In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be "positive" all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.
For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F**k positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is—a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.
Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited—"not everybody can be extraordinary, there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault." Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek.
There are only so many things we can give a f**k about so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.
Flavors of Morocco
Thursday April 27, 2017
6.30 - 9.00 pm
Ashland Food Co-op
237 N First Street - Ashland
About the class
The history, culture, and geography of Morocco are all richly evocative. It is easy to imagine yourself sipping mint tea while sitting on a terrace in Casablanca or Marrakesh, or hiking the Atlas Mountains. The cuisine of Morocco reflects its Berber, Mediterranean, African, and European influences, with a generous use of powerful spices.
In this class, you will make some of the most acclaimed dishes of the Moroccan repertoire including: Couscous, Kefta, Harira, Tagine ... and more!
Join us for a fun cooking party Moroccan style.
In partnership with SAMS (Syrian American Medical Society) Northwest chapter, we would love to invite you to a Syrian Dinner hosted by Dr. Firas Salhi and his lovely wife Hanane at their residence. This event is happening to ease the Syrian refugees suffering especially in this time of need.
You will enjoy homemade Syrian delicacies, and entertainment, Kevork Murad a Syrian artist will be performing live painting, you might find enlightening information about what is happening with millions of refugees scattered all over the region. So please bring a friend, or let us know if you would like to help out and can’t make it.
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9217 NW Finzer Ct
9217 Northwest Finzer Court
Portland, OR 97229
The highest level of fine dining in Las Vegas
Our acclaimed signature restaurant, Twist by Pierre Gagnaire, is the only venue in the US where you can experience the extraordinary cuisine of Chef Pierre Gagnaire. Owner of several highly-acclaimed restaurants around the world, Chef Gagnaire has garnered three Michelin stars for his eponymous restaurant in Paris.
One of the most artistic and celebrated chefs in the world today, Pierre Gagnaire opened his first and only US restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas to rave reviews in 2009. The accolades continue today and most recently, Twist received the coveted Forbes Five Star award for 2017.
Located on the 23rd floor, the stunning dining room provides the perfect backdrop for Twist’s groundbreaking menu of classic French cuisine with a contemporary edge. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and a dramatic glass staircase leading up to a suspended wine loft, the restaurant’s most striking feature is arguably its lighting, which incorporates more than 300 gold globes designed to look as if they’re floating in the air across the ceiling.
There is a subtle but important difference between finery and decadence. And in a city like Las Vegas, known for being over the top in the latter category, it is a breath of fresh spring air to encounter a place that embraces the former with dignity and ease. TWIST by Pierre Gagnaire, located inside the Mandarin Oriental, is the oasis of stateliness and decorum in the city awash in excess. Housed on the twenty third floor of this stately hotel, TWIST overlooks the famed Las Vegas Strip with a quiet grandeur. While both the restaurant and the hotel it lives in are elegant, TWIST is far from being cold and aloof.
The almost whimsical entrance to TWIST begins down the hall from the elevator and hundreds of paper butterflies hanging from vines greet us as we walk in grinning. They signify a restaurant that while serious in their cuisine, is also not afraid to embrace the unusual side of things. We arrive slightly early for our reservation and are greeted by Matthias, the GM. Far from the snobby, pretentious maître d that Hollywood has portrayed for years, Matthias is friendly and gracious, smiling and chatting us up while he directs us to our table. Walking to the table I am stuck by the design of the space. Not overly large, but with twists (ahem) and turns, and carefully thought-out partitions, each table seems to be all alone in the restaurant. Overhead are single hanging bulbs ensconced by large, clear globes that as it gets darker and darker begin to look more and more like stars shining in the night sky. Matthias seats us on a small, private dais where we can gaze out on their incredible view of the Strip through the floor to ceiling windows, as well as see right in to their open concept kitchen. As the sun begins to set, the lights of Las Vegas begin to twinkle down below us, signaling the beginning of an evening not easily forgot.
TWIST is essentially a French restaurant, which sounds reasonable given that at its helm is famed French Chef Pierre Gagnaire, but it is so much more than your typical French cuisine. With a name like TWIST, one would guess that Gagnaire’s menu takes classic French food and gives it a modern flair. Not only that, but Gagnaire also showcases some of America’s finest cuts of meat, such as the California Wagyu Beef filet, Nebraska Prime Rib Eye, and Pennsylvania Veal Chop. Add in Gagnaire’s penchant for molecular gastronomy, views of the Strip from the twenty third floor, and amazing interior design, and you have the modern classic, TWIST.
ABOUT THE CHEF
Born in Apinac, France, Pierre Gagnaire is one of the world’s most renowned chefs. His excellent cuisine is often described as modern, although it is deeply rooted in the French cooking tradition.
The son of restaurant owners, Gagnaire began his career in Lyon before travelling the world to hone his craft. In 1976, he returned home to his family restaurant, Le Clos Fleury, where he earned his first Michelin star. He opened his first restaurant in 1981 in Saint Etienne, going on to win two Michelin stars, an achievement he exceeded in 1992 when his second restaurant won three Michelin stars.
Gagnaire moved to Paris in 1996 where he opened his eponymous restaurant, going on once again to win three Michelin stars. Since then, he has become Head Chef and owner of numerous restaurants worldwide including the highly acclaimed Pierre at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong. In 2009, Gagnaire joined forces with Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, to open Twist, his first and only US restaurant.
