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The Valentine Box

The Valentine Box

| February 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

My imagination ran wild with visions of a box encased in hearts and flowers; absolutely overflowing with Valentines from my classmates. Unfortunately, I was about to be introduced to new life lessons.

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It’s official: I’m deef

It’s official: I’m deef

| January 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

It’s official: I’m a deaf guy. Or ‘deef’ as I used to joke when I was trying everything I could conjure to avoid the reality of my (rather substantial) hearing loss. I spent a great deal of my time, energy, wasted effort and my phenomenally even-tempered wife’s patience attempting to make it otherwise.

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January Reflections Intertwined

January Reflections Intertwined

| January 25, 2016 | 2 Comments

As both a member of the African American community and twenty-seven years the wife of a good and kind gentleman born in Iran, I can’t help but link four recent events, each of which holds special meaning for me.

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Winter 2016 – Hibernation or Pilgrimage?

Winter 2016 – Hibernation or Pilgrimage?

| January 13, 2016 | 4 Comments

The New Year is upon us. How is it going so far? Do you make resolutions, or have you let go of that idea? It can go either way for me. If I set expectations too high, I am doomed to failure. If I go with the flow and allow myself to “float” into the newness of 2016, could I miss an opportunity to affect real, positive change in my habits?

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Insurance Shopping:  Don’t Forget Dental

Insurance Shopping: Don’t Forget Dental

| January 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

Do you need dental insurance? Is it worth it? What if you are making decisions for an aging parent? What dental needs might they have? Is it cheaper to just pay for dental services out-of-pocket?

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Life Questions

Life Questions

| December 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

Rainer Maria Rilke wrote “Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything.

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New Year’s Resolutions –  resolved or dissolved?

New Year’s Resolutions – resolved or dissolved?

| December 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Many of us have made New Year’s Resolutions over the years. The diligent are likely smiling now, recalling their sense of accomplishment. Others may decide to read further, seeking ideas for this year. The rest of us are cowering with our failure to follow through, and have resolved never to make another one!

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Turmeric: The Ultimate “Unspice”

Turmeric: The Ultimate “Unspice”

| December 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

As the American spouse of a gentleman born in Iran, I’ve been privy to the delights of Persian cuisine. Mostly I’ve learned how slow cooking can work wonders on taste and texture—the piece that infuses the “inspiration.”

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The “Grand” Economy–implications for the third third

The “Grand” Economy–implications for the third third

| December 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

During his travels in America in 1842, Charles Dickens practiced the craft of travel writing. When he returned to England, people asked for his impressions of America. Mr. Dickens said he was amazed at how well parents obeyed their children. Not much has changed in the intervening years.

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Hygge for the Holidays!

Hygge for the Holidays!

| December 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Getting back to our “roots” seems to be a common urge as we move into our “wisdom years.” There are websites that encourage tracing your lineage, keeping records of your kin to pass along to the next generations.

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