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A Cool Mona Recipe: Margarita Pie

My friend, Caroline, sent me Terrie Hoelscher’s recipe for this great summer pie with a neat twist on the crust. It’s simple, light, tart and fruity and a refreshing finish to a summer meal. Ingredients CRUST 1 1/4 c. finely crushed (coarsely salted) pretzels 1/2 c. butter or margarine, melted 1/4 c. sugar FILLING 14 oz. sweetened condensed …

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How To Help A Person In Pain

You can’t assume you know what’s going on but you can find a compassionate way to ask. Don’t start sentences with “you”—it puts people on the defensive. So rather than “You’ve been different lately,” say “I notice you’re more tearful, more angry. Is this something you want to talk about?” And if so, tell her how …

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Cool Mona Masterpiece: Russell Ord’s Surf Photography

        Russell Ord’s spectacular images have won him worldwide recognition and deservedly so. He defines wave photography. Based in Western Australia, Russell is renowned for his breath taking images of super-thick empty peaks and heavy sessions at reefs like The Box and The Right. A fireman by trade, Russell knows risk management better than …

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A Cool Mona Masterpiece: The Operatic Soprano Who Sings From A Bridge

For those of who know it, the Queensboro Bridge is something to be traveled as quickly as possible. For Sue Hassel, it’s a place to linger. In fact, it’s an ideal voice studio for this operatic soprano from Queens. Hassel, 69, bikes to her job as a legal secretary in midtown Manhattan, NYC each day. But when she gets to the …

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A Cool Mona Masterpiece: The Homeless Now Leading Tours In Barcelona

I just discovered this very interesting company that totally gives back. Hidden City Tours. Part social work, part travel agency. 3 times a day, rain or shine, homeless people are your trusty guides. As the company motto asserts, who better to show you around the streets of Barcelona than someone who has lived on those very streets? …