On the Menu: Veggie Chili, Mixed Greens Salad, & Corn Bread

On the Menu: Veggie Chili, Mixed Greens Salad, & Corn Bread

Recently quite a few people have asked me about easy vegetarian dishes, so here is one of my all-time favorite meals. Excuse the food photography, which is really not my thing, and just try the recipes if they sound yummy to you. I promise these taste better than I can make these look!

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Opportunistic Gardening and Harvesting Contentment

Opportunistic Gardening and Harvesting Contentment

For years, I have labored with a non-existent landscaping budget to turn our raw land into a luscious garden, which has meant purchasing small plants that take years to grow to scale, as well as appreciatively accepting generous gifts from gardening friends.

I’ve been extremely grateful for whatever plants I’ve had the pleasure of tending, celebrating every arrival with unbridled joy only fellow plant enthusiasts can truly appreciate. However, the garden has always looked somewhat unfinished—and not in one of those charming the-garden-is-always-a-work-in-process kind of ways, but more of a hmmmm, this-has-potential-but-seems-a-little-sparse-and-hodgepodge way...

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Why Retreats Inspire Advances

Why Retreats Inspire Advances

In a world that typically encourages us to advance—subscribing to outdated conventional notions of progress involving some perpetual motion forward, onward, and upward to some where—the idea of a “retreat” can seem somehow regressive and unappealing, even conjuring images of defeat, escape, and failure. These associations, though limiting, are not unfounded. Indeed, the phrase “beat a retreat” arose during times of early warfare in which a drummed communication, a particular beat, customarily signaled troops on the battlefield to disengage from combat.

However, the essence of retreats—temporarily...

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