By Leigh Newman
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Let's pretend we all live in some dark parallel universe where we get to own only one thing. Gold bullion, love letters, passports-everything has to go except your one thing, and there is a mean-spirited enforcer wearing a cloak and carrying a machete who enforces the rule.
In two seconds, I would be headless. I could not choose between my brown mascara and my slow cooker.
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- Oprah.com | Shine Food – Tue, Dec 6, 2011 10:39 AM EST
By Leigh Newman Read More »from The 7 Ingredients Guaranteed to Make Your Crock Pot Dish a Hit
Photo: ThinkstockBy Amy ShearnRead More »from Learning to Embrace Failure
Lately there's been a lot of talk on the theme of failure and how integral it is to success. In a world where peoples' value is all too often determined by lists of accomplishments and tangible success, failing feels dangerous. Who has time to fail? We're all supposed to have started our own businesses/earned our first million/won American Idol by the time we're about twenty, right?
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Fear of failure is the theme of the Stockholm Berghs School of Communication's student work exhibition, and in honor of this some respected creative types have shared their thoughts on the value of failure. Brainpickings has a wonderful roundup of videos of these writers, artists, and designers talking about the nobility of failure and what they have learned from their own various failings. I love this one, in which designer Milton Glaser says,
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"Genius occurs very rarely. So the real embarrassing
Photo: OWNBy Nathalie Gorman
Have you ever met a woman who has literally never turned on a stove? Or a man well into his adult years who still goes to Mom's for dinner every night because cooking is just too much for him? Well, Kristina Kuzmic has, and she's absolutely not okay with it.
Starting this Saturday, the woman sometimes known as The Ambush Cook will be storming the kitchens of strangers who need culinary instruction. Her very raw recruits in this battle will be put through their onion-chopping paces by their drill sergeant (whose basic training methods involve enforced dancing at the cutting board-and lots of it). By the end of boot camp, they will have gotten past their nerves and on to making braised short ribs.
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Photo: Dan SaelingerBy Jessica Girdwain
Things you regularly toss can be packed with nutrients as well as a surprising amount of flavor. Here are three trimmings you should start saving.
Orange PeelThe peel contains more than four times as much fiber as the fruit inside, and more tangeretin and nobiletin-flavonoids with anticancer, antidiabetic, and anti-inflammatory properties. A 2004 study on animals suggests that these nutrients may even reduce harmful LDL cholesterol better than some prescription drugs.
How to eat it: Grate and sprinkle zest on green beans or asparagus. For dessert, simmer strips in simple syrup and cover in melted dark chocolate.
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Photo: ThinkstockNutritional Benefits of Celery TopsThe leaves are brimming with five times more magnesium and calcium than the stalks. They're also a rich source of vitamin C and phenolics, potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds.
How to eat them: Finely chop the leaves with parsley and Read More »from The Hidden Nutritional Benefits in Kitchen Scraps
Photo: ThinkstockBy Corrie PikulRead More »from The Pistachio Nut Mind Trick
As healthy as nuts are, they have something in common with the more dubious snack options: It's hard to eat just one, or just one handful, which is the recommended portion size. You may park yourself next to the bowl of mixed nuts at a party, thinking you're just going to healthfully nibble the night away, and before you know it, you've consumed 546 calories of almonds (that's the amount in a cup).
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Fortunately, though, some types of nuts seem to come with their own alarm that sends you a signal that you've had enough. In a study published in the September issue of the journal Appetite, students who were constantly offered pistachios in the shell consumed 22 percent fewer nuts when the researchers left the bowls of discarded shells on their desks than when they took them away. The researchers think the shells acted as "visual cues" that reminded the students how many nuts they'd already eaten.
