For What it’s Worth…

April 29th, 2011

Officially, I'm a Canerican… the perfect yin and yang between Canada and America, so when stuff like Royal Weddings come along, I get all confused.  So many of my friends in this lovely country get really upset at the monarchy, and I, having been socialized in a Commonwealth country, have a hard time with some [...]

Holy Moly

February 2nd, 2011

I have had a serious case of blogstipation.  My worst yet. 
You see, I went to Israel in December and had one of the best times of my life.  Between the landscape, the history, the people  and the classes I taught , it was an incredibly rich and layered experience. 
Hence, the blogstipation.  There is just too [...]

In Memoriam

October 27th, 2010

I lost a good friend this week.
I’m not going to name names. It freaks me out to go public with something so private. Neither Facebook nor my blog are appropriate for that. Plus, he was one of the few internet holdouts… preferring to connect face-to-face with the rest of the world… when he wanted to [...]

Ladies Who Lunch

October 6th, 2010

I've known Mayumi Nishimura for 15 or 16 years. She was not only a teacher at the Kushi Institute (who taught me deep-fried, miso-stuffed lotus root–thanks!), but she was also the greatest head chef in the kitchen there. If Mayumi was cooking that day, you knew it would be gooooood.
Roughly ten years ago, word got [...]

Letter from Tomorrow

September 4th, 2010

I’m not sure one can really understand Japan without experiencing it.  I mean, I’d seen Lost in Translation, read a novel by Mishima in college and heard many friends’ anecdotes…  I remember the Hello Kitty days (not entirely over, by the way) and I have a handful of close Japanese friends I’ve met through macrobiotics…  [...]

So far West I’m East

August 26th, 2010

So I'm in Japan. 
I know.  JAPAN!!
I guess I never thought I would actually get here… it's funny how we carry around whole worlds in our heads–our future, goals, prejudices, fantasies–and then we get confronted by reality.  And reality is always SOOO different from these cities in our minds.  Different color.  Different feeling.  Different everything. 
First, let [...]

Taking a Straw Poll

August 16th, 2010

 
I just don't understand Strawberry People .  I just don't.  I don't GET wanting to eat a berry that makes me feel like I'm French kissing a cat .  Call me crazy.
This time of year is so hard.  My beloved raspberries  come out to play and I am once again reminded of just how deeply [...]

The Dog Days of Summer

August 6th, 2010

 
When I was a kid, being curious  was the gold standard in my father's house.  "He's a nice guy, but he's just not… curious" my Dad would say, about my, or a sister's, prospective boyfriend.   That was the kiss of death.  He could be ugly, unemployed, a fascist… but lacking curiosity??? A dealbreaker.  
I [...]

It’s That Time of Year Again

July 8th, 2010

Are you ready for the Kushi Institute Summer Conference?
Every year, around this time, a bunch of macro freeeeeeeeks get together to talk shop.  15 years ago it was in Vermont , at Green Mountain College in a little town called Poultney.  There was a big ole tire swing that dunked hot macros in a cool [...]

Summer Yummies

June 25th, 2010

 
I had some friends over for dinner last night and served two of my favorite dishes–Mock Tuna and Quinoa Salad with Hazelnuts. They’re both from The Hip Chick’s Guide (although one I stole–with permission–from Christina!) so if you’ve made them ten thousands times, forgive me.  If you have not, now’s the time to throw a [...]