Why Do I Get Up At Zero Dark Early?

“Even the smallest person can change the course of the future” – J.R.R. Tolkien Thanksgiving Week slipped in here on the heels of kiddo’s birthday last weekend.  I struggled yesterday with writing a post, well, writing in general.  Fog brain?  Sick child?  Targeted holiday advertising hitting me at every turn on social media?  My profound Read More …

The Locket

Out of the mouths of babes or so the saying goes… And there is this child who stands by my knee, me a crumpled ruin on the floor, a child who catches my tears for safe-keeping, who says, “people have their truth but it is not your truth and you have your truth but it is Read More …

Week 4 Paleo Meal Plan and Notes

We made it!  One month down.  My biggest takeaway:  feeling better.  Head clear.  Good energy.  Much less irritable.  Yes, there is the weight loss factor, but it is very easy to get fixated on weight.  Weight fixation is a slippery slope to nowhere. Instead, I am cultivating presence.  How do I feel today?  Am I in Read More …

Week 3 Paleo Meal Plans and Notes

Week 3’s Meal Plan.  My goal this week was to use what I had on hand.  The ground beef, the last pack of chicken breasts, the spaghetti squash leftover from this summer’s CSA basket.  Talk about saving some cash.  My grocery bill this week was $64.24! Plan your menus around what you have on hand.  Read More …

Week 2 Paleo Menu Plan and Notes

Time has moved quickly and I have lost count of my days on a low-sugar, whole foods diet.  I kept a food journal for the first two weeks to keep track of what I ate, my mood and triggers.  But, I have stepped away from the journal because I feel a bit more on autopilot now.  Read More …

Vishudda

“But it’s stuck in my throat!” the child wails and coughs in that exaggerated manner of preschoolers.  She wants to roll her eyes. Resists. Sighs heavily, instead. She knows what is crawling its way up from her child’s throat.  Her head dismisses it as a fit.  Her heart knows the thing is not that dramatic or Read More …

Stars

The problem with pressing your face all day into that little thingy – something they certainly don’t tell you in the fine print – is that it rots out your neck and back. Trust me, you will have a hump of fused vertebrae like a 90-year-old by the time you’re 40. Then even if you wanted Read More …

Wendigo

It is here. Out there in starless cold. Outside the window, see? No! Don’t draw the shade! It already knows. Don’t you hear that? Glass panes rattle under its breath, fouled with decay. It smelled me. From afar, over lake ice and valleys scrubbed of snow by bitter winds sweeping endlessly from the North– It is Read More …

How to Butterfly and Sear Chicken Breasts and Make A Pan Sauce

Sometimes I run across a recipe for skinless chicken breasts that includes 30 minutes to several hours of marinating.  Then the recipes says bake.  Pshaw!  No amount of marinating has ever yielded juicy chicken breasts, at least for me.  The muscle fibers may be tenderized, but juicy the chicken is not. Searing Locks In the Juices Read More …

Roads

“Go here or there or there?” the young man asks.   He jabs a finger at the map on his lap. “It seems to me,” the old man begins, “that you have cluttered up that head of yours.” “But which way?” “Which way do you want to go?” “All of them.” “Humph.” The old man takes Read More …