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My Dad’s Recipe: Norman’s Thanksgiving Cranberry Chutney

November 21, 2014
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My Dad’s Recipe: Norman’s Thanksgiving Cranberry Chutney

So here it is. It is almost Thanksgiving, and time to make my father’s cranberry chutney.  Chutney can be made out of almost anything, peaches, apples, apricots and usually vinegar to give it a sweet and sour taste.  This recipe has been in our family for years and is a Thanksgiving tradition.  I always double it and freeze a portion to enjoy all winter long.  It is also one of those dishes you can make in advance of the big day. Simmer 1 cup of sliced onions for 30 minutes with one cup of water, ¾ cup of brown sugar…

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Getting Your Act(ions) Together: Don’t Suppress Your Feelings

November 17, 2014
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Getting Your Act(ions) Together: Don’t Suppress Your Feelings

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• Natalie tended to bottle up her emotions. “I was taught to sit on my feelings,” she explained. “In our family the girls were expected to smile sweetly and shut up.” After a course of assertiveness training, Natalie started verbalizing her…

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Film: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

November 14, 2014
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Film: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) | Director Alejandro González Iñárritu | Score: 7.7 When filmmakers make movies about theater, its generally to deconstruct the inherent artifice in the form, taking the audience backstage with gloomy actors peering into grungy mirrors, and high-strung directors having…

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A Smiley Lady’s Blog: Creativity #3

November 12, 2014
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A Smiley Lady’s Blog: Creativity #3

Creativity lies within us all. Sometimes we simply have to wake it up, call it to the fore and give creativity a place on your TO DO list. It’s the doers that get called creative. Today’s practice: Be a Do-er! Take a few minutes to…

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Getting Your Act(ions) Together: Taking Responsibility

November 10, 2014
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Getting Your Act(ions) Together: Taking Responsibility

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• Delia played the “blame game.” Whenever something was not to her satisfaction, she blamed someone else. She never asked herself if she had contributed anything to the situation. Even when clear-cut facts were brought to her attention, she refused to…

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Porch Farmer’s Plants “Hang” in Basement for the Winter

November 8, 2014
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Porch Farmer’s Plants “Hang” in Basement for the Winter

Well, the other day my neighbor and I, fellow porch farmers, got the plants off the porch for the winter.  It’s OK but I like seeing plants inside and outside, ones with flowers and leaves on them.  It lets you know that there is something…

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A Smiley Lady’s Blog: Creativity #2

November 5, 2014
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A Smiley Lady’s Blog: Creativity #2

VINEY TREE SMILEY It is often said that a creative person sees things that others do not. But everyone is a creative person! Everyone can see more, if they decide to become the person who is observant. Become a noticer. This vine covered tree grows…

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A Quote for You

I came to understand that is was all right to do things for people as long as I did it for the sake of doing it... the value being more in the act than in the result.

- Joanna Field