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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To Brighten Your Being

Happiness is making it home despite a four hour delay in the Philadelphia airport (and a wrong turn on the garden state parkway).

Happiness is coming back from a conference feeling truly inspired and ready to get back into the fray. Always remember for whom you are working.

Happiness is being courted even though he knows he has my heart. Text message haikus, loving emails and sweet phone calls and that tangible excitement of knowing we'll see each other soon.

Happiness is having the next two days with Keegan because his school is closed to prepare for the summer session. It's good for both of us to have a forced break.

Happiness is your best friend's birthday eve. Pop over and wish her well. It certainly has been some amazing year. Add to the list of her wonderful qualities: unmeasurable depths of strength, endless supply of love and a one darn great mommy. Thank you again destiny for putting us at the same place at the same time, for my life would surely be so much less for not knowing her.

And she has turned me into a magnet buyer:

"love with intention.
walk to the edge.
listen hard.
practice wellness.
play with abandon.
choose with no regret.
continue to learn.
appreciate your friends.
do what you love.
live as if this is all there is."

mary anne radmacher

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