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    Mary P Shriver

    Mary P Shriver
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    A trauma-informed somatic stress therapist with a clinical practice in Los Angeles, she is also a writer and an accomplished cook. Originally from NYC, her storied background includes a stint in Las Vegas as a Big Band jazz singer and Director of Public Relations for the Four Season’s Beverly Hills. Contact Mary here: www.shakeoffstress.com

    Aroma-Mask Therapy: Birth of the Scented (Mood) Masks

    It’s Blursday again. I have no idea how many days I have been wearing this same N95 mask. I am a somatic-stress therapist and bodyworker in Los Angeles, California. As a clinician, in order to safely work indoors, my office honors prescribed Covid mitigation protocols: ritualized sanitizing, staggered scheduling, surgical...

    Celery and Fennel Salad

    I know we can’t entertain right now but, when we can, this French country salad, introduced to me by my real AND quarantine sister, Lili Pierrepont, will really impress!  Personally, I prefer to keep the entire bowl for myself as lunch but, if you are serving it to others, it...

    Shishito Peppers: Simple Pleasures

    Question:  Is it still a recipe, if there is only one ingredient?Okay, maybe three, but still…Recipes are flying on social media. Even before the pandemic, people were sharing pics of their food on FB and IG. Today, in between my multiple Zoom calls and my twice daily yoga sessions,...

    5 Surprises from “Summer Of Ludo and Gilles” – a pop-up restaurant at Montage Hotel, Beverly Hills

    Summer Of Ludo and Gilles pop-up restaurant at Montage Hotel, Beverly HillsWhen you’ve lived as long as I have, it’s fun to have an “OMG” moment at a restaurant - Not to mention 5 of them...Last week, I was invited to Summer of Ludo and Gilles at the Montage Hotel...

    My Birthday Experience Registry

    We have all heard it said that as we age, we come to appreciate intimate relationships above all other things in our life. Indeed, at 55, gratitude for my relationships (in fact, gratitude in general) has become a fulcrum for my being. Whether life skews towards the good or...

    Vegan Cacao Truffles

    It seems people can’t get enough of all things cacao these days, and for good reason. Cacao has a lot of wonderful properties, the least of which is taste… If you loved my Golden Cacao Latte recipe, these Vegan Cacao Truffles won’t disappoint. I have to be honest; I made this recipe up… so,...

    12 Valentine’s Day Ideas for a Real Woman

    I've never gotten roses on Valentine's Day. Well, maybe once — from an unwanted suitor. But, nope! I’ve never gotten flowers (on Valentine's Day) from a man who was either courting me, dating me or sleeping with me.I know! Now, ask me why.Because, I am not that chick. Because I am not the chick who craves...

    Santa Fe: A Sensual Immersion

    As a stress therapist, I help people understand how our felt senses lie at the root of our emotions.  When we feel an emotion — like elation, for example — the key is to find where you're feeling this emotion and to ask yourself “How, do I actually know...

    Out of the Closet: Culling, Tooling and Saving

    'Tis the Season: Let's Go Full Marie Kondo No, it’s not spring. But, with no room to hang all my newly-acquired post-holiday-sales finds, this thrifty fashionista was forced to bushwhack for new hanging space.“No, not these pants. I certainly can't let go of these...No, not those either. I looooove those...

    More Than Pampering: The Many Benefits of Massage

    Barely tall enough to see above the table, my interest in massage began in the boudoir of my grandmother’s summer house on Long Island.  A place where the grown-ups entertained each other endlessly with things like outdoor sports and cocktails, us young’uns often had to find ways to entertain...
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