Winter Vaca and a Change of Schedule

I’m back!  My month-long break was superb.  I visited family on the East Coast, and vacationed with my life partner on the West Coast.  I had never before seen an ocean generate such huge waves or roar so loudly!  If you were unaware, a series of storms out of the Pacific pummeled California & pointsContinue reading “Winter Vaca and a Change of Schedule”

Peanut-Cinnamon Christmas Stir-Fry and A Holiday Note

Ok, it’s not your normal Christmas dish, but who wants normal all the time?!  We’ve prepared many Italian dishes for holiday eating through the years – so why not Asian? Stir-fries are much easier than traditional ham and sides, and take a lot less time than lasagna.  And they are super healthy, with a wideContinue reading “Peanut-Cinnamon Christmas Stir-Fry and A Holiday Note”

For the Love of Mountains: A Photo Odyssey

We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us. Our flesh-and-bone tabernacle seems transparent as glass to the beauty about us, as if truly an inseparable part of it, thrilling with the air and trees, streams and rocks, in the waves of the sun, —a part of all nature, neither old nor young, sick nor well, but immortal. ~John Muir

Primal Connection: A Need for Credence

Whether or not we acknowledge it, each of us is a part of Nature.  In past posts, I’ve written about the importance of staying cognizant of and nurturing this connection.  That is in fact the theme of Micro of the Macro.  But it’s always a delight to explore further and better understand this all-encompassing blessing.Continue reading “Primal Connection: A Need for Credence”

pH Balance Explained (And Why It Matters)

I have mentioned pH balance and acidic foods in past posts, but never taken the time to explain them.  Various parts of the human body have different pH balances, but it’s the blood’s pH that this write-up addresses.   First off, the abbreviation pH indicates the potential of hydrogen.  Hydrogen is an important element inContinue reading “pH Balance Explained (And Why It Matters)”

Working Toward Oneness: Meditation

After a 14-year hiatus, I have reestablished a daily meditation practice.  It  is part of a deep Ayurvedic cleanse I’m doing, and its purpose is to release stored emotions. After only 3 weeks, I’m already experiencing positive results; I no longer feel the stress of getting things done at a hurried pace.  My daily modeContinue reading “Working Toward Oneness: Meditation”

Very Cheesy Vegan Ziti

It’s recipe time again!  I always look forward to these weeks because they stir my creativity in the kitchen, and I’m excited to share the results with you.  This week, I’ve prepared a dish that I’ve been considering since late last year!  I have been hesitant (maybe lacking confidence) because it’s the veganization of aContinue reading “Very Cheesy Vegan Ziti”

The Gift of Rumi

Why do you stay in prisonWhen the door is so wide open?Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking.Live in silence.Flow down and down in everwidening rings of being. ~Rumi Recently, I watched Rumi: Poetry of the Heart, a short documentary in which teachers, historians, and American translators shared some important events from the poet’s personal life. Continue reading “The Gift of Rumi”

Interdependent by Design

The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.  ~Thomas Merton Merriam-Webster defines the term interdependence as the state of being dependent upon one another.  Examples are given for interdependent economies as wellContinue reading “Interdependent by Design”

The Gift Economy

When I was a small girl in the Southern US, my Grandmother kept a sizable vegetable garden, a large number of chickens, a few cows, and several pigs. My memories of time in the garden and with the animals outnumber any others from those days.  I befriended one of the chickens, actually a rooster, whoContinue reading “The Gift Economy”