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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

Essential Kitchen Equipment: Back to the Basics

Essential Kitchen Equipment: Back to the Basics

Thursday, 05 November 2015 00:00  by Charity C.
One of the most common questions individuals have when they want to get into cooking and refitting their kitchen is: What do I need? Essential kitchen equipment is a subjective question. It all depends on how and what you cook most frequently. But here's a look at the most common basic tools I’d recommend. Stocking a New Kitchen Cookware Saucepan with cover (2qt.-3qt.) Large sauté pan (10" - 14") Small saute pan (7"- 9") Stock pot (8qt. +) with steamer insert Cutlery Paring Knife (3½" -5") Chefs Knife (6"-8") Bread…
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Adele and the Reality of Growing Older

Wednesday, 04 November 2015 00:00  by Taylor O.
Adele recently announced that she is releasing a new album in the upcoming months. If you’re like me, you have been waiting at the edge of your seat for this announcement for 4 whole years. And the question on all her fans’ minds is: “Why has it taken so long?!” Well, as Adele says about the lateness of her new release, life happened! Most people—me included, unfortunately—simply didn’t realize that, even though Adele is an extremely famous person, she is still human, and she still lives life just like the…
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Maureen O’Hara—A Legacy

Tuesday, 03 November 2015 00:00  by Taylor O.
On October 24, 2015, Maureen O’Hara died in her home in Idaho. A famous actress from the Golden Ages of Hollywood, Maureen was in nearly all of the most quintessential films of that era—Quiet Man, How Green Was My Valley, Miracle on 34th Street, and the Parent Trap, to name a few. These films won film awards and Oscars. They have trickled through time and emerged as moving and beautiful as they were when they were first released. Maureen was not only a strong character in her films, but she…
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Black Lentil Beet Salad

Sunday, 01 November 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
For as long as I can remember, lentil soup, as opposed to any other soup, has been my soup of choice. My mother still makes it as a staple. Whenever I make lentil soup for my children, who thankfully appreciate the unique flavor of lentils---I flashback on a childhood of clean Italian cooking that shaped my attitude about nutrition and my approach to eating a well. Lentils, a type of legume, are a staple in many parts of the world as they have always been in my kitchen. I love…
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What Is Self Care?

Sunday, 01 November 2015 00:00  by Lori R.
A caretaker by nature, I have filled my adult years with making others happy. I’ve arranged countless activities, events and vacations, I’ve changed my passions to match those of my significant other, I have sacrificed time to “help” (probably enable) a friend who suffered from substance abuse, and I have otherwise compromised my own physical and mental health in the process. “Self care” was foreign terminology to me until recently, when I have finally slowed down enough to realize that I cannot take care of others if I don’t take…
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Helping One Another

Saturday, 31 October 2015 00:00  by Taylor O.
Whenever a friend comes to me and tells me about some emotional event that has occurred in her life—something that she needs help with, or that she simply needs to talk about—I feel my heart stretch out towards her. It feels like my heart grows so that it can accommodate her emotional needs, as well as my own. I want to help her face her problem head-on, I want to be there for her during her hard time, and help her get to a better place in her life. This,…
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Mental Illness Awareness

Friday, 30 October 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
In light of Mental Illness Awareness Week falling in October, the same month as Halloween, I’m surprised to see in the local news, NJ.com, to be precise, a story about two children’s costumes that show extreme insensitivity to the rather large portion of the public with mental illness. Considering an estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older (about one in four adults) suffer from a diagnosable mental illness in any given year, you might not expect to see the costumes "Gone Mental" and "Cell-Block Psycho," which are likely…
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Women, You ARE Beautiful!

Women, You ARE Beautiful!

Thursday, 29 October 2015 00:00  by Caitlin Y.
I read an article this past week about a woman that posted a photo of herself on Instagram. This isn’t breaking news, considering we are indeed in the age of “selfies.” However, this particular photo stood out to me. It was a before and after of a woman’s makeup transformation and the difference in the photos was incredible. 20-year-old, Ashley VanPevenage had an allergic reaction to her acne medication, causing her face to swell. She called on a friend (who happened to be a makeup artist) for help. She was…
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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
It’s easy for me to say I would never tolerate abuse, especially in what I rely on as my home base. But I’ve never been faced with it. I’d like to imagine myself so full of self-esteem and rage in a moment of a domestic abuse situation, that I would immediately strike back, or at very least, run for help and escape. But October was deemed Domestic Violence Awareness Month for a reason. And that is because so many women aren’t able to flex their self-esteem muscles enough to inspire…
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Unconditional Worth

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 00:00  by Taylor O.
It’s hard being a young girl in this day and age. It’s hard being anyone, really. But it’s especially hard being a girl. Young girls (and honestly, grown women as well) are endlessly inundated with “what’s hot” and “what’s not”, with how to make yourself look skinnier while simultaneously being the most unhealthy you have ever been. We constantly feel the need to be more than we are, to make ourselves feel like we are worthy of love and attention. There are fads all over social media, the internet, even…
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Empowering or Disheartening?

Monday, 26 October 2015 00:00  by Taylor O.
With the new Bond movie coming out in November, one has to ask herself, “Has the James Bond franchise really made an effort to move ahead with the times when it comes to portraying women in cinema?” Well, I at least have to ask myself this. And so should every woman who plans on seeing the new Bond movie coming out next month, Spectre. As we enjoy the inevitably entertaining film, we should all also evaluate the message that it is sending to the young girls and women of today.…
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Pappardelle with Roasted Winter Squash, Arugula, and Pine Nuts

Sunday, 25 October 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
So you’re trying to avoid meat. I know the whole story. The nitrates, the calories, your three-year-old New Year’s resolution, your cholesterol level and your family’s history of cancer. Can’t we just live in the moment? Apparently not. Most of us know it’s best to avoid meat, especially red meat, and preferably animal products, if you can help it. In the meantime, you may prefer to enjoy that same satisfying combination of flavor and bulk. Comfort food. But maybe it’s time to look to other foods for comfort, rather than…
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Coping with Anger

Saturday, 24 October 2015 00:00  by Taylor O.
Anger can be a debilitating emotion. It can tear down relationships with friends and family in seconds, be almost impossible to control without the right skills, and be a thing of strife in a woman’s life. It can induce someone to violent assault in one moment, and cause a lifetime of regret in the next. Anger is a difficult emotion to understand, and to be able to control. At Brookhaven Retreat, LLC we are encouraged to constructively use our anger. We understand that it is a part of our human…
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Art in the News

Friday, 23 October 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
My mother and I once worked together at a NJ daily newspaper. Those were the good old days of three-hour lunches and quick trips to the bathroom throughout the day to pow-wow with my mom. Talk about constant contact. We didn’t need to text. Actually, even back then (in the ‘80s) we had instant messaging on our computers. She was the art critic, among other things, and I was at one time a theater critic, also among other things. We got along famously and I was always proud of her…
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Sweet Potato Salad

Thursday, 22 October 2015 00:00  by Charity B.
Try this easy, healthy and delicious salad for a snack, side dish or full meal. This sweet potato salad is sweet, tangy, creamy and beautiful. Sweet potatoes are full of valuable nutrients such as fiber, which helps keep you full, with a burst of long-lasting energy. Having complex carbohydrates, like fiber, in your diet can even help improve your mood and energy level by allowing neurotransmitters like serotonin be manufactured in the body. This is helpful if you are someone struggling with depression or a fluctuating mood. It also helps…
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