...The Point Foundation. Point Foundation awards scholarships specifically to LGBT students. It provides both financial support and mentoring to at-risk kids who have been victimized or stigmatized because of their sexual orientation. When I spoke to a group of Point fellows in 2007, I was startled by their depth of knowledge, passion for learning, and analytical skills. I honestly felt like I was addressing tomorrow’s leaders, and it made me feel incredibly proud. I’ve been involved ever since then. ThePointFoundation.org
...Frank Rich. Sunday mornings cannot begin until I’ve seen what Frank has to say in The New York Times’ Week in Review section. His clarity of vision is unrivaled. He makes the world make sense, as depressing as that usually is. I curse, then I feel grateful he’s around, then I get on with my Sunday. NYTimes.com
...99 Ranch Markets. This West Coast chain of pan-Asian supermarkets is like a whirlwind tour of China, Japan, Korea, and Thailand. Browse aisle after aisle of hard-to-find ingredients, and you can plan a month of exotic meals. Take along a cookbook and your imagination. 99Ranch.com
...the Egg Genie. Best checkout-stand impulse purchase ever! The Genie prepares perfectly timed soft- or hard-boiled eggs—just pour in water and it buzzes when done. Conundrum: It takes more water to make two eggs than to make four; please explain. BedBathandBeyond.com
...Undertow. Director Javier Fuentes-León’s extraordinary debut film tells the love story of two Peruvian men and the wife of one of them. Emotionally stunning, with an elegance and simplicity that belie the filmmaker’s relative inexperience. A complex and beautiful achievement.