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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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July 4th Thoughts from US Senator Cory Booker: “If America hasn’t broken your heart, you don’t love her enough.”

Wow! If that isn’t a true quote, not just about America, but about everyone and everything I’ve ever loved, I don’t know what is! If you are not familiar with Senator Booker, he is an African American and former mayor of Newark who is now a US Senator for New Jersey. Long-time readers know that … More July 4th Thoughts from US Senator Cory Booker: “If America hasn’t broken your heart, you don’t love her enough.”

Final Fourth Thoughts

I’ve never been one to restrict celebrations to a single day, so I’m continuing my 4th of July series beyond the literal day. Especially after reading the news today, including another mass killing at a 4th of July event and rising unrest after another police shooting of an unarmed Black man, I would like the … More Final Fourth Thoughts

Meatless Monday, 4th of July Edition: Red, White, and Blue Chilled Soups

OK, so maybe it’s more like orange, white, and purple… Still, this will be the healthy and delicious centerpiece of our July 4th celebrations, or at least the eating part of the holiday. This are three chilled soups, all made with just-picked fruits or vegatables from…you guessed it, the FARMERS MARKET! The first is a … More Meatless Monday, 4th of July Edition: Red, White, and Blue Chilled Soups

Meatless Monday: Farmers Market Brunch (Including What’s Wrong with Ice Cream for Breakfast?)

I usually don’t eat breakfast. Yes, I know it’s “the most important meal of the day,” but I’m usually not hungry early in the morning and I don’t choose to eat when I’m not hungry. But when I do eat breakfast, or most commonly brunch by the time I get home, it’s usually after spending … More Meatless Monday: Farmers Market Brunch (Including What’s Wrong with Ice Cream for Breakfast?)

Finally, the Jan 6 Diogenes Found His Honest Man. Turns Out It’s a Millenial Woman from New Jersey

If you remember from your school days, Diogenes was an ancient Greek philosopher who was said to have carried a lamp around, “searching for an honest man.” To me, that resembles the work of the Congressional January 6 Investigation Committee. They are examining an assault on the US Capitol that was broadcast live in real … More Finally, the Jan 6 Diogenes Found His Honest Man. Turns Out It’s a Millenial Woman from New Jersey

(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