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Tang of Tamarind

Tamarind is a fruit that is widely used in Indian, Caribbean and East Asian cooking but foreign to most cooks in North America. The fruit has a fleshy, juicy, acidulous pulp. It is mature when the flesh is colored brown or reddish-brown. The fruit pulp is edible. The hard green pulp of…

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To Honor Our Love

Two weeks ago we held a wedding to celebrate 6 years together and to honor the love that seemed at first unlikely to succeed. Although I have been married before, I never had a wedding or held any event such as this, one with catered food, fancy clothes, drinks, decorations and a…

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I Won’t Be Skinny for my Wedding but I Don’t Care

In less than 2 weeks I’ll be married. Well, technically, I’m already married but that was just for the visa. When we legally married it was in Santo Domingo at a Justice of the Peace with couple of friends. Our event will mark 6 years from our first date and will be…

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Marriage Equality? Not Quite

Photo from the article Changing The Conversation On Immigration Reform This week marked a month before our wedding/renewal of vows and the details are all coming together so it’s getting very exciting. This week also saw one of the most historic decisions regarding marriage when the Supreme Court of the United States…

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Go Nuts!

Above image borrowed from HealthHomie. These days it’s actually a good idea to go nuts, by incorporating nuts into your diet that is. Eating nuts as part of a healthy diet can be good for your heart. — Mayo Clinic While there are many different type of nuts that are beneficial such…

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Growing up Handicapped

Above: Photo © Eliza Alys Young, Crib, Pediatric Ward I have always hated the term “handicapped”. It is one I have heard a lot. Disabled is worse but they both imply that it means you are less than are full “able” person. “Physically challenged” is the politically correct term now. Normally I…

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The Atypical Indian

When people find out I am married to an Indian the first question they ask is “Can you cook Indian food?” (yes) followed but lots of questions on “What’s it like?” I find these hard to answer because in many ways Karan is an atypical Indian man. Most Americans have a specific…

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Nurturing a Free-Spirited Child

On this Mother’s Day, I reflect on what is in many ways the hardest job in the world: raising a child. This day, Mother’s Day, honors that effort, for it is mothers that often have the most impact on a child’s future and they unfortunately many times have to do it alone….

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Let Them Eat Cake!

I have been writing a lot of reflective posts lately and one of my readers asked for an update on how everything is going for us. Since the drama of the visa and travels are over, well, there hasn’t been much to write about in terms of our relationship. Things these days…

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The End of Eating Everything

I saw this sign in a store window in Miami and took a picture. Recently it occurred to me that this phrase pretty much sums up our current state of nutrition. With the onslaught of posts circulating through social media about what is healthy and unhealthy, often with the information contradicting, it…

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The Underdog

Above: Image from the Underdog cartoon. [Source] I have always believed in supporting the underdog. Perhaps I have identified too much with the David and Goliath story or maybe it is because in many ways I have often been the underdog. For whatever reason, I gravitate towards those who need more help,…

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More Freedom = Greater Risk

Above: Photo by Joe Philpson, borrowed here. I’m entering a new phase, one where the building and the striving are behind me and the refinement and adjustment towards the attainment of what I truly desire is within reach. Recently I lost a full-time contract I had for 10 months. The decision was…

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The Elephant in the Room

Image adapted from this one. The other day I had a physical, a new occurrence actually since until this year I never had health insurance. I’m in good health thankfully so being self-employed it was never really a necessary expense. But now being the law I have it and since I do,…

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Money is not an Emotion

Or should I say “The presence of or lack thereof of money does not warrant an emotional response.” but that would make for a rather wordy title don’t you think? My parents are both fine artists. Considering that they are not famous, it is a safe assumption that they never had much…

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The Steeper Slope

My husband and I rarely fight. Our relationship is 95% amenable and 5% conflict. Not too bad at all. But that 5% is always dramatic and surprising. This is because we are in many ways an awkward match due to a sizable age difference and completely different cultures. Between the two it…

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Patience…well it takes time

These days it seems we never have patience for anything. Now it seems we have less and less patience to wait when in the past, that same wait was tolerable. Case in point… I remember when I first saw a “web page”. It was in 1995 and I had just graduated art…