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Pollo con arroz (Recipe)

I can’t believe it: I’m posting my first recipe! Which is shocking, really, considering this blog was created to feature recipes you make when disaster strikes: When you’re stressed. Or sick. Or both. When five hungry people are coming for dinner and...

Middle age sucks — but there’s hope

Happy belated birthday to me! Yup, I celebrated the Big Five-Two yesterday. And with it, the realization that — statistically speaking — I’m the unhappiest now that I’ll ever be. Cheers to that! According to a recent Washington Post article, 52...

Almost there (my birthday anthem)

It’s my birthday. On our way to school this morning, my daughter played this song for me. (Sung by the lovely Anika Noni Rose.) I welled up. Not that I want to open a fashionable restaurant in 1920’s New Orleans. But I can relate to mountains, trials and...

Joy and Woe. A time to grieve.

Yesterday was the saddest day of my life: I got divorced. And so, after 23 years, four months and 30 days of being “Mrs. W.” I am back to being plain, old Conner Middelmann. My reaction took me by surprise. I was expecting to feel relief, energy, and even...

Good or Evil? The one you feed.

Today’s Daily Calm meditation was about a Cherokee parable that goes like this: An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two...

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