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  • Melt Their Heart with a Love Letter!

    Flowers, chocolate and home-cooked dinners are elements of a lovely Valentine's Day. However, there are two things that really melt a person's heart: a hand-written love letter and good conversation.

    Personally, I have sat with stuffed bears, jewellery and chocolate, in fancy restaurants all perfectly coiffed, feeling disappointed, unheard and frustrated, as I endured one-sided long conversations.

    Valentine's Day can be like New Year's Eve - a lot of hype and high expectations and then you usually end the night outside in the cold, fighting for a taxi. Blah! Who wants that? Avoid this scenario by showing your partner gratitude and thoughtfulness and do your part to create a special day together.

    Surprise your partner with a love letter, letting them know just how grateful you are to have them in your life. Think of a favourite or special activity, a memory, a moment shared and tell them in your letter why it is important to you.

    And when you are talking with your

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  • Question: I'm vegan, and he's not. Is there hope for our relationship?

    Answer: Love is a mysterious thing. Sometimes it's a case of 'birds of a feather flocking together', other times it's the 'opposites attract' phenomena. If love and respect are present in the relationship, there is usually space to accept each others differences. On the other hand, if you are cringing every time you eat a meal together, it's important to discuss your feelings.

    A lot of it depends on why you are going vegan. If you are vegan for health reasons, it may be relatively easy for you to accept your partners eating habits. If you are vegan for animal rights issues, or even environmental reasons, it will likely be more of a struggle.

    If your partner is open to learning about why you eat the way you do, there are many resources available online for educating him. Try the Vegetarian Resource Group ( ) for starters. The best way however to introduce your partner to your lifestyle

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  • Staying on a budget

    I thought putting myself on a budget would be painful. But I found quite the opposite to be true. When I put myself on a budget I found that I really liked being in control of my money. I felt less out of control. I felt less incompetent. I felt better about myself and about my ability to control myself. I also like knowing there was excess money in savings if I needed it. There was also the day at the grocery store when the card reader denied my debit card. "Uh, no", I thought. "That's just incorrect. There is plenty of money in that account." And I was right. It was a glitch in the system.

    How did I do it? Well, I hate to admit it, but I have to outsmart myself when it comes to money. First, I have it automatically withdrawn every payday and sent to another bank. A bank where I have no debit card, no charge card and no checks. If I want to get that money out I have to drive over and make a withdrawal. Too much trouble. And since the money comes out automatically, I never miss

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  • Obama and the Rise of Secular Spirituality

    By Deepak Chopra and Dave Stewart. Originally posted on

    It's rare enough for an incoming President to inspire such a flood of hope and optimism, or so much relief that our long imprisonment in the political doldrums should be ending. But Barack Obama has done more than that. He has become a symbol of the rise of secular spirituality in this country, a liberated set of values that exists largely outside organized religion. Perhaps he himself is unaware of secular spirituality by that name. In lockstep with all previous Presidents, Obama must be seen attending church regularly, and that church must be close to mainstream.

    However, if you consider what he stands for, Obama's worldview is more congruent with alternative theology than it is with churchgoers, 70% of whom were supporters of George Bush in his two election victories. Where organized religion has opted to stand by the right wing, millions of Americans who consider themselves spiritual have longed for

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  • Making certain moves in an uncertain marketplace

    With the state of the economy and the bailout plan, everyone is concerned about the stability of jobs and 401(k)s. As an entrepreneur, I understand and appreciate the concern over being able to maintain revenue. Regardless of whether you're a business owner, entrepreneur, or recent grad, the marketplace has everyone uncertain about what tomorrow will hold, but there are a few things that we as women (this applies for guys as well!) can keep in mind to be sure that we are equipped and protected in spite of these uncertain times:

    Do Not Panic. A lot of times when we panic we make bad choices. One of the things that I talk about in Skirts in the Boardroom is the importance of emotional intelligence, which is separating emotion from your decision making process. The first thing that is very important is not to panic and to think through decisions and plan. There are many advantages right now -- it's a buyer's market. Real estate and stocks are cheap, plus you can negotiate deals of a

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  • Street Children In Slumdog Millionaire

    One of the benefits of the success of Slumdog Millionaire is that it is raising awareness of the plight of children who live in poverty. Personally, I have been approached by many people asking if the scenes in the film are realistic.

