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November 2011 (130 posts)
"Do what you love, and do it often." A manifesto for living life to the fullest, illustrated by bikers.
These paintings are beautiful, cosmic, colorful, and...of cancer cells.
"I knew I had to become stronger, stronger than I have probably been my whole life." How one mother escaped a horrifying life of abuse and now counsels other women like her.
Bacon ice cream, stain removers, smart women, and other reasons to get out of bed in the morning.
The Life-Lifter: A quick dose of happiness: Mama elephant. Baby elephant. Awww.
Which is why I love when a recipe tells me to thicken a sauce with yogurt. I adore cream cheese and sour cream (which many recipes rely on to make dishes creamy), but they aren't staples in my house. Yogurt is, though, since it's healthy, kid-friendly and something everyone in the family will eat for breakfast, a snack or dessert. And with the cool weather, my weeknight suppers have taken a heartier turn, so now yogurt's popping up on my dinner menu, too. I'm using it in in soups and stews from carrot-ginger to curried lentil; cooling dips, which go well with spicy chicken dishes; and salad dressings accompanying winter greens like endive.
Cooking with yogurt is easy. Here's how to do it.
JIA, originally $680, now $600 with code OPRAH600; jiacollection.com.
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"Preserve and cherish the pale blue dot." Celebrate Carl Sagan's birthday by letting him gorgeously lift your spirits.
Do something badly—and three other ways to silence the barking perfectionist in your head.
A drudgerous task made joyful: Wash the dishes like nobody's watching.
The Life-Lifter: Beat the mid-week blues with a 20-second "screencation." (That's where you actually don't go anywhere, but imagine you're visiting thes enchanting tree houses for grownups.)
So when Rebekah was diagnosed with celiac disease—an autoimmune condition that requires you to scrupulously avoid eating gluten—it was a deep blow. Bread and pasta were immediately off the table, but so was birthday cake at office gatherings and the cookies-and-cream ice cream at a neighbor’s dinner party. When it came time to pick our wedding cake, our options narrowed to a precious few (though we found a place that knocked it out of the park). And when our foodie friends came in to town last year, obsessed with trying out the cookies and pies at a hot new bakery, the only thing Rebekah could buy was a tiny tub of artisanal butter and then watch while everyone moaned over the buttery pastries.
Sure, gluten-free baking recipes exist, but most of the fava-bean flour and xantham-gum experiments we tried were arduous, and the results disappointing (“Is this cupcake supposed to look gray?”). And how do you figure out how to swap wheat flour for tapioca and rice flours in Grandma’s rosemary loaf?
Flavorpill's list of fictional places you can actually visit in real life covers locations that have been created for the movie version of the novel, or because they've actually existed all along. The photo of Ashdown Forest in Sussex, England, is reason enough to visit (it's where Pooh perfected Pooh-sticks with Piglet and the rest of the gang), but what we love best about the list is the joy in learning that such iconic places do not just live in our heads. It's similar to the feeling of watching a movie based on a book you loved without the inevitable let-down. Because seeing those hobbit holes in person (which you'll be able to do starting next year) is actually pretty amazing.
Mike Albo (one half of the duo behind the book that we oh-so-loved, The Underminer) recently spent the night in a museum. On purpose. With no Ben Stiller in sight. Instead, this grown-up sleepover, at New York City’s Rubin Museum of Art, asked participants to consider the influence of art on their dreams.
Albo writes in Well+Good, “The museum is dedicated to the art of the Himalayas and surrounding regions, and every floor (there are 6) presents gorgeous shrine-worthy work that throbs with meaning and wisdom...Still I was concerned.” He worried “that my dreams would not be worthy. They are often crazily vivid, and involve B-list celebrities from ’90s sitcoms. Basically my brain is like an old copy of People you may find in a dentist office.”
After talk on Tibetan dream interpretation and some bedtime tea, participants cuddled up on their yoga mats beneath large works of art. In the morning, “dream gatherers” wrote down each person's dreams. Albo notes that he was “sort of proud that for once there were no celebrities in my head for a night. Maybe, the Dream Over did its work, and some of the nattering cultural residue that dirties my mind was scrubbed away.” (Read the whole essay for Albo’s wild dream and to see his dream-inspiring artwork.)
There’s something very appealing about the idea that sleeping near art could clear your mind and intensify – or even improve – your dreams. But in the end it seemed like the most valuable part of this experiment (other than, maybe, the “Tibetan cream of wheat” they were served for breakfast) was the simple act of being mindful. Of going to bed thinking of dreams, of waking up ready to receive and assimilate the night’s mental activity. After all, life coach Cheryl Richardson says, “Your dreams can contain important messages about your body and your health.” So whether you’re sleeping beneath a 19th-century tapestry depicting the wheel of life, or a print of your favorite painting wedged in a cheap IKEA frame, it can’t hurt to be open to the idea that maybe your dreams may be magnificent, to try to be your own dream-gatherer each morning.More on listening to your dreams:
Office Escape Lunch Box, $25. Have an eco-friendly picnic before the park near your office is covered in snow. This cardboard box looks like a briefcase and contains four compostable trays, small and large bowls, utensil sets, cold cups, napkins and a trash bag.
Air Quote Mittens, $65. It's no longer impossible to make air quotes when your hands are hidden under mittens, thanks to these inventive handwarmers. "Yes," "please"!
Scratch Map, $24. This poster lets you track your travels in a fun way: Scratch off where you've been to reveal pops of color and local facts.
Jumbo Hair Clips, $15. Holding your hair in an updo, half-updo or off to the side, these oversized barrettes will definitely turn heads.
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