served President Obama and the American people while working on climate and science policy in his administration. He led with dignity, grace, and intellect, and the work we did represents the true importance of the future and future generations.
My mom inspires me every day. As a woman and a physicist of her generation, she accomplished a great deal while also being a wonderful mom. What I love most about her, perhaps, is that she's curious about everything, and she continues to learn and ask questions throughout her life, no matter how much she achieves. I'm inspired right now by the work of the writer Sherman Alexie. He has a bold, distinctive voice, and exudes a kind of authenticity and originality that it takes deep courage to express in our time. I'd like to see the true social cost to the next generation reflected in the current price of carbon-emitting energy sources.
If we actually incorporated the price we and our children will pay for carbon dioxide pollution in a changing climate in today's price tags, we'd unleash incredible creativity and find new ways to fuel our economy and design our communities and infrastructure. I loved and still love The Lorax. Want to learn more about Bina? Check out her website. Some are old friends who have offered new mentorship and support, some are fellow book people or entrepreneurs whom I've met through my work, and others are visionaries who inspire me from afar. I'm thrilled to introduce a few of them here.
I ask a lot of questions for a living. I think of myself as a translator of complicated ideas — through writing, editing, helping to produce videos, and planning events. This means I help pull together long-term projects in the news office, like planning the media activities around the end of the Cassini mission. Cassini has been orbiting Saturn since and on Sept. And then I figure out how to explain that to the wider world. This can be humbling — especially for someone who already felt like an outsider because I was an American History and Literature major among engineering, geology, planetary science, and astrophysics geniuses.
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When I went back to it recently to read it to my daughters, I realized that some of the roles for boys and girls were … um … dated. My professional background is in corporate social responsibility, and currently most of my time is spent as mother to a 5 and 3 year old.
The idea was simple: a philanthropic response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. A day of giving after two days of getting. That first year, , we had partners and it was mainly focused in the US. This year GivingTuesday currently has tens of thousands of partners and will be active in over 70 countries around the world. Watching how GivingTuesday has grown exponentially each year has been incredibly exciting and so inspiring.
This grassroots movement is built by individuals, families, organizations and communities who all want to come together and give back. It really showcases how generous people are and how creative the nonprofit world can be. It is so easy to measure philanthropic success in monetary value alone. One of the most challenging aspects has been not thinking about success purely in terms of the money raised. Each year we hear stories of how one small organization, community or family came together to celebrate this day of giving and I never want those stories to be overlooked.
One favorite example this year is groups of dads who will be coming together all over the country to help pack and deliver food to those in need. Another is an online drive to get people to sign up as organ donors. These moments of everyday generosity matter so much. It is amazing to have been a part of something that is really developing into a new national ritual. GivingTuesday is pushing its way onto the calendar too.
That really gives me a lot of pride. My husband, Henry. Shortly after our son was born we starting thinking about the world he wanted for our child. He took an idea that started at our kitchen table, worked with an amazing group of people on this idea and through that first year, as our son grew, so did GivingTuesday.
Time and again I am inspired by stories of people who see a need in their communities and take it upon themselves to serve, to give, any way they can. I am so inspired by the people who run Giving Tuesday campaigns all over the country. One great example is Dress for Success. Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. I have such wonderful memories of reading that book again and again with my mum.
From such a young age reading about the value in giving of oneself was very powerful. It also made me realize the value and reward of promises kept and taking responsibility. To this day, I truly hate when I have to break a promise to anyone. At 11 years old, I was outraged when I watched the Disney film and saw how they changed the ending! I create memoir-style comics. I write and draw my childhood memories to educate readers about my tribe, the Muscogee Creek Nation, and issues of diversity. I love how rich in meaning childhood memories can be.
Youthful experiences form identity. They also tell us how the world works. Sharing childhood stories can be a bridge to different perspectives. Everyone can relate to an awkward moment in middle school, even if our backgrounds are very different. Disclosing personal stories is difficult for me anyway.
I want to make sure there is a good reason to share. I feel a lot of pressure to tell the stories well! I am proud to be raising kids who feel free to speak up about what they are passionate about. My mother inspires me. My dad died when I was nine. From then on, she raised my two sisters and me on her own.
I think of her often when I parent my own three children. About ten years ago, she retired early from the rat race so she could pursue her dream: she travels around the country hiking and doing trail maintenance for the U. National Parks. It energizes me to think how she is spending her days! I struggled with this for a while because I thought I should choose someone more esoteric. But you know what? The answer is always Oprah. She gives really inspiring advice in an approachable way.
