In a Different Kind of Pickle

I haven’t talked much about the garden this year because, well, it’s still a bit painful to consider. Between late freezes, multiple re-plantings and the abundance of grasshoppers, the yield was less than spectacular. I especially missed out on the cucumbers which, of course, I planted extra since my experiments with refrigerator pickles last year met with some success. But no cucumbers this year. But I ran across zucchinis at the market and I remembered that Alton Brown had mentioned that you could pickle pretty much anything and a quick search yielded this recipe for Zuni Style Zucchini Pickles. Sounds

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The Last Mask You Will Ever Wear

A lot of the processes of yoga seem geared towards revealing the “authentic self” which I find fascinating. The dissolution of the ego is a hobby of mine. I’m always curious about what lies beneath, what lives at the very core of a person’s being. What did you come into this life with and what parts did you create as you lived and grew into the person you are now? Perhaps some definitions are in order before we get started because the word “ego” is used to mean a lot of different things. For instance, we could be talking about

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Book Reviews from the Reading List: Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness

I’m moving through a lot of reading material both online and off as part of my immersion class. There is a lot to try out and a lot to process but all of it is fascinating in its own right on some level. But up to this point I haven’t really found a book or video that broke the experience of yoga down and delivered it from a beginner’s perspective.  Most assume prior knowledge and can even be intimidating, showing fairly advance poses with little build up or advice on how to get there. Even more just cover the asanas,

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Ponderings from the Wheelhead

My schedule is pretty full at the moment so I’m not spending as much time at the wheel as I would prefer. But I take advantage of the time I have and I’m working on larger art pieces instead of the functional ware I normally focus on. So, in a way, I’m back in training, pottery-wise, since I haven’t worked with larger pieces in some time and I don’t get to practice as much as I used to. So each session is almost myself teaching myself, using the same lessons I would normally give a student. Recently, I found myself

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Can’t Beat Free

I am pretty steady on the diet these days but it’s still challenging at times.  I’m always on the hunt for new ideas and new ways to do the diet better but sifting through all the info out there is impossible. So I have to rely on the occasional article or a recommended recipe but even then it’s hit and miss and what I really want is ideas that I can take and twist to my own designs. I found this site which keeps track of the free books for the Kindle and, under the cooking category, I found quite

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Yoga and Pottery

The asanas of yoga are practiced with the intent of preparing for seated meditation so I shouldn’t be surprised by the fact that a yoga practice would help with working on the wheel. I haven’t had much time to get my hands muddy since I started the immersion program. As a matter of fact, last Sunday was the first time I really had a chance to sit and work for any length of time. I think I’ve mentioned before that what I found inspiring about yoga was that it got me to that quiet place that I experience when working

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