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The Perfect Lemon Bar

“Cindy, you’re so hard on yourself.” This statement came from a friend in response to the apologies I offered my guests as I set out a plate of lemon bars made from a new recipe that didn’t come out quite as described by its given name, The Perfect Lemon Bar. Yes, I can be hard on myself because I know I can do better. And yet, it doesn’t stop me… Read More


For a few silent moments, I sit quietly at my desk. Arms in a relaxed, open position. Eyes closed. I breathe in deeply. Then exhale. My shoulders drop. In my mind’s eye, I reach for my emotions. How do I feel right now? Nothing—I’m drawing a blank. Not high or low, just meh. Or maybe not even meh. I’m in my focused, busy, productive mode. Thinking about what needs to… Read More

I’m fine.

In recent years, I have been particularly attuned to language, both verbal and written. While I value precision in language, what’s more important to me is what language says about someone’s internal experience. So I listen for key words. One word that stands out is the “F” word. No, not that “F” word. The other one, “Fine.” Like me, you probably hear it all the time, coming out of your… Read More

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