“Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
—Maya Angelou, “Still I Rise”
Like millions around the world, I am mourning the passage of the incomparable Dr. Maya Angelou. Hers was an extraordinary journey from mute child to one of the most eloquent orators of our time. A remarkable Renaissance woman, she shared her legendary wisdom and life lessons with such poetic clarity and easy familiarity that we thought she was speaking directly to each one of us. And she was—many of us recite her words as mantras to give us the courage to take risks, to create art, or to open our fragile hearts; or to love ourselves as women, as African-American women, or as single mothers.
Have you ever wondered how the fortune cookie came to be served at zillions of Chinese restaurants? There are several fascinating theories about what inspired the modern-day version—each with its own compelling story. The only thing that seems certain is that the fortune cookies we enjoy today were invented in the United States. Some trace the concept all the way back to the 14th century, when China was ruled by the Mongols. Chinese revolutionaries needed a way to pass secret messages to each other without the Mongol soldiers noticing. According to the story, a Chinese patriot, Chu Yuan Chang, came up with the idea of hiding secret messages in moon cakes during the Moon Festival. Others...
(which is almost as badass as a dragon tattoo…)
Hello fellow wisdom seekers!
We here at Fortune Cookie Wisdom wanted to share with you our experiences during our first week of sales.
Our founder and owner, Kristen Golden, was out in Amherst, MA over the weekend catching the attention of returning college students and their families with an impressive display of FCW shirts when:
“Fortunes on t-shirts! I love this!” A petite woman in her mid-thirties rushed the table with her friend and several pre-teen girls trailing in her wake. “Can I show you something?” she asked.