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Entries Tagged as 'gratitude'

Wonder and Thanksgiving

November 27th, 2012 · 3 Comments

If you’re new here and want to understand the title and purpose of my blog, you can read my first post by clicking here. You may also want to subscribe to my RSS feed so that you don’t miss further posts of interest to you. Thanks for visiting, and I hope you’ll stop by often! […]

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Tags: autumn · gratitude

That Village Hillary Mentioned

November 10th, 2012 · 1 Comment

When Dan and I made a firm decision to adopt our first child, we started the home study process immediately, in May.  Over the summer, during the crazy home study process, I began to make a mental to-do list for before our baby’s arrival.  Since we’d been in Silicon Valley only about eight months at […]

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Tags: adoption · building community · gratitude · Uncategorized


May 18th, 2011 · 8 Comments

A few years ago, six months after we got married, my husband was hit by a speeding car when he was walking in a crosswalk.  It was surprising he lived, but he did, and over time, he has recovered about 90% from the accident.  In the days and weeks and years after the accident, people […]

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Tags: autumn · cancer · gratitude · on the soapbox · Uncategorized

Let’s Just Say, “Fuck Perfectionism.”

January 18th, 2011 · 13 Comments

Look, I don’t usually cuss on this blog, and I know that cussing offends some people.  But if I’m being honest, I have to tell you that I made a decision in early December, and that is what I decided: Fuck perfectionism. See, I’m building this business, right?  I thought I was building self-employment for […]

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Tags: fruits of my labor · gratitude · sturm and drang

From 30 to 20: A Letter to My Younger Self

August 5th, 2010 · 25 Comments

Dear Sally, I know the age of 20 is confusing for you, so I’m traveling back in time to give you a heads-up about what’s coming in life. Feel relieved? Good. Right now, at 20, you’re a girl consumed with swirls of emotions about nearly everything in life.  You feel battered by some of what’s […]

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Tags: fruits of my labor · gratitude · on the soapbox · sturm and drang

Wanna play in the kitchen?

June 9th, 2009 · 6 Comments

I’m spending much of my week creating five fall (yes, fall already in the magazine world!) dessert recipes (gluten-free, casein-free, egg-free, soy-free, with vegan options) for a magazine.  I need about five additional testers right now—people who can make one of the recipes as it’s written and report back the results to me by next […]

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Tags: allergen-free recipes · autumn · gratitude

The Take

May 31st, 2009 · 13 Comments

What a gorgeous bounty of food. Yesterday morning, my husband and I made our way to the park to join the wandering masses making their way through farmers’ booths, bakery stands, and stalls of homemade goods. I picked out most of the produce we will eat this week.  We already had an avocado, red potatoes, […]

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Tags: gratitude · locavore · summer

The Moments

May 6th, 2009 · 7 Comments

“so much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens.” –william carlos williams I remember in high school, junior year, explications of William Carlos Williams’s poem. I remember learning that he was a doctor, a pediatrician. Someone (perhaps the text) suggested that Williams had written the poem after making […]

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Tags: gratitude · spring · sturm and drang

The strawberries are coming! The strawberries are coming!

March 24th, 2009 · 21 Comments

This is a very exciting time of year.  My husband and I try to eat seasonally as much as possible, sourcing many of the ingredients we use from local growers and purveyors who use sustainable methods for what they produce.  We’re fortunate, living in the South (the Southern U.S., that is), to have a variety […]

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Tags: celebrations & holidays · gratitude · locavore

This Moment, Right Now

March 21st, 2009 · 6 Comments

There’s so much we take for granted. I’ve had this thought several times lately when I’ve been looking at food magazines, blogs, and books. It’s been nearly two years since my diagnoses of gluten intolerance and latent food allergies.  I can still look at photos or descriptions of recipes and imagine the way a crusty […]

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Tags: gratitude · on the soapbox