Environment, well-being, What is Organic

Can Gardening Really Improve Your Health?

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Health and gardening go hand in hand.
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When I was young, we ate from our backyard. Instead of grass, the rich alluvial soils had been coaxed into an oasis of fruits and veggies. It was a tremendous way to grow up, next door to my grandparent’s perennial rhubarb and grape arbors that defined the garden’s edge.  

I found the very act of rooting around in the humus, on hands and knees, planting and churning microbes, brought me close to my roots—to my family and food.

I didn’t know at the time that the very act of poking seeds into moist fingerprints and nurturing this plant kingdom held benefits beyond our daily meals.

Tending a garden, no matter how minuscule, is terrific for your health—in body and spirit.

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well-being, What is Organic

My Joy Of Eating and Solace of Love

I just love food!
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I’ve decided to steer clear of the negativity in the world today and focus on cultivating joy. Joy is different than happiness—it’s a permanent internal spring that doesn’t come and go like happiness does.

Remembering my chubby self growing up next door to my grandparents, who offered opportunities to my love of food. The garden overflowed and the bread baked. I was allowed to experiment and run amok with culinary escapades.

These tendencies gave me to a lifetime joy of food- it became my passion and ultimately my occupation. 

I’m befuddled by those who don’t share this source of culinary pleasure. They believe food is a tedious source of grub needed only for survival—or a diet to follow to build brawn and brain.

I’d like to share a few memories and tips for those of you who want to have a deeper engagement with that which sustains us.

How do we make love of food a source of lifelong joy?  

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well-being

Settle the Internal Tempest in Turbulent Times

We can all agree the past few years have been as turbulent as we ever thought we’d witness. The great ferment of P’s; Politics, People, Pandemic, and Planet have become increasingly unsettled, and we’re all experiencing massive changes.

Perhaps it’s time to take stock and take care of our inner beings as well as our physical bodies.

The tumult may continue outside but settling our internal storms—being open to new habits and beliefs—will help us all through this gyre.

But how does one change how you think?

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Culinary Delights, well-being

Being Good in the Kitchen Will Help You Be Good in Bed

How to be Good in Bed?
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Don’t get me wrong, the theme of this article isn’t what your naughty mind has conjured up. I’ve been sick with flu-like symptoms and may, at this point, be an Omichondriac. I’ve been forced to spend endless hours in bed, trying to make myself comfortable and amused.

It afforded me time to ponder why I’m so good in the kitchen yet so poor at resting in bed. Both are healthy, nourishing activities that require certain skills.

Fostering these skills will help you cook and take a needed respite from life—all from the comfort of home.

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Organic Policy and Regulations, well-being, What is Organic

My Little Pet and The Race to Save the planet

What’s the best way to incorporate a beloved pet into our quest to help the planet?
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Animals have been a precious source of companionship all my life. Aside from my paternal grandparents, no one has displayed such unconditional love such as they have.

In turn, I have learned about responsibility and respect for the web of life.

It all began with two small dachshunds and went on to encompass gerbils, mice, reptiles, birds, and kittens.

I once raised two turkeys, named X-mas and New Year’s, that followed me around like their momma hen before I plucked and served them forth! (But that’s another blog about love and our relationship with food.)

As a pigeon fancier, I bred tumblers that fell and racers who flew hundreds of miles to come home.

I “kept” hundreds of chickens, some exotic breeds that came away with blue ribbons.

My friend Mary, no spring chicken herself, recently retrieved a Labrador puppy, and I had to ask her, “what is the best way to incorporate a beloved pet into our quest to help the planet?”

She offered up a few things to consider when choosing an eco-friendly pet.  

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