Check Your Privilege This Election- Why I’m Voting For Hillary

To my friends considering voting for anyone other than Hillary, I would ask you to consider examining your privilege. In other years, I too have protest voted and also voted for 3rd party candidates I hoped would win and those I knew didn’t stand a chance, b/c the democratic candidate didn’t deserve my vote. This year Hilary didn’t deserve my vote either, but I voted … Continue reading Check Your Privilege This Election- Why I’m Voting For Hillary

Self-care for Challenging Times Such as These- Top 10 ways to Nourish and Decompress

Beloveds— there are *so* many difficult hardships, stressors, wars, inequities happening around the world….our central nervous systems were not designed to be dealing with so many on-going stressors for so long, all at once.   As a former trauma therapist, I am noticing signs of vicarious trauma in myself as well as friends and loved ones. Make sure to be VERY proactive in your self-care. … Continue reading Self-care for Challenging Times Such as These- Top 10 ways to Nourish and Decompress

Why We Shouldn’t Be “Celebrating” Indigenous People’s Day

(note: this was originally published on Medium.com on 10/11/16) Now they’ve gone and renamed Columbus Day Indigenous People’s Day. I think that’s a mistake. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think we should continue to celebrate a man who got lost, and was responsible for the decimation and torture of 1st Nations peoples, it’s just that I don’t think replacing one meaningless day with another … Continue reading Why We Shouldn’t Be “Celebrating” Indigenous People’s Day

Don’t Follow Recipes!

I don’t just not follow recipes because of laziness or whatever; I am radically *anti*recipe. I’m anti-recipe b/c following recipes disconnects us from our knowing, or even the possibility of knowing. Preparing foodstuffs is a relationship like any other; you must ask the ingredient how much of it is needed, etc. It is your partner, learn how to please your partner and what it likes … Continue reading Don’t Follow Recipes!

The Highs and Lows of Food Bank Eating and the Synergistic Benefits of Feeding the Poor Well

In Praise of Real Food~ I remember once at a professional training, a colleague who came from a lower socio-economic background, took a bite of an organic, local apple slice from the snack table and  proclaimed, “damn!  this is what an apple is supposed to taste like?  I didn’t even think I liked apples!”  He had grown up on cheap, mass-produced apples– you know the … Continue reading The Highs and Lows of Food Bank Eating and the Synergistic Benefits of Feeding the Poor Well

Before You Dump Your Racist Friends, Consider This…..

This is a response to the Huffpost article, To Every White “Ally” Who Has Racist Friends, which suggests you should draw the line and vehemently not be friends with your racist friends. I think everyone needs to decide for themselves, and certainly being a person of color has very different implications in having racist friends, but here’s the thing– Every single white person is racist to … Continue reading Before You Dump Your Racist Friends, Consider This…..

Why It’s Important to Give Your Neighbors Baskets of Garden Tomatoes With Red Checkered Cloths

People of the Pacific NW, White Salmon edition~ Why It’s Important to Give Your Neighbors Baskets of Garden Tomatoes With Red Checkered Cloths- Molly is barking her head off at someone I can’t see past the tall fence and plants. I tell her, “No es bueno!” and whoever is passing by gives a little laugh. A few seconds later the person calls at the gate … Continue reading Why It’s Important to Give Your Neighbors Baskets of Garden Tomatoes With Red Checkered Cloths

Only Love in Action Can Transform Hate

DOWNLOAD************ The knowing that came to me today while doing dishes (duh! when else does spiritual insight appear?!?), is something i think I already knew, but keep forgetting. It’s one of those ocean in a drop of water knowings, so it’s hard to explain and fully encapsulate….but I shall try. It is this: We have come to a time in evolution, where to move forward, … Continue reading Only Love in Action Can Transform Hate

Raspberry Chia Oat Bars- recipe

RASPBERRY CHIA OAT BARS I’ve been craving sweets lately.  I miss being able to go to a coffee shop a few times a week and order a fancy coffee drink and nibble a decadent bakery treat.  But my days of being able to plunk down $10 for an afternoon treat are long gone, and even if I could still afford it, as my health requires … Continue reading Raspberry Chia Oat Bars- recipe

On White Privilege; a Case Example

This post is directed toward my fellow white people.  It’a about white privilege, something too few of us are aware of, because being able to be blissfully unaware is one of the ways racism is able to be perpetuated.   What follows is but 1 small example of what white privilege looks like in everyday life: I’m travelling across the country in a vehicle with … Continue reading On White Privilege; a Case Example