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November 2011 (130 posts)
1. Sea Scallops with Orange and Rosemary
Low-calorie scallops and high-vitamin OJ combine in this fancier-than-your-average-Tuesday-night dish.
2. Lisa Oz's Lentils with Chia Seeds Recipe
Aromatics and herbs transform vegetables from simple to spectacular.
3. Mango Chicken Salad
This simple salad lets the fresh, sweet flavor of mangoes shine through.
4. Low-Fat Spaghetti Carbonara Pasta with Peas
Thanks to the low-fat milk in this recipe, you won't come away from the table feeling like you overdid it.
5. Moroccan Chicken Over Couscous
This is one of those back-pocket recipes you can take in any direction: Our instructions explain how to make it Italian, Indian or Chinese.
6. Miso Salmon with Cucumber Salad
Broiling salmon in miso, mirin and soy sauce keeps it moist and imparts salty-sweet flavor.
7. Double-Soy Ginger Tofu
Humble bean curd is actually incredibly delicious. With rice and a salad, or some nice green vegetable, this makes a more-than-satisfying dinner.
8. Curry Carrot Ginger Soup
This tangy, Asian-inspired take on traditional carrot soup includes lemongrass, coconut milk and ginger.
That's right. For here is a little present for anyone who ever stuck a comic book inside a science textbook and now regrets missing the lesson: astrobiology graphic novels, brought to you by NASA. Issue #2 of Astrobiology has just been released (you can download the PDF or get the mobile app), and its focus is the history of our exploration of Mars.
It looks pretty, is full of slick illustrations, and contains a lot of good information, so that even I can now say things in casual conversations that will make me seem smart, such as, "Well, you know it was the images returned from NASA’s Mariner 4 mission in 1965 that finally put to rest speculations about the famous 'irrigation canals' on Mars so popular in the 1800s," and, "Of course, NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory, launching in late 2011 will bring us closer to determining if there was ever life on Mars," at which point I can perhaps sing a bit of David Bowie's "Life on Mars." Or maybe not that last part. I don't know, I'm feeling awfully inspired.
Download the graphic novel here, and keep checking the Astrobiology blog for Issue #3.
More scientific fun:
Want to be an astronaut?
Meet 3 science rock stars.
Brilliant teens' science fair projects.
Keep the traditions you love and scrap the ones you don't—and more solutions to holiday stress.
Surprisingly powerful, only a little scary: Photographs of modern-day Annie Oakleys.
A (beautiful) way to understand your own style: this illustrator draws her outfit, every day.
Be sure to get the number one super hot educational toy this season! It's...wooden blocks. Well, that was easy. Now as to the reason why....
The Life-Lifter: Homeless kids become photo-journalists, and learn to picture their dreams.
So says Jessica Rogers, the 18 inch tall, 14-year-old swimmer who hopes to take home the 2012 Paralympic gold. And I for one believe her. This girl is amazing. First of all, will you look at her arm muscles? She is buff. Jessica was born with Caudal Regression Syndrome, which means she has no lower spine and extremely small legs. Jessica also engages in a grueling training schedule, waking up at 3:30 every morning before school to prepare for the Paralympics, according to the Daily Mail. As she told the Mail, "When I'm swimming, I feel free."
Her mother, who adopted her when she was a baby, calls Jessica, "a typical teenager," and told the Mail that she's "incredibly determined. But she sees herself as the same as everyone else." And she is. Except that she's a much, much better swimmer. And she doesn't seem to spend any time feeling sorry for herself: "I don't think I'm special—I was born like this and just get on with life. Everyone is different in their own way." We have to disagree: Jessica seems pretty special to us.
Learn more about Jessica's charity for other kids born with Caudal Regression Syndrome and see an amazing video of her swimming, at the Huffington Post.
Every Monday, we're rounding up the things, small and big, that make us stop and think. Today, we're inspired by...
"There are no limits. There are absolutely no limits and I started to dream big again.”
-The Biggest Loser winner Ali Vincent on losing over half her body weight.
"It's great that you get to go out and actually save someone’s life, hopefully, or at least make a difference to someone, you know. When you know that they’re in trouble, you do everything you can to get there."
