Compassion is for everyone (even pro athletes)

There have been a couple of standout sports moments for me in the last couple of weeks – not because I’m particularly interested in them, but because they seem notable in relation to one another. Super Bowl post-game. Cam Newton. Yeah, a lot of people don’t like him. They see …

Breast Cancer Awareness or My First Mammogram

I got a jump start on Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October 1st-31st) when I went for my very first mammogram on Wednesday morning. I’ve known I should get one for months, but I was preoccupied with other health issues and put it off. (I know, I know…) Part of my …

Memories of Terry Fox

I cried a lot of tears last night. I turned away from the TV or left the room several times each because I just couldn’t bear the pain I felt over what was being played. The real-life events mixed with my own faint early-childhood memories as I tried to recall my own …

Happy holiday hummus

For each of three holiday events we’ve attended over the past couple of days, I’ve been asked to bring my hummus. I’ve always liked it, but this proves others do too. Sometimes you have to listen to the people. If feelings can be had for hummus, mine would be labelled …

How’s the red?

Can you imagine that such a phrase would change your life? We might not have either. I’ve lost count of how many years it’s been since I uttered them, but those words were the ones that brought my dear friend Amy into my life. I was in Oregon visiting wineries …

Oil pulling, coconuts & Diwali

As I sat across from my naturopath a few weeks ago, I finally remembered to ask, “what do you know about oil pulling?” Her honest reply? “You know, that’s the second time in two weeks that I’ve heard of it and I know very little about it.” We agreed that …

Foodie Penpals – November 2012

This November was my second time participating in the Foodie Penpals exchange put on by The Lean Green Bean. Last month, Laura reported on the package I’d sent to her. I’d chosen a Halloween theme and packed her box with treats for her and her family. This month, I sent …