Seuss was a childhood favorite. You filled in the book yourself, answering questions. Early on, it got me thinking about identity. But other questions, like where you lived, were more personal. I remember thinking carefully about how to answer some questions. I'm a journalist and New America fellow, and since last fall I've also been teaching journalism to masters students at New York University.
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I lived in the Middle East for several years, beginning in , and, though I've been based in New York since , I still go back to the region as often as I can. These days, I take my children with me on reporting trips, which means I work a little more slowly than I used to. My six-year-old, Alice, still talks about the weeks we spent in the United Arab Emirates during Ramadan a couple of years ago. She loved the decorations, and getting to stay up half the night. My first book, Excellent Daughters, which is based on my reporting in the Arab world, was published by the Penguin Press in January.
I'm pretty shy, so I like having an excuse to talk to lots of different kinds of people. It sounds corny, I know, but I so love hearing people's stories, and it's such a wonderful privilege to be able to write them down and share them with readers. I can't write as quickly as some writers, and I tend to be a bit scatterbrained, so the constant deadlines are a challenge! My children, Alice and William. Alice just turned six, and Bill just turned three, so they're still pretty little. But they're both kind and helpful and hilarious, and really wonderful company.
My dear friend Amber Scorah is, hands down, the most inspiring person I know personally. She lost her first child, Karl, last summer, when he was only three months old. He died on the first morning she'd ever left him, at a day care center she'd selected because it was close enough to her office to allow her to continue nursing. It's the kind of loss most of us can't bear even to imagine. And yet Amber has refused to let it define her or her family. Karl's beautiful baby sister, Sevi, was born in June.
I watched "He Named Me Malala" on a flight recently and, even though I'd read her book and was familiar with much of the material covered in the film, I was so amazed and moved that I kept bursting into tears and having to ask the flight attendant for more napkins. They were the first books I ever read independently, and I read them all over and over again.
My favorite thing about my work is how rigorously and granularly it challenges and provokes me. Are you willing to expose yourself here—with the full knowledge that no one will ever notice? They feel like questions about my very self; and each tiny choice can become my accuser or champion. Walking the gauntlet of this soul chatter is my favorite thing about my work. But it is my favorite thing. Currently on display at the G Fine Art Gallery. These are tough questions! But there is one story that I keep coming back to.
When my grandfather was sick and in the process of dying, I flew home from where I was living in California to visit him in the hospital in New York. After spending the morning with him in his room, a nurse came to take my grandfather away for tests that had to be conducted in another part of the hospital. The orderlies wheeled him away. I inquired with the nurses and they directed me to where he would be during the testing. I was able to stay with him, chatting and holding his hand while his testing was completed. It was a very tender time, and I still have the piece of paper on which I scrawled the medical stats that were culled from that diagnostic hour.
It allowed for a precious time that I still feel lucky to have had. Ilyse has had a long history and career in lefty activism. And while I support and probably nearly always agree with her politics, it's neither her political positions nor her activism per se that is what especially inspires me. Ilyse spoke at this year's Democratic National Convention about her own abortion.
She has opened up publicly about about her struggles to have kids. Exposing and extending herself in these ways doesn't come easily for Ilyse; and in each instance took a tremendous amount of courage. That she did was profoundly affecting to me. I saw it as a call to action--to interrogate how the personal and political are entwined within each of us and how, in untangling those strands, we may each find something very powerful to grab onto.
I am in awe of the bravery she has shown in connecting up her own personal and political lives. And I am grateful for it. I'm also inspired by Ilyse because she is a deeply kind, warm and generous person. Ilyse has long worked in the muck of American politics. She doesn't get cynical. She doesn't get jaded. And she doesn't get mean. The tagline, for years, on her email has been a quote from Vaclav Havel: "Hope is a feeling that life and work have meaning.
You either have it or you don't, regardless of the state of the world that surrounds you. It's a marvelous quote, made only more marvelous because it comes from her. I'm not always able to maintain my hope, but the fact that I know Ilyse maintains hers makes me feel like we human beings are probably going to be ok in the end.
