healing words

Say these 4 things to change a relationship

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For most of our lives, my younger sister and I had A Difficult Relationship. For this, we hold our parents responsible. They constantly compared us to each other, pushing us to be twin success stories. When we were little, our mom even dressed us in identical outfits. We grew up feeling competitive and judgemental of each other. Then a year ago, …

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LinkedIn feature

Easy Linkedin tips to instantly feel more successful

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I’ve watched so many students and friends set up LinkedIn profiles. They go from resistant, to fascinated. By the time they’re done, they’re sporting a success glow that’s better than a suntan. The resistance to dealing with LinkedIn is totally understandable. Still, it might be time to get over it. My college students no longer groan when I help them …

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Amsterdam Feature

How to double date on a mother-daughter vacation

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Vacationing in Amsterdam transitioned my daughter and I to a grown-up relationship. For the first time ever, we traveled as two women with romantic partners in tow. Thankfully, we survived the emotional leap, and the awkwardness of our new reality. From changing diapers, I now had to treat my daughter as an adult, with an, um, private life. And, I …

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Cooking with Kian: The only Chinese cookbook you’ll ever need

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Just in time for Feb. 8th’s Lunar New Year! A new Chinese cookbook has me serving up elegant dishes that are shockingly simple to make. What an emotional bonus. Finally, it’s possible to be authentically Chinese without torture. Never before have I paid so little for such high-quality therapy. My go-to resource is the recently-published “Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees: Essential …

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indianfeature

Indian cooking spices up mother-daughter bonding

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When my daughter and I take cooking classes together, the power struggle and bickering stops. Our generational divide closes as we surrender to the instructor and the magic of food. Our latest love fest? Indian cuisine. The adventure also marked our first visit to the new digs for Institute of Culinary Education (ICE). This venerable cooking school trains professional chefs …

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Dining dinos

Planting my 1st vegetable garden, thinking of Dad

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Once upon a time, gorgeous yellow lillies bloomed in my front yard. Then, I ripped them out to grow veggies instead. The urge to try farming in some small way brought a surprising bonus. Of all things, I’m making peace with my control freak dad. More on that in a minute. First there’s the tale of the kale… I kept …

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