Under The Tuscan Sun Limoncello

As we stroll into June we can reflect on the many turns that the sixth month of the year represent.  According to the Roman calendar, June is named after the Roman goddess Juno, the goddess of marriage.  Perhaps that is why so many young brides crave a June wedding, aside from the very pleasant weather that…

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Nora Ephron Inspired Maryland Crab Cakes for “You’ve Got Mail” Movie Night

The movie “You’ve Got Mail” has plenty of foodie scenes.  Why wouldn’t it?  The film is directed and co-written by Nora Ephron, who was a food lover and the author of Heartburn, a novel in which recipes are threaded through the whole along with anecdotes which drive the story along and humanize the narrator and lead…

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21-Day Meditation Experience: Hope in Uncertain Times – Day 22 Hope Holds the Future of the World

As we come to the end of this meditation experience, today is a bonus day that is intended to tie up the message that hope is the future.  I hope you enjoyed joining me on this journey and I hope to bring you many more enriching experiences through this evolving blog. “Hope is not dead,…

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21-Day Meditation Experience: Hope in Uncertain Times – Day 21 The Secret of Enlightenment

“Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.” – Lao Tzu Message of the Day The idea of enlightenment is generally understood as a remote, hard to attain state of knowledge and peace. And it is true that the fully matured state of spiritual awakening is far removed from the typical everyday existence of most…

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21-Day Meditation Experience: Hope in Uncertain Times – Day 20 Hope Offers Forgiveness

“Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.” – Samuel Smiles Message of the Day In today’s meditation, we explore the role of hope in the healing process of forgiveness. We learn that blame, judgment, and resentment are based on false perceptions of our…

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21-Day Meditation Experience: Hope in Uncertain Times – Day 19 Hope Brings Simplicity

“Hope is the word which God has written on the brow of every man.” – Victor Hugo Message of the Day Today’s meditation is about recognizing the simplicity at the core of life, and then learning to live from that place of calm simplicity to smoothly orchestrate the disparate demands and forces in our everyday…

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21-Day Meditation Experience: Hope in Uncertain Times – Day 18 Making Hope Real

“Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.” – Vaclav Havel Message of the Day Today’s meditation is about helping to make hope real for others. Of course, fundamentally each…

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21-Day Meditation Experience: Hope in Uncertain Times – Day 17 How Hope Goes Viral

“Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space at the same time. Invite one to stay.” – Maya Angelou Message of the Day We all understand how we can be an agent of change for the people we personally interact with, but we can also affect those around us with whom we don’t have direct…

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