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INSPIRE! The Giving Season


If  Summer and Fall are considered the growing seasons, Winter is the official giving season. In fact, Tuesday, December 3, has been named The National Day of Giving  #givingtuesday with an international movement and website dedicated to motivating companies and individuals to work toward giving back to help the common good. I like the idea of #givingtuesday starting a movement. It is a comforting detour from Black Friday, Monday Madness, Cyber Tuesday,and Gridlock Friday because it is about paying it forward. http://www.givingtuesday,org If you are like me, you may be getting bombarded with heart warming solicitations for donations this time of […]

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What’s A Nice Girl Like You Doing Eating with Her Fingers?


 I’m at sitting at the end of a long, elegantly attired communal table eating dinner with my fingers and  drinking some very good Mumm champagne. What’s more, I am sitting in a Jewish delicatessen just  north of  Manhattan’s Lower East Side eating an assortment of shellfish dishes from oysters on the half  shell and  pickled shrimp to  lobster salad and beet cured scallop. So trés treif!  So deliciously decadent with all the slurping, sipping and licking of the fingers after each    course without the structure of forks, knives and spoons. And so thankful the organizers gave us all    hot towels to […]

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Thanksgiving Wines: Don’t stress out, here’s a list!


With Thanksgiving season upon us, many tend to stress out over the elaborate meal about to be consumed – “Do I wet-brine or dry-brine the turkey? Do I brine the turkey at all? How big a turkey? What sides should I serve? What’s a Parsnip, and who named it that? In what grocery store aisle does one actually find those little fried onion pieces that get sprinkled over the green bean casserole? What exactly IS a green bean casserole? And then there’s the wine selection. The last thing one really needs to worry about when heading to town to buy […]

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INSPIRE! The Healing Power of Dance


Melanie shares this inspirational  post from her blog Getting Things Off My Chest at www.melanieyoung.com   “Dance is the hidden language of the soul” ― Martha Graham I’ve always felt my most vibrant, most creatively free and most beautiful when I am dancing. But I never truly understood the healing power of dance until later in life when I turned to dance movement to rebuild my body, mend a broken heart and reclaim my creative energy. “It’s the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance.” ― Xiaolu Guo As a young girl I trained first in ballet, then modern and […]

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INSPIRE! Melanie’s Tips For Staying Fearless & Fabulous


Melanie was featured on Voice America Radio’s “The Kathyrn Zox Show” November 6. A great show on taking charge of your health, staying positive and fit and finding your purpose.  http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/73988/the-kathryn-zox-show Here are Melanie’s Ten Easy Tips To Taking Care of Yourself to Stay Fabulous 1. Hydrate: Drink plenty of healthy fluids avoid dehydration. Your skin will say “thank you” 2. Gyrate: Get moving. Daily exercise is beneficial for boosting your energy and maintaining a healthy weight which is important for your overall health. 3. Masticate: Eat healthy, wholesome, unprocessed foods in small portions. Think green, lean, less fatty meat, more healthy […]

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