Ode to a Commode

  I subscribe to the “Word of the Day” through Dictionary.com. One of the words last week was “hydra,” (noun: a persistent or many-sided problem that presents new obstacles as soon as one aspect is solved. 2.a water or marsh serpent with nine heads, each of which, if cut off, grew back as two). According […]

Making a Deal with the Devil (‘s Food)

“Those who stand in the brightest light cast the darkest shadows.” (A Gerry Tobin quotation). What do you see in the above image? (Found in Google images). When I first began writing my blog, I thought I would do all I could to stay positive as my natural inclination is toward negativity. I have to work […]

Am I an Empath or a Rational Compassionate? Read All About It!

  Just when I thought it was safe to take on the topic of empathy I run across two reviews regarding a book by Paul Bloom, a professor of psychology, titled “Against Empathy.” After reading Shai Held’s and Simon Baron-Cohen’s book reviews in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ 1/2/2017) wsj.com, and New York Times (New […]

Stumbling Round the Learning Curve

I had intended to write on the grieving process, as November 27th is the 42nd anniversary of my brother’s death in an airplane crash. I even started a post about meaningful/momentous days and may get back to it, but I’m not feeling it right now. I thought I sounded melodramatic when I tried to write […]

Waste of Human Potential

  In addition to the cooking lessons at Ballymaloe, we learned about the business of food.  Blathnaid Bergin of http://www.therestaurantadvisor.ie. emphasized the point made by M. E. Gerber in The E-Myth, that though the system runs the business, people run systems.  I am veering off the cooking side of my blog today to address what […]

You Say Foment, I Say Ferment

Foment Definition: Instigate or stir up. Synonyms—incite, provoke, instigate. Ferment Definition: 1. undergo fermentation 2. Incite or stir up (as in trouble). Sound pretty similar don’t they? Ever since returning home from Ballymaloe, I have been drawn to all things fermented. I’ve been reading The Fermented Man, by Derek Dellinger http://www.thefermentedman.com/ while I make a steady […]

I’m a Little Bit Vegetarian and a Little Bit Meat Eater

  I had a dream the other night about feeling unappreciated.  Discussing the dream with my husband over our morning coffee, I was able to connect the dots between my history of being fifth of twelve to my more recent professional life as a social worker. I contend that the most underappreciated and underpaid professionals […]