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Monthly Archive for September, 2009

Fight the Flu Naturally

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If recent hype about flu season has left you in a frenzy, now’s the time to take a deep breath and relax. You don’t have to sit in a bubble or raid CVS for a box of surgical masks. Dr. Tina Zigo, naturopathic physician at the Center for Natural Healing in Monroe, shares her tips for […] [Read More]

Kermit Was Wrong: Being Green Is Easier Than You Think

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  I used to think “going green” simply meant painting my face like a witch for Halloween. It’s scary how I thought nothing of poor Mother Earth, who for years silently bore the brunt of my unconscious environmental abuse: my treadmill-pounding, aerosol-hairspraying, Styrofoam-using ways. I never stopped to consider the importance of the air, water […] [Read More]

Chocolate-Strawberry Succor

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  What do you get when you put four (single) female writers in one room with a few bottles of wine and an oversized batch of chocolate-covered strawberries? Answer: lots of estrogen, endorphins and laughs about problems of the pen to problems with men. Carrie Bradshaw couldn’t write our stories if she tried.  A few […] [Read More]

“Shock the Pants off Your Man” Pasta Sauce

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There’s nothing sexy about brown rice pasta (when you can’t have gluten, there aren’t many options). But cloak it in a warm, spicy red sauce and it’s like slipping into a smooth, silk gown and saying, “Look at me, baby. Give me a whirl. Give me a twirl with your fork.” Today, I took Grandma’s […] [Read More]

Who in the World is Holly Pinafore?

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“Life is not about finding yourself…life is about creating yourself.”~George Bernard Shaw But wait: does creating yourself help you find who you really were after all? Near the end of 2007, I decided to start a foodie blog under a fictitious character, Holly Pinafore (the blog is still up and running, and is called The […] [Read More]
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Have More Fun, Spend Less Cash at the Casino

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It’s just like one of those predictable movie scenes. You’re the main character. You say, “I’m absolutely not going. There’s nothing you can do to change my mind.” Through the magic of cinematography, you arrive at Foxwoods (or Mohegan Sun) in a finger-snap with a few snickering friends by your side. They’ve won; you’ve lost. […] [Read More]

Bring the Beach to Work

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When I get stressed out, I look around my apartment for junk I’d like to throw away or random things I’ve collected over the years, and I try to create some work of art. Okay, I don’t really know if it’s art, but it’s therapeutic, and the end result is often interesting.   On this […] [Read More]
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Chocolate-Covered Childhood

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“We are the music makers. And we are the dreamers of dreams.” ~Willy Wonka How many of you use the word “scrumdiddlyumptious” on a day-to-day basis? How many of you have felt like a blueberry that had to be rolled out of the room (well, I guess most people have, at least on Thanksgiving)? If neither of […] [Read More]
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Have a Magical Day

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Nice quote, eh? Could be the new tag line for Wonderbra. I’m not one for sappy (and sometimes sexist, misogynistic) Disney drama, and I don’t live my life as if it were a fairy tale. I even wrote a whole research paper on the portrayal of negative female body image in Disney cartoons (how’s that […] [Read More]
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Blackberry Bad Girl

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I’ve taken the word “blackberry” to a whole ‘nother level. And I’m not talking about the one buzzing in your pocket. Here’s a nice, cool drink that’ll bring out the bad gal in you after a few sips. My concoction of the week is a healthy, elegant frozen cocktail made with Verdi Spumante, a sparkling beverage […] [Read More]