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Book Review: The Emigrant Edge

The Irish lilt is still on Brian’s words when he speaks, even after being in the United States for a couple of decades. As I listened to Dave Ramsey talk with him, I became inspired.

The United States is STILL a land of opportunity, and the book by Irish born, now U.S. citizen, Brian Buffini, illustrates how he started out with only his youth and under $100 in his pocket to become a leading real estate entrepreneur. He tells his story in his new book, The Emigrant Edge: How to Make It Big in America, and he teaches tips on what immigrants have that lead so many of them to be highly successful!

Amazon says in their review: “But Brian isn’t alone in his success: immigrants compose thirteen percent of the American population and are responsible for a quarter of all new businesses. In fact, Forbes magazine boasts that immigrants dominate most of the Forbes 400 list.” These numbers make me consider that the energy that comes from moving from one culture/system/place to another one sparks these people’s imagination and drive that leads to their success.

I have not had a chance to read this book yet, but I heard Dave Ramsey interview Brian and now I would like read more of his story. Brian doesn’t just want to tell his story, he teaches about how he became so successful…his journey…and he gives steps that we can do it as well. Check out his book:

The Emigrant Edge: How to Make It Big in America

 

Peace!

~Mary Hope

P.S. Thank you for stopping by! I insert affiliate links, such as Amazon, into my posts to share interesting books and products. If you buy something or start a registry, I receive income, for which I am thankful. So…

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Thank you again, and peace to you and your family!

~Mary Hope

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Tips on Teaching at a Catholic or Private School (You are entering a new culture…)

After student teaching at a public school, I found I fit better into teaching at private schools, so over the last seven years I have worked at five different private schools; two Catholic schools and three private Christian schools — one international, one urban, and one suburban. Private schools have a different culture than public school that that takes time to learn.

Have you started teaching at a private school? Want some tips on how to transition even more strongly into that school’s culture? Here you go:

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Jewish Proverb with a Side Order of Summer Flowers 🌺 

I came across a Jewish Proverb that says, “A mother understands what a child does not say.” Now that I’m a mother with a baby boy bouncing around inside of me (he woke me up this morning with his tap-dancing), I’m understanding this saying in a deeper way. I can sense a little of what my boy is feeling from his motions, kicks, and hickups; I’m excited to see his face and be able to read what is going on with him through his eyes and actions when he is outside the womb.

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Homemade Sushi Acceptable for Pregnant Women (without Raw Fish) 🍣

The first sushi I ate was handmade by a college friend and her mom back in 2005, and since then I have been hooked. Eating raw fish is not recommended for pregnant women, so I hadn’t eaten sushi since January until I made it last week!

Pregnant and craving sushi? Or trying to watch the budget and am not letting yourself go out for sushi? This is a recipe for people who desire tackling sushi rolling and saving money; feel free to experiment with which vegetables or canned fish to use. Check this out:

 

Sushi Rice:

1 cup. short grain white rice, cooked according to the directions, so it should be about 2 cups cooked rice

1 tsp. sugar

½ tsp. salt

5 Tblsp. Rice vinegar

 

The rest of the ingredients:

4 sheets nori (toasted seaweed rolled out into paper)

1 small cucumber

1 avocado

2 leaves romaine lettuce

 

Tuna Cream Cheese:

1 (5 oz.) can  tuna in water, drained

5 oz. cream cheese

1 green onion, chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

If you want this mixture spicier, try adding 1-2 tsp. wasabi powder and/or 1 tsp. soy sauce

Bamboo sushi mat, such as this: BambooWorx Sushi Making Kit – Includes 2 Sushi Rolling Mats, Rice Paddle, Rice Spreader |100% Bamboo Sushi Mats and Utensils.

Soy sauce and pickled ginger to serve with the sushi (some people also like wasabi).

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Basil Walnut Pesto

We bought a basil plant last week, and I harvested almost two cups of leaves this week to add to my homemade pesto! Nurturing this plant is making me so happy–I can't wait until the leaves grow full again and I can make more pesto.

This pesto recipe is for people on a budget, so if you don’t have pine nuts, walnuts will work as well. (You also could substitute pecans, if desired). Feel free to adjust nuts and oils to what you have at home, but this much pesto coated enough pasta for about 6-8 people.

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My First Time in Decades Without School on the Horizon: Transitioning Out of the School Calendar

The past two weeks I had more melt-downs than usual (Yes, I am 29-weeks pregnant and had to take two gestational diabetes tests to prove I’m NOT diabetic—and thank God, I am not); however, part of this has been from a grieving process of graduating from the school system without plans to return to it on the horizon. Ten years ago I graduated from undergraduate college, but I was planning on going to graduate school within the year. Today I realized that some of this sadness is coming from seeing many “Back to School” things here in the United States and not being part of it after either being a student or a teacher for the last 30 years.

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Book Review: A Book to Read on Your Honeymoon 

Need a funny book about marriage– book to read on a romantic get-away or just before bed? Melanie Shankle unpacks the “realness” of marriage in a way that makes you laugh and be releived that you are not the only one feeling crazy. Her book, The Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life, is filled with hilarious stories about her and her husband’s journey into marriage, including a story about a hunting trophy (I think an antelope head) trying to make a home on her wall…

 

A friend gave me this book at a bridal shower, with the advice, “Read this on your honeymoon… especially if you are feeling frustrated about something…” I did what she instructed, and even though Stephen and I didn’t have an explosions on our honeymoon, it was nice to have a book to get into during our down time.

Stephen and I are about to start re-doing our flooring in our house, so I think it is about time to read it again!

~Mary Hope

 

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P.S. Thank you for stopping by! I insert affiliate links, such as Amazon, into my posts to share interesting books and products. If you buy something or start a registry, I receive income, for which I am thankful. So…

— shop on  Amazon

–shop at my Etsy photo card/notecard/art shop: Trees of Transition Art & Design

–keep on reading this blog.

Thank you again, and peace to you and your family!

~Mary Hope