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For many people, 2016 was a difficult, disheartening, even depressing year. We can look at many events in our world and think that things are going in a negative direction.

But Joseph Campbell had some words of wisdom about this for us. He said:
“The world is perfect. It’s a mess. It has always been a mess. We are not going to change it. Our job is to straighten out our own lives. ”
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(Mostly) Meatless Monday: A Cuban-Themed Picnic

When preparing for a picnic to go with the NC Symphony’s outdoor concert entitled Havana Nights, I knew just what would be perfect: classic Cuban Sandwiches. While these sandwiches do not come from Cuba itself, but were instead developed by Cuban immigrants transplanted to Southern Florida, they are much more picnic-friendly than typical Cuban dishes … More (Mostly) Meatless Monday: A Cuban-Themed Picnic

July 23, 2022: It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times

As I read the news this morning about yesterday’s events at the US Capitol, the literature teacher in me could not help but recall the famous opening passage to Charles Dicken’s classic novel, A Tale of Two Cities: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of … More July 23, 2022: It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times

Meatless Monday, Juneteenth Edition…Or, Lessons from African American Cooking

If you read my Celebrating Summer post, you know this is one of a series of posts about recent celebrations. But I’m starting with this one because it was actually on a Meatless Monday. I’m not an African American, so Juneteenth has only recently become one of my regular holidays. So I don’t have a … More Meatless Monday, Juneteenth Edition…Or, Lessons from African American Cooking

Celebrating Summer

I know, it’s been forever since I’ve posted. I’ve just been working a lot and had a bunch of stuff to take care of at home and just other general life stuff. But the school year is coming to an end and so my workload is diminishing. Plus, I LOVE celebrations, and this week has … More Celebrating Summer

An Addendum to Heroes

One of my dear blog readers sent me this tidbit this morning: So yes–Hugh Bonneville, star of the Paddington movies, confirmed that Ukrainian President Zelenksy provided the voice of Paddington in the Unkrainian version of the movie as one of the roles in his former career as a comedian and actor. If you recall, he … More An Addendum to Heroes

Heroes

As I write this post this morning, my heart is heavy, knowing the beautiful city show above, Kyiv (often also Westernized as Kiev), is under attack by Russian troops seeking to take over the country. There have been explosions and fighting and already hundreds of deaths and casualities, many if not most of them among … More Heroes

Happy Twosday

Today is Tuesday, February 22, i.e., 02/22/2022 in the US; just about every place else in the world puts the day before the month and so writes it as 22/02/2022, which is a palindrome (although some argue that even our date is a palindrome if you write it as 2/22/22). Numerologists and astrologist and such … More Happy Twosday

Welcoming the Year of the Tiger and the Possibility in a Pink Purse

Happy Lunar New Year everyone! I’m referring to the start of the new year celebrated in many countries in East Asia, often known as Chinese New Year. I’m a little late since Monday, February 1 was Lunar New Year’s eve and Tuesday, February 2 was the start of the New Year itself. However, in Asia … More Welcoming the Year of the Tiger and the Possibility in a Pink Purse