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“Our community was hit first. Asian restaurants were empty long...

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“Our community was hit first. Asian restaurants were empty long before other restaurants. Even on the subway I could sense that racism was on the rise. On television one night there was a story about an elderly man who was collecting aluminum cans, just to survive. He was robbed and taunted. His bags were broken. His cans were strewn all over the street. And he didn’t speak English, so he couldn’t even ask for help. It broke me. Because in his face I could see the faces of all our grandparents. In our culture there is a tradition of: ‘Never speak out. Never ask for help.’ If our elders were suffering, would they even let us know? I decided to call a service organization focusing on Asian elderly, and I asked: ‘How many meals do you need?’ They replied: ‘As many as you can cook.’ We started preparing 200 meals per week in our little 300 square foot apartment. Moonlynn cooks beautifully and efficiently, so she lovingly banned me from the kitchen. But I still wanted to help in some way. So I found a black sharpie, and began to write on the plastic containers. Traditionally our elders are very reserved with their affection. I can still make my father blush just by kissing him on the cheek. But since I grew up in America, I have the privilege of being more direct. I found the traditional Chinese characters for ‘We are thinking of you’ and ‘We love you,’ and I wrote them on every container. I thought it was important to use the word ‘we.’ I never signed our own names. Because I wanted it to feel like a whole bunch of people, an entire community who cared. And before long that’s exactly what it was. We found ten restaurant partners within a half mile who helped us prepare culturally relevant foods. And over the past eighteen months Heart of Dinner has delivered 80,000 meals to our Asian elders. We weren’t able to personally write notes on each one. So we put out a call on Instagram, and 100,000 hand-written notes poured in from all over the world. We told people to go wild. Add as much character as you’d like. There were so many styles, and so many colors. But every note had two things, written in big, bold letters: ‘We are thinking of you.’ And ‘We love you.’”

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Belfong
6 days ago
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Touching story.. but the reality is that Asians are always being relegated as 2nd class citizens, no matter which country they are in.
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samuel
29 days ago
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Leaders love telling themselves this 1 insidious lie about burnout

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It’s time to get honest with yourself, for the health of your company.

In my executive coaching practice, one issue has intensified over the past year with nearly all of my clients: burnout. The COVID-19 pandemic has created some of the most trying situations leaders have ever faced. After over a year of managing in these circumstances, people in leadership roles are beyond tired; they’re exhausted. Many are also unsure of where or how to set boundaries on their time and commitments given the level of volatility and uncertainty in their businesses and industries.

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Belfong
9 days ago
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Something for us to think really hard about. WFH has blur the boundary of work and home.
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JayM
10 days ago
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Why are tech stocks are so expensive?

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Given the state of the markets, Tiernan Ray, a veteran journalist who has followed technology stocks for decades, tries to answer this most pertinent of questions. While reading the piece, you might encounter jaw-dropping statements like Apple stock is still undervalued despite being a trillion-dollar company.

Stock analysts started to value tech stocks by simply comparing them to other stocks. Almost everything became relative value. Now, once stocks become unhinged from the earnings power of assets, and become merely a comparison of relative valuations of assets, one has valuations that are all over the map.

Everything is worth not what the business generates, but rather whatever someone wants it to be priced at relative to whatever is similar that has recently been priced at whatever multiple. 

Where once tech companies reported merely revenue, earnings, and maybe an adjusted figure for earnings, backing out stock compensation expense, every single company now has a strange brew of reported figures. 

I don’t want to quote the whole damn piece. It is so good, and it is worth reading. Please do yourself a favor, and do it right now!

Read article on The Technology Letter

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Belfong
19 days ago
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A Photograph

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I took the most poignant picture of my life on Thursday. 

I was on the Interstate, driving down to pick up Eli 20.1, and there was a traffic slowdown due to a wreck. As I got closer, I realized it was serious--a small car (maybe a Mini-Cooper) had run up under a box truck, almost all the way to the trunk. 

I wanted to take a picture to show to Eli, because a somber discussion about how dangerous driving can be is always useful, so as I was going by the wreck at about 5 MPH, I just raised my phone and took a picture (barely even looking). 

Incredibly, the picture was perfect. 

I captured the truck and the small car almost in the center of the frame. I caught the back half of the stretcher, right next to a policeman. In the rear-view mirror were a fire truck and an ambulance. 

This would normally be the point where I show you this picture, because from a photographic and compositional standpoint, it's glorious. 

I can't show you, though, and here's why:
EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State University rowing team captain Olivia Long has died, the school announced. She was 20.

Long, a native of Lake Orion, died on Friday Aug. 27. According to the Lansing State Journal, her vehicle rear-ended a box truck in Ionia County’s Portland Township while traffic was slowed on I-96 due to another crash in Clinton County, causing her to suffer significant injuries.

Twenty. The same age as Eli. 

It's so hard for people to understand how far they can go in a second or two of inattention. The Interstate speed limit is 70, but almost no one goes 70. The standard speech on that stretch of road is much closer to 80, and in one second at 80 MPH, you travel 117 feet. That's almost forty yards in one second. 

And if you lapse for two seconds, you almost travel the length of a football field. 

It can be difficult sometimes to be fully focused on the road, but the price you pay if you don't is so horribly tragic. And everyone has to live the rest of their lives without you.
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Belfong
25 days ago
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A grim reminder to all of us.
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Dying in the Name of Vaccine Freedom

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You might want to take a deep breath or do a couple of laps around the house before watching this video about a community in the Ozarks with a very low Covid-19 vaccination rate. Here’s a sample. An ICU patient wearing an oxygen mask on why he didn’t get vaccinated:

I’m more of a libertarian and I don’t like being told what I have to do. I’m still not completely 100% sold on the inoculation.

Video narrator:

It was eerie to hear Christopher insist on his individual freedoms even as he struggled to breathe.

Can you hear me screaming all the way from my desk to wherever you are? I don’t like being told what I have to do?! Fucking hell. And this:

There’s no better place to see the impact of this political rhetoric than in the hospital. Only about 50 percent of the staff are vaccinated. None of the unvaccinated staffers were willing to talk.

Absolutely maddening. I want off this ride.

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Belfong
33 days ago
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Crazy people!
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What vaccinated people should know about their risk from the delta varian

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Belfong
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63 days ago
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