Classic books that I read decades ago

  • Gulliver’s Travels
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • Rapunzel
  • Robinson Crusoe
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • The Prince and the Pauper
  • The Secret Garden
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz


  • How to Grow Leaders by John Adair,
  • Leaders Who Last by Dave Kraft,
  • Leadership Is an Art by Max Depree
  • Leadership: All You Need To Know by David Pendleton and Professor Adrian Furnham
  • Next Generation Leader by Andy Standley,
  • The Accountable Leader: Developing Effective leadership by Brian Dive,
  • The Best and the Worst of Leadership: Essential Learning for Emerging Leaders by
  • The Catalyst Leader: 8 Essentials for Becoming a Change Maker by Brad Lomenick
  • The Heart of Leadership: Becoming a Leader People Want to Follow by Mark Miller,
  • The Servant and Leader by Robert P. Neusche,
  • The Trustworthy Leader: by Amy Lyman and Hal Adler

Book of Women in Leadership and Business

  • A Woman’s Guide to Successful Negotiating: How to Convince, Collaborate, & Create Your Way to Agreement, by Lee E. Miller and Jessica Miller
  • Ambition is not a Dirty Word: a woman’s Guide to Earning Her Worth and Achieving her Dreams by Debra Condren
  • Breaking into the Boys’ Club: 8 Ways for Women to Get Ahead in Business by Molly D. Shepard, Jane K. Stimmler, Peter Dean
  • Confident women: Start Today Living Boldly and Without Fear by Joyce Meyer
  • Every day Is Election Day: A Woman’s Guide to Winning any Office from PTA to the White House by Rebecca Sive
  • Expect to Win: 10 Proven Strategies for Thriving in the Workplace by Carla Harris
  • Fearless: How to Conquer Your Fear, Stop Playing Small, and Start Living an Extraordinary Life You Love by Nathalie Thompson
  • Her Place at the Table: A Woman’s Guide to Negotiating Five Key Challenges to Leadership Success, by Deborah Kolb, Judith Williams and Carol Frohlinger
  • Inside My Heart: Choosing to Live With Passion and Purpose by Robin McGraw
  • Leading women: 20 Influential Women Share Their Stories to Leadership, Business and Life by Nancy O’Reilly
  • Lean in, Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
  • Minnesota Women in Politics: Stories of the Journey by Billie Young and Nancy Ankeny
  • Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers by Lois P. Frankel
  • Off the Sidelines: Speak Up, Be Fearless, and Change Your World by Kirsten Gillibrand
  • Own it: Be the Boss of your Life, at Home and in the Workplace by Tabatha Coffey
  • Own It: The Power of Women at Work by Sallie Krawcheck
  • Stand up for your life by Cheryl Richardson
  • Strategize to Win: The New Way to Start Out, Step Up, or Start Over in Your Career by Carla Harris
  • The Ambitious Women by Esther Spina
  • The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance – What Women Should Know by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman
  • The New Way to Start Out, Step Up, or Start Over in Your Career Strategize to Win By Carla Harris
  • The Next Generation of Women Leaders: What You Need to Lead but Won’t Learn in Business School by Selena Rezvani
  • Through the Labyrinth: The Truth About How Women Become Leaders by Alice H. Eagly & Linda L. Carli
  • Unlimited: A Three-Step Plan For Achieving Your Dreams by Jillian Michaels
  • Unwritten Rules: What Women Need to Know About Leading in Today’s Organizations, by Lynn Harris
  • What Will It Take To Make A Woman President by Marianne Schnall
  • Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide, by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever


  • Do They Hear You When You Cry by Fauziya Kassindja and Layli Miller Bashir
  • Dreams from my Father by Barrack Obama
  • Hard Choices by Hillary Clinton
  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance
  • Hunger of Memory by Richard Rodriguez
  • I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb
  • I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali with Delphie Minoui
  • Not My Turn to Die By Savo Heleta
  • The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson
  • The Senator Next Door by Amy Klobuchar
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi


Books written by Nuruddin’s Farah

  • A Naked Needle
  • Close Sesame
  • Crossbones
  • From a Crooked Rib
  • Gifts
  • Knots
  • Links
  • Secrets
  • Sweet and Sour Milk


  • Basmati rice
  • Cinnamon rolls
  • Homemade injera
  • I love fettuccine cooked al dente and tossed in creamy alfredo sauce, garnished with parmesan and parsley
  • Pancakes
  • Salmon fish
  • Somali crepes
  • Waffles

Places I often Visit

I visit Lakes George, Munsinger and Clemens Gardens more often.

Places I love to see

  • Eiffel Tower
  • Great Wall of China
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Taj Mahal of India
  • The Pyramids in Egypt


  • Waffle-It
  • White Horse
  • Coyote Moon Grille
  • Star of India
  • Ciatti’s Ristorante
  • Kohinoor Bar & Grill
  • Panera Bread
  • Renaissance
  • Somali restaurants that have quiet and relaxing environment and staff are cordial and inviting


Dear John, The Notebook,  The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Runaways, 100 Girls, My Teacher’s Wife, No Strings Attached, Grown Ups, Romeo Juliet, Friends with Benefits, Bad Teacher, You’ve Got Mail, Sleeping with the Enemy, A Walk To Remember, Ever After, Pretty Woman, 10 Things I Hate About You, Crazy Stupid Love, The Proposal. Step Brothers. PS, I Love You. Message in a Bottle, Sleepless in Seattle, Running on Empty, Brokeback Mountain, Atonement, The Twilight Saga, Mean Girls, Remember Me, Pineapple Express, Johnny English, Get Him to the Greek, Listen to Your Heart, Just Married, He’s Just Not That Into You, She’s the Man, Barefoot in the Park, The Goodbye Girl, The Perfect Man, Jerry Maguire, Easy, When Harry Met Sally, Spanglish, My Boss’s Daughter, License to Wed, Crazy Heart, There’s Something About Mary, Runaway Bride, Love Happens, Notting Hill, Stranger than Fiction, The Love Guru, Maid in Manhattan, It Takes Two, The Lizzie McGuire, The Break-Up, Poetic Justice, Never Been Kissed, Mamma Mia, Norbit, Meet the Parents, Just Friends, Just Wright, The Wedding Singer, Memoirs of a Geisha, Save The Last Dance, Love Actually, How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days, 13 Going on 30, Wedding Crashers, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, A Cinderella Story, Bride Wars, Marley & Me, Coming to America, What Happens In Vegas, Dirty Dancing, She’s Out Of My League, 50 First Dates, Step Up, Just Go With It, The Bounty Hunter, Something New, The Lake House, Good Luck Chuck, Titanic, Tears in the Rain, Sweet November, Under the Tuscan Sun, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, Kissing Cousins, Flirting with Forty, The Wedding Date, From Paris With Love, The Tourist, G.I. Joe:, It’s Complicated, A Very Long Engagement, When In Rome, Don’t Tempt Me, The Book of Eli, Despicable Me, Letters to Juliet, Moonstruck, Serendipity, Cold Heart Canyon, Amalie, Moulin Rouge, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Four Wedding and a Funeral.



I love lilacs,