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Kitchen Dreams / Kitchen Essentials

Featured Image [Source] of Rustic Kitchen As I pack for yet another move (I hate moving, who doesn’t) and I’m still a year or more away from buying a home of my own, I can’t help but fantasize on my dream kitchen. When it comes to tools and supplies, I am almost…

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Down the Road and Back Again

Above: Photo @Eliza Alys Young, “Tree Arch”, St. Augustine, Florida I think I might have been a gypsy in a past life because my journey in this one has been so nomadic. While part of me has longed for a stable place to dig my roots in, my life has kept me…

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Selfie or Self Obsession? Part 1

Years ago, when I was a student a Maine College of Art, majoring in graphic design and photography, I became fascinated with a genre of art called the self-portrait. Back then, the phrase “selfie” was unheard of, instead, it was a self-portrait — a representation of one’s self, whether in paint, pencil…

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Tactile Traditions

Above: Potholder fiber art. [Source] We live in the age of the touchscreen, of the portable phone, of information at our fingertips, yet other than liking, clicking or selecting, we don’t really use our hands for much anymore. We use our fingers to press the buttons on the microwave to cook our…

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The Long Winding Road

This is how my life has been lately… I started to write this about a week ago “I haven’t written for a while I know and” when there was a computer problem and I had to stop. The next night I tried writing in bed and wrote “I begin this before bed…

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september eleven

rousing to a sonic boom i confuse it with the daily rumble of the traffic on canal emerging from the holland tunnel myself, wrapped in bedcovers warm rolled, regarding window view twin towers in their testament of global commerce gone askew 8:45, eyes still blurred drugged down from dark and dreamful sleep…

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Strengthening Family Bonds with More Laughter

Many people wonder if there are particular strategies that we can use to maintain a happy family, and while there are some things that you will find across the board, there are actually plenty of ways that will help your family create stronger ties between each other. But ultimately the secret to…

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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…