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A Girl and Her Father

A Girl and Her Father

Soup au Pistou

Soup au Pistou

Contemplation

Sore Throat Solutions

Can You Give Us A Twirl?

Broccolini Flounder Bake

The Reality of Sexual Assault

World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day

How to Stock Your Pantry: The Essentials

How to Stock Your Pantry: The Essentials

National Pomegranate Month

National Pomegranate Month

More Than Cute

Mental Health Wellness Week

Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry with Black Bean Sauce

Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry with Black Bean Sauce

Addicted to Food

Taylor Swift and Anxiety

Taylor Swift and Anxiety

Essential Kitchen Equipment: Back to the Basics

Adele and the Reality of Growing Older

Maureen O’Hara—A Legacy

Maureen O’Hara—A Legacy

What Is Self Care?

Black Lentil Beet Salad

Black Lentil Beet Salad

Helping One Another

Helping One Another

Mental Illness Awareness

Women, You ARE Beautiful!

Women, You ARE Beautiful!

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Unconditional Worth

Unconditional Worth

Empowering or Disheartening?

Pappardelle with Roasted Winter Squash, Arugula, and Pine Nuts

Pappardelle with Roasted Winter Squash, Arugula, and Pine Nuts

Coping with Anger

Art in the News

Sweet Potato Salad

Sweet Potato Salad

Hurricane Prep

Hurricane Prep

Fashion Trends: The Knit Cap

Fashion Trends: The Knit Cap

Alone Time

Chicken with Artichoke-Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

The Arms of Irony

Focus the Mind, Reap the Rewards

Focus the Mind, Reap the Rewards

Chocolate Avocado Cookies

The Necessity of Silence

The Necessity of Silence

Recovery

Recovery

Service with Style

Vietnamese Grilled Steak with Portobellos and Mint-Cilantro Mojo

Family Illness And The Dog

The Social Media Phenomenon

Top 10 Vegetarian Proteins

Know Who You Are

The Body and Soul - 5 Ways to Relax

Dr. Wayne Dyer Lives On

Toasted Ciabatta with Shrimp, Tarragon, and Arugula

Music—It’s More Than Noise

Gluten-Free Not Just for Celiac

Life is Like a Roller Coaster

Friday, 07 August 2015 00:00  by Kristi C.
Summer time brings with it the excitement of theme park vacations. There are theme parks all over the world as amusement rides transcend cultural bounds. One of the most popular attractions at any good park is the roller coaster. Often they are billed as the biggest, baddest, wildest, most death-defying ride of the park. And, generally speaking, you will have to wait in line for your few minutes of thrills because they attract large crowds of thrill seekers. Roller coasters come in many types. There are wooden coasters, suspended coasters,…

Web of Despair

Thursday, 06 August 2015 00:00  by Kristi C.
This morning, as I was walking out of my house, I was lucky enough to find a giant spider web. It was a huge web that stretched 6 feet and was home to a fairly active nickel-sized spider. Over night, he had constructed his web and then he spent the early hours of the morning gathering the fruits of his labor to provide nourishment for his multi-limbed body. He had been very busy, judging by the copious amounts of tightly bound insects lined up. I found this particular spider web…

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Wednesday, 05 August 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
A recent trip to the newly renovated Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum reminded me of three things. One---the human condition is riddled with issues, maladies and puzzles, many of them unsolvable. Two---art provides breathing room and promotes mental health for both the artist and the consumer of art. Three---inspiration is everywhere. Located in the Upper East Side’s Museum Mile in Manhattan, Cooper Hewitt is the only U.S. museum devoted to historical and contemporary design, spanning 240 years. The story begins with Peter Cooper, whose granddaughters founded the Cooper Union Museum…

Danger Lurks in Your Closet

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 00:00  by Kristi C.
Women sacrifice so much for fashion. Don’t believe me? Consider, then the spike heeled shoes that were recently used as running shoes by leading lady Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), the no-nonsense corporate head and manager of Jurassic World’s dinosaur park. Believe me, if I were going to run away from a dinosaur, I would much rather be sporting my old, faithful Brooks running shoes rather than a pair of sky high Manolo Blahnik’s regardless of how fabulous they look. You know I am right but we aren’t here to talk…
You may only eat curry because you love the way the exotic flavor dances on your palate. But did you know its healing properties include blood sugar control, fighting cancer, managing cholesterol, and detoxification? Curry is actually not one spice, but a blend of spices often used in Indian food, which varies widely in its composition, depending upon the region of origin. The most common ingredients used in curry are turmeric, fenugreek, coriander, cinnamon and ginger. Mustard seed, cayenne pepper and cardamom are also used, and they all bring potential…

