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Jul 25, 2019

Now we gather. This simple motto carries a deeper meaning beyond the first glance, its significance can be experienced by preparing a meal and enjoying it with family and friends. Licensed Clinical Social Worker Leslie Todd joins us on Smidgen to talk loneliness, isolation and how those factors affect mental health, plus what actions we can all take to counteract the negative results.

Host Anne Milneck and Leslie dive deep into how we form close, interpersonal connections and identify some of the barriers that prevent us from connecting (hint: some of these barriers buzz and beep all day and night, and might be in your hand right now.)

The conversation turns to food, of course, and how the nourishment of food mirrors our most primal relationships. It is not a coincidence that eating together has the potential to bond and connect us. Whether you are an introvert or extrovert, Leslie offers ideas for reconnecting (including experiences like a cooking class at Red Stick Spice Co.) To bring home the idea of sharing a meal with others, Anne heads off to the kitchen with Red Stick Spice Co. store staffer Sara to prepare Roasted Cauliflower with Capers, Walnuts and Yogurt, a dish perfect for sharing with family and friends. 

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