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Life After...

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My wonderful friend Dyanne wrote about life after cancer, and how its challenges and heartbreaks are hard to cope with, something she says is the last thing people want to hear. They assume the battle ended once she beat cancer, which is why she enters conversations gauging how much truth people can handle before honestly answering how she's doing. People believe she should be grateful to be alive, and she is, but she’s not the same whole person she used to be. She went on to say that most people would rather have light conversations or get juicy gossip instead of hearing about endless battles with many medications or side-effects that leave her unable to lead a normal life. It was sad to hear that my friend's struggles include people's distaste for vulnerability. The same day of Dyanne’s post, author BrenĂ© Brownposted this: “The root of the word courage is cor – the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage had a very different definition than i…

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Valentine's Day! Download (right-click or control-click and save linked file) this BestieGram for all of your LuckyBesties.

Happy 6th Birthday To Us!

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Life is Full of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Quote of the Day

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Simple, Perfect Chili

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Recipe Courtesy of Ree Drummond
Level: Easy
Total: 1 hr 40 min
Active: 30 min
Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients
2 pounds ground beef
2 cloves garlic, chopped
One 8-ounce can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup masa harina
One 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
One 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
Shredded Cheddar, for serving
Chopped onions, for serving
Tortilla chips, for serving
Lime wedges, for serving

Directions
Place the ground beef in a large pot and throw in the garlic. Cook over medium heat until browned. Drain off the excess fat, and then pour in the tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and cayenne. Stir together well, cover, and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. If the mixture becomes overly dry, add 1/2 cup water at a time as needed.

After an hour, place the masa harina in a small bowl. Add 1/2 cup water and stir togethe…