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Melinda Hinson
A work-in-progress excerpt from  my new book, placeholder title of “Starting from Scratch: Introducing the Beginner Chef to the Kitchen.” Last night, I was most pleased when my husband offered to cook dinner. His offer was timely, as it usually takes at least a week to recover from preparing a Thanksgiving feast.
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Last week when I traveled to beautiful Silicon Valley, I met with a very wise man named Rajesh Setty. Honored that he took the time to speak with me, I subsequently enjoyed reading one of his books which I highly recommend – Upbeat. While we were together, he shared an exercise tip which I failed to mention in Finding...
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Last week in Seattle, I met with a talented lady named Patricia Gorham. For three years, she has been running a very successful business called Inside Out / Style. She believes in uncovering a person’s authentic style, then doing a closet rescue to ascertain what clothes a person should keep, which ones should be tossed,...
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I usually avoid political debates, because I have too many friends on opposite ends of the political spectrum (as a general rule, Seattleites and Tennesseans view the world through a completely different set of spectacles, as anyone who reads my Facebook entries would know). The healthcare debate – which has become a political, corporate and...
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I read a rather discouraging and disparaging article in the WSJ on Tuesday. Entitled, The Fleeting Benefits of Marathons, the article referred to marathons as the “crash diet of fitness.” It claims that few first time marathoners continue to run and that almost no one loses weight from going the 26-mile distance. This seems to...
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I recently returned from a wonderful trip to North Carolina, the state of my alma mater, first owned home and many dear friends. I was quickly reminded, upon stepping foot onto my old stomping grounds, of one particular food item which is emblematic of the region. Yes, many of you might think I’d mention grits,...
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In the marketing world and beyond, there’s so much talk about social media. It seems to be the be-all, end-all savior of selling products and services, keeping in touch with friends and tracking down the latest thoughts and actions of celebrities (if you are in to that sort of thing). But there’s another social activity...
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I must preface this blog entry with the admission that I do have one box of dinosaur nuggets in my freezer. After all, there are nights when we are running out to a tennis match or soccer practice, and I need to get something in Luke’s stomach fast, before he goes psychotic from low blood...
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What foods are healthy? Depending on who you ask, you’ll likely get a different answer. No wonder our population is becoming increasingly obese and confused over food labels! In a New York Times article last week, entitled “For Your Health, Froot Loops,” William Nueman discussed a new food labeling system called Smart Choices. Apparently, cereals like Froot...
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I have just started reading French Women Don’t Get Fat as a means of doing a little research for my own books. Whenever you submit a book for publication, you survey the competitive landscape to see what other books align with your own idea (The same step we always take in my branding workshops, too). After...
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