Keep Talking

Yep, you’ve gotta keep talking. When there is trouble afoot, it’s talking that will get us out of it. When we are going through bad patches, it is talking it out that will see us through. When we are optimistic and excited, it is talking that will help our partner share it. If we aren’t …

No limp fish develop the perfect handshake

We shake hands often and usually quite unconsciously. How many times do you have to shake hands during a normal business week? And how much thought do you give to it? There are so many signals given during that brief handshake though, that you really ought to make it supremely confident, utterly secure and convincingly …

Cultivate a smile

Remember the poem? If you can keep your head etc. – well, how do you let them know you are keeping your head? Easy, smile. Smile no matter what. Smile when you greet your colleagues in the morning. Smile when you shake hands. Smile when it’s getting tough. Smile when it’s hell. Smile no matter …

Bitter Melon

Bitter melon, also known as balsam pear, bitter gourd and foo qua, belongs to the squash family. Resembling a warty cucumber, it has edible yellow-green skin (yellow-orange when ripe) and crunchy, watery flesh filled with fibrous seeds and core. Underripe melons are typically used in Asian and Indian cooking. Due to their high quinine content, …

Artichoke

The artichoke, the flower bud of an edible thistle, ranges in size from “baby” to the size of a grapefruit. The artichoke’s overlapping layers of leaves are medium to deep green, sometimes streaked with purple. Varieties such as green globe (the most common) have a sharp “thorn” at the tip of each leaf. The leaves …

feijoa

The feijoa (fay-joh-ah or fay-yoh-ah) is sometimes called pineapple guava but is not a true guava. This small, bumpy, egg-shaped fruit from South America has a bitter green skin and an exotic aroma. The cream-colored flesh has a granular texture, and its tart flavor has hints of quince, pineapple, and mint. When ripe, the center …

Cranberries

Cranberries were named “cranberries” by the Pilgrims, who thought the vines looked like the head of a crane (the “e” was eventually lost). Today, more than 110,000 metric tons of cranberries are produced in the U.S. each year. Grown in bogs, these firm, scarlet berries are distinctively tart. Peak season: October–November; available September–December Buy and …

Have a Passion for Your Life Together

So you two met and fell in love and resolved to spend your lives together. And you are, I hope. But at what level? I’m not being funny here, but serious (for once). Just sort of living together, going through the days, not really connecting isn’t good enough, I’m afraid. You have to have a …