    Are there children in India who really live like that? Are there really organized rings that make a business of children begging on the street? Surely the maiming of a young child - the very difficult scene to watch in the movie - cannot be a reality? The answer, of course, is yes. Yes, children in India - and in many parts of the world - live and die in this reality.

    The power of Slumdog Millionaire is that Danny Boyle has captured, in quite an amazing way, the spirit of of the back alleys and slums that many people wish they could ignore. And, not only has he shown the reality of dire poverty, he has also shown the vibrance, the survival instinct and the hope for these children. My brother, Gotham, and Danny Boyle, the director of Slumdog

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  • How Do I Know If He Is The ONE?

    Arielle Ford, author of The Soulmate Secret: Manifest The Love of Your Life With The Law of Attraction and her husband Brian Hilliard, a business consultant, answer your questions about life, love and relationships. They believe that whether you are eighteen or eighty years old finding Big Love is always possible. Email your questions to:

    Dear Arielle and Brian:

    I have been in a relationship for nearly five years. I feel very safe, comfortable and care deeply for this person. He loves me unconditionally and he is there for me more than anyone I have ever been with. The problem is that I don't feel like he is my "soul mate". How do I know if he is the ONE?



    First of all Virginia, we would like to take this moment to really honor what you've manifested in your relationship over the last five years with your partner. Those wonderful attributes of safety and comfort are extremely nourishing and extremely rewarding. And

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  • 10 Holiday Tips for Dads & Daughters

    Year-end Holidays can make wonderful experiences and memories for dads & daughters (and sons). They can also be stressful, and whip by incredibly fast. Here are a few tips to keep in mind for making the most of your Holiday.

    1. Presence always trumps presents. More than any transient toy or other physical object, your kids crave your time and attention, so let them bask in your presence. If you're a live-away dad, be with her through personal communication and traditions (see below), rather than trying to "make up" for your situation with a flood of presents.

    2. Give her a "Time Machine." Instead of the latest electronic gadget, give your child time (and be sure to keep the commitments you make). Here are a few examples:

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  • 7 Gift Ideas for the Single Guy or Gal

    As the temperature drops and the lights go up, shoppers will be scrambling from store to store to find the perfect holiday gifts for their loved ones. Yet some people, like the mother of my friend Michael, do not venture quite as far. "Nothing is too good for my son," says this New Jersey mom. And so, for the past six years this lucky (or not so lucky) bachelor has received what she perceives is the perfect gift, a complimentary subscription to the matchmaking service for Hanukah.

    From wedding registry re-gifts from the newly married to that ever so useful stash of Starbucks certificates, regardless of religious denomination or region, when it comes to gift giving singles might as well be on the receiving end of the stale fruit cake. The Holidays should be magical for everyone, so in the spirit of fairness, has assembled this Just for One Gift guide for you to pass along to friends and family!

    1. Handy Roadside Assistance: Solo car rides can be tiresome

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  • Interview with Danny Boyle - Slumdog Millionaire

    Let me start with this disclaimer: I loved the film SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE.

    I'm not the only one. The indie film about a Muslim kid name Jamal Malik from the slums of Mumbai who earns his way through the popular TV show Who Wants to be Millionaire has garnered accolades from audiences and critics since it's first showing, culminating with this week's receipt of the prestigious Nbr (National Board Review award) which apparently, amongst those who know, is generally considered a solid prognosticator for the Oscars.

    I already blogged a few days ago about Slumdog after I saw if for the first time. I've subsequently seen it two more times, dragging my wife and then another family member to insure that they too would see it. I'm that guy in the theater that leans over to the person sitting next to me whispering: "this scene is my favorite…check this out…wasn't that awesome…I love this song…etc."

    But I'm blogging again now because today I had a chance to talk to Danny Boyle the

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