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January 2012 (141 posts)
Welcome back, Friday! We're looking forward to a long weekend, and looking back on the things that made our week special...
We're grateful for dreams, and the people who make them realities.
Overcoming odds and obstacles: Homeless girl makes it to the Intel Science Talent Search semifinals.
Yes, there is a right way to nap.
Make your favorite author you new pen pal.
Why can't all veggies be like this? Looks like asparagus, tastes like cake.
The one time it's good to go all matchy-matchy? When you're trying to camouflage thicker ankles and lengthen legs. Pair opaque tights with the same color shoes, says O's creative director Adam Glassman, which creates one continuous line, and choose a pump with a thin heel and pointy toe to keep the illusion going. The mid-size heel (2.5 inches to be exact) on this pair from Ivanka Trump adds height—minus the calf-strain and foot cramps. And the soft suede material is easier to break in than leather.
Shoes: $120, Nordstrom.com
Stockings: $26, Spanx.com
Keep reading to see 6 more shoes with slimming potential.
8 workout tops that make you look instantly thinner
Solve your dressing dilemmas—once and for all
Why she went into the beauty business: We needed to buy a new engine for our van. I'd been making soap for our family and friends, so I decided to make some extra and sell it to raise money.
When she realized they'd be able to pay for the engine...and then some: We had so many orders that we were regularly eating dinner on the kitchen floor because the table was piled high with soap. Within several months, I told my husband either I'd have to scale back the business or he'd have to quit his job to help full-time. We decided to take the leap.
One artist has come up with a brilliantly simple way to face his fears: writing them all down. Brian Rea has created two large-scale murals by listing all of his many fears, from debt to head trauma. As he told Fast Company, "I discovered like most people I had a lot of fears...I began to catalog them: physical fears, natural fears, political fears, random, emotional." One of the murals resembles a large diagram, listing Rea's many fears grouped into categories, while the other features illustrations of one of his main fears. (Visit Fast Company to see the striking images of the murals and to learn what Rea's main fear is!)
It's a great idea for an art exhibit, but I also think we could all learn something from Rea's technique. As journallers everywhere can attest, sometimes all it takes to start feeling better about something is to write it down. Anyone can put up a chalkboard, grab some chalk, and start scribbling away. You could even invite everyone in your family to join—that's sure to inspire some interesting conversations. And maybe those really scary things (like Ricky Gervais) will start to seem less scary after all.
6 Ways to Conquer Your Fears
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There's also the little matter of how to properly write a thank-you note. There is the school of thought that the exact gift and its uses ought to be detailed, but I admit that sometimes I feel uncomfortable writing things like, "Thanks for the money!" And of course, there is the phenomena of uber-polite people like my mother-in-law who will actually write you a thank you note for your thank you note. (Where does it end?)
All of which is to say, what is the right way to thank a person? In her interesting piece on The Millions, novelist Henriette Lazaridis Power writes about that most literary of thank yous, the authors' acknowledgements: "Every book comes with a second narrative, that of its creation."
ArLynn Presser was having severe, debilitating panic attacks several times a week and finally stopped leaving her house. Then she decided to reclaim her life by facing her fears. Luckily for us, her filmmaker son came along to document her journey. Watch this ABC News clip to see how Presser went from being panicky and scared to joyfully slicing open a champagne bottle with a saber and learning to box and sing opera. Presser acknowledges that this was a crazy thing to do. And while she can't cure her agoraphobia and still suffers social anxiety, she says this experience has helped her to gain control over condition. Let's hear it for Facebook!—and for a woman brave enough to reimagine her life.
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First, there's truffle salt, such as this Sicilian one, which contains sea salt and dried summer truffles. A 3.4-ounce jar costs just $19 and can turn French fries, steak or corn on the cob into a luxurious meal or snack (Oprah sprinkles it on popcorn). Truffle oil is another option; La Tourangelle sells both white and black truffle-infused oils for $17 each. White has a smoother taste; black is more intense. A little drizzle goes a long way, on pasta, mashed potatoes, pizza or roasted chicken. Then there's truffle butter, which can go into most savory dishes that call for butter, spoon for spoon. You can also brush it over meat before serving or--the most decadent way to enjoy it--spread it over toasted baguette. D'Artagnan's 3-ounce tub is $8.
A mail-order black truffle pizza
Macaroni and cheese get the truffle treatment
How Sheryl Crow likes to use truffle oil
Dear Friends of Summer (Africa) Winter (USA),
Greetings from As Hot As You Can Stand It, South Africa. Whew, is it a scorching summer. I'm lunching today with the 12th graders from OWLAG, our last outing together before they graduate and go their separate ways to colleges all over South Africa and the U.S. A bittersweet day to bask in all the memories of the past five years. Then Friday night a big pajama party, and Saturday graduation. It's not a custom to have graduation ceremonies here, so this will be the first for a high school.
The girls are nervous and excited. I am one proud mama.
Thank you for your support of NEXT CHAPTER. You all helped us make headlines last week. I hope that you will continue to share your Sunday nights with me, beginning at 9/8c on OWN.
This week, Governor Chris Christie and I talk about what it's like to be fat in the glaring spotlight of other people's jokes.
He was honest. So was I.
Afterward, my favorite show on OWN -- Master Class. This week Goldie Hawn shares her joy. She's actually studied it, being joyful.
Blessings to you all. I'm just trying to stay cool. It's only 82 but feels like 102 in the sun.