food

Post image for 4 reasons to avoid sugar

If you’re not interested in dealing with the issue of sugar addiction, the new August issue of of National Geographic might change your mind. The cover story on the evils of sugar uses gorgeous photos, historical facts and trending data to show why we’re in big trouble. Refined sugar is amazingly delicious but offers absolutely […]

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Post image for Letting go of the kid so that we can both grow up

How did this all happen so fast? My daughter Gabi has only a few days left of high school. Then we’re into prom season, summer goodbyes and then…packing my only child off to college. After that, we are each on to totally new lives. This is one of the moments I’ve been working towards since […]

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Post image for Who am I? Humor for self-awareness & identity issues

A good friend of mine says that reading my painful blog posts about childhood traumas and cultural issues is only bearable when I’m funny. Agreed! Humor goes a long way in sharing the truth effectively and then, growing from the experience. The tricky part here is that looking in the mirror can be tough. But […]

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Post image for 5 ways to embrace the Year of the Snake

As we slither into the Year of the Snake, I have been dragged against my will into its call for reflection. The most enigmatic creature of the Chinese zodiac is all about carefully contemplating solutions — and I have found one. For me, the challenge ahead is simple: I can NOT give in to inertia. […]

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Post image for What to bring to a Chinese Lunar New Year dinner

Grasshoppers, get ready for Year of the Snake! This post is for anyone who is new to Chinese culture and wants some help navigating the social minefield. With these tips, you can relax, enjoy connecting, eat a lot — and have fun. The big day is Feb. 10, with parties in the week before and […]

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Post image for Do you think it’s possible to unplug?

The other night when my daughter Gabi and I were out to dinner, she scolded me for taking pictures of our food and instantly sharing them on social media. “This is the most anti-social meal I’ve ever had,” complained my 17-year-old. Since that moment, I’ve been rethinking the insanity of my life. After all, she […]

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