The Zen master Hakuin used to tell his students about an old woman who owned a tea shop in the village. She was skilled in the tea ceremony, Hakuin said, and her understanding of Zen was superb. Many students wondered about this and went to the village themselves to check her out. Whenever the old…

This morning a coalition of food safety advocates, medical experts and foodborne illness victims held a telebriefing to discuss the critical need for full implementation and funding of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).    I participated in same and this is what I learned. Please take a minute to read through these important points…

New York City Mayor Bloomberg announced yesterday plans to ban the sale of sodas and other sugary beverages larger than 16 ounces in restaurants and entertainment venues. Upon hearing the news, Our Lady of Weight Loss thought it a good idea to take this opportunity to encourage consumers (like y’all) to not only reduce your…

Praise be and good luck for Our Lady of Weight Loss (and me)!  Beliefnet is currently featuring our gallery (in a number of newsletters):  13 Ways to Improve Your Luck, which – of course – was inspired by Friday, the 13th, a day some consider unlucky. (Go figure?!) Our Lady of Weight Loss is a…

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