I’m an entrepreneurial type who has dabbled in business start-ups over the years—all food related. Not sure how I got the foodie bug; my mother was not one to insist that I learn how to cook and I never expressed interest in learning (though years later I was glad to come across her recipe for eggplant parmigiana … mmmm). As a child I was a picky eater but somehow morphed into someone who always managed to eat more than anyone at the table. When out with friends I gladly accepted offers to finish what someone else couldn’t. Luckily for me, back then my metabolism wasRead More →

A few weekends ago a friend and I visited Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in the Broad Channel neighborhood of Queens. I’d long wanted to go—I never was able to make it whenever my cycling or hiking group had it on the schedule. According to New York City Audubon, the refuge covers 20 square miles of open bay, saltmarsh, mudflats, upland field and woods, two man-made brackish ponds, and small, freshwater ponds. Part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, it is a birdwatcher’s paradise. During our walk on what turned out to be a glorious-weather day, my friend told me about her experience applying to MorganRead More →

Each year City Harvest, which calls itself “the world’s first food rescue organization,” collects millions of pounds of excess food from restaurants, grocers, bakeries, manufacturers, and farms, and delivers it free of charge to community food programs across the city. The mission: To help feed the over one million New Yorkers who are hungry and malnourished. As a student of business, I found it interesting to learn how cost effectively this 33-year-old organization runs its operation and how it has extended its anti-hunger work with Healthy Neighborhoods programs. But here’s the thing about the food waste reduction movement you may not know: It seeks toRead More →

I’m an inveterate recycler. Direct mail pitches from charities and insurance agents, informational letters from my bank and retirement fund manager—anything with a blank side goes straight to the office paper pile for use in printing drafts for my everyday work. After appropriate identity purging, everything else is deposited in the recycle bin, even labels I peel from the aluminum cans I am, of course, recycling. When I worked in an office and before two-sided printers were an office staple (no pun intended!), I would put once-used paper back into the machine’s paper supply drawer (taking care to place it properly for another go onRead More →

Wunderkind I was not. (Per Merriam-Webster, wunderkind is someone “who succeeds in a competitive or highly difficult field or profession at an early age”; the reference is from the New York Times article that inspired this post, “Finding Success, Well Past the Age of Wunderkind.”) What aspirations to greatness I did have in my early twenties evidently were stymied by demons I didn’t even know I had. Still, I’ve done okay, even if the road has been bumpy and circuitous. That is why I so related to these stories of people coming into their professional own later in life—native New Yorker Lucille Shulklapper (writer), ErnestineRead More →