-Prince William, who helped to rescue two stranded sailors this weekend, on working with the Royal Air Force's Search and Rescue Force.
"It's not like it's hard to be decent and respectful and well
Every Monday, we'll be letting you know about new releases the editors at O and Oprah.com couldn't stop reading. This week, the book to give to every journal-writing friend:
Beyond Words: 200 Years of Illustrated Diaries
by Susan Snyder
What it is: A collection of art-decorated journal excerpts written by everyone from anonymous American explorers of the western wilderness to famed citizens like the naturalist John Muir and the writer Mark Twain.
Why it's not just dry history: People tend to be honest, revealing and even funny when they're talking to themselves and drawing for themselves—without thinking of who may read or see their work. Consider Issac Baker who describes his voyages in 1849 as a sailor (complete with colorful cartoons of him spitting up seawater and carousing with the captain) or William Voigt the depression-era magician who wrote a guide to his own tricks, complete with step-by-step drawings. Our favorite: the dazzling, free-spirited Jean Margaret Hill who hitchhiked around Europe in the early 1970s, exploring drugs and free love, sketching the strangers and fellow travelers she met along the way, and asking some surprisingly challenging questions like "Does my loneliness glow five hundred meters? Is it a strange magnet for so many vague individuals? Is this the only warmth I have?"
How it will inspire you: You don't have to be an artist to illustrate your own life. Use Miss Minnie Perrelet as an example, who relied on photographs as her journal (with long detailed written entries about trips to Death Valley in the 1920s) or David Ross Bower who drew maps of the California parks he explored as hiker in 1930s. Watercolor, sketch, doodle, collage, or glue on "bits of plant fluff, grass stalks or a lock of mountain goat hair" like the young ornithologist Florence Merriam Bailey at the turn of the last century.
Gorgeous gift books for art lovers
The one memoir every woman should read
We hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving with plenty to be grateful for! We'll see you back here on Monday.
Americans are cutting back a lot these days but they're not cutting back on donations to charity.
For the travel-weary: The best quotes to keep you going (Via USA Today)
Even adorable penguin chicks can blog these days.
A special group reunites soldiers with unlikely friends from the front lines.
A breathtaking performance by an aerialist who makes circus performers look like wimps.
How to save time and be more creative. Step one: stop beating yourself up for not being productive in the past.
Music that will make the whole family happy. (Yes, the Muppets are involved.)
Fight holiday stress with pandas, soccer, and Mr. T.
The Life-Lifter: An animal shelter is saved with the help of $26 donations... and a 26-toed cat.
My what were what? I looked. "Oh. Ohhhhh." She directed me to a bike shop and proceeded to fill up the stroller tires. "Free air," she said, as if imparting some sort of runic wisdom. We continued on, and suddenly the whole world seemed lighter, easier, friendlier. I could have sworn the sun came out from behind the clouds. The stroller wasn't such a burden! It skimmed across the sidewalk like a water skipper on the surface of an alpine pond. I didn't quite start singing something from "The Sound of Music," but I could have, that's how completely my worldview had shifted.
It occurs to me that this is something of a metaphor for life. It's not even that we make things more difficult than they need to be, but that we don't question whether or not they need to be difficult.
We assume that if something is hard we just have to deal. So I've been applying the flat tire test to everything that comes my way that seems difficult, and, surprise surprise, it's helping. Thanksgiving loomed, filling me with dread. Why? I usually love Thanksgiving! When I thought about it, I realized I just felt overwhelmed by the idea of hosting and all that went with it, but worried that if I begged off our friends would think I was lazy and lame. And you know what? I asked them if they would mind hosting, they agreed with alacrity, and sent out an email with a suggested menu. Free air! Once I pinpointed the problem and simplified our plans for fun, my energy returned. Free air!
As the holiday season envelops us with its many demands, I think of what a wise woman—ok, my mother—likes to say: Just because something's good doesn't mean it doesn't cause anxiety. What's subtly, almost invisibly, keeping your energy down, your spirits low? Can you apply some "free air," so to speak, and lighten your own load?
When your biggest roadblock is...you.
Is it you or your life that's the problem?