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How I Didn’t Catch the Flu From My Flu-Ridden Family

The media have been full of reports about how bad this flu season is…and how emergency rooms are overflowing with flu sufferers. People in my office are applying Purell like it is going out of style.

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Meet My Favorite Chef

I am about to make a shameless endorsement for one of my favorite chefs...someone whose recipes and cooking philosophy, frankly, make sure my family gives me a " Thanks, mom" or "Honey, that was great!" every night of the week.

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Resolution: Be Like My Dog

I’ve read numerous funny e-mails about how being with a dog is preferable to being with people – no complaints, unconditional love. This morning, as I was scooping my dog's poop, I realized that I could take a few lessons from my dog…

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The Loss of Serendipity (And How to Get It Back)

The other day, my daughter mentioned an article that was very interesting to her in the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine. A few days later, she handed me the magazine with the page opened to it.

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Gifts that Make You More Loveable

My husband and I are not exchanging major gifts this year. There’s nothing we need, so why waste our money?
 
On the other hand, I do want Bob to know that I love him and care about him, and that I put thought and effort into making him happy.
 
What I’m giving instead: A series of homemade coupons for priceless gifts that I know he will love. The “gifts” I’ve chosen play either to our appointed roles around the house, or to my quirks (or should I say annoyances) that he has grown to tolerate, if not fully love. Each coupon has seven redeemable tabs. For example…

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For Pain in Your Mouth... Chew on This!

One of the relatives at my Thanksgiving celebration was recovering from dental surgery. She arrived at her mother’s house with an ample supply of applesauce and the dread that no solid food would be able to pass her lips. Sally was further dismayed to realize that she’d left her pain-relieving mouth rinse at home. Her mother is an amazing cook, and Sally had been doing extra-intense workouts so that she could enjoy the meal with guiltless abandon.

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Scrumptious Winter Soups for People Who Hate Beans

It all started one Saturday this summer, when we lunched at the home of friends. Maria served a delicious Potato-Leek Soup that my family fell in love with. The next day, The New York Times Magazine featured several summer soup recipes from Mark Bittman (one of my favorite cookbook authors), including one for potato-leek. I made it that night.

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Power Outage Prep…Beyond the Obvious

My family and I are still counting our blessings after Hurricane Sandy wreaked her havoc in our region. We lost power for only three days and had no real damage to our home; just a few random shingles off the roof.  Needless to say, millions of others were not so lucky.

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Cayenne for Cuts

While I cooked dinner last Thursday night, my husband (lovingly!) traveled around the house with a ladder to replace several hard-to-reach light bulbs, a chore we both loathe but could no longer ignore because it had gotten too “dark” in the kitchen and my closet.

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Digging Out of My Pit

I often feel that with my position, and with the overwhelming flow of life-enhancing content that I read every day, and with my access to the top experts in everything for almost 25 years, that I should be an exemplary model of behavior for you, our readers.

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