Making Love Soup

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It was bean soup I was making, cannellini bean made from scratch.  The beans had been soaking all day, and were now cooked perfectly (sometimes a challenge for me, getting them just right), salted and ready for the soup. Into my inherited cast iron pot I started with the bacon, just a few pieces for flavor and the fat for sautéing the vegetables.  First were the leeks and onions stirred until they sweetened and softened.  Next came the celery … [Read more...]

Accidental Joy

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Guitar classes.  My husband gave me a series at McCabe's for Christmas this year.  I haven’t played since I was in college but was inspired to pick it back up again after all this time. It is definitely harder on this old brain to make it all work – fingering and plucking and reading and rhythm.  But it is a fantastic reminder that it is diligence and persistence that make the difference, because at each class we are all a little … [Read more...]

Aging Healthfully: Part I

Many people ask me what is the secret for "anti-aging."  The first thing I mention is that we all "age" whether we want to or not.  True, some people seem to age more slowly than others.  Looking young is the standard.  Thus the push for products that keep the skin young, facials or even surgery that eliminate wrinkles, or magic potions that ensure youthful features and strength and stamina.  Where is that darn "fountain of youth" anyway?  I … [Read more...]

How To Seduce Your Next Buyer, Client Or Student Via Radio

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How To Seduce Your Next Buyer, Client Or Student Via Radio By Jackie Lapin If you are a non-fiction author, you will want to rev up your publicity efforts around the launch of your book. One of the most effective tools is radio—both internet and broadcast. As the head of company that offers Personal Development Radio Media Tours for authors in the personal growth, self-help, spiritual or health genre, we have really grown to love internet … [Read more...]

I Am Tired Of The Eggshell Dance

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I Am Tired Of The Eggshell Dance By Marianne Simon You know what I mean. Tired of worrying about what people think. Tired of worrying about hurting people’s feelings. Tired of being afraid to make a mistake. Tired of talking quietly, cautiously. Tired of making waves, tired of tiptoeing thru life. I’m tired of holding it in, sucking it up. Tired of keeping it back. Tired of smiling until my cheeks crack. Tired of not trusting … [Read more...]

Turtle On A Rock (Or Who Needs Multi-Tasking?)!

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Turtle On A Rock (Or Who Needs Multi-Tasking?)! By Marianne Simon I am questioning when it became such a great skill to be able to multi-task. Maybe it is my age showing. Or maybe it’s just plain scary to watch a bike rider texting on their phone with one hand while taking a puff of a cigarette with the other. And for myself I know that when I eat lunch while entering my receipts in Quickbooks, I only up with a belly ache and grease all … [Read more...]

Dating Dilemma: What’s Worse – Being With An Imperfect Man Or Being Alone?

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Dating Dilemma: What's Worse - Being With An Imperfect Man Or Being Alone? By Julie Ferman As women, one of our “gifts” from our Creator is our amazing ability to discern. In the grocery store, we girls are masterful at picking out the absolute best banana from the bunch, the juiciest grapefruit and the freshest, most delectable tuna filet. Being picky about fruit and fish? This is good… But being overly picky about the men we choose to … [Read more...]

The Dreaded “What DO You Do?” Question

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How To Answer The Dreaded "What DO You Do?" Question By Marianne Simon How do you answer the dreaded "What do you do?" question? I was standing outside The Cap Theater in Sherman Oaks waiting to see an evening of women’s monologues. The event had been created by a dear friend, Christina Dunbar, who started Artistpreneurs On Stage , a program that supports women expressing themselves creatively. As was customary, a group of us … [Read more...]

Do You Know The Real Reason Speakers Love To Speak?

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Do You Know The Real Reason Speakers Love To Speak? By Marianne Simon Do you know the REAL reason speakers love to speak? Because it is a RUSH! Giving a great Presentation is Intense, Exhilarating, Intense, Mind-blowing When you are in the zone as a speaker – it is you up on the stage, fully standing in your power, your light, your mission. It is you, sharing yourself, arms wide open, completely focused and present. Now, ask any … [Read more...]

Am I Too Old To Start Again?

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Am I Too Old To Start Again? By Marianne Simon At long last, I finally understand the next step of my journey as I transition away from landscape design: I love helping people step into their full glory by creating presentations that inspire action and reflect who they truly are.  Yahoo – done! I started off this new undertaking with a bang.  I had finally figured it out after months, if not years, of agonizing.  It had come together in … [Read more...]