Alisa. 37. New Hampshire. Married for almost three years to this wonderful, funny, smart guy. Previously married. Went through in-vitro fertilization to have my five year old magical son Keegan. Stepmother to the charming Isabelle (6). Gushingly in love with our baby boy Harper(1). Policy Wonk and dreaded bureaucrat. Lover of fine cuisine, honeybees, truly romantic moments and the underdog.
Curried Beef Short Ribs

Note: I found this was more realistically four servings.

Finishing this dish with lime zest and juice brightens its rich flavors.

Yield 6 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces ribs, 2/3 cup rice, and about 2 1/2 tablespoons sauce)

2 teaspoons canola oil
2 pounds ...continue reading

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Gotta Have Faith

A couple of weeks ago I was in a bookstore looking for children's books. I have always loved books and have many fond memories of childhood favorites. Maybe it's because the only thing I could count on from move to move was a library. I could take my books with me or find them when I got there. Plus books keep you company while you are in the process of making friends. To this day when I am in the middle of a book, I am totally immersed and feel like I am there or that I actually know the characters. This love of reading is why I buy books for other people's children and why I love it when people buy them for mine. So what if I run the risk of not being the cool aunt because I give books?
Anyway back to the bookstore. I poked around looking for specific ones but got distracted by old classics and what is new in children's lit. There are some really cool series for pre-teens and some fun stuff for younger kids. I noticed a section labeled religion. When I went over to check it out I was disappointed. All of the books were Christian, except for one lone book for Jewish children. Now I don't have a problem with traditional religion. I was hoping for better representation for all religions. Couldn't they have atleast one book for Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu or even native American beliefs? How about one about spirituality in general? They shouldn't call that section "Religion" because it's not accurate.
Searching on amazon there are lots of childrens books on all religions available. Many of them have won awards or gotten excellent reviews. So it's not like there is an absence of quality materials. I just feel like that in this world every child should have an awareness of other belief systems. I am hoping to learn something myself. So my wishlist grows ever longer under the weight of mine and Keegan's interests.

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