Re-Connecting: A Reality Reboot

I am overwhelmed by people who want to connect with me. This blog was just spammed by strangers who want to “connect” with GTOMC. Every day my inbox is flooded with people who want me to Link In, Tweet Up, Branch Out, join the (fill-in-the-blank Community), join a discount group and so forth. Connecting with people should be a good thing. I started a new business this year called The Connected Table to define what I do best: connecting people to products, causes, events and experiences. A lot of what I do is online and very productive and beneficial, but

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Raising My Indebted Ceiling

August 6 is an important date in my life. First, it is the date I was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago, so today is my “cancer-versary.” Second, it is the date 13 years ago when I adopted my precious Maltese pooch Chance, my best friend in fur, so I am also celebrating  my “chance-aversary.” To celebrate my cancer-versary, I am writing all my doctors to thank them, and I am thanking all of my friends and support network who stuck bymy. And I am giving Chance an extra special treat for dinner tonight! With all the talk now about debt and the seriousness of our country’s

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Caring for the Caregiver

I was recently interviewed by Kim Thilbodeaux, President and CEO of the Cancer Support Community. The interview will air Tuesday, August 2, 1 p.m. PST/4 p.m. EST on VoiceAmerica’s show “Frankly Speaking About Cancer.”  The topic is Healing Nutrition: What Patients & Caregivers Should Know About Eating Well Through Cancer. The guests, in addition to me are: Susan Bratton, Founder and CEO, Meals to Heal LLC, a provider of nutritional information, counseling and fresh meals for cancer patients and their caregivers, and Dr. Katherine Chauncey, PhD, R.D., Director of the West Texas Cancer Survivors Network and Professor of Clinical Family Practice at Texas

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Enjoying Life in Sips Not Gulps

Cancer changed the way I eat and drink. It does this to many people but not to everyone. I was recent on a radio show talking about Healing Nutrition. We discussed the fact that 15 to 20 percent of cancer patients undergoing treatment experience changes in their sense of smell and taste.  Certain foods can taste metallic. Mouth sores can make it difficult to chew or swallow acidic foods. Steroids can constipate you, so bulk foods are unappealing.  You can become lactose intolerant (I did). Sometimes it’s just the smell or the sight of certain foods or beverages that can turn your stomach. Certain foods do not

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My Epitaph

If you died tomorrow, what would be your epitaph? What will people say about how you lived your life? This week I attended the memorial service of the legendary New York restaurateur, George Lang. His autobiography, “Nobody Knows the Truffles I’ve Seen,” is an inspiring story of courage, survival, reinvention, dedication, success, music,  passion, love and humor.  The service was attended by a large crowd of friends and industry colleagues, and the speeches were short and uplifting, from journalist, Adam Gopnik, to former ambassador, Ronald Lauder. Elie Wiesel sent a letter. Musician Peter Yarrow sang.   George touched many lives. It made me wonder: “When I die, what will

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