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Working my Way Back September 24, 2012

So it’s been quite a while since I posted. Well, I admit, I mentally and emotionally crashed. I am disappointed in myself that I let that happen but knowing I have seen even the strongest people crash now and then, I feel hopeful and ok with letting myself wallow for a little while. Mourning and grief are normal and natural, I have to remember that. Since my cousin was murdered in the beginning of August, my life seemed to nose-dive. Two of my uncles were diagnosed with cancers that are not treatable. My dog needed surgery. I was in a minor car accident. My mother’s myelodysplasia (MDS) was upgraded to acute leukemia and she’s been in and out of the hospital. She also requires a lot of help that of course I am so happy I am able to supply it. Everything just seemed/seems to go wrong lately and I began to learn things that were sad and unpleasant – I learned that I have been wrong for a long time about people I thought I knew so well and I am very disappointed in who they are. I hope they can find some spiritual guidance to help them become who they are capable of being. I am certainly not perfect and now is a time I am taking to also improve.

I was listening to a podcast today about Zen and Buddhist Dharma hosted by Zencast.org entitled “Practice Simplicity.” I found so much comfort in its insight. Gil Fronsdal introduced me (and his audience) to a tremendously important Buddhist instruction to, “Set your mind at ease, and notice what takes away from that.” It’s one of the hardest things to do – to set your mind at ease. But it is easier to see what takes away from ease – these people who are purposefully hurting others and are not who I thought they were. The only problem with this instruction is that’s the end of it. So… what do we do about what takes away from our ease? There’s nothing more, no more instruction. Fronsdal also noted that issue but said this instruction in itself is difficult, so to start – just “notice.” Notice the moment, don’t react to it, don’t let your mind do anything about it, just notice. So as I listened to this program as I drove, I practiced and noticed something that made me really, truly smile and appreciate the beauty of everything – the leaves are changing colors. Even walking to my car this morning I pulled a couple leaves stuck on the back of my car and STILL didn’t notice the leaves were changing. So from today on out I will track one beautiful thing each day as I do nothing else but “notice.” Today: the leaves are changing.

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Wine Cork Plant Markers July 31, 2012

I love Pinterest. Of course, I am sure there are plenty of misleading things on there, just like blogs too. But I found this little crafty idea and I did it and am so happy with the results. What a cool idea! I took used wine corks (of which I have many), drilled a hole in the bottom, inserted cheap-o wine stirrers, and wrote the crop name in a Sharpie. Seriously easy and much sturdier than regular plan markers, not to mention economical and environmentally-friendly.

 

Slow Down and Unplug June 25, 2012

I woke up this morning and immediately grabbed my phone and checked the weather. I came downstairs and turned on the laptop. I checked my phone for messages while I made my coffee. I got my coffee and sat down at the computer and checked my email. Now I sit here typing this. Do  you even remember what we did before all this technology became requirements for us to function normally in our daily lives? Sometimes I strain to remember. I think I got my coffee and talked to somebody, maybe after that I walked my dog. One thing I do remember is being able to separate work, school, and my personal life. I think we all have become too aware of ourselves and what needs to be done that we forget to just live. Everyone needs time to unplug. We are so busy “checking in” we forget to look around and see what the world is trying to show us. Beautiful paths carved into the woods, natural phenomenon like the boulder field created from an ancient glacier, and finally realizing humans are just as much a part of nature as any other creature – we just need to do it right.

 

Fresh Radishes June 9, 2012

Radishes from the Garden

Fresh Radishes from the Garden

There is nothing I love more than going out the garden, picking a vegetable, and coming inside to prepare it. It’s the freshest food you can ever eat. See that dirt? That’s the sign of real, fresh food. What I love about gardening is that I know where, how, and when it was grown – I know that dirt. No surprises. I know I didn’t genetically modify the radish to have a limit of five leaves and grow uniform two inch diameter roots. That’s the joy of it. Real food comes in various shapes, sizes, and colors. But really, this variation is the most beautiful. Like people – wouldn’t it be boring if we all looked, acted, and thought the same?

Roasted Radishes with Greens

Ingredients

4-5 large radishes with greens attached
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
salt & pepper, to taste
2 Tbsp. butter
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
3 cherry tomatoes

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 500. Rinse radishes. Separate leaves from radishes and slice radishes. Chop greens and set aside.

2. In a medium, oven proof skillet, add olive oil and heat until shimmering over medium-high heat and add radish slices. Salt and pepper to taste. Cook until radishes begin to get brown spots, about 2 minutes.

3. Place skillet in preheated oven and roast radishes until crisp-tender, about 12 minutes.

4. Return skillet to burner on medium heat. Add butter, stir to coat. Add radish greens and garlic and cook until just wilted, about 2 minutes. Add lemon juice, cherry tomatoes, and salt & pepper (if needed). Cook through about 1 minute and serve immediately.

Roasted Radishes & GreensRoasted Radishes and Greens

 

May 27, 2012

Thank you so much for this information. Another point about GMOs is that some seeds are “programmed” to produce plants that cannot reproduce therefore requiring growers to purchase seends again and again which equals more money in the manufacturer’s products. I think it’s a dangerous game. As plants cannot reproduce they are unsustainable, what if the GMOs become the dominant specie of the plant?

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I’m very proud to introduce a Guest Blogger writing an important/must-read piece concerning GMO’s. It’s a fantastic article that could also be titled; Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about GMO’s. Please share with others and leave your comments and questions below, Chris will answer them…..Take it away Mr. Vogliano:

My name is Chris Vogliano and I am currently studying nutrition and dietetics at Kent State University in their Master’s Program.  I am conducting my thesis study on the topic of Genetically Modified Organisms related to Dietitian’s knowledge and perception of them.  According to previous research, the public trusts dietitian’s to relay current and scientific information on this controversial topic.  However, as I hope to prove in my research, there is a significant knowledge gap in the perception of what dietitian’s know versus the knowledge they actually hold.

I chose this topic because genetically modified foods is personal and strikes…

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