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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.
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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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One Armed Bandits

Greetings from Reno. Internet access is very pricey so I haven't been on but once per day. I have been very busy so not missing it that much. I spent my time reading your sites and answering emails instead of posting. Reno is glittery and kind of depressing. It's redeeming feature is that it is so close to Lake Tahoe. The hotel is a casino and filled with people plopped in front of slot machines smoking away. Not exactly promoting public health. But the conference has been excellent. Lots of innovative programs and ideas springing to my head. This morning's keynote speaker was a Lakota indian doctor who practices at a tribal clinic. His whole talk is basically applicable to every underserved individual in the US. Something shocking I learned was that american indians have a lower rate of diagnosis of cancer but a higher rate of death from cancer. The reason? Poor integration of healthcare services which keeps them from being able to access services in a timely fashion. He said things which will stick with me throughout my public service. Things that have made me even more excited about studying ethical health care delivery in the US at Harvard this summer. "Bad policy kills people."
I have been trying to stay on east coast time but it is difficult because after the day's events I want to socialize and so we're out to the equivalent of 1am for me. And then I try to get up at a regular time but that it is hard when it only says 5am on the clock. Tonight we're going out to dinner and then dessert at some gelato place. I fly back tomorrow and it will take all day so I don't land until midnight.

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