The Delicious Story — Interview Nov. 16

The Delicious Story — Interview Nov. 16

What choices in life have you made that stretched you beyond your comfort zone? It’s hard to break from routine but when we do doors open to new opportunity. This FIRST episode of The Delicious Story is both an enchanting look at one woman’s adventure, and her reflections on how memorable meals have added flavor to her life.  

I met Sara Middleton Downing after I sent out an invitation on social media asking for guests. Her story will take you to the far corners of South America AND provide rich details of great dining experiences. I’d tell you more, but listen and enjoy her stories firsthand.

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How do you record tragedy in your life?

How do you record tragedy in your life?

It’s not a great memory. But I was there, it’s part of my history and I still think of it often. But why is sharing not always easy? This experience was folded into a traumatic period of my life already, and I tend to keep sad storytelling inside, but I know that others need to share. How do you share tragedy?

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Thanksgiving Conversation You’ll Be Grateful To Ignite

Thanksgiving Conversation You’ll Be Grateful To Ignite

Change up the pace and spirit of your Thanksgiving by pulling out your family photos. Get the books off the shelf and those photo stragglers out of boxes. Stoke up your hard drive on your tablet and release those pictures to view.

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What Is Your Best Birthday Memory?

What Is Your Best Birthday Memory?

Birthdays are a momentous day for kids (and adults, succumbing to the kid inside us). I have many great birthday memories, but they are sketchy as to what birthday and year. But, the miracle of the birthday dinner still holds sway in my memory. Selecting exactly what I wanted was more than the perfect meal; it was the opportunity to make a momentous decision that impacted the whole family.

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Step #1 In Organizing Your Hard Copy Photos

Step #1 In Organizing Your Hard Copy Photos

Beyond the digital, particularly if you're over 40, consider all those hard-copy photos you have at home. You’ve probably amassed them in various places; the basement, the attic, in boxes and in photo albums. Unless you're one of those special few with a killer organization system to keep them all together, easy-to-locate and in good condition, this post is a must-read.

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What Are Your Comfort Food Movies?

What Are Your Comfort Food Movies?

I can’t get enough of my favorite “comfort food” films, because they are just so well made. Classics like “North by Northwest,” “Annie Hall” or “The Graduate” will always hit the spot. In the case of many comedies – “This is Spinal Tap,” “Animal House” or any Marx Brothers film – they still break me up every time.

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Barf Wars: What Personal Record Are You Proudest Of?

Barf Wars: What Personal Record Are You Proudest Of?

When I saw episode #73 in 1993, it recalled my own similar streak, which had ended the year before and stretched back to 1979. The details are not necessary, but 1979 was my freshman year of college. So, 13 years later, in October 1992, that streak went down the drain with an unfortunate episode involving fine cigars. Never again.

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She said, he said: The same story?

She said, he said: The same story?

In the post on how to create your life timeline, I suggest you reach out to family and friends to see what they remember of the events you’ve listed. I guarantee, even if you have the best memory, you’ll be surprised and learn something new. Their memories will enrich your storytelling and provide you an opportunity to connect and dig deeper.

For fun and humility I share one of our family stories to illustrate the point of how different perspectives change a story. It’s our version of Christmas mayhem akin to family photo awkward moments.

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