Amy Winehouse Lives

Sunday, 02 August 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
As too often in life, I discovered an appreciation for someone years after she died, and suddenly she is alive again, not only in my mind, but on the silver screen. Amy Winehouse, the British jazz singer-songwriter, came to my attention recently when my 12-year-old daughter learned one of Winehouse’s songs called “Rehab.” Although I’d heard and appreciated it on the radio, I never gave her an honest listen. Then on July 23, the fourth anniversary of her death, I read there was a documentary about her called “Amy.” When…
It came to my attention that July is Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Before it was declared in 2008 by the U.S. House of Representatives, mental health treatment and services needed more attention, as well as public awareness of mental illness in general, especially where minorities are concerned. I’d never heard of her until today, but I see that Campbell’s body of work, which included eight books, three of which became New York Times best sellers, seems to be almost entirely autobiographical, even her novels. That…

Bullying . . . How Do We Stop It?

Friday, 31 July 2015 00:00  by Gena P.
At the start of 4th grade, my son started a new school due to a move. I wasn’t really worried. He had played basketball from 1st-3rd grades so I knew he would know some of the other kids. He was a likeable kid who always made friends easily. I should have known something was wrong. He was missing way too much school. He was never one that liked to miss. He was afraid he would miss out on something. But as the new school year began, his frequent misses were…

I Was Never Happy Being Depressed

Thursday, 30 July 2015 00:00  by Kristi C.
When I was in my early twenties, I went through a severe bout of depression. I was sad and anxious all the time and struggled during social events. I chalked up my social anxiety to my introverted personality but for the life of me, I could not understand why I was always sad. I was young, healthy, and for appearances sake, I was happy. My dissatisfaction was more evident when I was alone. My thoughts would turn to irrational guilt. My mother had been ill so I was always feeling…

Illness Induced Depression

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 00:00  by Lori R.
It is widely accepted knowledge that your emotional state can affect your physical state. Stress and depression can cause high blood pressure, heart disease, indigestion and weight gain or loss. But it can also occur the other way around. People who suffer chronic medical illness can easily fall into depression and not recognize the symptoms as a separate illness in need of treatment. I have a close friend who is battling diabetes. It is a daily struggle for him to balance diet, exercise and blood sugar level while also feeling…

Is Binge Watching a TV Series Bad for You?

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 00:00  by Kristi C.
Game of Thrones has aired its last episode for the season and viewers have been left with an ice giant of a cliffhanger. Now, the waiting begins for next season. Unless, of course, you are one of those fans who has waited for the season to end to avoid the between episode wait. For those viewers, binge-watching season has just begun. Many people get so wrapped up in a television show that they are unable to avoid knowing how a cliffhanger resolves. These people have been known to sit out…

Cucumber Gazpacho with Shrimp Relish

Sunday, 26 July 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
Do you love soup, but abandon the whole idea as soon as outdoor temperatures crack 70 degrees? As one with an addiction to hot soup in the colder months, I absolutely need the heat to warm me from the inside out and to ward off depression. For me, eating hot soup is like therapy. However, being served a bowl of hot soup in summertime is about as appealing as a sauna when it’s 90 degrees outside. But my palate sure doesn’t care. In fact, I still crave the veggies in…

Be Your Biggest Fan

Sunday, 26 July 2015 00:00  by Kristi C.
It’s that time again! Class reunions are once again giving you the opportunity to meet up with many of the people you graduated high school with. For some people it has only been a few years, for others it has been decades. Imagine how it will feel to walk in to the reunion and remember all the good times you spent with your best friends. Across the way, you see your dearest friend from that time. As you rush across to her embrace, you start to shed tears of joy.…
Tuesday, the FDA took a bold step to ensure healthy food choices by banning the use of trans fats as a food additive. The ban is set to create sweeping changes to the way Americans cook and eat and is expected to be fully in effect by June 18, 2018. If you are curious as to why trans fats must be banned, read on for more information about the negative effects on both physical and mental health from consuming trans fats. Trans fats were added to foods as early as…

Mom

Friday, 24 July 2015 00:00  by Brittany F.
Do you ever go to sleep at night and wake up the next morning still feeling groggy and drained? You know that you have gotten your full 8 hours of sleep like you’re suppose to, but yet your body is telling you that you just need to go back to sleep. It makes it even worse when you know you have somewhere to be, an appointment to go to, the kids have practice or you have to go to work. By the time the day ends, you can barely stand…
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