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At the beginning of August we adopted a dog from a great animal shelter in SoHo called Animal Haven. Our pooch, or “the roocher” as we affectionately call her is just around one year old, weighs in at 13 pounds, and is a white fluffy ball of energy. She’s definitely a mutt, but we’re almost positive she has poodle in her. As for the mix, we’ve heard Bichon and Maletese the most. We kept the name that Animal Haven gave her, Lainie. When I first when to Animal Haven to ask about adoption, they let me know that a puppy had just arrived who fit my bill perfectly. When Lainie came down the stairs she bolted in my direction, gave me plenty of kisses, and ultimately fell submissively to her back for some nice belly rubs. I let Joey know how sweet she was and after he got to meet her we decided to go for it. She’s fabulous around children and other dogs, and is obsessed – read, OBSESSED – with people. She struggles with some separation anxiety, but has improved tremendously since we got her. We only help that the issue will get easier as she grows older. And while she is definitely in her mischievous teenage years, our schedules are quickly adapting to having a dog and we couldn’t be happier to have Lainie in our fold.

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When I was diagnosed with cancer family and friends bombarded me with instructions on how to not only survive, but also thrive in the face of cancer. To be a successful cancer survivor you must eat a raw organic vegan gluten free diet, drink a green juice each morning, dry brush your skin daily, soak in Epsom salts and baking soda each night, drink a minimum of 15 glasses of reverse osmosis purified water daily, abstain from alcohol and caffeine, buy BPA free EVERYTHING, wear organic materials, meditate, practice yoga, get acupuncture, have an incredible therapist, buy an $800 air purifier, continue your career in a way that fulfills you and without any stress, get a therapy dog, and be an expert on any potential carcinogen (make up, cell phones, soy, celery anyone?). This is only a smattering of the most mainstream prescriptions that I received. Beating cancer was the easy part, but performing the part of healthy girl was another story.

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Moxie tale for the day: ginger tea. Accompanied by a recipe for writing. Getting started is the hardest part. This ritual helps.

1 Early morning (early fall cool weather and clouds don’t hurt).
1 Bowl of oatmeal with nuts and dried fruit.
1 Cup of Ginger tea.
1 cute pooch on the lap.

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Some things are perfect. Even on days like today when the feeling of fall enters the air and work seems impossible. Like the way that I can clear small debris and liquids directly from the cutting board into the sink. No cupped hands to catch the scratch and precariously transfer it several feet over into the sink or the garbage. No drips along the way. Just one fell swoop. Design, my friends. It’s a beautiful thing.