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Brookhaven Retreat Blog - For inspiration, growth & a fresh perspective.

Unlocking Mental Health—Gardening

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

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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Hurricane Prep

Wednesday, 21 October 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
For a couple of days before Hurricane Joaquin blew out to the Bahamas, and eventually to Ireland, I was on edge. Flashbacks of past hurricanes caused a bit of anxiety and even momentary depression. If you’ve ever had to deal with a hurricane-damaged house, you know what I’m talking about. Now that I’ve survived four hurricanes, three of which required evacuation and two that resulted in a house full of wet possessions, I know how to prepare. I know what’s realistic and what is out of our control. That’s not…
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Fashion Trends: The Knit Cap

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 00:00  by Taylor O.
With winter just around the corner, I decided that my wardrobe needed a little sprucing up. I went to the mall and shopped online for new things that I would be excited to wear this winter. And something I discovered that I never thought I would wear before was the beanie. I’ve seen them around, and just never thought, “Hey, I need one of those.” But after last year’s weird ice-craze here in East Tennessee, I decided that I might as well invest in something that keeps me a little…
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Chicken with Artichoke-Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Sunday, 18 October 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
Pesto is everywhere. But the most rewarding versions of pesto are those accompanied by something special. In this case, artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes make for a pesto dream-come-true, if you ask me. Food can, and should be, nurturing as well as nourishing, and I have always found this combination to be both. The soft texture and woodsy flavor of the artichoke has benefits beyond the unique aesthetic value of this delectable thistle. Considered a superfood, it has the power to detox your liver and lower your cholesterol. The ORAC method…
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Alone Time

Sunday, 18 October 2015 00:00  by Taylor O.
There is something so devastating about walking around in a crowd of people today. Whenever I look, wherever I am—in a restaurant, in the bookstore, in a coffee shop—I see people on their phones. No one is talking, no one is moving, no one is even acknowledging the existence of the person standing next to them. And especially, it seems, no one is actively trying to better him or herself. On each small rectangular screen, I can see images of social media loading, text messages sending, videos buffering. Occasionally, I…
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The Arms of Irony

Saturday, 17 October 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
A psychologist once told me during one of countless therapy sessions that we tend to do what our parents did. In other words, we often repeat their actions and their mistakes, and sometimes their successes, even if it required us to change the course of our actions and do better than we might have otherwise done. The psychologist and I happened to be talking about one such instance that made me deviate from my parents’ course. They had me when they were 19 years old, while I waited until my…
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Focus the Mind, Reap the Rewards

Friday, 16 October 2015 00:00  by Taylor O.
I have way too many hobbies. There are so many things that I love to do—read, write, draw, crochet, watch TV. Usually, you can find me with the TV on, sitting on the couch, either crocheting or doodling in a sketchbook. My husband has asked me multiple times in the past: if I’m not even watching the show, why have it on? But I prove to him—by reciting the last few lines from the show—that I am in fact watching the show. He doesn’t find it amusing. All this to…
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Chocolate Avocado Cookies

Thursday, 15 October 2015 00:00  by Casey H.
Replacing the butter in these cookies with avocado yields a much healthier alternative that will satisfy your craving for sweets. The cocoa powder and dark chocolate mask the avocado flavor, making a soft, sweet, and healthy snack everyone (including the kids) will enjoy! Tip: try replacing the butter in your favorite cookie recipe with avocado … it works! Ingredients: 1 avocado (mashed) 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla 1/2 c. sugar (or 1/4 c. white + 1/4 c. brown) 1/2 c. cocoa powder 1/3 c. flour 1/2 tsp baking soda Dark…
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The Necessity of Silence

Wednesday, 14 October 2015 00:00  by Taylor O.
For the past week or so, I have felt like I’ve been running on empty—as if my energy levels have slowly been depleting and nothing has been filling them back up. I found myself wanting to take more naps, or to just lounge on the couch watching Netflix (which isn’t a horrible thing to do, but enough is enough). And even my mood suffered. I have been getting snippier with my husband, day by day. Until it was obvious that he was carefully calculating what he should and should not…
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Recovery

Recovery

Tuesday, 13 October 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
Recovery isn’t always about drug addiction or alcoholism. As National Recovery Month is recognized in September, it occurs to me that we’re often recovering from one difficulty or another. Today, I’m recovering, but still suffering the relentlessness of a long yesterday in the hot sun that nearly knocked me over, even though I had water to drink and swim in. And once you’ve recovered from anything, whether it’s a cold or a difficult relationship, abusive work environment, or a traumatic situation, you may feel a sense of power, like you’ve…
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Vietnamese Grilled Steak with Portobellos and Mint-Cilantro Mojo

Sunday, 11 October 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
I love the word mojo as it refers to someone’s magnetic and dynamic energy, the kind that people gravitate to. I’ve been known to form an addiction to a person who displays the mojo I happen to be craving. That kind of relationship also has the tendency to morph into codependency, but I’m talking about the healthy kind of craving. What I didn’t know about the word mojo is that it also refers to the Caribbean condiment made with garlic, citrus and oil. This recipe could most definitely inspire a…
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Service with Style

Sunday, 11 October 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
My life of freelance writing is like a smorgasbord of experiences that I devour on a daily basis. One day recently, I answered a request to interview stylists at a hair salon for their website. Each stylist was delightful in one way or another, relating their life experience, empathy and compassion for people and how they offer it up at the Yanni Erbeli Salon in Red Bank, NJ. However, one stylist in particular stood out for his nurturing spirit and generosity, and made me sure I was there to help…
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Family Illness And The Dog

Saturday, 10 October 2015 00:00  by Gena P.
Family illness has resulted in my family’s recent move from our home to that of my in-laws’ some 40 or so miles away. Not my dream move by any means, but it is family. What more can I say? We are looking for a place of our own, nearby. Though it is my mother-in-law who is ill, my father-in-law suffers from deep depression. He has all of his life I have been told. I can see it in his face, his body, and day-to-day life. But I have seen his…
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The Social Media Phenomenon

Friday, 09 October 2015 00:00  by Taylor O.
Have you ever met someone after you already “stalked” him or her on social media? It is a bizarre experience. It is usually the case that they are far more than what they appear in real life. More adventurous, more creative, more interesting in general. The other day, I was at the other end of this strange phenomenon—someone recognized me from my profile. I was meeting some old friends for dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. One of them brought along a girl that she had just met. The…
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Know Who You Are

Thursday, 08 October 2015 00:00  by Taylor O.
My high-school story is pretty standard when it comes to the “coming of age” tales that are so popular nowadays. I was a little bit of a recluse back then, not fitting in socially or really even physically. I went to a school where it was normal to have fake-tanned skin and straight, blonde hair, while I had (rather unnaturally) pale skin and brown, curly hair. This, along with a few other things (such as the fact that I preferred books to people, and actually liked my schoolwork), led to…
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