Monthly Archives: December 2013

Keeping it real during the holidays – the meaning of “family”

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Keeping it real during the holidaysThe holiday season is nearly here and with it, images of families and togetherness are everywhere; on TV, in newspapers, magazines, and movies, the images repeatedly shown are of families planning for and celebrating the holidays – together. 

So what does it mean for those of us who do not see our lives reflected in those images? What about those who don’t have family nearby, or who have perhaps recently lost a loved one and no longer connect with the traditional images of family?

Blood relatives often have nothing to do with family, and similarly, family is about who you choose to make your life with – Oliver Hudson

Being alone is not typically what we see celebrated during the …

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How to plan a festive vegetarian dinner

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vegan_festive_dinnerWhen we think of holiday meals, we tend to conjure up images of turkey, ham, stuffing and gravy, none of which satisfies a vegetarian diet. Indeed, planning a vegetarian holiday menu may take some creativity, but the results can be surprisingly delicious and healthy. Whether you have a single vegetarian guest to your house or you are experimenting with vegetarian options this holiday season, these tips will help get you started.

1.    Vegetarian 101: Keep it separate! – If you have a vegetarian guest at your holiday table, keep the meat separate where possible.  For example, instead of cooking root vegetables at the bottom of your meat pan, roast them in a separate pan with olive oil and fresh herbs. …

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Cheating in the digital age

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Cheating in a digital ageIn a wired generation where everyone is plugged into the Internet and being connected and social is the norm, cheating on your partner is a lot more convenient than it used to be. The line between friendly conversation and menacing flirtation is often blurred, but you may have overstepped this line without even realizing it and are in fact, having an affair.

Cheating on your partner no longer requires the grittiness of checking into a seedy motel on the wrong side of town, no lipstick on the collar to explain, no physical contact even. In this new virtual world of cheating, technology has created a false sense of anonymity and security, resulting in an explosion of extramarital online affairs.…

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