Digital Care Package: Part 5

June 11, 2020
How’s everyone doing? With businesses slowly re-opening across New York State (including us!), this will be our last Digital Care Package, at least for a while. We hope you’ve enjoyed perusing these as much as we’ve enjoyed making them. Thank you to everyone who reached out, and to all of you for sticking with us during these unprecedented times.

Productivity Corner

  • Did spring-cleaning leave you with a pile of stuff and nowhere to put it? The Thrifty Shopper has reopened several of their donation centers! Check their new hours here.
  • We’re pleased to announce that we are reopening the office for in-person meetings. If you’d like to schedule a meeting with your advisor, give us a call.

See the World
We may be stuck at home, but that doesn’t mean we can’t explore new and interesting things around the world! Here is a new, curated batch of fun sites to check out:

  • Food with a side of science and history. Gastropod serves up the hidden history of what’s on our plates. And with episodes every other week, it fits nicely into your podcast rotation. (122 episodes)
  • We’re all excited to get outside and look at, well, anything other than the inside of our homes. The National Parks Service can help. Parks are slowly reopening across country, and their website has a fun quiz to match their parks with your family’s interests. Road trip!
  • How many questions will it take this digital genie to guess what you’re thinking? For us, it took 24. This is a fun one!
  • The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam houses the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh in the world. This virtual tour is sure to leave an impression./li>
  • It can be seen from space – and now, from the comfort of your living room. We know, we’ve included a lot of virtual tours, but we just had to include this one of The Great Wall of China.

HighPoint at Home
Quarantine, especially with the addition of good weather, has been an excellent time to relax with a good book. These are some of the things the team has been reading recently. Do you have recommendations for books you think we’d like? We’d love to hear them!

  • AJ: The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company – by Bob Iger, Barron’s (Weekly Magazine/Newspaper)
  • Pat: Profit First: Budgeting for Small Businesses – Mike Michalowicz
  • Joe: Meditations – Marcus Aurelius, Gathering Assets – Nick Murray, The Future of Leadership – Joshua Medcalf and Seth Mattison
  • Sarah: Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong- and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story – Angela Saini, Sourdough: A Novel – Robin Sloan, Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics – Dan Harris (borrowed from AJ)
  • Chelsea: The Wedding – Nicholas Sparks

Comforting Cuisine
AJ’s Peach Cucumber Salad
AJ’s approach to cooking isn’t always recipe-driven. When it comes to making weeknight meals, he “stares into his well-stocked pantry for a long time until the ingredients speak to him.” As the occasional beneficiaries of his creations (he’s known for bringing leftovers into the office to share), we can all attest that this approach serves him well. But like all great home cooks, there are certain recipes he keeps coming back to. This simple summer salad, which he prepared for staff when we tested our BCP last August, is one of those recipes.
Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 1 very large peach, diced
  • ¾ pound Persian cucumbers, diced
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped mint
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped cilantro

Instructions:
1. In a medium bowl, whisk the lime juice with ¼ cup of olive oil and season with salt.
2. Add the shallots and let stand for 5 minutes.
3. Add the peach, cucumbers, mint and cilantro and season with salt.

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