“Cuisine does not measure itself in terms
of tradition or modernity.
One must read in it the tenderness of the chef.”
American public schools often censor controversial student speech that the Constitution protects. Lessons in Censorship brings clarity to a bewildering array of court rulings that define the speech rights of young citizens in the school setting. Catherine J. Ross examines disputes that have erupted in our schools and courts over the civil rights movement, war and peace, rights for LGBTs, abortion, immigration, evangelical proselytizing, and the Confederate flag. She argues that the failure of schools to respect civil liberties betrays their educational mission and threatens democracy.
From the 1940s through the Warren years, the Supreme Court celebrated free expression and emphasized the role of schools in cultivating liberty. But the Burger, Rehnquist, and Roberts courts retreated from that vision, curtailing certain categories of student speech in the name of order and authority. Drawing on hundreds of lower court decisions, Ross shows how some judges either misunderstand the law or decline to rein in censorship that is clearly unconstitutional, and she powerfully demonstrates the continuing vitality of the Supreme Court’s initial affirmation of students’ expressive rights. Placing these battles in their social and historical context, Ross introduces us to the young protesters, journalists, and artists at the center of these stories.
Lessons in Censorship highlights the troubling and growing tendency of schools to clamp down on off-campus speech such as texting and sexting and reveals how well-intentioned measures to counter verbal bullying and hate speech may impinge on free speech. Throughout, Ross proposes ways to protect free expression without disrupting education.
Ross…makes a compelling case in Lessons in Censorship for the importance of according students free speech not only as a constitutional right, but also as a vital democratic practice. (Joan Wallach Scott The Nation 2016-02-11)
It is a revealing book about judicially sanctioned censorship… Well-argued and well-researched… Turn the pages of Lessons in Censorship and you will discover what it means for students to think freely and how courts have fashioned baseless arguments designed to squelch such thinking… Lessons in Censorship is a book that should be read and discussed by school officials at all levels of education. It is a work that should be pored over by school board officials and lawyers who represent school districts and college campuses. And its message should carry over into the memoranda and briefs that lawyers file to inform judges. (Ronald K. L. Collins Concurring Opinions 2015-12-07)
We teach our children to celebrate freedom of speech but what freedom do they have when their schools too often punish them for exercising it? Catherine Ross’s powerful and lucid exposé of the increasingly routine censorship of student speech is well worth our attention and concern. (Floyd Abrams, Cahill Gordon & Reindel, LLP)
A magnificent book. Catherine Ross has given us a beautifully written and original contribution to our understanding of the nexus of constitutional law, lower courts, and everyday life in our public schools. She persuasively demonstrates that schools and judges too often teach ‘lessons in censorship’ that threaten the First Amendment and our vital culture of democracy. (Erwin Chemerinsky, University of California, Irvine School of Law)
Every student, parent, teacher, and principal should read―and heed―the lessons about the First Amendment rights of students in this terrific and timely book. (Glenn Altschuler, Cornell University)
An extraordinary book. Ross offers the best account I have read about why we have free speech and why we value it so much―insightful and accessible. Beyond explaining what students can say, and how they can say it, and how limits have developed over the last ninety years, Lessons in Censorship powerfully argues that speech rights in public school are essential to the health of democratic governance―every concerned citizen must read this book. (Gene Policinski, author of the weekly column Inside the First Amendment)
In a new era of heightened demands for trigger warnings on collegiate syllabi and in campus ‘safe spaces’ about potentially disturbing speech, the book could not be more timely. (S. B. Lichtman Choice 2016-05-01)
[Ross] provides a convincing critique of the state of the law, an urgent warning about what students experience in school, and concrete suggestions for protecting student speech…Her book is an important reminder that censorship of students begins long before they get to college. (David Moshman Huffington Post 2016-05-24)
About the Author
Place all of the ingredients except the oil in a large bowl and whisk to combine. While whisking constantly, add the oil in a slow, steady stream until it’s fully incorporated. If not using immediately, refrigerate the dressing in a container with a tight fitting lid for up to 3 days.
Toss the salad ingredients: kale, sliced apples and almonds with the dressing and serve
When news breaks that a convicted murderer, released from prison, has killed again, or that an innocent person has escaped the death chamber in light of new DNA evidence, arguments about capital punishment inevitably heat up. Few controversies continue to stir as much emotion as this one, and public confusion is often the result.
This volume brings together seven experts--judges, lawyers, prosecutors, and philosophers--to debate the death penalty in a spirit of open inquiry and civil discussion. Here, as the contributors present their reasons for or against capital punishment, the multiple facets of the issue are revealed in clear and thought-provoking detail. Is the death penalty a viable deterrent to future crimes? Does the imposition of lesser penalties, such as life imprisonment, truly serve justice in cases of the worst offences? Does the legal system discriminate against poor or minority defendants? Is the possibility of executing innocent persons sufficient grounds for abolition?
In confronting such questions and making their arguments, the contributors marshal an impressive array of evidence, both statistical and from their own experiences working on death penalty cases. The book also includes the text of Governor George Ryan's March 2002 speech in which he explained why he had commuted the sentences of all prisoners on Illinois's death row.
By representing the viewpoints of experts who face the vexing questions about capital punishment on a daily basis, Debating the Death Penalty makes a vital contribution to a more nuanced understanding of the moral and legal problems underlying this controversy.