“We’re encouraging people around the world to invite friends to buy the book, cook the recipes, and share a meal at our Global Dinner Party – Connecting through Food,” said Gelman. “In hundreds of homes, guests will be ‘talking’ to us about the stories and discussing the anthology as well as the food. We’ll post your videos, pictures, and comments on Facebook. Please join us.”

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Working hard on my Global Dinner Party. I hope all of you will host a dinner party in your home. Details on my fan page: female nomad. Click on Like to join, Events to host. All over the world we’ll be sharing travel stories, eating recipes from the anthology (Female Nomad and Friends), and helping to send kids from …the slums in New Delhi to vocational schools by purchasing the book. Still working out details.

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Rita Golden Gelman: Global Dinner Party

by admin on May 23, 2010

Working hard on my Global Dinner Party. I hope all of you will host a dinner party in your home. Details on my fan page: female nomad. Click on Like to join, Events to host. All over the world we’ll be sharing travel stories, eating recipes from the anthology (Female Nomad and Friends), and helping to send kids from the slums in New Delhi to vocational schools by purchasing the book. Still working out details.

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Today, the launching of the 2nd Annual ExchangesConnect Video Contest begins. Enter your original video and you will have a chance to win an all-expense-paid international exchange program from the U.S. Department of State!

Together with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, we invite you to address this year’s theme, “Change Your Climate, Change Our World.” Tell us in a video, 2 minutes or less, how you are making your community a better place and contributing to a healthier, safer, cleaner, and more peaceful world for all of us.

Click here to view the Secretary’s address and to see more details about the Video Contest!

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For those of you who are not aware that papers multiply spontaneously, I have two things to say. First, I hate you for not experiencing this evil phenomenon. And second, how I wish I knew your secret. The papers in my life expand exponentially.  As I write this, I can feel and hear them reproducing themselves like millions of lymphocyte cells endlessly and relentlessly reproducing themselves.

I am very much aware that you who are immune are part of a conspiracy to keep those of us who are plagued by this environmental disease from escaping its clutches.  Oh, you give us lectures and lessons and you tell us about numbering pages, using organizational software, buying special notebooks and files and sticky pads and sticky labels. So we rush out and buy the equipment…but it never works. Many of us have brief moments when the disease is in remission, but always it flares up again, like herpes or malaria.

Those of us afflicted need those of you who are immune. At the moment I have three of you who are trying to help. I really don’t hate you; I need you. Liz, Hope, and DeeNice. I do appreciate your efforts, don’t stop trying, but I confess that I’m secretly afraid you will all abandon me when your frustration peaks,  and then I will be left alone with a growing pile of disaffiliated papers, notebooks, recycled sheets and napkins and sales slips with scribbles on them. Surely it is a genetic thing. Just a few more generations and the fittest will survive and the piles of papers will disappear.  But meanwhile, don’t go away. I need you.

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I’ve been nomadding around the world for 23 years. I have one friend who tells everyone that I’ve slept around a lot. And I have. In huts, in palaces, in airports, in cabins. Most of those years have been filled with the joy that comes with connecting across cultures. Everyone should have a chance to discover the world, to embrace the differences between people, and to applaud the humanity that we share.  So let’s get our kids out there, shout it from the rooftops, Twitter it, set up a Facebook page.

Yeah. Sounds easy and logical. So why am I buried in papers, phone conferences, contracts, mission and vision statements, building coalitions, making lists, writing fundraising letters, and millions of other things I don’t thoroughly understand. I want to be out on the street, in the schools, making fiery speeches, rousing the passion of people who agree with me and convincing the ones who don’t. (I got good at that back in the sixties and seventies.)

Without a doubt, young people who experience an international Gap or Bridge Year will come home with a totally different perspective on life, the world, and themselves, having shared food across kitchen tables in Thailand, kicked a soccer ball in Argentina, plowed rice paddies in Bali, herded goats with the Maasai in Tanzania. Compassion, camaraderie , tolerance, humility, love are the by-products. And oh, the things that you learn when you cross borders!! There is so much that other cultures can teach us.

