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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North Carolina is known as the Tar Heel State because from the earliest times of our country, it produced a lot of the country’s tar from the numerous pine trees in its forests. So it is no surprise that we are now in what North Carolinians call “The Yellow Season”––the two weeks in the spring … More The Blessing of Pollen
In yesterday’s post about Easter dinner, I said I didn’t have a set tradition around Easter dinner. However, there is one Easter food tradition (besides CHOCOLATE, of course). Somewhere around Easter, we always have quiche. The reason for that is simple. When my son was younger, we always dyed Easter eggs. He has outgrown that, … More Meatless Monday, Easter Edition
I know I’m a couple of days late, but still… I hope everyone had a nice holiday. We certainly did. Easter is an unusual holiday for me because I don’t really have any specific food traditions around Easter dinner. Growing up, my family wasn’t religious, so Easter wasn’t a big deal other than the chocolate … More Happy (Belated) Easter!
One of my other favorite Spring holidays is the Spring Opening Day for the Farmers Market! While we are fortunate that a few key vendors at the Cary Downtown Farmers Marke continue to come every Saturday morning year-round, the official season is the first Saturday in April through the last Saturday before Thanksgiving in November. … More Farmers Market Spring Opening
As I explained in my post on Nowruz, the Persians/Iranians celebrate their New Year (held on March 20, the first day of Spring) for a full dozen days. On the 13th day, they conclude with a holiday called Sizdah Bedar. Also known as Nature’s Day, Sizdah Bedar literally means Thirteen Outdoor. It is supposed to … More Happy Sizdah Bedar!
On this last day of March, I wanted to return to a post based on another March holiday, but one I didn’t get to write about at the time: March 6, or National Oreo Cookie Day. That seems like a pretty specific holiday, but Oreos are a classic. I rarely get desserts, and if I … More Guess How Many Different Oreo Choices There Are at my Grocery Store
The month is almost over, but we still have (well, we had it yesterday) one more holiday–Holi, which is the spring festival in India and some other Asian countries. The best-known part in the West is throwing colored powder at each other. Originally, the powders were ground from the new blossoms of the season, but … More Meatless Monday: Holi Edition
I have been totally spoiled this week! I mentioned earlier that I had a hairline fracture in my foot and was supposed to stay off my feet. I’ve been doing that as much as I can, but just taking care of daily needs ends up taking a lot of steps. But this week, several of … More Celebrations, Community, and Sababa
Nowruz is the name for Persian or Iranian New Year! Since at least the time of the Zorastrians, the country we in the West called Persia, which we now call Iran (much closer to what the people living there called the country) celebrated the start of the new year on the first day of Spring. … More Happy Nowruz!
Spring is the time for rebirth, and as I’ve stated in earlier posts, I’m definitely feeling Spring right now here in North Carolina. It feels not just like the seasonal Spring, but a metaphoric Spring of a healthier and more connected 2021 than the many sheltering-at-home days of 2020. Just in time to assist us … More Oprah and Deepak Can Help You Get Unstuck for Spring