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Wine for Everyone
If you're invited to one party a week this season, you'll need at least four bottles of wine to bring for your hosts, and that's not including the extras you'll want for yourself (to serve at your own get-together and to sip while buying gifts online). Last year, Americans spent over a billion dollars more on wine in December than they did in November, according to retail trade reports from the government. This means that wine shops and liquor stores will probably be offering better deals on wine before Thanksgiving, says Jeanette Pavini, a consumer reporter and a household savings expert for Coupons.com. November also happens to be the end of the harvest season, she says, so stores will be eager to move older merchandise to make room for the new. Pavini suggests picking up a case or two (you'll save 10 to 20 percent more than if you buy individual bottles) in mid-November to last you-and your guests-through January. Those oenophiles looking forRead More »from The Top 3 Hidden Costs of the Holidays
Photo: ThinkstockThese four women shared their festive family rituals with the O staff.Read More »from 4 Unique Holiday Traditions to Try This Year
"We have jumbo king crab legs on Christmas, usually wearing ski goggles. Those suckers squirt."
-Allison Perry, 30, Boulder, Colorado
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Photo: Thinkstock"On Christmas Eve, we have a big 'favorite things' dinner: We each get to eat our best-loved food, whether it's steak or lobster or, as I've requested in years past, nothing but desserts."
-Rachel Mount, 27, New York City
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Photo: Thinkstock"My siblings and I have a holiday gathering at my father's grave, singing carols and decorating a tree with solar lights. Dad loved the holidays, so we celebrate the way he would have."
-Sheila McIntyre, 48, Burlington, Vermont
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Photo: Thinkstock"Before we open presents, our three kids get in bed with us and my husband tells them each the story of the day they were born. They don't let him forget any details!"
-Kelly Daley Zimmerman, 41,
- Oprah.com | Beauty on Shine – Mon, Nov 28, 2011 2:44 PM EST
Photo: ThinkstickBy Amber KallorRead More »from Your Favorite Discontinued Beauty Products, Now on Sale!
Food editor Lynn Andriani recently came over to my desk with her favorite lipstick in hand (or at least what was left of it). The label was entirely rubbed off and the bullet worn down to a nub.
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Desperate for a replacement, she asked if I recognized this not too bright, not too sheer shade of pearly pink. Without any visible clues-aside from the stub of remaining color-I was on the verge of breaking the news that not even a beauty junky like myself could point her down the right aisle at Sephora or the drugstore.
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That is until I came across Giella, a company that custom blends everything from lipstick to nail polish to foundation [via Birchbox.com]. All you have to do is mail in your discontinued or mystery makeup and they'll send back an exact match. (It's essentially the cosmetic version of cloning).
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No more cursing those
Photo: THQBy Corrie PikulRead More »from Spiritual Tetris, Anyone
Despite all of the research I've read about the benefits of meditation (it can help reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep, improve focus and generally make people happier). Not bad, those things, but I can never seem to fit even a few minutes of meditation into my day. When I do, it feels suspiciously similar to procrastinating. And it seems to my husband, who sees me lying on the floor with my eyes closed, that I'm napping (sometimes, he's right).
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That's why I was intrigued by a new video game designed by meditation master Deepak Chopra to help newbies like me improve our skills. It's called "Leela" (Sanskrit for "play"), it works on the Xbox Kinect, and it involves physical challenges as well as more traditional meditation instruction with Chopra and others (it's as if these spiritual personal trainers make house calls). If you take a look at the the game's web site, you'll see the world of Leela is full of gentle, tinkling
- Oprah.com | Work + Money – Wed, Nov 23, 2011 10:57 AM EST
Photo: Getty Images30-year-old playwright Katori Hall-her drama The Mountaintop, starring Samuel L. Jackson as Martin Luther King Jr., hit Broadway this fall-digs deep into life, love, and the creative process.Read More »from It's Up to You to FIll Up the Void and Other Advice from Writing for the Stage
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1. You have to let go of the bad to make room for the good.
I was in a hellish relationship a few years ago, but I swear, the moment I said goodbye, all these blessings started flowing into my life. It was like God was holding a bag of blessings and I was holding a bag of shit, and when I let go of my bag, God was like, "Here you go."
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2. Silence is the start.
Playwrights are the most gregarious writers-to get our work done, we need actors, directors, set designers. So whenever I have to go back into my writing cocoon, I get a little scared to be alone. But that's when the voices come to you. Silence is the start.
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