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Bircher muesli (overnight oats)

Even (or especially?) crazy-busy people need a decent meal to start their day. Bircher Muesli to the rescue! This breakfast dish is inspired by a preparation pioneered in 1900 by the Swiss doctor Maximilian Bircher-Benner for the patients of his Zurich sanatorium,...

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...

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...

Make your mistakes, next year and forever

My New Year Wish, from the journal of Neil Gaiman. “May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write...