Maria Shriver Powered by Inspiration - For Architects of Change Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:35:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Instagram: iRules for Parents and Children Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:35:53 +0000 When I speak at schools or to community groups about tech health, even during one on one consultations, the most common questions I hear are, “When is the right age for X technology?” and “When is it ok for my tween/teen to use certain social networking sites?” The truth is, I can’t answer that for you. You know your family best. You know your child’s tendencies and interests and your family’s values and boundaries. What I do know is that every parent and child can …

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Post-Thanksgiving Recipe: Roasted Turkey Soup Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:50:11 +0000 Don’t throw away the carcass from the turkey it makes the most delicious and hearty soup! Perfect for the weekend of football coming up after Thanksgiving!
Making stock from the carcass of a roasted turkey will always give you rich hearty flavor. Adding dumplings brings a light, delicate and delicious way to add more depth to this satisfying bowl of comfort. I like to add cut up veggies and use orzo pasta because it can stand up in the soup without getting too soft or …

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Robbie Rogers Shares His Coming Out Story Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:48:51 +0000 LA Galaxy soccer star Robbie Rogers solidified his place in sports history in 2013 when he became the first openly gay athlete in any of the North American major sports leagues.

And on Tuesday, Nov. 25, he discussed his new book, “Coming Out to Play,” and his decision to reveal his sexuality to the world with Maria Shriver on TODAY.

[Read: An excerpt from "Coming Out to Play"]

“From the moment I told my mom, my sisters and my dad, the first …

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Want to Live in Good Health? Consider Your Friend Circle Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:27:49 +0000 Think of your circle of five closest friends. You likely have the same tastes, follow the same religion, dress similarly and spend money on the same things. Your five closest friends usually are the same when it comes to health as well. For example, smokers tend to hang around smokers. As parents or as children, we all know this. This is why parents say, “don’t hang out with that bad crowd” because parents know you will be like those with whom you associate with. This …

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Robbie Rogers: I Learned to Lie at a Very Young Age [Excerpt] Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:50:34 +0000 You don’t grow up hating yourself by accident. You don’t learn to lie about your true nature on a whim. You don’t pretend to be straight just for the fun of it. You have to learn and be taught these things and I was a good student.

There’s a song from the 1949 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical South Pacific called “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” that reminds me of my experience growing up. The first line of the song is, “You’ve got to be …

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The Secret to Success? You Don’t Have to Have it All Figured Out Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:50:42 +0000 What if we began to celebrate our failures? 

After all, aren’t they some of our biggest lessons. I know, I know so cliché right. And, you are probably sitting there in the midst of another miserable down turn of events. You are wondering just how you got here and what will happen next. Why don’t I have the perfect job or car or house yet? I mean society told us to get our shit together and “have it all figured out” by now. But, what …

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How to Tackle the Tough Topics With Your Kids Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:50:28 +0000 I was talking to someone the other day. He knew that my latest novel, WHAT FLOWERS REMEMBER, had come out this past summer.

“So what’s the story?” he asked.

“It’s about a young girl and how she involves an entire town in saving the memories of someone she loves who develops Alzheimer’s.”

His mouth turned down in a frown. Deep lines etched his forehead. “That’s depressing. Why would kids want to read about that?”

[Read: Going Home Brought Me Full Circle]

My response was quick, …

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Confidence: It’s an Ongoing Process Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:13:03 +0000 This week I had a conversation with my longtime friend Diane von Furstenberg (in front of 600 other new friends who’d come to the Skirball to hear us). We were there because Diane released a new book, The Woman I wanted to Be, which takes a look back at her very interesting life — even though she’s at the top of her game and still living it.

During our talk I asked Diane about a claim she makes in the book: that she can …

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Thanksgiving Recipes: Creamed Spinach & Creamy Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:00:54 +0000 I am sharing two recipes for side dishes to see if you would like to serve them for Thanksgiving this year. As always I try them out on my family first to make sure that everyone will be pleased. This week I included the recipes for Scallion Mashed Potatoes and Creamed Spinach. Both dishes have become a family favorite and I always include them no matter what. Besides how can you NOT serve mashed potatoes with your turkey.


It blends in so well …

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How My Brother Inspires Me Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:45:09 +0000 Gathering my things as I head out of the office, I comment, “I’m off to pick up my brother from the light rail.”

My coworker shoots me a sideways glance “That sucks,” she says, then pauses. “I thought you said your brother was older than you. He doesn’t drive?”


“And you have to pick him up every day?”

“Well, yes, and no. Yes, every day. But no, I don’t have to.”

[Watch: One Man (With Cerebral Palsy) Attempt the Near Impossible]

John, my two-years-older …

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