Talent Crush

There are women who light us up with all that they are and all that they have accomplished. This is where you get to crush out with us.

Tammy Duckworth

US Senator Tammy Duckworth

Senator Tammy Duckworth is the consummate American hero. Her resume is so impressive it brings tears to my eyes. Duckworth served in the US Army in Iraq as a helicopter pilot. It was one of the few combat positions available to women. She suffered severe combat wounds and became a double amputee in 2004. After recovery, she went BACK into military service for another decade. She retired from the Illinois Army National Guard in 2014 as a Lieutenant Colonel. Read more

The Golden Girls

The Golden Girls

My mom used to watch The Golden Girls when it was on prime time in the late 80’s. My mom and my older son used to love watching  reruns. Older son is 22 and still watches The Golden Girls.  He loves it. Many people his age love it. There is a Golden Girls coloring book. What is happening?

When was this thing on the air? I’m going to go check, I’ll be right back. It ran from 1985 to 1992. There’s no way I saw any episode past 1989. At least I hope I wasn’t at home watching The Golden Girls with my mom when I was a senior in high school, but you never know. Oh man, it aired on Saturday night! I really, really, really hope I wasn’t home on Saturday nights watching Golden Girls with my mom.

I probably was. Read more

Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates

Everytime I hear Melinda Gates speak, or read something she’s written, I learn something new.   It was while listening to a short interview with Gates on Call Your Girlfriend, that I became passionately inspired to explore the concept of unpaid labor and the socioeconomic impact it has on women across the globe.

Gates was responding to questions from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 2016 annual letter in which they each discuss an area of foundation focus for the following year.  In this letter, Melinda Gates discusses the topic of unpaid labor in an incredibly engaging way.  If you’re confused about what we mean when we’re talking about unpaid labor, Gates does a terrific job of describing it, Read more

Ina Garten

Ina Garten

I chose Ina Garten to teach me to cook because she seems genuinely happy to be in her kitchen, talking about how to make food.  I know this seems obvious for a person who makes their living developing recipes, writing cookbooks and filming a cooking show, but there is just something about Contessa Garten that draws me to her process in a way most every other person cooking on TV simply does not.

Contessa Garten loves bread, cheese, her cookies are always delicious and she hates cilantro.  I hate it as well, it tastes like soap.  I love it when she recommends using the “good” version of an ingredient. At first I was nervous it would be expensive and then I realized it was Best Foods (Hellman’s) mayonnaise and not something she got from William-Sonoma that costs twenty-two dollars an ounce.  She insists making our own chicken stock will raise our finished dishes to a whole new level.  That being said, I don’t get the sense she would refuse to eat a dish made with box o’stock.   Read more

Tina Fey

Tina Fey

My older son once wrote on his Instagram profile, “I’m not real sure what goes here but Tina Fey, if you are reading this, I love you.” And I couldn’t agree with him more.

More than once, I’ve read and laughed my way through Bossy Pants, I’ve watched 30 Rock over and over, I quote Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on a daily basis. My favorite quote? “Last one to the bunker is the mother of whores!” Read more

Talent Crush

Talent Crush

 

By Felicia

Aileen is the funniest person I know. If I had to write about just one of her talents, it would be her ability to make me snort, on command. Texting has made this so much better. Now, I’m privy to her random insights all of the time, which brings me tremendous joy and also makes my kids roll their eyes when I snort in public (also a source of joy).
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