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Roots for the Soul

The pots of lavender and rosemary on my front deck need a permanent home. So do I. As I watered and tended them, still fussing over the collateral damage incurred last week during the great cypress cutting, I lamented that they were not yet in the ground and nicely settled. That said, they likely would

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Polenta à la Marlena: Food for the Soul

“Stirring polenta counterclockwise is to flirt with calamity.” Such are the words of author Marlena de Blasi, relaying old Umbrian folklore of kitchen wisdom and superstition in one of her bestselling memoirs. For several years now, ever since reading The Lady in the Palazzo (the first book of hers I discovered, though it actually comes

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Death in the Garden: Appreciating the Beauty of Life

I knew in an instant it was dying. As the evening descended, speaking on the phone with my friend nearby in Carmel Valley and gazing out at the shifting hues of water and sky in the cove, a struggling band-tailed pigeon flapped and flopped across the stone terrace. “Oh no!” I exclaimed as my heart

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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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Of Weeds and Gardens

Pulling weeds. Hauling browned palm fronds. Trimming branches. Sweeping loose gravel. Sweating in the tropical humidity while perspiration drips down my brow. That’s my morning today, attempting to make an improvement on the street appearance of our newly rented dwelling in Hawaii Kai. From the state of overgrown disarray, it is obvious that the previous

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