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
On Monday, Wake County (NC) students on the traditional calendar went back to school. Like many city/suburban areas, the school board mandated masks for everyone inside school, despite some intense protests by some parents. Last week, my city, Cary (a town outside Raleigh, NC), also imposed a mask mandate within city buildings. That, too, has … More Having Ethical Questions around COVID Vaccinations? Let’s check in with NYT, WaPo, the Mayor, and the Dalai Lama.
Several of the people and places I look to for book recommendations have said this was a good and fun summer read, so I requested it from our library. I just came in, and I’ve just started it. I have an inkling of what may happen, but I’ve deliberately tried to avoid any spoiler reviews … More Oh My Goodness! I’m in People We Meet on Vacation
NOTE: Today’s blog post comes courtesy of the UNC-Duke Area Studies Centers, which sponsored a series of WONDERFUL live webinars showcasing recipes and food traditions from other countries in a Cultural Kitchen Series. More on that later. First, I apologize for the break in posts. I was taking advantage of summer opportunities and the relatively … More Meatless Monday: Pupusas (with a Side of Social Justice)
Yesterday was a big day in our house, represented by the picture above. In case you don’t get the symbolism, that is a garlic scape tied into a knot. That is because yesterday, the first of my son’s peers to get married held a virtual wedding that he and I watched at home while eating … More Festive Farmers Market Food for a Virtual Wedding
It’s been a year since the pandemic REALLY hit most of us. It was this week last year that the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 as a pandemic. But is that what made it real for you? I was inspired for this post by an opinion piece by John Paul Brammer in the Washington Post … More When Did You Know?
At 5:30 PM this evening (Tuesday, January 19), the National League of Cities is organizing a national recognition for the victims of COVID-19. Cities across the country, including our local city of Raleigh, will be lighting building in the color of amber in memory of the nearly 400,000 lives lost during the pandemic. Places of … More Amber Hour This Evening to Honor COVID Victims
So this is the post I planned to post today… If my faith community has supported my spiritual/emotional health, my local farmers market has helped me maintain my physical health. I am so grateful to the farmers and vendors and organizers of our market, the Cary Downtown Farmers Market. I took this picture this morning … More The 12-ish Gifts of 2020: Farmers Markets
Earlier in the year, I wrote a post about although COVID restrictions had forced the cancellation of our beloved July 4th tradition of gathering with my spiritual center to listen to an outdoor concert by the North Carolina Symphony followed by a firework display, the holiday was still going to be special because they were … More Not Feeling Christmas 2020? Hamilton to the Rescue––Again!
I know I haven’t been writing as many blog posts as usual, and the graphic above helps to explain why. I have been finalizing a resource for family discussion around our current pandemic: a FREE ebook entitled World Myths About Disease. Ever since the pandemic got really serious in March, with schools shutting down and … More Free Ebook to Spark Family Discussions about COVID-19