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Shame As Explained By The School Of Life

Have you ever been enjoying your life – perhaps laughing with friends – when you feel overwhelmed with the desire to hide from the world? Perhaps sometimes you feel bad, wrong even, for merely existing? It’s difficult to pin down where these feelings come from if it feels as though they’ve always tailed you, just […]

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In Honor of Anthony Bourdain

I signed up for a History of Food course in college thinking I would finally be living the dream of stuffing my face with food for homework. Maybe we would take field trips to Chipotle, or – even better – I would get to taste test foods prepared by a professor every Tuesday and Thursday […]

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The 5 Habits I’m Ditching For a Happier Life

There’s something about getting older that makes a person take stock of all the habits, shortcomings and skills in their repertoire, then decide what to keep and what to kick out. I call it the “garage sale years” – your “house” (mind) is cluttered with all the stuff you’ve accumulated over the years, sometimes stacked […]

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It’s OK To Be Happy

My mother excitedly shook me awake at 2:30 a.m. on Saturday morning with more enthusiasm than she had any right to muster. I immediately started questioning every choice leading me up to that painful moment, because I’m well past the age of being able to do anything before 7 a.m. or after midnight. After a […]

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Just A List Of Things That Made Me Smile Today

Do you ever experience those days (weeks, months) that seem to have one purpose and one purpose alone – the destruction of your will? Wednesdays do that to me; it’s the middle of the week, and I’m usually too exhausted to find the joy in being closer to Friday. I’ve been feeling like burrowing into […]

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