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Newsy! The Circle Game + Lasagna + Crooked Heart (v.21)

October 28th, 2016

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Consider this:

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When our guests arrived for dinner last weekend, my friend and fellow mom had tears in her eyes. “My dad’s in the hospital,” she said, red eyes filling again. “I just got off the phone with my mother on the East Coast.”

My pal paused, then grasped for more words to explain her fragile state.

“It sounds so stupid to say this,” she told us. “But one day my parents are going to die.”

I know, sweetie, I know. Read more

Newsy! Like Me, If You Dare + Roasted Broccoli + The Accidental Life (v.20)

October 27th, 2016

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Consider this:

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This essay you’ve just started reading – what do you think about it so far? Do you like it, or do you “Like” it? Would you Forward it or Share it? Might you go so far as to Recommend it? In our world of click-based ego, I’m as guilty as the next poster – I mean, person – when it comes to obsessively checking for responses to something I post. Even with my barely-there online presence, I find myself jones-ing for the delicious dopamine rush that follows a friendly comment or a kindly share. Read more

Newsy! How To Impress A Teenager + Black Russian Cake + God’s Hotel (v.19)

October 20th, 2016

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Our family recently saw the Tony-award-winning show, Hedwig and The Angry Inch. Do you know the story of Hedwig? It’s about a beautiful, troubled young man who escapes grim East Berlin courtesy of a sex change operation that gets botched (what’s left is the “angry inch”) and leaves “him” navigating life as “her” in America’s Midwest. Technically, the show is a musical, but that’s like describing a nine-course meal at Napa’s French Laundry as a snack. Read more

Newsy! Get Back In Whack + Shrimp Paulista + The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo (v.18)

October 13th, 2016

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Consider this:

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A good friend of mine is out of alignment. It’s not a spinal issue. If she had a chiropractic problem, she’d make an appointment and get it fixed. My pal’s misalignment is more complicated – and, potentially, more debilitating. Seems she’s currently out of spiritual alignment. Creative alignment. Professional, physical and emotional alignment, too.

The girl is out of whack. Read more

Newsy! To Sleep, Perchance (But Probably Not) + Apple Crisp + The Silkworm (v.17)

October 6th, 2016

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Consider this:

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Every night for the past week, I’ve had a hot date at 3:00 a.m. sharp. It’s not with my husband. It’s not even with another person. The date for which I’m sometimes early but never late is with an inanimate object glowing red on my bedside table: my alarm clock.

Did I say glowing red? Glaring red is more accurate. Read more