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My first Community-Supported Agriculture shipment

posted by Joshua on November 25, 2014 in Fitness, Nature
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I finally got around to joining a community-supported agriculture (CSA) deal. You pay for a share of a farmer’s, or group of farmers’ in my case, output for a season. You take on some risk the produce doesn’t come out well, but you pay less and get fresh produce. In my case they deliver it to my door.

I’m cooking a lot, and a lot more from vegetable, so I decided to risk getting overloaded with vegetables. Mostly I’m getting the vegetables everyone knows, like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and carrots, and I mainly cook them by frying them in olive oil, garlic, and onions to go into sauces. With a CSA, you don’t know what you’ll get until it arrives. So it will push me. Toward healthiness and creativity.

They emailed me yesterday to expect:

What’s in the box:
Brussel sprouts
Pac Choi
Winter squash
Green tomatoes

They don’t have the staff to substitute plants for the eggs, which I won’t eat, so I gave them to my doorman.

Here’s the rest, not counting a giant pile of some green leafy vegetable I don’t know what it is, but it took me a while to put it into a bag and into my fridge, so it was too much work to take it back out again. Actually, the green leafy vegetable in the fridge might comprise several species, and it adds about a quarter to a third more than what you see below.


Also, I ate one radish. And the four apples are in my fruit bowl. So there’s more. Plus the eggs. I don’t know how to cook most of it. I don’t know what several things are, like the giant purple bulb (a beet?) and the large yellow-white ball (a melon? a squash?). I can’t tell if I should eat the small green tomatoes or let them turn red. Can I eat the stalk the Brussels sprouts grow on? Which one is napa? I’ll have to look up kohlrabi. Why do they spell bok choi with a ‘p’?

All I know is that this is just the adventure I was looking for. I’ll probably bring some to my mom’s for Thanksgiving and let her figure it out.

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What happens when you develop empathy and compassion skills

posted by Joshua on November 24, 2014 in Awareness, Education, Exercises, Habits, Leadership
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Each exercise in my seminars teaches a fundamental, useful leadership skill. Collectively, when you practice them more than a few times, they teach empathy and compassion, two critically important skills if you want people to want you to lead them. With my one-on-one coaching clients I can see their empathy and compassion skills develop over[…] Keep reading →

Non-judgmental Ethics Sunday: Sorry, No One’s Sitting There

posted by Joshua on November 23, 2014 in Freedom, Nonjudgment, Tips
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Continuing my series of alternative responses to the New York Times column, The Ethicist, looking at the consequences of one’s actions instead of imposing values on others, here is a take on today’s post,”Sorry, No One’s Sitting There.” When my wife and I go to the movies, I typically buy a third reserved seat so[…] Keep reading →