A Smile and a Wink

Last night, as I drove to the PTO meeting at twilight, the moon caught my eye.  It was a fine sliver of a crescent moon, always a treat, but what made it spectacular was how low-slung it appeared.  Rather than showing off its best side, it was the bottom of the moon that reflected the sun's light. "Look kids!" I exclaimed, "The moon is a smile!" Nearby a bright star, which I suspect was Jupiter, twinkled.  A wink!  When we got to school I shuttled my kids across the street for a

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Lemon Garlic Kale with Pomegranate Seeds



I'm not a nutritionist, but I play one on the Internet. We are in the heart of cold and flu season, so an extra shot vitamins (especially from whole foods) can bolster our immune systems.  It's funny the way Mother Nature works, because we are also in the season of citrus and winter

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All the Time



As the checker deftly swept my kale, pomegranate, and lemons across her red laser line, a deep sense of peace unexpectedly settled between my bones.  My joints.  The points where I come together, which are often stiff and inflamed. I am grateful for this food.  I am grateful for this

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Children’s Book Review: The Sweetest Fig



I recently stumbled upon The Sweetest Fig by Chris Van Allsburg , and was immediately entranced by its surreal story.  I picked it up uncertain if my children would enjoy the unusual story, and was delighted that they absolutely love it. Basic Plot: Bibot is a cruel, self-centered

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Shadow Self Portrait



This is the first picture taken of me as a 40 year old.  I had just turned my back on my birthday sunrise and was headed home. But what about me? I thought.  Where am I in all of this? I asked my camera. Sure there are selfies these days, but I chose a classic shadow shot like the one

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Lemon Bars



Crisp bottom, gooey top, lemon bars are a classic cookie that bring sunshine to every mouth.  January is the heart of citrus season, so it's a perfect time to make these treats.  Here in Florida, of course, it feels like summer, but if you are snowed in up North, a burst of lemon is bound

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A Picnic in the Everglades



I secretly planned a family road trip to the Everglades last weekend. After breakfast I tossed around a few ideas of daytrips we could take before soccer season ruins Saturdays.  After my husband and I agreed to visit orange groves next weekend, I still felt antsy, so within an hour we were

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Scrumptious Chocolate Smoothie (dairy-free, vegan, healthy!)



Any resolution dieters out there losing their will-power over a chocolate craving? Hang in there.  Help is on its way. For about a year I have indulged my sweet tooth in a chocolate smoothie that not only tamps down my cravings, but also provides some health benefits, like key minerals,

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Snail Tree



Matheson Hammock Park, Dec. 2014 I spied this tree on a nature walk and first assumed it was gnarly bark.  I stepped closer and the bark became rocks, and then finally, snails.  A veritable sky rise of snails.  Onward and upwards,

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The Weather is Perfect



Yesterday my mother called to tell me that three inches of snow fell overnight. Her corner of earth was positively magical.  The snow reflected a nearly full moon and took the darkness straight out of night.  The luminous blanket hushed the world and oddly made the twenty degrees warmer. 

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