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Fall Favorite: Healthy To Die For Apple Pie

Tis the season to indulge oneself and what better way than with a healthy, easy, to die for apple pie.

The language is poetic and lyrical. Taylor Brown creates an incredible sense of place that transports the reader.

Beautiful And Cute But Still Voracious Predators

If something is beautiful or cute we tend to think of it as friendly, happy or, at the very least, benign.  But few things look and act that simply.

Words: “The World Of The Individual Person…”

Recently, Pew Research asked thousands of Americans where they find meaning in life.  Instead of presenting group responses, they highlighted the wonderful responses and stories from the world of the individual person.  It reminded me that: Everything of value and meaning… Continue Reading →

Make Zucchini Patties Or Zucchini Patty Pizza For Dinner

Zucchini is an amazing vegetable. It lends itself to so many delicious transformations. I am sure you are knowledgeable about traditional zucchini recipes, such as adding it to pasta or filling zucchini halves with a stuffing mixture or making zucchini… Continue Reading →

Plantain Fries — A Healthier Option

One of the things about becoming healthy is all the foods you must give up. I’ve had a love hate relationship with French fries my entire life. My taste buds love them and my hips hate them. Potatoes are something… Continue Reading →

Book Review: GOOD MORNING, MIDNIGHT by Lily Brooks-Dalton

I loved GOOD MORNING, MIDNIGHT by Lily Brooks-Dalton – which surprised me, since this novel was billed as a post-apocalyptic story. I have read only a handful of such stories and warmed only slightly to them (The Age of Miracles,… Continue Reading →

What Are Your Favorite Fall Flavors?

What flavors do you associate with fall? For me, the ones that immediately come to mind are apple, cinnamon, caramel, ginger, cranberry, and pumpkin. Baking with these flavors will make your house smell delicious and give you that warm, comforting… Continue Reading →

Book Review: TRUE PLACES by Sonia Yoerg

For starters: that cover! It spoke to me immediately. But what is beneath the beautiful artwork is equally delightful. While I have enjoyed all of Sonja Yoerg’s novels, TRUE PLACES has to be my favorite, with its juxtaposition of nature and… Continue Reading →

Universal Well-Being And Planetary Considerations

What will it take for us to let go of our endless debates and finger-pointings over global warming or global climate change?  When will we begin to truly recognize that the heart of our human existence and survival is the… Continue Reading →

Book Review: WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens

I was fascinated by WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING when I first learned about author Delia Owens’s background studying wildlife in Africa, and her awards as a nature writer. I was in the mood for a book lush in setting and… Continue Reading →

Start With A Good Roasted Chicken Bone Broth

Fall is just about here and, depending on where you live, it may be time to make some soup. To make really good tasting soup, you need a rich tasting broth. I usually start with the remains of a whole… Continue Reading →

Words: “After Us, There Will Be Others…”

You know you are hanging out with the right kind of friends, when, on a day you most need it, you are gifted with a beautiful starfish and the words “You make a difference every day!” The original Starfish Story… Continue Reading →

Grandma Candy

What better way to get kids eating fruits and veggies than to make them into candy — gluten free and with no sugar!  My grandkids love Grandma Candy especially Shaylee my granddaughter with Celiac Disease. She ate an entire baggie full at… Continue Reading →

Forget Their Shoes — Ask and Listen!

The often quoted standard procedure for gaining empathy and understanding is to imagine ourselves in another person’s shoes. But recent research by Tal Eyal, Mary Steffel, & Nicholas Epley (2018) suggests that stepping into another’s shoes and taking their perspective… Continue Reading →

Refreshing Salads For Hot Summer Days

Looking for something different to make for dinner? Take advantage of some great produce to be found in the markets at this time of year. There are so many choices and great meals can be prepared with these veggies, even… Continue Reading →

Words: “The Field Of All Possibilities…”

When all the stars align in our favor, we tend to feel a sense of self-satisfaction that the universe has fallen into place for us.  But instead, maybe we should feel a sense of humbling recognition that among the field… Continue Reading →

Only Human? So What Does That Take?

There are days when it feels like being human should be easier than it is. We are “Only Human” so what does that take… Can we recognize our fallibility without making an excuse?  Can we allow others to be humble without… Continue Reading →

Topi’s Camping Adventure

What did you do this summer? That seems to be the universal question of greeting as summer winds down and we begin to migrate back to our normal routine of work, school, and fall social occasions. Of course, how you… Continue Reading →

Book Review: THE REMOVES by Tatjana Soli

Wow. I could probably stop there, honestly, because that’s about all you need to know. But… I can’t do that because I loved this book too much not to talk about it. THE REMOVES by Tatjana Soli is an intense portrayal… Continue Reading →

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