A Different Kind of “Before” and “After”

November 3, 2015

  Recently a group I’m connected to on Facebook posted a mad flurry of “before” and “after” photos of folks successfully eating the low fat plant-based way. All of these involved weight loss, lots of them very dramatic. What’s going on?  I wondered to myself Where is all the food?–since that’s often my favorite part […]

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On The Wild Side

October 23, 2015

Do you ever know something before you know it? Sometimes I find out that I know something I’ve never experienced before. I don’t realize this is so until I “learn” what it is–ostensibly for the “first” time. My first few months in Portland have been surprising in the sense that although I have  moved to […]

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It Takes a Vegan Village: Red Lentil Fusion Stew–with Gluten-Free Injera

September 18, 2015

Lately I’ve been very engaged in the living of new stories, and not so much in writing them down. Sometimes they have to be lived for a while to know what to say about them. When I’m not drawing, sometimes I read over “old stories” I’ve posted here on the blog. So while I’m slowly […]

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The Slow Miracle of My Yoga Practice: Feeling The Whole in a Part

May 24, 2015

I was introduced to the well-known Hindu fable The Blind Men and the Elephant at a very early age. At 3, my mother read me the 19th century version byJohn Godfrey Saxe from the pages of the Childcraft volume, Storytelling and Other Poems. This volume was part of a set my parents must have purchased when […]

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Fig and Twig Tea Oatmeal (and Seeing the Porcupine)

December 13, 2014

  Sometimes it’s hard to recognize that something simple, even humble, can be a marker of profound healing. Now that I live farther “out” from downtown, the walk in and back is probably almost two miles. In the winter weather, Romeo and I suit up, and I usually wear my backpack, especially if we’re going […]

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Notes at the End of Summer

September 22, 2014

Out west, September is often a warm (hot), dry and (sadly) smoky month. The dry heat torches forest and field fires. Air quality can suffer. But it is also a time of end of season magic. The days do get noticably shorter, especially here up north, but oh, the slant of the evening light turns […]

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Sure Things

March 30, 2014

I love it when someone answers me in a way that sends me back to the literal application of what I’ve just said, even if it was couched in an expression or figure of speech no one usually takes literally. It’s especially rich when it’s someone who’s known me over a long span of time. […]

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Vegan Polenta Soup (And The Parsnip That Got Away. . .)

February 28, 2014

I first saw a recipe for Polenta Soup while scrolling through my facebook newsfeed a couple of months ago. But I can’t really call this a vegan version of that, or any other one I saw, because I kind of just did my own thing. I wanted a low fat soup that was somewhat reminiscent […]

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Then and Now: My Art Opening Night

February 18, 2014

You know how Snoopy sits on the top of his dog house with the typewriter and begins every story he writes with “it was a dark and stormy night?”  I can’t make it up to my rooftop, but if I could, I would have written the first line of this post about my art opening […]

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A Sneak Preview

February 13, 2014

This past Monday night we hung my show at the co-op. Here is a shot of Romeo and me in front of some of my paintings. Tonight is the night. The opening reception is from 5:45-7:00. I’m a little nervous, since there will be a lot of activity and people all at once. I was […]

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