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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Panforte ... I need strength

February has been remarkably busy. I wanted to learn more about social media and delved into Pinterest and Instagram. Though, I still can't figure out why I'd want to Tweet. Even with more familiar things like Facebook and blogging, I find that there is still a lot to learn.

Next, I was invited to be on a panel at the International Women's Leadership Conference to be held in Belgrade in March. I have been gathering my thoughts about management styles and my perspectives based on 30+ years of practicing law and working at home and abroad. I had a few challenges getting some quotes from books I'd read long ago and then could not find. For example, after my new copy of Dragonfly arrived, I found my old copy, which had been in front of my eyes on the same old shelf where I thought it should be. I simply don't understand why I could not "see" it when I was first looking.

Getting my travel arrangements also proved to be a bit of a challenge, including being on hold with United Airlines for nearly two hours. The "helpful" recording suggesting I go to their website was particularly irritating since my issue could not be resolved on their website and a real person was absolutely necessary.

So much to do, so much stress. When I found Panforte at Bristol Farms I practically jumped for joy. Panforte, which literally translates as "strong bread," is a Tuscan speciality made of dried fruits, nuts, spices and covered in a light glaze. Better than fruitcake, richer than candy. Yum!  I also found a Spanish variant made of dates pressed with walnuts, called Pan de D├ítil con Nueces.
Coffee, walnuts, dates, cinnamon, almonds, nutmeg, cloves, figs. Now I am calm and happy again.  My strength is back.

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