The mother does not engineer her child’s intrauterine development, but she influences it enormously through her lifestyle and her sensitivity, her anxieties, appetites and attitudes, her history and her constitution. Who she is, and the physical and emotional environment that she herself inhabits, affects the nature and the quality of the sanctum that she provides… Read More Having an Idea – Guy Claxton
The first sentence in Rae Katherine Eighmey’s book, Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen: A Culinary View of Lincoln’s Life and Times, begins– “Abraham Lincoln cooked!” The words leapt off the pages of my sixty-nine-year-old copy of Rufus Wilson’s Lincoln Among His Friends. I could hardly believe what I was reading. Yet there it was. Phillip… Read More Happy President’s Day from Lincoln’s Kitchen
We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. —- President Donald Trump, Inauguration Speech, 1/20/2017 What do the posters tell us about the Women’s March? As it evolved from post-election despair, I hoped that the Women’s March would become an affirmation of unity instead of a flat rejection of… Read More Amplifying: Visual Strategies of the Women’s March
Hello, fellow yogis engaged in self-study! This week my notes are about the first 4 chapters of Living Your Yoga by Judith Lasater. Spiritual Seeking Whether we seek something called spirituality, holiness, or enlightenment, the route to it is through our humanness, complete with our strengths and our weaknesses, our successes and our failures…. To… Read More Wobblyogi Wednesday – Book Club Notes 2
Welcome to the yoga bookclub hosted by Community Yoga in Indiana! Living Your Yoga – Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life by Judith Lasater (Berkley, CA: Rodmell Press, 2000) For more information on Judith Lasater herself and quick background, look up her website: http://www.judithhansonlasater.com/ [The notes relate to the first edition. I recently got the… Read More Wobblyogi Wednesday – Book Club Notes 1
Dear Fellow Yogis Near and Far, I invite you to join the book club hosted by Community Yoga in West Lafayette (and Lafayette) Indiana. I’ll be offering bi-weekly notes and discussion prompts starting January 4th leading up to an April 1st workshop at the studio complete with an asana practice inspired by the reading,… Read More Wobblyogi Wednesday – Book Club!
Complicated things can be explained by examining their individual parts. Complex ones cannot. They are always greater than the sum of their parts. This dynamic has nothing to do with the number of parts or, say, the cost of the object. A jet engine is complicated. Mayonnaise is complex. You can easily replace a… Read More On the Complexity of Mayonnaise
It has been 10 days since the U.S. Election. Like many, I have been involved in exhaustive soul searching about the threat of being reduced to a name on a registry as a suspicious ethnic OTHER. I kept thinking about a Dalai Lama lecture I recently attended. He shared a story about a monk who… Read More Can “Love More” be a political strategy?
There are few candy bars as iconic as Toblerone. The popular nougat-and-chocolate bar, invented in Switzerland but now owned by the U.S.-based Mondelez International, became internationally famous in large part because of its distinctive triangular shape. But that very shape is now the subject of controversy in Britain, where a recent announcement that some versions of Toblerone would feature larger spaces… Read More Widening the Gap: Toblerone and the US Election
This month’s Southern Living Magazine includes a recipe for pumpkin pie, in addition to other classics like sweet potato and pecan. I used store bought pie crust to save time. The filling is enough for two deep dish pie crusts. For me, the combination of summery lemon cream cheese and fall pumpkin spice make the… Read More Weekend Eats Experiment: Pumpkin- Lemon Cream Cheese Chess Pie