Archive | March, 2010

beneficial decadence: spring salad w/ pine nuts and ginger

22 Mar

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ah yes!  it’s spring, people, and it’s high time for getting in those bitter greens to clean the liver.  the bitter-er, the better.   YUM!

…about those bitter greens…
you gotta do what you gotta do to get to the “YUM”.  it is a bit tricky getting them down, especially when you taste bitter most acutely at the back of the tongue, just few taste buds short of the gag reflex spot.  it is mostly a mental thing. but if you need some help, read on.

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come out, come out WHOever you are…

19 Mar

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being “yourself” can sometimes be tricky when you feel like your SELF isn’t adequate, doesn’t have the authority, or hasn’t gotten things right in the past.  therefore, you might feel that SELF can’t possibly be trusted to run the show.

this is too bad because the SELF you’re usually working with is a lie.  now before you say, “hey!” and get offended, Continue reading

3/16/10: everything you do is right day

16 Mar

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that’s right, it’s an actual holiday. so affirming.  so even if i screw up a link on a mailing, it’s ok. *wink to those on my mailing list*

remember, you are always doing your best considering the circumstances and what you know right now. go ahead, take imperfect action.  as my good friend LiYana Silver says: you can either play and get hurt or you can not play and get hurt.

so yes, you might attempt something and face-plant or stub a toe.  you might look stupid (mostly to people who are too scared to take action). but if you have at least two braincells to rub together, you’ll most certainly you will learn and with persistence, you will succeed.

here’s a gold star for you and keep up the good good work!

how play points to purpose

9 Mar

bucky's playground. photo credit: flickr user "Duchamp"[read time: 4 minutes]

years ago when i was in school to become a health counselor, a guest lecturer, Michio Kuchi (macrobiotics expert) stumped the entire audience (500+ individuals) that day when he asked: what do you think you are doing here in this life?  what is the purpose of life?  patiently, he let us guess for a while.  he chuckled, and in his own time, he let us in on his answer: we are here to play.

though i accepted his answer as correct (i mean he is a pretty wise old dude, you know), it wasn’t until earlier this week, Continue reading

today is the day

5 Mar

today is the day to start casting off the socialized identity, to accept your freedom, and to shine the bright light of your true self.

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foodie friday: tea to the rescue

5 Mar

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*sings* “last night a teabag saved my life”

no really, i’m serious.  i had a particularly interesting experience last evening.

i decided to prepare a fabulous meal for myself after a long, busy, and taxing day.  by 7 pm, i was chowing down on curried butternut squash soup with copious amounts of garlic, tastefully garnished with fresh green onions.  i served it with a modest crab cake and a warm piece of cornbread.

thinking of my dear friend, Jemitra, i decided to make it really nice and brew myself a nice pot of bengal spice tea.  i used my little china teapot with the little flower cups i love so much.  i left the bag in and covered the pot with my bootleg tea cozy (a kitchen towel with ends folded over: it works great to keep the heat in whilst chowing or chatting).  everything was, indeed very lovely and in a few minutes, i finished and my lovely dinner and dove into my writing.

so, i’m cranking out my work and a couple hours later i get a hankering for something sweet. then i remembered the corner of overbrewed tepid tea left in the pot.  and BAM!  the last little bit had gotten so steeped that it was like having a tiny spiced cookie, but with no crumbs or chewing.  sweet tooth was instantly sated.

though i had overbrewed this tea before, i had never had it during a sugar craving and it was right on time.  and i thought i’d share my entire list of teas to overbrew with similarly delicious effects.

  • celestial seasonings’ bengal spice (of course)
  • yogi tea’s egyptian licorice
  • yogi tea’s mayan cocoa spice (made even more perfect with a dash of french vanilla soy creamer)

i wonder if any of my out folks there have renegade sweet tooth solutions…

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a note to my tea snob colleagues: these spicy herbals are worth the “dive”.   all my greens and whites, however, are whole leaf.  have you had teavana’s white ayurvedic chai or their samurai chai mate?  both very smooth.

the wisdom in frustration & the gift of anger

2 Mar

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if you find that a crappy mood sets in for more than a 24 hours please don’t  blame your boss, your significant other, or your period.  and certainly don’t let these pharma-pimps convince that you are suffering from a deficiency of the latest psychotropic drug. though a cleanse might be in order, if that less-than rosy disposition returns after the empty colon euphoria wears off, it could be a clue to something much more important.

many folks attempt to evade negative feelings and emotions ignoring or dressing them in always ill-fitting apathy or cynicism. others might try drowning them in swill.  still others numb them with over-the-counter or under-the-table tabs.  tragically, when we Continue reading