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Inspiring Minds: Homaro Cantu

13 Feb

Homaro CantuMy first introduction to Homaro Cantu was via the Discovery Channel’s “Future Food” TV series on Planet Green.

That’s also when I first learned about the miracle berry and its ability to temporarily fool your taste buds into thinking sour and bitter foods taste sweet.

My friend Geraldine wrote about her miracle taste adventure over on the Everywhereist.com. (You may have seen me pop up over there from time to time.)

Sure, all this talk of “taste tripping” is fun and all, but what really impressed me about Homaro was his hopes for the fruit’s potential for helping people battling obesity, diabetes, cancer, and even poverty.
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4 Life Lessons From My 4 Favorite Bloggers

14 Nov

Every once in a while, you’ve just got to give a shout out to the people who are doing it right. The people who really get it, and just by being themselves, teach you something by osmosis.

These four bloggers have done that for me. Hats off to you all, and thank you.

And if you haven’t checked out their sites, may this inspire you to do so.

4 Life Lessons from My Favorite 4 Bloggers

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1. The Everywhereist

Be honest, revel in what you love, and always be uniquely you. Years ago, Geraldine also gave me this sage advice, which stuck with me: let the blog [or insert other responsibility] be the means and not just an end to the means.

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Why Pinterest?

18 Jul
Photo by Roxanne Ready, Flickr Creative Commons

Photo by Roxanne Ready, Flickr Creative Commons

Why Pinterest?

If I pinned this as a Halloween costume idea on Pinterest, would it create a black hole? (Photo by Klara Kim)

If I pinned this as a Halloween costume idea on Pinterest, would it create a worm hole…? (Photo by Klara Kim)

Granted, Pinterest has its dark side, too. I’ve heard many a mom complain that Pinterest’s entire existence aims to disprove their worth with its mocking treasure trove of unrealistic expectations.

Sure, it can be that, too, but only if you let it. Here are some practical uses for this often misunderstood tool.

Writers
Show publishers you know your stuff.

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Every Woman Needs to Know This

24 Jun

Seville Alcazar Angela SueEvery woman needs to know this before your next mammogram.

It could save your life.

1. What type of breast do you have on a 1-4 scale?

  • Ask for your mammography report. It’s in there.
  • If you haven’t had a mammogram, your gynecologist can let you know if you’re in the denser camp.
  • Most women under 40 have denser breasts. That said, one third of older women do, too. In other words, don’t rule it out if you’re older, and assume you do if you’re younger.

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Innovation

23 May

We had boxes of these in my house growing up.

Do you know what it is?

ToothpasteRoller

It’s a toothpaste tube roller. My Great Uncle Albert made them—hundreds of them actually. He invented them.

I remember going to Uncle Charlie’s inventors’ shop once when I was little. My eyes were just high enough to peer down the sawdust-covered countertops. Everything smelled of old wood and agitated metal. Scattered among the machines and tools were remnants of fishing reels he’d invented as well, at various stages on their journey to creation.

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Why Blog?

20 May

Work Desk

“Why don’t you blog about it?” That was a common joke between my husband and me, long before my friend Geraldine (a.k.a. The Everywhereist) encouraged me to embark on this endeavor.

I thought back then (and often still do), that many blogs take themselves too seriously. Let’s face it: blogging is not exemplary journalism, literary excellence, or even (for most of us) our profession.

So, why blog?

It’s a valid question, and certainly one I scrutinized before jumping in. But I have to admit, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the results of this 1.5-year experiment, and that’s why I keep doing it.

If you’ve ever wondered, “What’s the point?”—or even considered trying it yourself—here are some benefits for three groups in particular.

Geraldine Pipe

And this would be The Everywhereist. Don’t let her fool you. She’s a smart cookie and a crazy-talented writer.

1. Writers

When was the last time you had regular, devoted time to write, when the topic was of your choosing, and you had an audience to hold you accountable? College maybe. Even then, I’m going to bet you wrote what you had to and not what you wanted to.

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Top 3: New Toys for Girls

11 Apr
Ummm ... seriously?

Ummm … seriously?

As a progressive, free-thinking mom with a daughter, I’m always looking for girls’ toys beyond the traditional options, like Barbie and Disney princesses.

Not that there’s anything wrong with those (with some exceptions), but why limit burgeoning imaginations to such a small field of options? Research shows we shouldn’t. Same holds true for boys.

That’s why I’m thrilled to have discovered these new toys for girls.
(I expect they’ll turn a few boys’ heads, too.)

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