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Thai Quinoa Salad,"If Your Cat’s Neurotic, It’s Probably Mirroring You,"Calm,Lennox, Bowie & Debussy

Updated: Dec 15, 2021

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One day, when I was 14 years old, I heard my mother screaming and ran to her bathroom. My father, doubled over, sweaty and pale, was complaining about chest pain and indigestion. I looked to my left - my kid sister was crying and and next to her was my little brother, quiet, and visibly shaken. My mother, afraid it was a heart attack, was distraught and in turn, I called 911. The paramedics came, they examined him, and they couldn’t find anything wrong. Some time passed and we learned his “heart attack” was a really bad case of gas. (Before sustainable farming was "In," we grew organic fruits and vegetables in our back yard and my father, excited about all the variety of cherries that grew in, had eaten too many.)

Here's a Thai Quinoa Salad Slideshow. Because everything's better when it's interactive.

We laugh about it now, but that moment was the first time I realized how calm I could be. (Surprising! I’m secretly hyperactive). My poor sister and brother were just kids. My dad (in howling pain) and I were really mellow but it made me wonder, “Why are some people mellow in a crisis and others freak out?” Brené Brown has a great answer to this in her podcast, “Unlocking Us”. It’s a wonderful explanation and my favorite part is how calmness and anxiety are both contagious.

Brené Brown’s Podcast, Unlocking Us

Brené on Anxiety, Calm + Over/Under-Functioning

Finally, since we ultimately can (try to) have a choice to be super mellow or hyperactive, check this out. (Btw, I’m definitely a dog person but my husband and daughter are cat people.)

If Your Cat's Neurotic, Scientists Say It's Probably Just Mirroring You

Happy Hump Day! Thanks for reading! Melissa

A Classic, LIVE and Anxiously Wonderful

Queen & Annie Lennox & David Bowie - Under Pressure - HD

Calm, embodied.

Kathia Buniatishvili - Claude Debussy: Clair de Lune

Thanks for reading! I hope this made you think, laugh, and smile. If there's a topic or piece of music you'd like to discuss, feel free to contact me. Have a wonderful week! Xo, Melissa

Thai Quinoa Salad

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1 cup quinoa

1 red bell pepper chopped

1 carrot peeled and shredded

1 cucumber chopped

1 cup frozen edamame thawed

6 green onions chopped

1-2 cups shredded red cabbage

1/2 cup chopped peanuts

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

1/4 cup chopped basil


4 teaspoons fish sauce

3 limes juiced

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

1 teaspoon sesame oil

pinch of red pepper flakes


  1. Rinse the quinoa under cold water and cook in a medium saucepan according to package directions. Remove from pan and let cool.

  2. Add the quinoa and vegetables to a large bowl.

Thanks for reading! Happy eating! Have a wonderful week! Xo, Melissa

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