A Fall Foliage Tour Day in Connecticut’s Quiet Corner

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Me? Fall Foliage is my favorite season, and I’m also attracted to reading nooks, sheltered coves, tucked-away hideouts and serene places like “Connecticut’s Quiet Corner.” So this morning when the weather promised to be fair and the day spread out before us … Continue reading

M is for Moderation

Enough books to say Good Night

Waking and sleeping, reading and resting the eyes, all things in moderation.

This series is an alphabetical exploration of 26 options for living well, despite everything. It answers the question–How can a we live with problems? 

Sure, moderation is wise. But…

Isn’t moderation a church-lady, finger-pointing, tsk-tsking spoiler of fun?

In order to live well with chronic pain, I’ve had to learn to pace myself, to put on the brakes and say, “well that’s enough of that for today.”

I had to change my attitude about moderation,

to empower myself to see restraint as a life-enhancing, rather than a life-restricting principle.

Here’s the way I see moderation now:  

Moderation embraces every thing, each at the proper time and in the appropriate season.

Moderation accepts the gifts found in everything, without hoarding or clinging to anything:

Living and dying; planting and harvesting; joining in and sitting out; tearing down and rebuilding; wine and water; feasting and fasting; weeping and laughing; grieving and celebrating; embracing and distancing; meats and vegetables; searching and waiting; working and resting; stocking up and discarding; fats and carbohydrates and protein; saving and sharing; cutting up and mending; loving and despising; knowing and not knowing; every emotion from exhilaration to sadness; every thought from confusion to understanding to re-evaluation; every experience–whether meditative, routine or adventurous–

Healthy living demands moderation in all things.

The philosophy of moderation is not restrictive; it is expansive.

Moderation welcomes brave ideas. It says, “And the converse has its place, and the contrary is useful, and the other is important, too.”

Because the moments of our lives are momentary gifts; to enjoy and to share and to let go.

And that’s enough of my opinion.

Of what do you think, when you hear the word moderation?

If You Want to Succeed in a Restaurant Venture, Follow the Advice in “Restaurant Success By The Numbers”

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Level-headed, business-minded entrepreneurs who want to succeed in the restaurant business today, should read Restaurant Success by the Numbers. For more than 20 years I’ve been married to a (successful but now retired) chef and restaurateur, and I can confidently say … Continue reading

L is for Let-it-go

Let it go; forgive and give life.

  This is part of a series of an alphabet of help for living well, despite everything: L is for Let-it-go! I’ve been stepped on. Bruised. Trounced. Crushed. What’s my initial, instinctive, human response? I’m shocked– how could they?  I’m in attack mode– … Continue reading

Review of “Spain: Recipes and Traditions,” a cookbook by Jeff Koehler; plus a Tomato Marmalade Recipe

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I recommend this cookbook to: people who have visited Spain, fallen in love with the food and culture of its various regions, who want a coffee-table picture book, with extremely authentic recipes to help them relive their experience. Also, for … Continue reading

Carol Bodensteiner, author of the historical novel “Go Away Home” offers media marketing tips to writers. 

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Welcome to another post in my series about published writers who help other writers. Click here to access my series about writers who blog about writing.  Carol Bodensteiner is a writer who finds inspiration in the places, people, culture and history of the … Continue reading

K is for Kinesiology

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This is part of the series: an alphabet of help for living well, despite everything. K is for Kinesiology. Kinesiology helps us live healthier. Everything we do–including lounging on the sofa while watching a movie, including sleeping–because we are embodied beings, everything we … Continue reading