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Life is Full of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Happy Easter

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Quote of the Day

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Quote of The Day

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Who We Are in The Arena

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An inspiring dialog was spotlighted last week by Abby Wambach with the release of her new book, Wolfpack  Abby is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, co-captain of the 2015 Women’s World Cup Champion Team, activist, and New York Times bestselling author of Forward: A Memoir, and now advocate for all women to reimagine the world as our arena, inclusive of all traveling and driven as a Wolfpack! The book is a call, a reminder to unleash the power within. And for women to unite in support of each other through the new change of rules that include us. A few pages into the book, I kept wondering how I could just now be realizing that as a teenager, I was taught by watching my mother to follow the Old Rules that didn’t include me. I had to hustle for a small piece of what men counterparts were earning and be grateful that I was given an opportunity at all. It was every woman for herself, jump over other women instead of helping them up. Don’t champion others. And any failure might as well be…

Life is Full of Pleasures: Cyndi's top 3

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Quote of the Day

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Quote of the Day

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The Labyrinth of Social Drinking

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I recently read a great article about the wine mom culture from the perspective of Nicole Slaughter Graham, a sober woman. During the early years of my kid’s school years, I was part of the wine mom culture, and tone-deaf to the sober people around me. I’d joke about itching for happy to arrive so I can relax and have a glass of wine. I’d join groups of moms who went out for happy hour. It was what we did to cope with babies, school-age children, and the pressures of balancing a busy life in a big city. Then, I started to feel like everything revolved around alcohol and the pressure to keep up with how many drinks we could have. One day, a new mom joined my group, and I kept pushing to know what kind of wine she was going to order until she nervously said that she couldn’t drink. I immediately got it. She couldn’t--not didn’t want to. All the moms had failed to tell me that this was a sober person. I was embarrassed to how insensitive I had been with someone I didn’t know. For that sp…

Life is Full of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Quote of the Day

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Quote of the Day

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Guiding Lights...

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Twenty-eight years after my ex-boyfriend Eddie’s murder, I sat on the floor at home, feeling intense grief over his death. This was triggered by Sunday’s news story of the killing of a young man. The broadcast played a brief clip of the murder scene, and as I watched, a flashback to Eddie’s murder scene simultaneously popped into my head. The memory of so long ago occasionally played in my mind for almost thirty years, complete chaos played out dramatically and slowly, but always in complete silence. I think I blocked out the horrible sound of sirens and helicopters and loud cries. That is until now when a complete stranger’s murder resembled Eddie’s crime scene and the sound of that night’s chaos returned as if I had closed my eyes, and it was happening all over again around me. I heard the cries of the mother of the second victim who had been sitting next to Eddie, they were both hit by bullets, but only Eddie’s injuries were fatal. That evening, two other friends and Eddie were acr…

Flourless Chocolate Cake

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Recipe Courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

This gluten-free cake can be enjoyed at room temperature, but chilling it totally transforms the texture and makes it super-dense.

Level: Easy
Total: 1 hr 25 min (includes cooling time)
Active: 20 min
Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Ingredients
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for buttering the pan
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate (not chips), chopped
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for dusting the cake
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
6 large eggs, separated
Whipped cream, for serving

Directions
Special equipment:
A 9-inch spring-form pan

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and butter the inside of a spring-form pan. Melt the chocolate and butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat; stirring frequently until smooth. Stir in the sugar, cocoa powder and salt until all of the lumps are gone. Remove from the heat and let cool for a few minutes.

Meanwhile, beat the egg whites in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed unti…

Life is Full of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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