I'm not a big believer in New Year's resolutions, but I do believe in starting the year with some intentions for the days and months that lie ahead. January can be a tough time. There's the after-holiday letdown, the cold and dark winter that seems to stretch ahead like it will never end. But to . . .
It began as a hike, a way to get some exercise, in a small, hilly city nearby. We had every intention of really pumping up the intensity of our walk, but then, we came across a beautiful little cemetery and were captivated by the many lives creatively memorialized in granite. The Catholic . . .
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. ~Kahlil Gibran Like a movie flipbook, I see the chapters of our friendship fly by…how fast 30 years goes and how many memories we made. How can it be over so . . .
"I had an organic box delivered one year and kept forgetting to use the vegetables, so I wasted much of it." This might be you, right? Because I have heard this--or the fear of it--from friends. And in fact, this used to be me. Until I discovered how to make the most of my weekly organic produce . . .
The realization that another person wishes to harm and hurt you can not undermine genuine compassion--a compassion based on the clear recognition of that person as someone who is suffering, who has the natural and instinctive desire to seek happiness and overcome suffering, just like . . .
Joyful: check Happy: check Fun-loving: check Enthusiastic: check Open-hearted: check Loving: check Cute: check Snuggly: for sure check I'm good. You? . . .
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"Eat your vegetables," Mom always said. Ok. Not my mom. But fictional moms said this, for sure, right? Anyway, if this Brussels sprouts recipe had been served at family dinner tables, I guarantee you no one at all would need urging. Because it is absolutely scrumptious. Pretty easy, too. So, I . . .
We do them, but do we know why we do? Our traditional midnight kiss is meant to bring good luck to the relationship so affection and warmth remain all year. We eat black-eyed peas and lentils to bring good fortune because they're said to resemble coins, and pork because pigs root forward, the . . .
This is, in fact, the easiest and most delicious chestnut stuffing ever. I made it up, so determine quantities and proportion to your liking. I swear, it really doesn't matter. "This is the stuffing from now until infinity," my husband pronounced on Thanksgiving. Easy Chestnut . . .