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Highlights of the November 2008 Issue of O The Oprah Magazine

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November 2008 - The "What I Know for Sure" Issue

Oprah - Here We Go:

"In our very first issue...I wrote about the impact we have on ourselves and the world, and the fact that we are all the causes of our own effects. I still believe this -- it's one of the guiding truths of my life -- just as I still believe in the power of sharing such truths."

The "O" List:

Here are a few of the best items from this month's "O" list:

  • Get the stylish reading lens, Pocket Peepers, that's scratchproof and the size of a credit card from shopintuition.com.

  • The step stool from Kikkerland Design and kidderlandshop.com folds flat so it's there when you need it and gone when you don't.

  • A sleek fan that fits on your desk from vornado.com is perfect for year-round hot flashes.

  • Try self-adhesive paper from hallmark.com and Hallmark Gold Crown Stores and you'll never go back to traditional wrapping.

Food Feature - 'Thanksgiving Miracle':

Five amazing chefs shared their tips and recipes for a no-stress Thanksgiving meal that will have you enjoying dinner with your guests rather than slaving all day in the kitchen. Joyce Goldstein, Mark Bittman, Giada de Laurentiis, Ina Garten and David Waltuck shared the following recipes that will wow a crowd and keep you enjoying the holiday:

  • Roast turkey and gravy
  • Endive, radicchio, and orange salad with mint vinaigrette
  • Bacon nut stuffing
  • Spicy parmesan green beans and kale
  • Maple roasted butternut squash
  • Pomegranate and cranberry bellini
  • Pumpkin mousse with crunchy gingersnaps

Fashion Feature - 'Style Interjections':

If your wardrobe seems drab or you feel like you're always wearing the same thing, the Fashion Feature "Style Interjections" shows you how to add a few pieces to your collection to make it more modern. The feature suggests adding a touch of:

  • Extravagance
  • Leather
  • Tux
  • Color
  • Sparkle
  • Sheer

Issue Special - 'What I Know For Sure':

Oprah had 20 men and women, from Tony Bennett to Elizabeth Gilbert, with different experiences and perspectives share what they know for sure about topics that include: leadership, coming home, expectations, justice, surviving disasters, competition, discovery, the word no, the tax code, family, solitary confinement, women, silence, meeting the Pope, other people, marriage, life and death, and certainty.

Regular Contributors:

Martha Beck: "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Lady"

"I was studying karate at the time...and would eventually realize that the basic principles taught at my dojo could be used to fight evil not just in action but in conversation as well. I think of it as martial of the mind." Here are Martha Beck's techniques:

  1. Principle One: Find Your Fighting Stance
  2. Principle Two: Practice the Art of Invisibility
  3. Principle Three: Master Defensive Techniques --
    • Yellow Belt Technique: Trumpet Melodiously
    • Brown Belt Technique: Zig-zig
    • Black Belt Anti-Meanness Technique: Wicked-Kind Parent
  4. Principle Four: Walk the Way of the Warrior

Dr. Phil's Reader Questions:

"A parent struggles with a son's divorce." -- "A woman is torn between motherhood and marriage." -- "A husband is jealous of his mother-in-law."

Suze Orman's Reader Questions:"

"Convincing a partner to save." -- "Battling the urge to splurge." -- "Regaining control after a divorce."

Oprah - What I Know For Sure:

To celebrate the "What I Know For Sure" Issue, Oprah shared her Top 20 list of all-time. Here are a few of my favorites: "What you put out comes back all the time, no matter what."; "When people show you who they are, believe them the first time."; "Doubt means don't. Don't move. Don't answer. Don't rush forward."

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