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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…
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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Top 10 Vegetarian Proteins

Thursday, 08 October 2015 00:00  by Charity B.
Quinoa Protein: 8 grams per 1 cup serving, cooked Full of fiber, iron, magnesium, and manganese, quinoa is a terrific substitute for rice and it’s versatile enough to make muffins, bread, cookies, and breakfast dishes. Buckwheat Protein: 6 grams per 1 cup serving, cooked Buckwheat is not a type of wheat at all, but a relative of rhubarb. The Japanese have turned the plant into noodles called soba, other cultures eat the seeds by either grinding them into flour or cooking the hulled kernels, or “groats,” similarly to oatmeal. Some…

The Body and Soul - 5 Ways to Relax

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 00:00  by Taylor O.
There has almost always been a connection between mental health and relaxation. When we relax, we allow our minds and bodies to experience the world without holding on too tightly to be able to enjoy it. Relaxing is a way to literally slow down your body’s responses, which causes the feeling of rest and well being. Whenever I consciously relax — usually by either taking some time to read a few chapters of my favorite book, taking a short walk, or by lying down on the couch, wrapped in a…

Dr. Wayne Dyer Lives On

Monday, 05 October 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
My favorite word in the English language is manifest. Dr. Wayne Dyer believed in creation. That is, our ability to create our thoughts, our intentions and our reality. Whenever I hear (or use) my favorite word, manifest, especially as it pertains to destiny, I think of Wayne, whom I’m choosing to refer to by his first name because his last name is too harsh at the moment. Though he is gone, I must think of him as a liver, rather than a dyer. I’ve never liked the euphemism, “passed on,”…
Thoughts of the Italian food I used to love so much now is nothing but a recipe for anxiety when I find myself in an Italian restaurant, which isn’t often anymore. I stopped loving it when I identified it as an enemy to my digestive system, with the ability to turn mealtime into a crisis. Think about it. At the typical pizza joint, there is rarely anything on the menu that isn’t laden with cheese and carbs and grease and garlic. Just thinking about it gives me agita and I…

Music—It’s More Than Noise

Saturday, 03 October 2015 00:00  by Taylor O.
The past few years, I have been living about 6 hours away from my family while I have been going to school. Every holiday, I drive those 6 hours to see them—and sometimes I even make the trip for just a weekend, if I’m feeling a little low. I used to dread the trip—actual dread would fill my heart, soul and body, and I would have to drag myself into the car. I just hated being by myself for so long, with no one to talk to unless they were…

Gluten-Free Not Just for Celiac

Friday, 02 October 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
I’m not a mind-reader, but I’ll bet Sept. 13 got by you and your ordinary glutinous diet of bread, pasta and doughnuts, (or as I like to call them do-nots). Did you happen to hit the bakery that day for your favorite carbohydrate? Or are you one of the many people affected by Celiac Disease (CD)? I only just found out that Sept. 13 was chosen not only to bring awareness to CD, but to simultaneously honor the birthday of Dr. Samuel Gee, a British physician and pediatrician, who published…

9 Easy DIY Spice Blends

Thursday, 01 October 2015 00:00  by Charity B.
Spices are one of the healthiest ingredients you can add to your food. Spices have potent medicinal properties that various cultures have used to treat illnesses for thousands of years. They add an intense pop of flavor to any recipe, and quality spice blends can make otherwise bland meat and vegetables exciting. Cajun Spice Blend: 2 Tbsp cumin 2 Tbsp coriander 2 Tbsp paprika 1 ½ tsp salt 1 ½ tsp black pepper Cayenne pepper to taste (you can go as high as you want here—the more you add, the…

Fashion Trends: Rise of the Leggings

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 00:00  by Taylor O.
I’ve recently been thinking a lot about the not-so-new fashion trend in women’s apparel that is “leggings.” They have always been so interesting to me. I mean, they’re basically opaque tights. And we all wear them as if they’re regular pants! Pull a pair of leggings and a t-shirt on, and you’ve got yourself a socially-acceptable (and extremely comfortable) outfit. And I just want to point out that I am not claiming to be exempt from the legging-brigade. In fact, I wear them probably more often than most… Around the…

Begin Again - Haircut Edition

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 00:00  by Taylor O.
Have you ever felt the need to start over? Not in a dramatic way, but in some small way, to feel like you are in charge of what happens in your life? About a month ago, I had a minor life freak-out (you know, the whole “what am I doing with my life/why can’t everything just be perfect?” And then I realized I was being ridiculous). But it got me thinking that I really do want a change—nothing major, just something tangible, some change that I can see in my…
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