I know you come here for your daily Savvy news, but I'm wondering where else you go. Every day, I comb through the business section of many news sites like Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Bloomberg, to name a few. I know sometimes the material can be a little dry, but since the major economic downturn, I can't help feeling that this type of news is more relevant than ever. Do your eyes glaze over the business section on these sites or are you an avid reader of finance news?
One of the main reasons I buy organic produce is to eliminate the risk of pesticides from my diet. Even with a good wash, I'm still paranoid that I can't get everything off. And since any produce — organic or not — is handled considerably before it makes it to the market, washing is a must. But the washing part has always been a bit confusing. Is water enough, and should it be hot? Does produce need to soak or spin? And, is vinegar or another type of produce wash needed?
Well, thank you, New York Times! This week, it published a story answering all of the above, and here's the skinny: first off, you better be washing that produce. In order to remove pesticides from produce, rub any fruits and veggies while rinsing them with tap water. Removing microorganisms like E. coli is a little trickier. For that, you'll need a vinegar-water solution: nine parts water to one part vinegar. To be on the safe side, clean any produce with a vinegar solution, then finish it up with a 30-second rinse under the tap. Done and done!
Savvy readers love local libraries, but what if that library went private? This is the reality that several public libraries in cities of California, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas are facing because of the latest takeover by L.S.S.I., a private company. CEO Frank Pezzanite said the majority of libraries were "atrocious," because the high level of job security makes librarians complacent. If the library runs like a company, their workers will have to be efficient or face the axe, just like a typical employee, Frank said. This move may seem drastic to people, but it has come about due to the financial struggles that libraries are facing. How do you feel about public libraries being run by private companies — is this a good or bad move?
When she was younger, Nui Davis tells the New York Times, she wished someday her prince would come. He did, in the form of an American man 24 years her elder.
Thanks to the low cost of living in Thailand, Nui and Joseph Davis live like royalty. But there's something else that appeals to Mr. Davis and the 11,000 foreign husbands living in Thailand. He explains:
"Thai women are a lot like women in America were 50 years ago,” said Mr. Davis, before they discovered their rights and became “strong-headed and opinionated."
But the women also have motives besides love. While the men, often retired and sometimes divorced look for emotional support, for women, marrying a Westerner brings money and social status. Perhaps not surprisingly, half of the marriages between foreign men and Thai women end in divorce.
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There is a fine line between genius and madness, and a recent New York Times article revealed that craziness works when you're an entrepreneur . . . just as long as you're not too crazy. Some of the hypomanic traits that some of the most successful entrepreneurs have are "grandiosity, an elevated and expansive mood, racing thoughts and little need for sleep." In fact it's not uncommon for some venture capitalists (people who invest in startups) to make potential investees take personality tests as part of the process of making sure that the founder of the company is mentally sound.
The whole crazy entrepreneur premise makes sense to me. Since entrepreneurs take such high risks in ventures that most likely have never been done before, they really need a strong conviction in the success of their startup. All you need is faith, and in the entrepreneur's case, maybe a little bit of delusion.
The consensus, or the New York Times, says it's Elaine — the more empowering of the two. Julie Louis-Dreyfus, who played Elaine, says the show's goal was for her to look feminine but tough. Elaine "didn’t have girlfriends. She was one of the guys," Julia said. "It wasn’t about trying to look sexy. It was about looking like a girl who pushes people around.”
Considering a lot of the young women sporting the boxy-floral look now are too young to have watched Seinfeld in prime time, it's hard to write it off as nostalgia. Fingers point to the current revival of early-'90s fashion and music as its impetus, but also actress and designer Chloë Sevigny. Oddly enough, she plays a polygamist on Big Love. Maybe it is all connected?!
More likely, it's designer Chloë contributing to the trend. Her 2011 resort collection for Opening Ceremony takes the boxy look and shortens the hems, creating the updated Elaine. Maybe it wasn't intentional, but now that the NYT has called it out whatever comes next will be.
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Here's an excerpt of what OnSugar blogger Tom Le from yoga off the mat has to say about the money-making side of the yoga industry.
Recently a friend of mine forwarded a recent New York Times article called A Yoga Manifesto. You can read it yourself, but I can sum it up for you by saying that it's about the commodification of the yoga industry and how a few grassroots pioneers are opening studios that move away from that idea.
I can't help but support the new wave of non-capitalistic yoga. I practiced with Rusty Wells for many years, and his new studio in the Mission, Urban Flow, is a great example of how a studio can be about YOGA . . . and nothing else (well, except a big fat yoga scene).
However, I thought long and hard about this article and have to play devil's advocate for a bit. There are two sides to every story, of course. And, as most of my friends will tell you, I am very opinionated!
The article talked about how yoga has become big business. A 2008 poll commissioned by Yoga Journal magazine concluded that yoga is now a $5.7 billion dollar industry (which, for those of you cynics, means millions of jobs have been created in the yoga industry).
The article also shed a negative light on Lululemon (a successful company that makes high-end yoga clothes), Manduka (manufacturer of a high-end yoga mat that costs about $100), yoga studios that charge $20 per class, and well-known "celebrity " teachers like Rodney Yee, Baron Baptiste, David Life, and Sharon Gannon.
To find out Tom's response to the NYT article and what he really thinks of Lululemon, high-priced yoga studios, and Manduka, check out yoga off the mat. And why not start your own OnSugar blog? Your posts could be featured here on FitSugar.
Maybe the purpose is to raise awareness and challenge the law, but even the article admits there's been no rise in citations. Fines and evictions are rarer than one-person households, so who really cares? All it proves is New York, like most American cities with Colonial roots, has nonsensical sex laws. Most people hear rumblings of these laws (three unrelated women make a brothel) while completing college applications.
The point, I suppose, is to point out an old, silly law. But when it's reported like news, complete with earnest quotes, like "To pack unrelated people in an apartment? I don’t think it’s wrong," I just can't take any of it, the article or the law, seriously.
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