For Love of Honeycrisps

For Love of Honeycrisps

Just before winter begins to slide into spring in the Seattle area, I wanted to express my appreciation for the deliciousness of apples, particularly honeycrisps, which are about to end their season at the University District Farmer’s Market, my favorite place to shop (and eat) local. For those who have only been able to taste the grocery store version, when these apples are more fresh and ripe, they have a much richer flavor along with the crisp and juicy texture. They have been a wonderful snack, as well as a sautéed part of many breakfasts, over the past season. Apples are a great source of fiber, which both helps us to feel full naturally and to support optimal digestion. They also contain quercitin in their skin, a flavonoid that helps to stabilize immune cells and reduce allergies (a good idea for many people as the trees prepare to start blooming). I’ll miss the local honeycrisps, but will renew my acquaintance with fujis, braeburns and others, and look forward to my favorite apple’s return in the...
“A Morning Offering” ~ John O’Donohue

“A Morning Offering” ~ John O’Donohue

My winter days have been brightened by reading To Bless the Space Between Us by John O’Donohue, and I want to share a new favorite blessing: “A Morning Offering” I bless the night that nourished my heart To set the ghosts of longing free Into the flow and figure of dream That went to harvest from the dark Bread for the hunger no one sees. All that is eternal in me Welcomes the wonder of this day, The field of brightness it creates Offering time for each thing To arise and illuminate. I place on the altar of dawn: The quiet loyalty of breath, The tent of thought where I shelter, Waves of desire I am shore to And all beauty drawn to the eye. May my mind come alive today To the invisible geography That invites me to new frontiers, To break the dead shell of yesterdays, To risk being disturbed and changed. May I have the courage today To live the life that I would love To postpone my dream no longer But do at last what I came here for And waste my heart on fear no more. ~John O’Donohue, from To Bless the Space Between...
New Year’s 2015: 5 Quick Tips to Resolutions that Stick

New Year’s 2015: 5 Quick Tips to Resolutions that Stick

As we change from one year to the next, many of us take the time to resolve to make changes in our lives – to make a fresh start with the new year. Unfortunately, by mid year more than half of us have let those changes fall by the wayside. Here are 5 tips on how to make those resolutions into real and lasting improvements in your life: Think Medium – Find the middle ground between shooting for the moon and making a change that feels too small to be meaningful. The key here is to strike a balance that is both meaningful and manageable. Narrow It Down – If your resolution list has more than a handful of changes, burn it as an offering to the deities of overextension and start simpler: 2 or 3 meaningful changes that are still in place months from now are easily the winner over the dozen changes you make for only a week. Find a Resolution Time Slot – Part of forming new habits is giving your new activities a home in your day. Connect them to existing activities to help you remember to do them daily – before a meal, after work, after you brush your teeth, on your drive, etc. Resolve in Good Company – Connect with like-minded friends and community members to bring greater support and fun to your resolutions. Cook together, take a walk, hike or run, or enroll in a local class. Enjoy the Change – Choose changes that incorporate activities that you actually enjoy. If following your resolutions is all about deprivation, why are you going to keep that new leaf turned...