Kinship in the Wild West

I’ve recently read Kinship: Belonging in a World of Relations, Volume 1, Planet, edited by Robin Wall Kimmerer, Gavin Van Horn, and John Hausdoerffer.  It’s a beautiful little collection of short essays by ecologists, philosophers, professors, and others sharing information and stories from different viewpoints on our kinship with all of Nature.  There are 4Continue reading “Kinship in the Wild West”

The Science Behind Eating the Rainbow

You may have heard the phrase eat the rainbow many times.  And you might have realized that it’s referring to the varied colors of fresh fruits & vegetables.  But have you heard an explanation of why it’s beneficial to adopt this strategy?   In his book Conscious Eating, Dr. Gabriel Cousens writes the color ofContinue reading “The Science Behind Eating the Rainbow”

Smoky Mixed Bean Burgers

You may remember me saying in a post a while back that veggie burgers are my favorite thing to cook.  That’s because homemade is always better than store-bought, and I have found a number of fun ways to prepare them.  This recipe combines ingredients from 3 of my favorites. It’s quick and absolutely delicious!  TheContinue reading “Smoky Mixed Bean Burgers”

5 Little-Known Tips for Seasonal Allergy Relief

Seasonal allergies affect up to 30% of the world’s population, according to an article from The Conversation, an independent, worldwide publisher committed to sharing academic research for the common good. Fueled by warmer temperatures and increased carbon dioxide levels, pollen seasons are now longer, and pollen counts are higher, the article explains. Continued climate change,Continue reading “5 Little-Known Tips for Seasonal Allergy Relief”

Nudges Along the Path

Last week, I commented on a few lovely photos of footpaths in the woods and started thinking about all the pictures I have taken of rural paths and roads through the years.  There is something reverently hopeful about the sight of them; I suppose that’s why we have so many sayings like take the highContinue reading “Nudges Along the Path”

Beauty in the Desert

Earlier this week, I met up with Janet from This, That, and the Other Thing on her stomping ground near Phoenix.  Janet is a photographer with an eye for the unique, often employing wit with her daily posts.  After chatting a bit at a coffeehouse, we visited the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch.  Janet hasContinue reading “Beauty in the Desert”

What Makes the Standard American Diet SAD?

In 2020, the US ranked 35th on the Bloomberg Global Health Index, indicating that the populations of 34 countries are healthier than ours.  Even though we spend almost twice as much on healthcare, our life expectancy is lower than any other developed country, due in large part to 3 out of 4 American adults andContinue reading “What Makes the Standard American Diet SAD?”

Awaken Your Healer Within

I have begun rereading The Healer Within: Using Traditional Chinese Techniques to Release Your Body’s Own Medicine by Roger Jahnke, Doctor of Chinese Medicine and the Director of the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi in Santa Barbara, California.  This book contains a wealth of information that really spoke to me.  Reading it theContinue reading “Awaken Your Healer Within”

Cozy Roasted Veggie Polenta

I first tried polenta in a swanky little restaurant on Las Olas Boulevard in Downtown Ft. Lauderdale.  The small, uniform pieces had been baked and grilled, then topped with sautéed wild mushrooms.  It was delicious.  That was years ago, and I have prepared this staple from Northern Italy many times in a variety of cuisinesContinue reading “Cozy Roasted Veggie Polenta”

Smellscapes

Have you ever noticed how a familiar smell can sometimes take you back to childhood?  How the scent of roasting coffee beans can cause you to close your eyes and deeply inhale its lusciousness?  And how the odor of stinky garbage consumes your attention until you can get rid of it?  In addition to ourContinue reading “Smellscapes”