Plant-Based Lifestyle Epiphanies

Cold Snap Millet and Lentil Stew (Vegan and Soy and Gluten-Free)

January 10, 2014

Spending some time outdoors, even on the most unforgiving coldest days in Winter, is a must for my well being. While I hate it when it rains on the snow, then freezes at night into smooth sheets of black ice, I never fail in my love for the crisp cold air of Winter. Even when […]

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Be My Valentine? A Slow Miracle Art Update

January 4, 2014

I know it’s a little early to be talking about Valentine’s Day just yet, but my life is budding out and heading for full bloom on that day this year. Following my heart on Valentine’s Day now has a very different meaning for me than the conventional one I knew as a child, and later […]

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Keep the Fire Burning

December 14, 2013

It’s true every picture tells a story. But it’s also true that sometimes the picture gets painted before the story even happens. I have been wondering if there will be a story that goes with this painting of the fire in my masonry stove, and this week, it came to me in that surprising way […]

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Red Quinoa-Brown Rice-Lentil Stuffed Squash (Gluten-Free)

November 25, 2013

Once upon a time, there was an unassuming whole food vegan (gluten-free) one-pot meal on my stove nearly every week. Like my Bright Yellow Spit Pea and Rice Pilaf, it had just 5 ingredients (6 if you count the cooking water). When it comes off the flame, it looks like this: After a half hour […]

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow

November 12, 2013

November is not the time of year to see the spectacular rainbows that sometimes arc themselves in the immense skyscape above the softly rolling hills of the Palouse, fireworks in breathtaking slow motion. But the other day something happened that brought the majesty of those moments back, and sent me looking for photos. I suddenly […]

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Reading Out Loud

October 25, 2013

Doesn’t this look like a nice chair to read a book in or listen to a story in? My fondest first memories are of being read to when I was very small. One of my favorite books to be read to from was the Child Craft volume “Poems of Early Childhood.” Through yet another slow […]

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Down By The Rivers: Falling Apart and Coming Together

October 16, 2013

After two weeks of painstaking arrangements, Romeo and  I set out this last weekend to go on a two part journey down the length of Idaho to meet up with Mike and Kelly for another celebration of their wedding with Kelly’s extended family.  I have lived in Idaho for 22 years, but because of my […]

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Plein Air Dreamin’ Come True

October 6, 2013

It’s not my habit to write about what is happening at the moment.  I don’t do it well. My cast of mind is one of memoir, and so it takes me a while to incorporate what I’m living enough into memory to be able to render the essence of it in what I write. So […]

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Listening to the Earth

September 26, 2013

Welcome to my blog’s new “look.” After I included my drawing of the little ballerina in my post In the Temple of my Daily Life, Susan suggested to me I look through my drawings and see if there was one that I’d like to use as part of a new look for the header of […]

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Will My Real Old Self Please Stand Up?

September 9, 2013

This photo was taken the summer I was 36, just before we moved to Idaho. I needed a shot of myself as a California Poets in the Schools instructor because some of the poems my students had written were going to be in a state anthology. There wasn’t anyone else around to do it, so […]

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