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May 2009 Archives

I’m a sprout farmer! What started out as a handful of mung beans are now nice, crunchy, protein- and enzyme-rich sprouts. Very exciting. And you can do it too if you haven’t before. Here are easy-peasy basic instructions for mungs […]

Asparagus: it’s a sure harbinger of spring, a green, nutritious purveyor of vitamins A, C, and K, plus folate, iron, and fiber.  Steamed, roasted, or grilled, skinny or thick-stemmed–its subtle, distinctive flavor is truly delicious. Until you have to go […]

We all know that changing to energy-efficient, compact-flourescent lightbulbs can significantly lower our carbon footprints.  But did you know that these bulbs, while “green” in the energy-usage sense, actually contain mercury, a toxic metal? This makes the bulbs potentially dangerous […]

Lately I’ve been waking up in the morning and just lying in bed for a while, listening. My ears fill with a rush of… nothing. Just a rich silence. I can almost see it. It’s like a dense meringue of […]

So, I just ordered a countertop for the kitchen we’re renovating in our new house.  It’s engineered quartz, non-porous, very low VOC-emitting, smooth, and gorgeous.  And it’s apple green.  Like, seriously apple green. The kitchen will be blue, green, and […]

Thanks to my friend Deb for posting this little collection and image on Facebook. Enjoy! “You need not wrestle for your good. Your good flows to you most easily when you are relaxed, open, and trusting.” – Alan Cohen “Laughter relaxes. […]

Hooray and happy birthday to Burt and his wonderful bees!  How many tubes of his Beeswax Lip Balm do I have scattered around my house, you might ask?  At least 6, including the desktop one I’m gazing lovingly at right […]

The latest in several studies on how meditation affects the brain (and thus our lives) found that meditators’ noggins actually have more gray matter in certain areas than non-meditators. According to Dr. Belleruth Naparstek, those spots are associated with “emotional regulation and […]

Perhaps the most beautiful morning song ever written, set against photographs of spring flowers, sunrises, and other beautiful images.  Might be the most inspiring 1 minute 29 seconds of your whole day….

Chynna Phillips, daughter of John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas, is putting out a tribute album to dads. On it she and a bunch of other offspring of famous father musicians are singing covers. It comes out June 2nd (only […]