June 2013

Month of the Barefoot Moon

June 27, 2013

When we were kids, as soon as the weather got warmer my sister and I wanted to go barefoot. Once that started, most of the time we stayed barefoot for the rest of the season. I can still remember the feel of the grass, the difference between the painted lines on the crosswalk and the excruciatingly […]

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Wild Mushroom and Two Rice Pilaf

June 25, 2013

I am a gleaner and a forager. I love finding treasures, especially living edible treasures, that no one wants or uses or recognizes as treasure. Maybe it’s the French half of my ancestry that draws me to this activity.  One of my favorite documentaries is The Gleaners and I by French filmmaker Agnes Vardas. Living a […]

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Better Than It Was

June 20, 2013

When my MS symptoms first became detrimental enough that I had to notice something was going on that would not go away on its own, I was a single working Mom about to be 40. I taught 3 writing classes at the university, which meant I lugged 75 papers home and graded them every two […]

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Creamy Tangerine Sweet Potato Dressing

June 18, 2013

On the heels of my reflections about metaphor while reading Whole, a quick poetry update about my forthcoming chapbook if a sparrow: I got my first sales update this weekend, and I am happy to report I have enough sales for a press run of 250. This also means, since the advanced sales period for my […]

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A Slice From Whole

June 14, 2013

Sometimes when I’m reading a book, something hits me so profoundly that I have to pause for a few days or even more and let it sink in. The other night that happened while I was reading Whole, Dr. Campbell’s new book. I had just finished Chapter 7, “Reductionist Biology,” and the next day I expected […]

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Re-Spiralize Yourself

June 12, 2013

I know eating a Whole Foods Plant-Based diet is serious life-saving business, but I can’t pass up an opportunity to play with my food. In fact, I’d say that’s how I’ve succeeded at eating this way for so long. I play with the colors, the textures, the flavors, the smells, as if my food were […]

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Plant-Based DIY Basics: Infused Vinegar

June 6, 2013

At first blush, life with next to no refined salt, sugar or oil can seem pretty dreary to most of us. But over the years I’ve found healthier ways to wake up my taste buds. Several months ago I read an Engine 2 blog post from Ami about the joys of splurging on flavored vinegars. […]

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Portland: Everything Came Up Roses

June 2, 2013

If I was going to describe my most recent trip to Portland with the lyrics to an old song, it wouldn’t be the ones to “I Never Promised You A Rose Garden.” Because I DID spend lovely leisurely time in the beautiful Portland Rose Garden, which was on the top of my list of things […]

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