Thursday, June 4, 2015

a few books

The Soul of Discipline was a quick read for me since I did his course by the same name a few years ago--really good, helpful, practical material.  He really treats all the stages well!  I still think Simplicity Parenting was more crucial, but I've also had the luxury of a lot of study and good access to developmentalist thought/courses before this book came out. :)
Goddesses Never Age was a pretty good book too.  She can get a little out there, but there was some first rate health information and suggestions.
Getting Things Done was an incredibly practical book.  Many of his ideas already came into my space through other people, so I skimmed some parts that were already familiar.  I always get into this focus during the Summer since I have the time to actually do things I normally don't get to do.
The Emotion Code is another one of those that might make you scratch your head a bit, but more and more standard medical practitioners are recognizing the effects of these more ephemeral realms.  Some of them  recognize that energy is a real "thing" if they pay attention to the quantum aspect of matter.  They at least recognize things like attitude, the role of nature, placebos etc.  So here is one approach to improved health based in emotions and their becoming trapped in our tissue.  It's also a how-to for trying to help yourself get rid of them.  Lord knows with some of my mysterious health puzzles, I will be adding this to the repertoire.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Wraps and Green Sauce

As a gluten-dairy free gal, I've had to think outside-the-wrap a bit.  Some people I know use different greens as big leaves and lettuces.  I haven't worked too much in that realm yet.  (It's coming--I can picture flavored rice and Korean beef or something.)

For now, I order coconut wraps from amazon and do a lot with hummus.  One I like to do has:

-hummus
-romaine or spinach
-artichoke hearts
-some kind of olive
-roasted red peppers
-sauteed onions (caramelized maybe)
-raw veggies I happen to have around

Today, with the help of what was in my CSA bag this week, I mixed it up a little:

-hummus
-green sauce (my version)*
-arugula
-Forellenschluss Lettuce (a speckled Austrian variety)
-black olives
-artichoke hearts
-cucumbers (that have been hanging out in rice vinegar)

It was wonderful!!!!

*I have to give some major props to Mia Moran of Stay Basic.  She has some great recipes available free as a three-day set up she has as a gift on her website.

My version of her green sauce is as follows:
-bunch of cilantro
-half a bunch of green onions
-one jalapeno (seeded)
-2-3 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
-good pinch of Celtic sea salt
-juice of 2 limes

I made some guacamole this week but just adding the green sauce to avocado.  So very yummy.  Even Eric liked it drizzled on our taco bar stuff this week.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Coyote Medicine

One of the memoir and teaching style books I read lately is Coyote Medicine by Lewis Mehl-Madrona.  He weaves the world of Western Medicine with Native American healing traditions.  It's a beautiful journey and exploration about really being healthy, healed and well.  I really appreciated hearing about going through medical school, trying to practice allopathic medicine and all the problems with the system and how he couldn't abide by the status quo.  I know I certainly reach my fill with that system and seek alternatives (at least a blend of the best of these different worlds).

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Wild Spring Edibles and Garden Preparations

Here are some common weeds we harvest from our yard to eat with our salads.  Many people eagerly pluck these out of their way, but we know what kind of nutritional power they pack so we try to take advantage of their Spring time.  It's interesting to note that during Spring is when we need what they offer the most as we strengthen our liver etc.

Chickweed
 Violet
So about a week ago, I started a TON of seeds.  We felt like they were taking up a lot of the reading room, and every couple of days, I'd uncover them and favor the strong ones etc.  Well, they have mostly all sprouted (three to a pod usually), and I spent the better part of the weekend separating them so they grow and have more room.  Whew!  This is the most I've ever grown--lots of heart and intentions!  Here are the three stations in there:



Sunday, March 22, 2015

Numen: The Nature of Plants

We watched the Numen documentary Friday  night--really engaging.  (It was a gift from the Sustainable Herbs Project.)  Lots of well-known herbalists participated, and there was lots of information about healing traditions and the power of plants.  Great stuff.

Healing Wise

Healing Wise (Susun Weed) was a beautiful read.  It looks at three different perspectives or systems of healing (Wise Woman, Heroic and Scientific) and really goes in depth about not just facts but the feel of each.  The majority of pages, however, are herbal allies.
You might expect to have a bit of an encyclopedia, but it's a totally different way of looking at them.  It's just a few with every angle explored.  They are herbs that grow fairy plentifully and are often considered weeds (chickweed, violet, stinging nettle, burdock, oatstraw, three seaweeds).  There are many food-type recipes included as well.  At the end of the book, there is a small guide for different herbal preparations.  This book is a keeper!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Mark Gungor: Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage

I stumbled onto Mark Gungor's work/ministry for couples during some educational work that the amazing Ruby Payne presented at an ESOL conference I went to last week.  In her presentation, we were looking in depth at male brains vs. female brains to look at how the school system basically sets boys up for all kinds of maladies.  In any case, every teacher in the room was laughing to tears with this little clip of his that she showed:
In all honesty, just find Ruby Payne's work to find insights like these and tons of humor.  Her four hour session with us passed in minutes!   I was showing Eric this little blurb above about brains, and we both enjoyed it enough to check out his other parts of this seminar.  Wonderful stuff!  I'm not saying I agree with absolutely everything, but I agreed with most of it.  It's like Ruby Payne says with regard to the gender questions--there are patterns that don't have to become stereotypes.  Here below is the whole hunk of a seminar.
It's worth looking into his material.  I might read a book or so.  I did his little $15 flag page stuff, and it was right on! :)