MODI COMES TO THE WHITE HOUSE - The Wall Street Journal
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|Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Australia|
|Prime Minister Modi with School Children|
I will never forget the brave young wish kid that I met during the Clinton administration while at the White House. This kid, who was carrying the burden of a life-threatening illness, had been granted a wish to meet President Clinton. I would describe him as being somewhat of a sage, way beyond his 12 young tender years. I greeted him on the tour and we had a chance to talk. I'm not sure how our conversation started, but he must have sensed something in me that expressed a note of sorrow. He looked at me and stated very matter of factly, "The only difference between you and me is that I know when I'm going to die. You've got a problem in the meantime. Because right now, I'm going to live my life."
I am very excited to be a co-producer for The President's Kitchen Cabinet, an up and coming TV documentary. The final production promises to be an insightful and groundbreaking film that will peer into the personal and professional lives of African-American cooks who have served in the White House. I am collaborating with Adrian Miller- food writer, politico, attorney and author of Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time.
It was exciting to hear the shouts, cheers and generous applause that erupted in this year's ProStart Invitational Awards Ceremony. Students, parents and coaches alike were overjoyed for the 300 plus students who had worked so hard throughout the school year to finally compete at the national competition in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prostart champions hail from 46 states, territories and Department of Defense bases. This year's first place teams included Simon Sanchez High School from Yigo, Guam (culinary) and Rockwall High School from Rockwall, Texas (management). The top five winning teams for both culinary and management took home their share of $3.75 million dollars in scholarships
Today is National Pi Day, a day in which math lovers everywhere are celebrating the symbol of Pi π (not to be confused with National Pie Day that takes place in January). Pi π is the Greek symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant - the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter which is approximately 3.14159. Online shoppers can easily locate some sites that are offering deals or shipping for $3.14. The Professional Dairy Producers Foundation had a little play with "Pi" this week when they hosted a Pie Eating Contest to raise educational money for dairy farmers and producers around the nation. I was fortunate to be a contestant.
Pie Eating Contest finals capped Day One of the Professional Dairy Producers Business Conference in Madison, Wis. Pictured are Mike Hutjens, professor emeritus, University of Illinois; Winner Dean Strauss of Sheboygan Falls; Former White House Chef Walter Scheib, keynote speaker; and Keith Engel, GEA Farm Technologies.
|President Obama and Francois Hollande (en.wikipedia.org)|