I'll leave it to readers to look up those names they may not recognize because I think they'll enjoy doing so. Oh, and one caveat: Some of these people I've met in a "I've-shaken-their-hand-after-a-reading-or class" kind of way. But I don't think that counts. Taking it out from the library, which I did probably upwards of 30 times, was like striking the motherlode each and every time. I am sure I made my parents experience a level of deep, soul-fatigue by my obsessive need to have it read to me. It's a delightful story of children left alone for the day.
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It's beautiful. The story is simple and the pictures are riotously joyful. I still love this book so very much. It was not at the top of my favorites list as a child, but it was in the canon. Another story of kids left alone--this time they are instructed not to wake up their parents until late Sunday morning.
Havoc ensues as the brothers cavort and try to keep quiet. The pictures in this book gnawed themselves deep into my aesthetic sub-conscious. They are nearly all in black silhouette with some splashes of blue. Wide white eyes peer out from bodies contorted in hyperbolic expressions of childhood--and sibling-hood. I thought about these pictures for years and years-- well into adulthood, despite the fact that I could not remember which book they were from. They haunted me and mesmerized me.
I looked and looked for them and wanted them back. Walker, Colored. It was revelatory. I felt like I was seeing a miracle unfold before me. And it is not a stretch to see a direct line between Hilary Knight's illustrations and Kara Walker's brilliant work. I knew then and now that having the DNA of those illustrations stamped into me in childhood made me open to Walker's work, which has been very important to me artistically. Picture books are important for so many reasons, not least of which because they contain pictures.
The books share an author in Judith Viorst. You can imagine the elation in the children's stacks when I discovered this. Our chef, Rachel Binder, and I came together almost 3 years ago to start to develop our menu and test recipes. I can't believe we have already been open for a full year! Connecting with people is definitely my favorite thing about what I do.
A lot of our customers are at the bakery every day and we get to be a big part of their lives. We have seen couples bring their babies in their "kangaroo carriers" last year and those babies are now kids running around the bakery with their favorite Padoca muffin. Q: What's something challenging about it? Padoca is at East 68th Street in Manhattan. Make sure to stop by if you're in the neighborhood; they make the world's best chocolate chip cookies! Building something from zero away from "home. I wanted to recreate that but also with something new. It took me 5 visas to finally get a permanent residence in the US and I think it's safe to say that you need a lot of resilience to run your own business in NYC!
Just to give an idea, the two startups he is involved with right now have nothing to do with each other or anything he has ever worked with before. One is an Israeli company named Gauzy in the privacy glass industry. The other startup is Tonisity, which makes the first isotonic protein drink for pigs.
You read it right: he is helping create this sort of Gatorade for pigs that makes them healthier and gives them a much better chance of surviving when they are little. Alice Waters. I love to see how one person can empower such great change in restaurants all over the country and abroad when it comes to being sustainable, seasonal, and buying local.
In one of her interviews she reminds us of how we should go back to "dealing with people and relationships on a human scale. One of the greatest memories of my childhood is my grandmother reading me Sitio do Picapau Amarelo translated as The Yellow Woodpecker Farm , a series of books written in the s by Brazilian author Monteiro Lobato. These were books that she read when she was a kid!! Pretty amazing how they are still popular. The books are often compared to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. They're fantasy stories that describe the adventures of 2 cousins while they explore their grandmother's ranch every summer vacation.
I still remember playing games inspired by their endless imagination! I'm an author, journalist and critic. For my sins I've always wanted to say that! Next up: "whilst! Ooh everything. Working out ideas over time; testing my convictions and revising them in a wide range of sometimes-bruising arenas. Also supporting my family.
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Same thing I like about it -- really taking in as a reporter and reader new evidence and opposing ideas and trying to let challenges to my thinking give me "grit" and resilience instead of Amazing harmony in my family life, after considerable upheaval a few years ago. Kevin Kelly, the writer, philosopher and co-founder of Wired, whose exuberant and kaleidoscopic prose, venturesome projects and technospiritual life are straight-to-the-veins inspiration for me.
And Ginia Bellafante, in a different key, who has a wonderfully sly style that, in her Times column "Big City," closes her subtle cases about urban life and conflicts before you know you're being persuaded. I create hair, skin and suncare products for the entire family. I try to instill values in my products and marketing that I feel are important to families.
I love the creative process. Having an idea and seeing it come to fruition. I like that subtle color changes or wordsmithing can change a product or message completely. It is all in the detail. I am most proud that I was able to secure a World Bank Grant to plant a field of strawberries in Paraguay.
