A full life in moderation.

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Only eat what you prepare – What a thrilling idea!

I’m in the middle of reading “Cooked” by Michael Pollan. If you are a follower of this blog, you should be painfully aware that I firmly believe in what Pollan preaches (both in this book and in “The Omnivore’s Dilemma”).

Here is my favorite moment from the book so far. I’m going to strive to live it – I challenge you to do the same.

Pollan is asking Harry Balzer how he would suggest changing the eating habits to help American’s undo some of the damage the current modern industrialized food diet has caused. Balzer’s answer:

“Easy. You want Americans to eat less? I have the diet for you. Cook it yourself. Eat anything you want–just as long as you’re willing to cook it yourself.”

Next time you reach for the cookies, cake, tortilla chips, candy and numerous other “quick” food items, think of that one statement. If you had to cook the cake before you could eat it: go to the store, get the ingredients, prepare the batter, wait for it to be done baking and only THEN could eat the cake – would you still go through the trouble? I know it would reduce the number of unhealthy foods going into my body.

Great book – you should read it.


Today was a good day.

I could bullet point the list. I could write prose. However, here’s why today was a good day:

I woke up in my own bed. My husband made coffee. My kids are old enough to wake up, come downstairs and climb in with me. My babysitter crisis worked itself out, thankfully. My golf clothes were all too big, than too short. Had to find a new bottom: found a pair of perfect pants in 10 minutes – miracle. First 9, not looking good. Back nine, brilliant.

Bikes + drinks + dinner + bikes + drinks + bikes = phenomenal night.

Today was a brilliant day.


Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”
Lao Tzu


In a mood….

“When you do something, you should burn yourself completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself.”

~Shunryu Suzuki

Anger, who needs it?

“You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.”

“Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”



The Tenth

“For every nine people who denounce innovation, only one will encourage it….For every nine people who do things the way they have always been done, only one will ever wonder if there is a better way. For every nine people who stand in line in front of a locked building, only one will ever come around and check the back door…
“Our progress as a species rests squarely on the shoulders of that tenth person. The nine are satisfied with things they are told are valuable. Person 10 determines for himself what has value.”

Za Rinpoche and Ashley Nebelsieck, in The Backdoor to Enlightenment