Southwestern Stuffed Peppers with Avocado-Cilantro Sauce

If you’ve tried stuffing bell peppers and found the process tedious, or the peppers get too soft or not soft enough, this recipe is for you. Until I ran across the precursor for the recipe below, I had stopped making them. Too much effort yielding a so-so result is not a good formula for me.Continue reading “Southwestern Stuffed Peppers with Avocado-Cilantro Sauce”

Forgive? Why Should I?

It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself . . . Forgive everybody. ~Maya Angelou Valerie Kauer is a civil rights lawyer, author of SEE NO STRANGER: A Memoir & Manifesto of Revolutionary Love, and an award-winning filmmaker.   In a very popular TED Talk, Valerie tells a heart-wrenching story about the firstContinue reading “Forgive? Why Should I?”

10 Little-Known Coping Strategies for Depression

You are a marvel.  You are unique.  In all the world there is no (one) exactly like you.  In the millions of years that have passed, there has never been a (person) like you . . . You have the capacity for anything.  ~Pablo Casals Every time I see the above quote I first readContinue reading “10 Little-Known Coping Strategies for Depression”

Sunshine Blogger Award Nomination

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers who inspire positivity and creativity while spreading sunshine in the blogging community.  Nonso the Writer has graciously nominated me for this award.  Thank you, Nonso!  If you’re unfamiliar with him, this is how Nonso describes his pursuits: “Writing is art, an expression of oneself. This art IContinue reading “Sunshine Blogger Award Nomination”

Wildflowers: Resilience, Beauty and Grace

All living creatures interact with wildflowers whether they know it or not. For 130 million years, wildflowers have blessed the earth with their amazing skill sets and stunning beauty . . .

For the Love of Animals

We are born into this world with a love for animals.  As babies, we share the same innocence and many similar vulnerabilities.  As we grow, we often have animal playmates that grow alongside us.  I’ve met many service dogs who regularly visit nursing home residents.  I’ve known cats living in a hospice facility that won’tContinue reading “For the Love of Animals”

Six Science-Backed Reasons to Get Outside

Did you enjoy spending time outside as a kid? I did. As a matter of fact, I don’t remember spending much time inside, unless I was at school. I loved playing outdoors with pets we had over the years, including lots of dogs and cats, a couple rabbits, and a rooster that I treated likeContinue reading “Six Science-Backed Reasons to Get Outside”

Passages for Trying Times

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mystical, Magical Water: A Photo Essay

What is it about water that we are so drawn to? Why do we crowd beaches on summer holidays? Why do we gasp at the site of a waterfall? What makes a stoney creek so appealing?