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Kay Goldstein
Kay’s first novel, Star Child a fantasy tale for young adults and adults will be published in July 2012. Her professional careers have included the practice of psychotherapy and founding and directing a multi-faceted food business in Atlanta, Ga. where she was an award-winning chef and caterer. As a professional writer she has edited Zagat restaurant guides, published a cookbook and writes essays, fiction and poetry. She is blogs at which includes recipes, memoirs, spiritual lessons and essays.

For the past 20 years, Kay has practiced a form of meditation that draws from Taoist, mindfulness and western psychological traditions. She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and a second degree Reiki certificate. Her teachings, speaking appearances and writings reflect a lifelong exploration of spiritual traditions and practices, a love of nature, food and family.

Entries by Kay Goldstein

To Better Yourself, First Be Yourself

(7) Comments | Posted January 12, 2013 | 10:32 AM

"Finding yourself is the only journey that matters" -- Star Child.

Okay, it's that time of year. We begin our list of self improvement tasks: Maybe losing that five pounds again, saving money, starting an exercise program, etc. There is no doubt that these can be worthwhile aspirations and can...

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Beyond Grief, Taking Action

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 10:24 AM

In the space between sleep and waking, I look out the window in the wee hours of the morning of Dec 15. There is to be a meteor shower and I look skyward expectantly.

The words of one of my favorite Dylan songs pops into my head," I seen...

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Top Chef Mom Meets Google

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 6:47 PM

My husband eyes the overstuffed bags of groceries in the back of the car and starts hauling them in. "I know why you got so much food," he said. "Our son is coming home."

"Yeah, and I now I am competing with Google," I replied.

Most kids away...

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Birthing a Book

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 3:26 PM

Several months ago I wrote a blog about pressing the "send" button on my manuscript for Children of the Stars. That seems like lifetimes ago. Almost nothing has captured my attention or focus but the work of finishing this book. I am almost there. The proofs will be back in...

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Practice Not Perfection: A Grateful Reflection On The Life Of Steve Jobs

(3) Comments | Posted October 6, 2011 | 2:59 PM

As I reflected on Steve Jobs passing last evening, I was saddened that a man of such vibrancy and accomplishment had passed from our presence at such young age. I wondered about Steve Jobs the husband, father, friend? It is a different kind of mourning for those close to him...

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Gluten-Free Potato Latkes

(5) Comments | Posted December 3, 2010 | 10:23 AM

I love homemade latkes during Hanukkah. They are a reminder of the miracle of the oil that lasted not one, but eight days after the re-capture of their Temple by the Jews many centuries ago. But this year, I was praying for a modern miracle -- making a good potato...

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Holiday Stress Tips: Finding Comfort and Joy in a Busy Season

(10) Comments | Posted November 25, 2010 | 7:55 AM

It's Thanksgiving. Once again, lifestyle magazines are offering "tips" for navigating the holiday season. You know, making perfect decorations, gift-wrapping shortcuts, holiday menus and recipes galore, or creating new family traditions and rituals.

The overall message of this barrage of "useful" information is that we, mostly women, can "do...

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Gluten Free "Senza Glutine" in Italy!

(6) Comments | Posted August 20, 2010 | 10:52 AM

We approached our Italian holiday and family wedding with some trepidation... one of our traveling companions had celiac disease . That means that he could not eat anything that contained gluten which includes anything made with regular wheat flour, barley or rye. It is not an optional...

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Birds Of Paradise: Reflections On The Oil Spill

(2) Comments | Posted June 7, 2010 | 4:45 PM

There is much to celebrate about this sweet afternoon on Martha's Vineyard. There is a steady cool breeze from the ocean carrying the sounds of oak leaves dancing and heavy surf crashing -- a power I can feel deep in my bones, invigorating every cell. The sun is filtered by...

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Gluttony Night: It's Never Enough

(6) Comments | Posted May 25, 2010 | 9:50 AM

We had just begun the second leg of a two day journey, having stopped for the night in Reading, PA. I was just getting back into the rhythm of the road when I saw the billboard. It seemed like remnants of last night's restless sleep, the surreal images of a...

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Double Duty: Tips for Lowering Impact in the Kitchen

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2009 | 2:01 PM

After /no-impact-project-week-pa_b_295287.html ">No Impact Week, I continued to observe some kitchen habits of mine and thought I'd share some simple routines that reduce the use of resources while preparing meals. By definition cooking burns fuel and resources. It's true that just eating raw food would significantly lower our carbon...

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No Impact Week: An Exercise in Mindfulness

(2) Comments | Posted October 21, 2009 | 11:23 AM

When I received my Guide for participation in Huffpo's No Impact Week, I opened it with some trepidation. What had I gotten myself into? I conjured up visions of juggling groceries in reusable string bags on bicycles while wearing multiple layers of thrift store fashion. In other...

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Seven Myths about Meditation

(2) Comments | Posted June 5, 2009 | 1:25 PM

Every time you surf the web or pick up a magazine there seems to be something about meditation practice, its benefits and why you should be doing it. And yet you resist undertaking this currently trendy road to nirvana, weight loss, treatment for depression, and stress -free, healthy living. Let's...

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Living Meditation: Bringing the Benefits to Daily Life

(4) Comments | Posted May 29, 2009 | 1:38 PM

Just over a year ago, I posted my first column for Huffington Post called Putting Life on Pause:Three Mini-Meditations for People Who Don't Have Time to Meditate. It addressed ways to incorporate some aspects of stress reduction and meditation practice into small moments of our lives. Here are some...

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Self-Help 101: Compassion

(4) Comments | Posted March 9, 2009 | 10:34 AM

Some days are like a running a slalom- exhilarating, challenging and satisfying. Other days, we seem to hit all the road blocks or our mind naturally is drawn to the one thing that we did not think went so well. That one thing, those little missteps sudden loom large in...

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Love and Chocolate

(2) Comments | Posted February 10, 2009 | 10:10 AM

I was reading a food reference book just the other day to see if I could find any proof that chocolate is an aphrodisiac. Next to me sat a bag of chocolate chips from which I was popping an occasional single chip for inspiration. I came across the following,...

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Hope, This Morning's Dream

(1) Comments | Posted January 21, 2009 | 10:24 AM

Hope, This Morning's Dream

Hope does not wait for a sign.
Hope is the sign:
Beckon courage.
Soothe fear.
Kindle passion.
Build resolve.
Gather every soul
until we are a million strong,
until we are enough.


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The Transformational Twenties

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2009 | 3:02 PM

I'm not twentysomething -- not even close. But I am fortunate to know a lot of bright, sweet, beautiful and talented people who are. At the beginning of this New Year, I offer these thoughts for all of you twentysomethings out there.

You are in a major life...
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Happy Camping: Skipping Down the Path to Enlightenment

(3) Comments | Posted December 4, 2008 | 3:40 PM

"You work in the happiness industry!" he said excitedly, morning coffee in hand, as he peered over the New York Times article, "Even if You Can't Buy It, Happiness Is Big Business". I thought about how to incorporate that on my business card. It certainly had a nice ring....

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Thanksgiving, a Practice of Gratitude

(2) Comments | Posted November 27, 2008 | 8:30 PM

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more... it can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend." - Melody Beattie

Thanksgiving is a quintessentially American holiday, and not surprisingly so. From our beginnings...

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