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Q: I'm a 51-year-old massage therapist, and while I love my job, my body hurts from the hard physical work. I'm considering going back to school to get a nursing degree. I have around $80,000 in savings from an inheritance and $100,000 in equity in my home. But I'm also the single parent of a college-bound 14-year-old daughter. Should I change careers now?
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A: It's likely that you'll be working into your 60s, so if you can't imagine staying with massage long-term, now is a fine time to make a switch. Given the high demand for skilled nurses, it's likely that you'll be able to find full-time work. My suggestion? Focus on your education, not your daughter's. Your financial security must take precedence. If becoming a nurse helps you better support yourself, that's the best move for you both.
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Until recently, my chickpea consumption--such as it was--existed squarely within the scope of salads and hummus. I liked them well enough, but wasn't so crazy about them...that is, until I put them in the oven.
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I'm talking about roasted chickpeas, which might just be your new go-to snack. Making them is beyond easy. All you do is rinse a can of chickpeas in a colander, then pour them onto a rimmed baking sheet lined with a paper towel and shake the pan lightly to dry the chickpeas off. Gently pull the paper towel out from under the chickpeas and pour a tablespoon or so of olive oil over them, and move the pan from side to side again so they're coated. Bake at 450 degrees for a half-hour to 40 minutes, sliding the pan around during cooking once or twice. They're done when they are slightly puckered and blistered.
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"Love, having no geography, knows no boundaries: weight and sink it deep, no matter, it will rise and find the surface." - Truman Capote
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"What unites us as human beings is an urge for happiness which at heart is a yearning for union." Sharon Salzberg
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