Category Archives: Life philosophy

Lament for the Lemmings

Lemmings have always fascinated me. All of a sudden, en masse, a whole crowd of them takes off running and leaps off a cliff into the sea, and they die. What makes them do this? Not a clue. And what … Continue reading

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The Simple Things

Almost everyone I know is distressed. About the world. About politics in whatever country they reside or are from. In the past several months, and not discounting the impact of shocking result of the US election and the distressing choices … Continue reading

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Why are we so polarized?

The current state of affairs is baffling. The idea of civil dialogue is a remembrance long past. One cannot even politely question why a given person did something or another without risking a knee-jerk response. So, when discussing the important … Continue reading

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Language learning and interculturalism

It has been a while since I’ve posted on this site, but the time has come for this post. The world events are disturbing to say the least. There have also been enough comments from others that it is time … Continue reading

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Food and community

It’s interesting  how community is so often built around food. Breaking bread together is the way we form relationships and bond. The people I know the best are the people with whom I’ve eaten, whether that’s lunch, breakfast, dinner, or just … Continue reading

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Enjoying our food…

Some of you may know that I’ve had my share of heart dramas…the medical kind…fortunately as opposed to the romantic kind….and that I’m extremely lucky to be alive. And that recently, there’s been more drama. My husband, too, has been … Continue reading

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cooking with heart

This is a concept that seems to be more prevalent in other cultures than in the U.S., and I definitely believe in it. Cooking with heart….not cooking heart (which is also done in other cultures-sometimes it seems that other cultures … Continue reading

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The tree in the grocery store parking lot

A bird flew away as I approached my car in the grocery store parking lot. A lone tree, a little island in the sea of pavement and grocery carts, a bit of green, soil, and life. As the bird flew … Continue reading

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A mindful breakfast

I’ve started arranging my food on a small plate for breakfast. By arranging it on a plate, as opposed to just serving myself at the table, I set limits on what I will eat and it all looks beautiful together. … Continue reading

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Eating mindfully

I’m reading a very interesting book on eating mindfully, Savor, by Thich Nhat Hanh and Louise Cheung. Some very helpful suggestions and ways of thinking about food as well as life in general. I hope to incorporate these practices into … Continue reading

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