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Maple-Glazed Chicken with Caramelized Onions and Pears

In New England, where I live, there are so many grand maple trees that the syrup goes into everything. You often find it in pots of baked beans instead of molasses, as well as in all kinds of cakes, pies, and other sweet desserts. Maple syrup also makes its way into simple weeknight dishes like this skillet chicken recipe, where it turns into a glaze. Continue reading “Maple-Glazed Chicken with Caramelized Onions and Pears” » … Read the referenced recipe here: Maple-Glazed Chicken with Caramelized Onions and Pears

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Why Empathy Is Both the Hero and the Villain in a Relationship

Most people wouldn’t think that empathy has a downside or limits, but in our relationships it’s not always a positive tool. It’s something that can be depleted, leaving our emotional tanks empty for other family members. Empathy is just one ingredient in the recipe for deep connections with our intimate partners. We have to look past this tool and understand its negative effects if we really want to create lasting connections. First, some definitions are in order. What Exactly Is Empathy Empathy is our ability to put ourselves in the…

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Why Even the Sweetest Couples End Up Breaking Up

The first six months of a relationship are wonderful. There are flowers, candy and hundreds of emoji filled texts that are promptly read and responded to. You leave each other in the evening and video chat a few hours later. You share your food, wipe each others mouths and walk down the street with your hands in each other’s back pocket. You are happy and so in love with your companion. You can’t get enough of each other. A year later you’ve broken up… How You Start Never Matters But…

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Creativity Doesn’t Appear as Flash Even for the Most Creative People

People often talk about creativity and inspiration as if it is a thing totally distinct from them. That ideas generate themselves spontaneously, or as if it is a trait that some people are born without and can’t ever gain. These ideas are commonplace, but are totally untrue. Some think creative works exist in a vacuum, and are, by their nature, totally original, and entirely the work of some lone visionary. This again is untrue. Nothing comes from nothing, and even some of the most creative people of all time were…

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