Remembering Aveline

July 23rd, 2010

 
I love that macrobiotics has a long, rich history, full of great characters.  Much, much more than a diet, macrobiotics has a whole community of people who have devoted their lives' work to spreading the word of healthy, whole foods and the personal transformations contained therein.  Nice use of "therein" eh?
Aveline Kushi was a pioneer [...]

I’d like to thank the Academy…

December 10th, 2009

So yeah, I'm basically a movie star now.  No biggie.  It feels fine.  I don't have paparazzi at my doorstep (yet)… I haven't signed an autograph (yet)… and my apartment still awaits its 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous' renovation, but hey, those are just details.
I was asked by some friends to play a part [...]

Gettin’ on the Chew-Chew Train

August 17th, 2009

In 1998, I took a trip to Peru.   In preparation for this trip, my boyfriend and cooking partner at the time, Howard, prepared intelligently; he took Spanish lessons and read guide books about the country.  Me, I just freaked out; having been macrobiotic in a pretty clean way for 7 years, I was terrified that [...]

Hi, it’s me again…

September 4th, 2008

I’ve been avoiding you. I’m sorry.
It just didn’t seem like I had much to say this summer, between double espressos and white pasta dishes. My mind was racing a hundred miles an hour, dashing from irritation to resentment. And when the intensity faded and the race track cleared, I was left with [...]

Mission Accomplished

January 24th, 2008

I just taught my first online cooking class and it was SO MUCH FUN. I have had a vision for a while now (what’s called a “dream” in macrobiotics) to help people create MB communities throughout the country, world, universe–whatever. What I saw was potluck dinners happening all over the place–so that people [...]

Just Keep Cooking

January 18th, 2008

Yeah, yeah, yeah.  I know.  I haven’t blogged lately.  BECAUSE I’VE BEEN COOKING!!! Like, almost every day, dude!  I’ve also been gearing up for the online cooking classes starting next week by looking through recipes and re-reading Michio Kushi’s The Book of Macrobiotics, just to make sure I know what the heck I’m talking about.
But [...]

The Shopping Channel

January 9th, 2008

I was on the Canadian Shopping Channel this week. THE. SHOPPING. CHANNEL. I might as well have been transported to Neptune in terms of the planet-hopping involved. Think whizzing, whirring TV studio that basically never stops, from 6 a.m. to midnight–every day. Lights, camera, ACTION! Think jewellery and colon cleanses [...]

Boomerangs

December 23rd, 2007

BEWARE: LONG BLOG AHEAD
First of all, I want to say THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU to everyone who has posted blog-encouragement to me in the last week or so. Every message has been sucked on like a candy and throughly digested by my soul. Thank you. It really helps. If you feel moved to keep it [...]

Ugh

December 18th, 2007

I just got back from acting class.
Ugh.
It’s strange to spend my life trying to recognize, sort through, and ultimately discard layers of sludge and useless “self”, then plop myself down in acting class–a room full of 24-year old blondes and their male counterparts–where I immediately take a nosedive into the murky, smelly fishtank of self. [...]

Humility

October 29th, 2007

Well, well, well… I have been teaching cooking classes here in Toronto, and I guess what irks me the most is just how much I DON’T know about all this stuff I profess to know. Last night, I had a new assistant, a really lovely young woman made of impossibly long limbs and extra-healthy [...]