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What It Means to Live in a State of Emergency Facing Terrorism

For expats whose jobs, spouses or dreams brought them to France, 2015 was a year when one could legitimately wonder whether the pleasures of life in this country were going to be compromised by the increasingly alarming trajectory of violence, and tension, which resulted from the attacks of January and November. The refrain of "they shall not win" could not eradicate a general feeling of unease felt by many Parisians, and not only expats, in the weeks after November 13.
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Man in the Kitchen: Being a Guy in the New Women’s Order

Husband and father Ken Carlton describes his admiration and solidarity for the new women's order leading the charge for equality and respect.
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Man in the Kitchen: When Change Strengthens You for a New Year

After a plumbing disaster forces his family to move, our Man in the Kitchen reflects on the ways change strengthens you for a New Year to come.
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Man in the Kitchen: What Do We Tell Our Kids in the Age of #MeToo?

A father contemplates the best way to educate and protect both boys and girls when out on the dating scene in the age of #MeToo.
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Man in the Kitchen: A Symbol of Peace and Friendship

As I write this with Paris on my mind, I am staring at a view of the San Bernardino Mountains from the desert in eastern California. Christmas lights ring the palm trees on El Paseo. The holidays are in the air. At a time when suspicion reigns supreme I wonder what good tidings could I possibly bring? This of course led me to think about salmon.
raised on homemade meatballs

Man in the Kitchen: Meatball Raised and Tested

I wrote a tell-all memoir for an Italian chef in New York who claimed, as his greatest influence, his mother’s recipe for meatballs. In fact, read enough chef memoirs and you’ll learn that EVERY chef worth his salt attributes his success to his mother’s meatballs. That includes me and I’m not even Italian.
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Man in the Kitchen: Are Smartphones Killing Conversation?

The presidential election. Mom’s new boyfriend. Summer camp. Can we go to France this summer? Can I please have some more pasta??? These are snippets from last night’s dinner conversation with my two children. Human interaction delivered in person. Not an electronic device in sight! Why?
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Man in the Kitchen: The Importance of Holiday Meals

Holidays mean different things to different people, but one thing that never fails to unify the family around a table is a lovingly-prepared holiday meal.
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Man in the Kitchen: Is Commuter Marriage the Way to Go?

Author Ken Carlton lays out the advantages of a commuter marriage and warns which traps to avoid to make a long-distance relationship work.
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Man in the Kitchen: Shake Up Your Rentrée Routine

As you pack away the flip-flops and settle into the school and work routine, Ken Carlton offers this new recipe for fall: Think hard about that one project that has been mothballed in your emotional closet for years...