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(5) Things we love…#92

Posted in Things We Love, and Uncategorized

sophia lorenThe recurring theme that kept on popping up this week is women: the women in my life, friendships restored, the women who read this blog and the ones I am yet to meet. To honor them all, I have a bit of a feminist thread going on.
Enjoy your weekend: mine has a door that needs to be sanded and restored and a botanical garden in its sights.

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Quick pasta with eggplant

Posted in Food & Entertaining

pasta with eggplantAt the very beginning of my culinary career, I briefly worked as a private chef for a lovely Hollywood couple. At least, I think they were lovely because I rarely saw them. Menus were summarily discussed and I would shop and prepare meals in their beautiful and empty kitchen, nestled within an empty house in the heart of a green canyon.

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Permission to worry

Posted in Life & Love

meditation cartoonI am a professional worrier and an equal opportunity one. I can worry about the most mundane things as well as calamities that, deep down, I know will never come to pass. And those I know will come to pass, like a big earthquake for instance, don’t really phase me. The worry stems from immediacy. Then there is worry as magical thinking: if I imagine the worst possible outcome, I am convinced everything will be well. Psychologists call this (fairly common) behavior “defensive pessimism”.

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A different use for tahini

Posted in Food & Entertaining

Chocolate tahini cookiesOn Mother’s Day, while strolling along Venice’s Main Street, my father in law abruptly stopped in front of an ice-cream parlor and suggested we all had ice-cream.
“I need to point out this is a vegan shop” I said.
“What?”
“The ice-cream is made with coconut cream and no sugar added. I don’t think you will like it.”

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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

Posted in Food, and Things We Love

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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