Day #142 – Coffee

Posted by on Feb 6, 2012 in Photographs, Sacred Foods, Sacred Plants | 0 comments

Day #142 – Coffee

Aaahhhhhhhh….Java.  Joy Juice.  Hot, dark motivation.  Nectar of the Gods.  Your Morning Elixir.  The Essence of Life as we know it.  The “best way to Wake up each Day”. No matter what you call coffee . . . just remember, the next time you’re sipping a caramel macchiato, a flavored latte, or an iced peppermint, white chocolate mocha, you can thank your lucky stars that around the 9th century in Ethiopia (800 A.D.), a little-known shepherd named Kaldi discovered the joys of coffee. Legend has it Kaldi saw his goats dancing after eating a red fruit (which turned out to be...

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Day #127 – Squash

Posted by on Jan 6, 2012 in Photographs, Sacred Foods | 0 comments

Day #127 – Squash

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Day #122 – Fresh Homegrown Vegetables

Posted by on Jan 1, 2012 in Photographs, Sacred Foods | 0 comments

Day #122 – Fresh Homegrown Vegetables

The Dominican Sisters of Houston, Texas tend a community garden on their property. These dedicated women, who have devoted their lives to God, enjoy the feel of rich soil as it slips through their fingers. Each time they move the hoe to till the soil, or remove the weeds interfering with the growth of their organic vegetables, they are in touch with the Creator of this Earth. They take great pleasure in tending their garden and moving with the rhythm of nature as the hidden seeds sprout, flower and become vegetables. The true reward of their labor comes when, with joy-filled hearts, they...

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Day #103 – Coconuts

Posted by on Dec 12, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred Foods, Sacred Nature | 0 comments

Day #103 – Coconuts

Ahhh . . . coconut.   My eyes close and I give a gentle sigh when I bite into one of my niece’s coconut macaroons.  I roll the delicious flavor around on my tongue before I swallow it.  Add chocolate to the flavor of coconut and I am likely to go into rapture.  Someone seeing my face when I eat it must think I’m have a mystical experience. In the Pacific Islands, coconut is so highly valued that the palm tree it grows upon is called the “Tree of Life”. Around the world, the list of medicinal uses for this delectable fruit is long.  Research studies are now finding evidence that...

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Day #94 – Mom’s Christmas Fudge

Posted by on Dec 3, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred Foods | 0 comments

Day #94 – Mom’s Christmas Fudge

Dad’s favorite chicken pie is already simmering in the oven.  It’s doing its bubbling dance which will, upon its presentation at the dining room table, make him shiver with delight.  Brother sips his “secret recipe” eggnog while listening to the buzz of the Sunday afternoon game.  Dean Martin croons his holiday lyrics in the distance.  At the orange laminate counter top in the far corner of the kitchen, Nana is working on the next recipe as she hums along with Dean. Her mature hands wrap the wooden spoon with a vice-like grip in defiance of the swelling which...

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Day #55 – Cornucopia

Posted by on Oct 25, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred Foods, Sacred Plants | 0 comments

Day #55 – Cornucopia

“Care less for your harvest than for how it is shared and your life will have meaning and your heart will have peace.” ~Kent Nerburn As I walked through the farmer’s market stalls, I found myself bedazzled by the variety of colors, shapes, sizes and designs of the fruits and vegetables there. My only task . . . to gather a collection of the things that would have been on an early Thanksgiving table. These newly created hybrids of traditional crops would have seemed like aliens to the original people who joined together for the harvest feast. I felt conflicted! Where were the basic fall...

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