Monthly Archives: June 2013

The Art of Pleasure: Learning to Savor

This morning I was sitting in the living room, windows open to the salty breeze ascending the valley from the sea, listening to the noises of the neighborhood. Actually, I was trying to read a chapter in a book I’m currently engrossed in, but repeatedly I was distracted by the sounds outside: dogs barking; workers

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Mediterranean Grilled Chicken

It happened again today. Twice. I was seduced by light. The first occurrence was late afternoon (5:40 pm to be precise), when I watched a slant of light illuminate the rattan weavings beneath the glass of our mahogany coffee table, causing it to glow and come nearly to life. Finished with work, I was sitting

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Grace of the Table, Part 2: Fresh and Sustainable

I keep returning to the kitchen table. As a French-trained cook that’s not much of a surprise, I realize. Almost every night of the week, I’m chopping up fresh ingredients for dinner, content in the process of assembling something delicious and nourishing to eat. And nearly every evening, my beloved and I sit down together

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Soul Projects: Finding our Larger Work

Sometimes life takes the long way around. Better late than never, I guess. A couple of weeks ago I had intended to write a post on ‘soul projects’ but then circumstances propelled me in a different direction and other ideas wandered through my head, clamoring for attention. Last week, after numerous delays (projects often move

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