Principles of Eating Green: Homemade is Better than Store-bought

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been sharing some of my important Eating Green tips. It’s been very helpful for me to write out the ins and outs, and the hows and whys for each principle, and seeing how they play off each other. Continue reading Principles of Eating Green: Homemade is Better than Store-bought

Principles of Eating Green: Eat animal welfare approved, free range, slow growing meat

Whenever I talk about Eating Green, a large portion of my audience assumes I refer to a vegetarian diet. When I start talking about eating meat, I get shocked looks, and even some people look appalled. Continue reading Principles of Eating Green: Eat animal welfare approved, free range, slow growing meat

10 Books in 10 Days- Zen in the Art of Writing

I am not a big Ray Bradbury fan. I have only read Something Wicked This Way Comes, and that’s only because it was for high school english class. I’m not even sure I understand why we read it. I didn’t like it, mainly because I didn’t understand it. Continue reading 10 Books in 10 Days- Zen in the Art of Writing

To Chris, With Love

A few years ago today (43 to be exact), the stars and planets aligned perfectly to allow a singular event to manifest. A boy was born. He grew up in Kentucky and eventually made his way to Chicago for art school. At the ripe age of 22, the young man moved to North Carolina. This is where the paths of one young man and one young woman crossed. And their lives would never be the same. Continue reading To Chris, With Love

30 Days of Experiencing Nature: Day 29- Bug Bites

I have a bad habit of literally the weakest impulse control known to man. If it itches, I will scratch it. And thus, I have bumps, bruises, and scars on my legs, arms, and well, everywhere of things that have bitten, scratched, or stung me in the recent past.

Funny again, what I ultimately planned on discussing and what comes to mind at 10 pm when I’m actually writing are two completely different things. Tomorrow is my wedding anniversary, and I planned on talking about the special anniversary workout I made up for me and my husband. Instead, I’m talking about the little annoyances of experiencing nature.

Ever since I was a little girl, I have been everyone else’s best mosquito repellent. No one else has to worry about mosquito bites when I’m around. They all flock to me. I don’t know why. I am not a sweet person. I guess my blood makes up for my personality. It’s like compensating for something…

I know I should spray myself with some sort of repellent, but I always forget. Hell, I’m lucky if I remember to apply sunscreen, especially AFTER I’ve swam and before I’m about to go out in the sun. Normally the only time I remember to apply sunscreen is right before I’m about to go…indoors for something- Masters class, writing group, Toastmasters. If I’m about to do an outdoor workout, or maintain some gorgeous parks, I’m almost guaranteed to forget it.

Which brings me to my greatest vice. Bug bites. They are hideous, and my sensitive skin can’t stop me from scratching. But do I do anything to prevent it? Oh no, that would be sanity.

Instead, I meander through the campground rounds at work at 8:30 pm, without a care in the world. And then at 11:00 at night, I wonder what the hell bit the shit out me and left these grotesque marks on my skin. 

On my wrist, it looks like a miniature vampire bit me. I can’t decide whether to be proud of the initiation I have received, or to hide it. I mean, a vampire must have bit me, which means, since I didn’t die, I must now be a vampire. And that’s cool, right? I’m a vampire who cooks mean strawberry rhubarb pies and swims like an otter.

I don’t know, it’s either a mini-vampire or some sort of gigantic mega-spider. And I’d rather not think of that…

 

30 Days of Experiencing Nature: Day 26- This is How You Mow a Hill

Ever wonder how parks maintain their pristine lawns and trails? The staff has lots of tools and equipment for mowing vast lawns, trimming hedges, and keeping the grounds nice and neat. Even their steep hills. Continue reading 30 Days of Experiencing Nature: Day 26- This is How You Mow a Hill

30 Days of Experiencing Nature: Day 22- Our Disconnection with the Wild

Because of this 30 Days of Experiencing Nature, I’m re-listening to a favorite book of mine, The Nature Principle by Richard Louv. I appreciate how much we NEED nature in our lives. It’s astounding when I think about how disconnected we are from the wild. Continue reading 30 Days of Experiencing Nature: Day 22- Our Disconnection with the Wild