I was a Peace Corps Volunteer and applied for funding to create an agricultural project for women. We had such fun growing these strawberries - a fruit they had never tried before! It was a gratifying two years. My father definitely inspires me. He is one of the most hard-working, caring people I know.
He is the most loyal and trustworthy person. He lives life with incredible positivity and vigor. Her story is so powerful because she wrote with enormous strength, beauty and maturity. She had a wonderful soul which is articulated through her prose. He follows the balloon throughout Paris which leads to many adventures and experiences with different people. See below for details. Of course you do; it's perfect for newborns or anyone with sensitive skin looking for winter skin care solutions! Signing up for our mailing list below will get you one entry. Hop on over to our Facebook page or Instagram feed thepicturebookclub for more chances.
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So it's no surprise we haven't solved these challenges yet. By mid, we realized that our approach — getting strong organizations to make strong commitments and supporting them with a suite of innovative opportunities to collaborate, learn, and access resources — was insufficient. Major challenges remained unaddressed, many simply too big for any one organization to solve on its own. To tackle those system-level challenges, we began to experiment with models to catalyze collective action to address large-scale shared challenges.
At the same time, we realized that we needed to identify and map these big, systemic challenges in order to deliberately and strategically address them. The hope is that we — and our partners -- can be more deliberate and strategic about how to overcome the barriers that stand in the way of meeting our ten year goal, so that when we reach it, we won't have to start the clock all over again. But shifting our work from the critical efforts to enlist, prepare, and support STEM teachers to getting underneath the big, system-level challenges that have made something as basic as getting great teachers into all classrooms so hard in this country is really hard.
Launching and leading a high-performing social-change effort while giving birth to and raising three little kids and nourishing a strong relationship with my husband i. She is She and my grandfather have been married for 73 years. She came to this country as a refugee from Germany just before World War II broke out, having saved her family from the Nazis. She met my grandfather at a USO dance, she a recent escapee from Nazi Germany; my grandfather working on radar, classified. In quick succession, they danced, fell in love, my grandfather got his deployment papers, my grandmother followed him to his base in CA, they got married, she got pregnant, and he shipped out on a boat to the Pacific.
She is whip smart but worked in a hair and nail salon to support her family, raised three children, became an amazing educator and artist, and eventually traveled the world with my grandfather, bringing us dolls, toy hats, and instruments from far-flung countries. I call her every Friday with my husband and three daughters and we sing to her, a song we sang to her mother, my great-grandmother, when I was growing up. We sing that she is a woman of valor.
And she sings along. I am one of those people who is inspired and moved by all kinds of people, so this is a hard question for me. I am inspired by the courage and fundamental optimism of the Black Lives Matter movement — that if we protest and take action, our country can get better. I am inspired by the glass-ceiling shattering of Hillary Clinton. One of my favorite things about running The Picture Book Club has been the people it has led me to. My blog is This Picture Book Life. My debut novel for young readers is called Zinnia and the Bees and will be published in the fall of by Capstone.
And I also help other kidlit writers with their manuscripts by offering critique services. The process of creating something is mysterious and hands down pretty great. I love having a story question and then going on a walk to think about it, recording brainstorms as voice memos. With process, you trust that if you wait and think and scribble and wait some more, the answers will emerge.
And my very best moments are sitting down writing when in the flow of things. Process can be really fun. Also process! My debut book is a manuscript I worked on for eight years in many different forms. Process can be really tough. She wore oversized red glasses. And she inspired me to study literature.
She made me feel seen and encouraged and like maybe I had some potential. And she was inspiring in other ways too: she was sort of a nonconformist and she found a profession that she loved while helping others. The writer Aimee Bender was an early and big influence on me. I love the way her stories combine magical realism with everyday life.
She is super smart and has an outrageous imagination. Her work is remarkably intelligent but still accessible. Shaun Tan , too, is outrageously imaginative and combines magic and strangeness with the real world. This is an easy one! Benjamin Dilley taught me that imagination is important and can if you trust it to be powerful , bring about change in the world. Your imagination is your companion. And it might even create something that entertains, that helps, that drinks up a flood in the basement perhaps a la that camel from the title!
Danielle says, "I love the work Reading to Kids does and have volunteered several Saturday mornings to experience the magic of reading and crafting with kids myself. Plus, each child who attends a reading club receives a book to take home. Q: What do you do? Where the Wild Things Are.