Posted By Aimee Wilson - Occasions To Savor

In suburban Philadelphia at Delaware Valley College, a three-day symposium called The Precarious Alliance kicked off with a screening of the 2009 Academy-Award nominated Food, Inc.  As an alumni of Delaware Valley College (affectionately known as DelVal) and someone increasingly interested in sustainability and eco-friendly or planet-friendly practices, I eagerly signed on to learn more about the first in a series of symposia, our food system and how we adapt to a changing world.

I learned new nuggets of information today.  From the movie, Food, Inc., I had no idea so many products contained a corn derivative.  Also, I suspected workers who processed our food, particularly meat, would be affected by how mechanized the food processing systems are.  However, I did not realize the apparent disregard for the care of the product (e.g., animal for the meat) was also extended to the workers.

The highlight of the evening was hearing from the Director, Robert Kenner, who graduated from a Bucks County high school, fielded questions from the attentive audience.

Day two begins bright and early tomorrow.  I look forward to new insights on this timely topic.

 

Savor life's best,

Aimee


 
Posted By Aimee Wilson - Occasions To Savor

What a near impossible decision the judges on the Next Food Network Star had to make.  All three contestants in the bottom three have been inconsistent with a few moments of shining like a shooting star.

As a viewer, I have no idea how the final decision was made.  In my opinion, I think it came down to the camera challenges in which the two female contestants at least seem comfortable in front of the camera.  The eliminated male contestant typically turned off the charm when the camera was turned on.

However, I do not agree with this week's elimination.  Perhaps the coaching needed to help a contestant feel more comfortable in front of the camera is way beyond what the Next Food Network Star contest is about.  Helping the other two remaining contestants from the bottom three feel confident with their culinary perspective and worthiness will be much more difficult.  The next contestants to go will likely be one of the female contestants who dodged Sunday's bullet.

Savor life's best,

Aimee


 
Posted By Aimee Wilson - Occasions To Savor

Like most people these days, I filled multiple roles.  Sometimes, I fill multiple roles at one time like:

- Mother

- Daughter

- Sister

- Friend

- Employee

- Entrepreneur

- Client

- Social Networker

You get the point.

These days, when I am confronted with competing responsibilities or a situation where I am not immediately sure how to handle it, I take the modern day deep breath.  I separate myself from the situation either physically (e.g., moving away from the situation) or figuratively (e.g., becoming "invisible" so I can gather information or compose myself).

For example, if someone on a social networking site reaches out to you in a way that surprises you (this could include lots of positive or negative instances), I put it on ice until I can gather my thoughts to respond in the best possible way. Every now and then, I may remember to breath.  A deep breath might occur on that rare occasion.  Typically, I just take a modern day deep breath and get back to the person within a reasonably responsible and professional amount of time so I can fashion an appropriate response.

I have found some relationships strengthened and other relationships calmly reconfigured or severed.  I highly recommend it - that when the next pleasant surprise or unexpected disappointment occurs, take a Modern Day Deep Breath.

Savor life's best,

Aimee


 
Posted By Aimee Wilson - Occasions To Savor

It finally happened.  The contestant from the Next Food Network Star who struggled more with sharing herself and showing her personality than her food was eliminated this week.  What a shame!  Feedback on her food seemed fairly consistent.  However, she sat in the bottom three just the other week and her presentation during the Star Challenge seemed negative (definitely not something you'd want shared on a television show).

I believe the other two bottom contestants this week survived because they have had fabulous Camera Challenge presentations in the past.  In a way, they have redeeming quality regarding their ease in front of the camera.  My take is - Food Network could coach someone on how to be more comfortable in front of the camera.  However, they cannot coach someone on being themselves.

I liked the eliminated contestant.  Unfortunately, I do not know much about her.  That's why I titled this "If you don't know me by now".  We will not ever know her (unless she pops up somewhere else).

Savor life's best,

Aimee


 
Posted By Aimee Wilson - Occasions To Savor

Valuable lessons can be learned from mistakes.  I made a few mistakes when placing my content on websites that I did not have control over, like Ning groups and a blog provided through an association membership.  Also, I put an information line telephone number that I did not establish on my business cards.  The information line was disconnected before I finished passing out the supply of business cards. 

Now I am wiser and will only share the information from sources under my control.  Keeping the control, especially when providing information that is in the public domain must be a priority when you plan to engage in a long-term project.

Savor life's best,

Aimee


 


 
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