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Is there such a thing as eating too healthily?

Posted in Health, and Women's issues

woman at windowAs a lover of all things old and odd that can be found on Netflix, last night I started watching a 1976 mini-series based on the Irwin Shaw’s book, Rich Man Poor Man whichI vaguely remember reading as a teenager under a boyfriend’s recommendation. At one point, the father of the Jordache brothers accuses his wife of being an old-looking 40 year old. I gasped. 40? I thought she was meant to be 60. Without the benefits of filter lighting, fillers or cosmetic surgery, the actress looked all of her maybe 45 to 50 years but I assumed she was much older, conditioned as I am to see only wrinkle-free faces on the screen.

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The ultimate veggie burger

Posted in Food & Entertaining

Veggie burgerYet another veggie burger landed on my dinner table last night. I am on a quest to make the perfect veggie burger, one which is not soggy, cardboard-y, bland or otherwise inedible. I am not trying to approximate meat – I never liked burgers much – but, when we do grill at my house, I would like to be able to serve a vegetarian option (mainly for me) which is not the tired Portobello mushroom.

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Smoking rights

Posted in Health, and Women's issues

cannabis patternIf you are visiting Los Angeles, a walk along the Venice boardwalk is a must. Pastel-hued houses, the sun dipping into the ocean, Muscle Beach and souvenir shops is how the world imagines the Venice boardwalk to be. Whether you are paying much attention or not, you will also notice a high concentration of marijuana dispensaries, pharmacy-looking storefronts that often advertise the services of a doctor in the back or on an upper floor.

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Thought for the week…#183

Posted in Things We Love

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I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena and I’m like, ‘My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don’t have it. I just want to chill.’ We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it.
Kobe Bryant

(to whom we bid goodbye this week from the Lakers after 20 years – Mamba out)

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A rainy date with myself

Posted in Things We Love

rain roomI often think cities are best explored in solitude. The hustle and bustle, the myriad unknown bodies scuttling about, rushing somewhere, the traffic, the cacophony of noises create a barrier that invariably makes me look in. At the same time, when walking around without the company of a friend, or anyone with whom conversation is sustained, I find it easier to notice.

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Dry roasting pasta: is it worth it?

Posted in Food & Entertaining

pastaMy friend Jeannie stopped over in Los Angeles on her way to Uganda and came for dinner. As she doesn’t do carbs, I prepared a vegetable based meal and, while I was chopping asparagus and blanching rapini, Jeannie milled about, telling me about the virtue of soy/rice/spelt or whatever other gluten substitute pasta.

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Robert Mapplethorpe – The search for perfection

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Self-portrait 1975
Self-portrait 1975

Los Angeles is currently enveloped in Mapplethorpe mania. Two companion exhibitions are on view at the Getty Center and at LACMA, and a new documentary titled “Look at the Pictures” just opened on HBO. Twenty seven years after his death, it seems it was time to rediscover the work of an ambitious and provocative photographer who started taking pictures by accident.

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Be not afraid – dealing with anxiety and fear.

Posted in Relationships, and Women's issues

10437609_10153038959378907_433491740597971405_nFear is padding around on little cat feet in the lives of too many people I love.

The first email I opened on Tuesday morning was from camparigirl. We’d had a conversation a few nights before about managing the disquiet we felt about a future that suddenly seemed so unpredictable and malevolent.

“Let’s embrace the possibility of possibility”, we’d agreed.  “Look outward with optimism. Can only help. We’re all going to die at some point anyway – may as well live until then.” Read More Be not afraid – dealing with anxiety and fear.

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(5) Things we (love to eat in NYC)…#67

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Bright lights, Big City
Bright lights, Big City – the central hall at the new Whitney Museum

This week we are going to tell you about some fabulous food we had during our most excellent vacation in NYC.  We are not going to bother with the restaurants that let us down (yes Shake Shack, we’re referring to you) – because that would be the wrong way to remember our adventure. Instead we are going to tell you about some restaurants or food stalls that will have us remembering them with love, smacked lips and happy discovery.

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Dos and don’ts around your friend with cancer

Posted in Health, and Women's issues

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How many people do you know? Seriously, think about it. Between your friends and family, close acquaintances and all those you keep in touch via phone and social media, how many are there you share tidbits of your life with? Hundreds?

On the same day I received my breast cancer diagnosis, I was struck by a variety of thoughts I never imagined would pop into my mind at such a time.

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