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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

My Big Fat Bald Face Lie

Saturday, 05 September 2015 00:00  by Kristi C.
If you ask me about myself, one of the first things I will tell you is that I am, generally speaking, honest to a fault. That doesn’t mean that I am heartless and cruel. I will occasionally sugar coat the truth to protect feelings as necessary. I just very seldom intentionally lie. In the past, I have told my family members, bluntly, how they make me feel. I have answered questions about a particular haircut in a gentle, yet honest manner when the hairstylist obviously did not understand what my…

Vegan Cream of Celery Soup

Saturday, 05 September 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
I’d like to interrupt your originally scheduled snacking program and remind you of a vegetable often cast aside as a garnish, for instance, to buffalo wings or as a vessel for your favorite dip. I can’t urge you enough to take a look at what celery can do for you, then start eating more of it immediately. If you’re trying to lose weight, eat more celery. It’s full of water and contains only 10 calories per large stalk. Eat it raw, make soup out of it, add it to stir-fry,…

Coping with Anniversaries

Saturday, 05 September 2015 00:00  by Lori R.
As August 22nd draws closer I prepare myself to be mindfully supportive of my parents on the loss of my brother 8 years ago. It doesn’t seem like 8 years has passed since he took his own life. I remember when this anniversary date loomed over me like an impending storm, and this year I realize the extent of the healing I have allowed to happen. I even use my divorce date from five years ago as a passcode now, and I don’t cringe as I enter it in. Dates…
In Charleston, South Carolina, there is new energy in an old debate. Since the horrendous attack on a church Bible study group, the appropriateness of flying the contentious Confederate battle flag is once again being questioned. Also known as the rebel flag or as ‘Stars and Bars’, the controversial flag is associated with the rebellion and succession of the southern states during the Civil War. The flag, as a symbol is as divisive as the war through which it was carried. One side of the debate views the flag as…
Orange Ginger Juice

Orange Ginger Juice

Thursday, 03 September 2015 00:00  by Charity B.
Ingredients: 4 large Navel Oranges 1 inch of fresh Ginger root Directions: Cut or peel off the skins of the oranges (I use a knife to cut off the orange rind and leave parts of the white bits *-bioflavanoid bonus-* on the orange to make it go more quickly). Cut off 1 inch of Ginger root (or more — adjust to your taste preference). Note: Keep the peel of the Ginger root on it, unless it is shriveled then you can cut it off and still use the Ginger inside.…
Open Letter to Facebook

Open Letter to Facebook

Wednesday, 02 September 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
I feel an open apology coming on, one I’ve not had a chance to post just yet. Dear Facebook, There was a time when I called you by a derogatory name that involved another body part almost opposite of the face. You know which one I mean. I took that three-letter word and slapped it in front of the word ‘book’ and gave you a new name that I thought suited you better. It turns out I was out of line and I’m sorry and hope you can find some…
Mind-Body Connection: Low Blood Sugar

Mind-Body Connection: Low Blood Sugar

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
My husband told me something that nearly knocked my socks off, so much so that I have to share it. The day after a particularly heated argument (the kind that could make me believe marriage is the impossible dream), we both cooled off and talked about what had happened. It turns out he was hungry. Not the kind of hunger that prompts nonchalantly ducking into a café and ordering a snack, but rather hungry to the point of angry. But he hadn’t said so and therefore I had no idea…
Figs make a great snack, but only in moderation. Especially when dried, they are high in fiber. But whether you like them dried or fresh, they also contain B6, copper, potassium, manganese, and pantothenic acid. The bad news is that dried figs are high in calories, but it need not become a crisis if you eat them in moderation. Did you know that fig leaves (not unlike banana leaves and corn husks) can be used as a vessel for steaming? In this case, the fig leaf not only protects the…

Healthy Risk

Sunday, 30 August 2015 00:00  by Lori R.
I’ve taken some risks in my lifetime that I probably shouldn’t have. Well, I know I shouldn’t have done the things that risked my safety or my health to varying degrees. Riding at 100 mph on the back of a motorcycle with my friend Gino at age 16 was definitely ignorant. Jumping off the cliffs into the river in Nashville and tearing the earrings out of my ears was less dangerous but still foolish. As much of a risk taker as I feel I used to be, it’s funny that…

5 Ways to Recharge Your Battery

Saturday, 29 August 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
It is a fact of life that we all experience dips in our enthusiasm from time to time. It’s unavoidable as we all get hungry, tired, over-worked, stressed and frustrated. Some of us deal with depression, bipolar, PTSD, phobias, thoughts of suicide, substance abuse, prescription addiction, alcoholism, mood disorders and other challenges that keep us entrenched in anxiety, fear and self-loathing. Maybe you have none of those and still feel thwarted for one reason or another and need to recharge your battery. For the most part, I’m a positive person…

Defeating an Emotional Terrorist

Friday, 28 August 2015 00:00  by Kristi C.
In light of the upcoming holidays and the current global political unrest, the government of the United States has raised the threat level significantly for all holiday celebrations. The government has conceded that there are credible threats to safety and advised heightened awareness of suspicious activities, as political tensions remain strained. While global and domestic terrorists are very real, encountering one is, in reality, not nearly as probable as you might think. It is more likely that you already an emotional terrorist. In fact, one may already be part of…

Blueberry Almond Breakfast Quinoa Smoothie Bowl

Thursday, 27 August 2015 00:00  by Charity B.
Ingredients: For the quinoa: 1 Cup Quinoa, uncooked 2 Cups Vanilla Almond milk For the smoothie: 2 Cups Vanilla Almond milk 4 Cups Frozen blueberries For topping: 1/4 Cup Honey 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp Vanilla Almond milk 1/2 Cup sliced almonds, toasted* Instructions: Combine the quinoa and almond milk in a large pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to low heat and cover. Cook until the almond milk is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Fluff with a fork and let the quinoa stand until it comes to…

Anxiety is Real

Wednesday, 26 August 2015 00:00  by Lori R.
The recent fireworks have tormented one of my dogs. She cowers beneath the dining room table and refuses to come out until long after the last shell explodes. I wonder what she must think. She has never been exposed to gunfire or any other extreme source of noise. But the anxiety she exhibits is real. There are things I’m afraid of that had no precursory event, like spiders. I don’t remember a spider ever harassing me in my youth, but to this day I get a chill when I see…

Happiness Happens

Monday, 24 August 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
The child learning to accept disappointment as a way of life still lives within me. The feeling of disappointment about not having my way existed with the simultaneous sensation of growth. You might wonder how a child of 8 or even 11 might grasp that disappointment would be a life-long experience. Somehow, I just knew. I also knew that the sooner I accepted that fact and made peace with it, the happier I would be. What I came to realize is that with each disappointment came a consolation prize of…

Paleo Pad Thai

Saturday, 22 August 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
When a dish is particularly delicious, it can result in cravings powerful enough to haunt my sleep. Pad Thai is one of those dishes. In the past, if I’ve made it and had leftovers, I’d swear I heard it calling me from the refrigerator. But what’s more frightening is the job the usual combination of some questionable ingredients can do on my body. As I’ve become more health-conscious and less interested in eating to feed my taste buds at the expense of my internal organs, Pad Thai is a dish…
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