Showing posts from July, 2016

A Relatable Book About Intention that Recognizes a Parent's Busy-ness

Living with Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace, and Joy

by Mallika Chopra

In this book Mallika Chopra — daughter of Deepak Chopra — explores the topic of intention, specifically how she set out to live an intention-filled life as a self-proclaimed soccer mom.

I really enjoyed this book because it showed that it can be difficult for anyone (even Deepak Chopra’s daughter) to live mindfully, and that it takes practice. The author understands that meditation and other mindfulness practices are worthwhile, and also understands that they may not seem fun and that finding time can be challenging, especially for busy moms. This perspective was refreshing.

As an example, early on in the book, she asks herself how she can serve and her answer is “Right now, as a mom. Beyond that, I don’t really know.” I get that. Sometimes all we have energy for are the things we are closest to. She also wrinkles her nose about physical activity as she reluctantly participates in yoga classes and e…

Faith and Existence

Faith is a difficult thing. We are taught in school that theories need proof. We need to be able to support our arguments with hard facts and scientific data. And finding information is easier than ever, thanks to the internet -- unlike the days of my school reports, which required a library visit and rifling through a card catalog in hopes of finding something related to my topic.

Yet, we are still asked to have faith. To trust abundance. To surrender. To believe in a divine plan or miracles or the law of attraction or God.

This universe is a magical and scientific place. Sometimes it’s hard to trust what we cannot see for ourselves.

My friend Kristin wrote a post that resonated so deeply with me. It’s called I’m an ego driven skeptic and she begins, “My name is Kristin and I basically doubt everything.”

It’s definitely worth reading, so hop on over there. These are the words that I read over and over:
“I don’t usually believe in myself and I know I exist. I don’t have faith in myself, an…

I Am Not Colorblind

I grew up in a place that I am realizing is somewhat of an anomaly. I grew up in schools where kids were white, black, Middle Eastern, Korean, Chinese, Hispanic, biracial. My friends, neighbors, and classmates practiced a variety of religions, or no religion at all. I had babysitters who were white, who were black, who were deaf.

Normal to me was that there was no normal. Everyone was different, everyone had a story, and it was worth learning as many stories as I could.

Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight.

My mother sang that to me when I was little, and I knew that it was true because I could see so many colors and lifestyles around me.

As an adult, and especially now that I’ve moved around and seen other communities, I’ve realized my childhood was perhaps a bit different than what many people experience.

The gut-wrenching news stories we keep hearing prove we have a long way to go toward peace and justice. The racism and religious animosity that I “knew” were …

Read Facehooked. But don't get facehooked. That sounds awful.

Facehooked: How Facebook Affects Our Emotions, Relationships, and Lives

by Dr. Suzana E. Flores
Published in March 2016 by Reputation Books

First, can we acknowledge that the title sounds like something you really don’t want to have done? That being said, I get what it means. As a society, we are hooked on Facebook. Dr. Suzana Flores has done a wonderful job offering insights and gathering anecdotes that objectively explore the effects of Facebook on people. She does not make a claim that Facebook is good or evil; she simply reviews how it is used and offers suggestions for balance.

She starts off with this dedication page...

So you know it's going to be good. I should also mention here that if you read this on a Kindle, be prepared to click-click-click a lot in the beginning to get past the crazy number of blurbs (those quotes that tell you how great the book is) and a detailed TOC. The introduction started 13% of the way through the book.

This is a quick and easy read, accessible for …

Act Loving to Feel Loving

Sometimes I read things that are so… tough and important and consciousness-raising. I don’t necessarily have anything to add. The author’s words are enough on their own.

This post from Glennon Doyle Melton of Momastery is one of those posts: Life is Hard But They are Brave.

Please go read it. But, if you don’t have time right now, at least read this…
“My friend stopped by five hours after I started this love project and she said: lord. You are so loving to do this for them. And I said No, no, no. I don’t do these crazy things because I’m loving. I’m loving because I do these crazy things. Love is not a feeling. Love is the result of hours and days and years of using your hands and heart and mind to show up in a million different ways for other people. We don’t wait to act until we feel loving — we act so that we will feel loving. You don’t wait for love – you create it.”
…and this…
“The quote is from a mother who wrote four hearts and then the words: I ache. The hearts on this poster symbo…

I May Need to Try Canning Again

A few summers ago, I tried canning. I made spaghetti sauce with friends, strawberry jelly, apple butter, blueberry butter, chutney, and even canned some apple slices. They came out pretty good for my first attempt, if I do say so myself.

I haven't done it since. But, that may be changing. I was offered an opportunity to review the "updated and expanded edition" of Canning for a New Generation by Liana Krissoff, and I'm pretty sure I'm ready to give it a whirl again.

Krissoff takes the scary out of canning by explaining at the beginning what causes health problems, then uses recipes and processes with little room for error.

The recipes sound great, though I have to admit, I haven’t had a chance to try them yet. I am most excited about the half-dried strawberry preserves in red wine and the basic chicken curry. Yum.

It’s particularly nice how she breaks the recipes down by season, so canners can make the best use of locally grown or home-grown fresh produce. It may eve…