Book Love: My Stroke of Insight

Ever scribble down a title to a book based on an interview and forget all about it? It happens to me all the time. Recently I remembered just such a book, Jill Bolte Taylor's memoir, My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey, which I had heard about in an Oprah interview.  I also watched her TED talk, but never got around to reading her book.  Taylor is a brain anatomist who suffer a stroke at 37 and eventually recovered.  What is fascinating is that although her

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Difference Between Alligators and Crocodiles



Alligators are old hat here in Florida. We see them all the time.  My kids have touched many babies whose jaws were taped shut.  I've never bicycled through Shark Valley without passing several gators in my path. But crocodiles...whew... they seem downright dangerous. I once attended an

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Leftover Frosting Tip



I always seem to end up with not enough or too much frosting when decorating cookies and cakes.  With a batch of freshly-frosted goodies on hand, the last thing I want to do is have an extra bowl of frosting beckoning midnight fingers for a quick swipe.  On the other hand, it seems a shame to

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Max’s First Speech



Today the first and second graders at Max's school dressed up like presidents and delivered speeches to the entire school.  Quite a feat for six, seven and eight year olds!  Max was Abraham Lincoln and we are ridiculously proud of him. [caption id="attachment_8150" align="alignnone"

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Why Holidays?



Almost every holiday starts at the breakfast table in my house. Decorations hang from the chandelier, a message is posted on the menu chalkboard, and at each place setting you will find a card or a small gift.  We celebrate early, a habit echoing my own childhood delight at waking up to a

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Green is the Color of Love



According to ancient wisdom traditions, the color of our heart chakra is green.  Chakras are wheel-like concentrations of energy in the body, located up and down the spine.  There are seven and each is associated with a different color and energy.  Beginning with red at the root of the

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Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake



Ah, lemons! My absolute favorite flavor!  They are the crown jewels of both the savory and sweet worlds.  Today's recipe is simple, yet elegant.  Comforting, yet divine.  Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake has a crisp, almost meringue, outer shell with rich gooey lemon goodness underneath. I

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Boats in the Grove



Here is a snapshot taken from The Barnacle (a public park) in Coconut

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Children’s Book Review: The Gift of Nothing



If you are feeling overwhelmed by the shallowness of our current culture and the callousness of companies who market so relentlessly to our children, I've got the perfect antidote for you.  The Gift of Nothing by Patrick McDonnell is a delightful, witty, and poignant storybook for children

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The Heart Tugs



For about a year now I have been trying to escape my family. That sounds awful. That sounds like something a good mother wouldn't say. That sounds like something a good wife wouldn't say. That sounds like... the truth. After hacking my way through the thick swamp of full-time,

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