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Gary Chapman

Sweeten it, naturally

I recently conducted a survey of my virtual community to learn more about you, and one of the requests that came up most frequently in response to my question about what you want more information on was how to kick the sugar habit—which can become increasingly desirable if you have realized that sugar is a major trigger for hot flashes. I wrote about the why and how extensively in a blog post t...
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SOUL food | Loving

This is the final post in the SOUL food series—you can find the first one at SOUL food | Seasonal, the second at SOUL food | Organic, and the third at SOUL food | Unique. Relationships are one of the most important primary foods in our lives, and we rarely (if ever) think about our relationship with ourselves as one of them—and so it is perhaps the one we rarely tend to. I'm a podcast junkie...
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Eat Drink Man Woman | Of kitchens, frog farming, video games, and upset cards

Long before he really made a splash as the director of blockbusters such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain, Ang Lee made two of my all-time favorite food movies, Eat Drink Man Woman and The Wedding Banquet.  If you plan to check them out, make sure you have LOTS of good Chinese food on hand. Sorry, takeout won't really cut it, but you can find some simple recipes for heal...
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Learning to speak a new (love) language

I recently finished reading Gary Chapman's The 5 Love Languages, a book that is delightful in its simplicity and yet has the potential to be profoundly life-changing. (And as a former language instructor, I immediately appreciated his concept!) Chapman's premise about creating "love that lasts" is that every one of us speaks one of five basic love "languages" - Words of Affirmation, Quality Time,...
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