Patience, Rita. Keep plodding. It will happen. Follow the rules, jump through the hoops, do what you have to do to make it happen. There are so many really great people in this with me. It can’t happen overnight.  But it is going to happen. In a few years high school seniors will be walking the halls and asking each other where they’re going next year.

OK. Enough railing. Back to writing to foundations who will help us, to individuals who are volunteering their time, to organizations who will join in our efforts. It is going to happen; I know it will. Patience.

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For those of you who are not aware that papers multiply spontaneously, I have two things to say. First, I hate you for not experiencing this evil phenomenon. And second, how I wish I knew your secret. The papers in my life expand exponentially.  As I write this, I can feel and hear them reproducing themselves like millions of lymphocyte cells endlessly and relentlessly reproducing themselves.

I am very much aware that you who are immune are part of a conspiracy to keep those of us who are plagued by this environmental disease from escaping its clutches.  Oh, you give us lectures and lessons and you tell us about numbering pages, using organizational software, buying special notebooks and files and sticky pads and sticky labels. So we rush out and buy the equipment…but it never works. Many of us have brief moments when the disease is in remission, but always it flares up again, like herpes or malaria.

Those of us afflicted need those of you who are immune. At the moment I have three of you who are trying to help. I really don’t hate you; I need you. Liz, Hope, and DeeNice. I do appreciate your efforts, don’t stop trying, but I confess that I’m secretly afraid you will all abandon me when your frustration peaks,  and then I will be left alone with a growing pile of disaffiliated papers, notebooks, recycled sheets and napkins and sales slips with scribbles on them. Surely it is a genetic thing. Just a few more generations and the fittest will survive and the piles of papers will disappear.  But meanwhile, don’t go away. I need you.

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Well, I’m not climbing mountains in the jungles of New Guinea at the moment, and most of the people I meet have clothes on, and here in DC I don’t see a lot of saris or sarongs—but launching  “Let’s Get Global” is definitely an adventure.  I’m in uncharted waters and it’s both frustrating and exhilarating.

I love the passion I’m feeling. I am absolutely determined to change the country, to convince people that it’s important to have a global population if we want to be leaders in today’s world.  I mean, we can’t keep our young people inside the United States and expect world leaders to emerge.

Education—for everyone—has to continue beyond our borders. International experiences develop independent thinking, challenging situations develop values and self-confidence, and intercultural interaction inevitably yields respect and understanding………..and leaders.

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I’m giving two talks at the U.S. Servas Conference in Racine, WI, from the 9th to the 11th of October. Servas is a great group and all are welcome. Check their website. www.usservas.org I’d love to see you there.  One of the talks will be about my life; the other, about Let’s Get Global.

I’m also designing a workshop on helping women to step-out-of-the-box, break rules, stop listening to “them” and start listening to the voices within.   Have plan, will travel. Just working out the details.

I’m also talking in Alexandria, VA, at the CSIET conference on Saturday the 24th of October.  Which will be limited to members. B

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Rita Golden Gelman: I Like DC

by admin on September 28, 2009

I like DC.

I chose to settle into Washington because I felt there were organizations, colleges, movers and shakers that would be important contacts to have while creating a national movement. DC just felt right. As an outsider, I’m seeing the city with the eyes of a newcomer. It’s overwhelming. When I arrived at the end of August, I moved into a beautiful, quiet neighborhood.

Rita Golden Gelman stay in Washington DC for Let's Go Global

Rita Golden Gelman stay in Washington DC for Let's Go Global

Nearly empty sidewalks with strolling moms, young people casually dressed, dog walkers. Lots of jeans, shorts, tank tops, flip flops. I chose to rent a place in the middle of the action. If I walk just three blocks north from my apartment house, I pass the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, and the Capitol. Quiet and elegant.
Then a week or so ago, Congress returned from summer vacation. My neighborhood is suddenly filled with suits and ties and high heels, all carrying briefcases or small backpacks. There are lots of suits and heels in my building too. Apparently there are tons of congressional people who have their small city apartments in my buildings. You sort of know the ones in elected office because they smile and say things like, “How are you doing?” There’s a gym room in the building. Apparently that’s where people meet. When I move back in on October 12th, I’m going to begin an exercise routine. Gotta be good for Let’s Get Global as well as my body.

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