Monthly at PRI’s The Works, we each share our thoughts on something new (or just new to us) that we find inspirational, thought-provoking, or just plain cool.
|It’s Kind of Amazing
I’m super anxious to try this and may just peel all the garlic I have in the kitchen, I’m THAT excited. If you love garlic, and cook with it a lot, as Tom says (you’ll meet Todd in the video), the skin gets under your fingernails, your hands smell . . . but no more! Super easy trick . . . I’m going to go try it right now so I can say it works . . . OK, I’m back, IT WORKS and it’s AMAZING! You can see how to peel a whole head of garlic in less than 10 seconds by watching the video from Saveur magazine, featuring their executive editor, Mr. Todd Coleman.
|Simplicity is Diving Into Complexity
Steve Jobs will probably be remembered alongside Albert Einstein and Henry Ford as a visionary who revolutionized how we live in the present and future. He single-handedly made gadgets and devices lovable for millions of people around the world. I am truly inspired by how Apple invested and reinvested time and resources into their product prototypes. It is said they would create hundreds of iterations of each part within their products until they got it absolutely right. All of Apple’s products are dead simple on the outside but absolutely complex in the inside.
|Howard Goodall’s 20th Century Greats—The Beatles
As a musician and a self-professed Beatlemaniac, I find this video series incredibly compelling. Composer Howard Goodall makes the case for why the Beatles were among the best of the contemporary composers—classical or otherwise—and breaks it down into easy-to-understand nuggets of sound. Though the Beatles have noted their musical influences, it’s fascinating to see how much classical, church, and world music subconsciously affected their compositions. (Eleanor Rigby having basic elements in common with Paul McCartney’s choir-singing childhood? Awesome.)
|Decorating for the Holidays
If you need a spirit lift, try holiday decorations! It always seems to give the spirit a boost and put one in a better mood. Not only did the upcoming holidays inspire the motivation, but remember this? This is a surefire way to put you in the holiday spirit and it’s one of the most amazing things to watch! Read the background story on YouTube. Really fantastic! It makes me feel like the Griswold’s from the Vacation movies. More lights!!!
|. . . and 9 . . . and 10
I’m inspired by the ease of installation, and constant challenge of my new over-the-door frame, cantilever-mounted chin-up bar. Literally a quick warm-up on cold days. If I sound winded, it’s because I’m just getting to 10.
|The World Hasn’t Forgotten Them
I am inspired by the Muppets’ comeback. From relative obscurity it started with “viral” YouTube videos a few years ago, and extended to note-perfect parody trailers leading up to its release. The new Muppet movie finished the comeback with a $42 million dollar box office over the Thanksgiving weekend. The Muppets trailed only the ever-popular Twilight while beating other family fare such as Happy Feet 2, Arthur Christmas, Hugo, and Puss in Boots.
I’ve become a devoted fan of Bravo’s Top Chef. Before each new season, I’m skeptical about the new contestants. But, by the second episode, I’m always hooked! I try to avoid most reality shows, but this one is the perfect mix of charming hosts (love me some Tom Colicchio and Padma Lakshmi!), beautiful and inventive food, and great personalities of the “cheftestants.” I just can't get enough of watching passionate people using their talents to compete at the top of their game.
Fall and winter mark the beginning of decadent, warm, and sweet seasonal treats. Cookies, pies, cakes, and hot beverages—you name it I’ll consume it. My favorite thus far is the Starbucks Caramel Brulée Latte. It is a warm and delicious blend of espresso, steamed milk, and rich caramel sauce topped with whipped cream and soft shreds of caramel.