Finding Paradise

We take things for granted, believe the grass is always greener, and are seldom present in the moment. I was guilty of all three one recent day—bored with my current locale, longing for my paradise, and dreaming of the day when I could be there. As I heard myself lamenting this sad state of affairs to a friend, it triggered …

Hara Hachi Bu And Dessert, Too

As a card-carrying, life-long member of the Clean Plate club, the Japanese practice of “hara hachi bu” caught my attention. The phrase translates to “eat until you are 80 percent full.” It is simple advice first offered centuries ago by that wise sage, Confucius. Of course, that was long before super-sized servings, all-you-can-eat-buffets, and family-sized packaged Doritos made the scene. …

How Does Your Garden Grow? (Humor)

There is something strange going on in my garden—something of a cross between Jack and the Beanstalk, the Little Shop of Horrors and Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. It’s my collard greens. They are out of control. I hate to admit this but truthfully, I’m not much of a gardener. Don’t get me wrong. I love having a garden. I …

Food Day 2015 – Commit To Do One Thing

On and around October 24th, Americans across the nation will be biting into apples in recognition of Food Day 2015. The Apple Crunch, as it’s called, began in New York City in 2012 as an activity intended to help raise awareness about eating better diets for our health and the environment. Does a nation already obsessed with eating need a …

Food–It’s Not What’s For Dinner Anymore

Somehow we’ve lost an essential connection to our food. We don’t talk much about “food” these days—things like meat and potatoes, corn and beans. Instead, we get all wrapped up talking about protein and carbs, good fats, bad fats, Omega 3s and 6s. We go on about vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and supplements—lots of supplements, but little about apples and oranges. …

When I’m Sixty Four (Humor)

Shortly before my most recent birthday the Beatles came to me speaking words of wisdom and whispering a song. When I get older, losing my hair, many years from now Will you still be sending me a valentine, birthday greetings, bottle of wine? If I’d be out ‘til quarter to three, would you lock the door? Will you still need …

Road Tripping on the Way to Adventure

There is nothing that beats hitting the highway, driving cross-country, soaking in the sites, stopping for a good meal and a great night’s sleep, and then hitting the road again. Even though road trips don’t always go as planned, you can always count on adventure. My husband and I have scored a few doozies over the years. Like the time …

Sweet Little Lies (Humor)

I recently discovered I live with a pathological liar. I’m sorry to have to report it’s me.  Not me, but my alter ego “me.” I don’t think of her as a liar, per se, rather as a misdirected, eternal optimist. She means well. Wait a minute! Was that me who said that, or did she? There’s a Fleetwood Mac song …

Presenting the Galileos

I’ve always had stars in my eyes. Not the Hollywood kind. The real deal. The twinkly kind. The starlight, star bright wish-upon kind. I find the night sky is a magical, mystical, magnificent stage filled with a vast array of brilliant actors delivering a dazzling show every night. The lights of Broadway dim in comparison, and it is, without a …

Sleeping Easy

Lately, I’ve been losing a lot of sleep—over sleep. I used to rest easy that my Zzz’s were fine. True, an extra hour or two in the sack would be welcomed, but I’ve functioned for years on six hours of sleep without problems. My sense of peace was shattered, though, when my husband and I each got one of those …