My Journey to Veganism

 . . . Or maybe I should say, “back to veganism,” as I believe I was born vegan.  I never liked the taste of meat or milk or eggs as a kid.  My grandmother would slather my scrambled eggs with mustard to get me to eat them.  The only milk I would drink had toContinue reading “My Journey to Veganism”

A Holiday Lesson

I’m pleased to report that I’ve just returned from a much-needed tropical getaway.  Sun, surf, humidity, and the expansive beauty of the Atlantic Ocean – what a treat!  Throw in a few visits with family & old friends, and you have a recipe for a super enjoyable & rejuvenating vacation. The trip involved a 17-hourContinue reading “A Holiday Lesson”

Pumpkin Ginger Truffles

Recently, a favorite cold weather gourd has made a frequent appearance among my kitchen preparations: in buckwheat pumpkin pancakes, warm pumpkin smoothies, Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, and now pumpkin ginger truffles. There’s just something about pumpkin that some of us can’t get enough of once the longer days of the year are behind us. Unlike theContinue reading “Pumpkin Ginger Truffles”

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. 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 like a baby. I enjoyed ridingContinue reading “Six Science-Backed Reasons to Get Outside”

**100**

This is post #100 on Micro of the Macro.  On each Friday since the blog’s inception, other than a 10-day Travel Photo Challenge for which I posted daily, I have shared write-ups and photos on Nature, health, travel, and recipes.  On one hand, it doesn’t seem possible that many Fridays have passed, but on theContinue reading “**100**”

6 Simple Lifestyle Changes for Healthier Eating

As the holidays zoom by, we are faced with the idea of making new year’s resolutions.  We regard the new year as a fresh beginning, an opportunity to improve the habits and divergences that plague us.  I am not one to make & announce resolutions in January, as so many of my intentions have metContinue reading “6 Simple Lifestyle Changes for Healthier Eating”

Could This Be the Way to World Peace?

Surrender is faith that the power of love can accomplish anything… even when you cannot foresee the outcome. ~Deepak Chopra Recently, spiritual surrender has been a recurring theme in my life.  At  Unity of Ocala, Florida, my friend Rev. Lauri shared her story of the challenges that led to her living a surrendered life.  Dr. Betty,Continue reading “Could This Be the Way to World Peace?”

Ayurveda Basics: Discover Your Specific Needs

Ayurveda (from the Sanskrit Ayur, meaning life, and Veda, meaning science or knowledge) is a healing system that dates back 3000 years. This ancient system is rooted in the idea that a healthy balance between mind, body, spirit, and environment creates an optimal state, giving us the opportunity for our best possible lives.  (And itContinue reading “Ayurveda Basics: Discover Your Specific Needs”

Glazed Autumn Bake

During the Autumn season, the process of baking seems to take on additional elements of warmth, goodness, and celebration.  Maybe because I relate it to meals shared with loved ones during the upcoming holidays.  Do you think of Autumn baking (or roasting, as the case may be) in a similar fashion? I shared a pictureContinue reading “Glazed Autumn Bake”

Magnificent Autumn

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;Conspiring with him how to load and blessWith fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core . . .~John Keats The first line of Keats’ lovely ode To Autumn always remindsContinue reading “Magnificent Autumn”