recipes, spiritual life

The road to swell is NOT paved with recipe substitutions

"This is my advice to people: Learn how to cook, try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun” Julia Child, master chef Notice that Queen Julia didn't advise tinkering with recipes. Really tinkering. Which I do. Often with wild recipe substitutions. Sometimes it works brilliantly. Sometimes it fails. Other… Continue reading The road to swell is NOT paved with recipe substitutions

gardening, spiritual life

The sole source of joy

"You are not a human being in search of a spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being immersed in a human experience." Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, French philosopher, priest, scientist They will soon be here. A bit like a monarch, but think bigger stripes and black and white instead of black and orange. Zebra swallowtails… Continue reading The sole source of joy

gardening, spiritual life

Search-and-destroy mission

"I believe that I have found, if not original sin, at least vegetable total depravity in my garden." Charles Dudley Warner, "What I Know about Gardening: Third Week," 1870 Wearing long sleeves in public is easier than the alternative. People take one look at my arm and gasp, "What happened?!" Ha! There's nothing but herbs… Continue reading Search-and-destroy mission

spiritual life, women

Little dress, better world

"Together, we can make a difference ... one little dress at a time." Rachel O'Neill, head of Little Dresses for Africa, despair-defying firebrand If you have a lovely pillowcase, a summer afternoon and minimal sewing skills, you have the right stuff to make a difference in one little girl's life. That's all it takes to… Continue reading Little dress, better world