Common sense

This is a series of PSA (public service announcements) from Common Sense Media about how our lives would probably improve if we had device-free family meals. Do you eat meals with your family? Do you have a device-free meal policy? Do you have the TV on when you eat? If you’re living alone, do you use your smartphone when you’re eating?

 

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The sister’s story

I found this on Open Culture, with more information and another video about the forgotten sister of one of the world’s most famous composers. The movie trailer is in French, with English subtitles. It came out in 2010. The French title is “Nannerl, la soeur de Mozart” and the Japanese title is 「ナンネル・モーツァルト哀しみの旅路」

A time capsule

This is the story of the oldest tofu shop in the US (in Portland, Oregon). It was started by a Japanese family in 1911. The article describes the family and the shop, and how both changed over the years. The war-time part of the story is particularly moving and an important history lesson.

“The Secret History of America’s Oldest Tofu Shop” (from Roads and Kingdoms)

I chose the title of today’s post from these line, towards the end of the article:

“As Ota’s new Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese customers acclimate to American foodways, they tend to come in less frequently. But for immigrants, language and food are like time capsules; by maintaining traditional recipes and techniques as the city rapidly changes around them, Ota Tofu honors this.