Burgers blend flavor, health and sustainability

The “blended burger,” featured in this week’s A la Carte, is a concept I’ve long championed. In one of this blog’s first posts, I sang the praises of moist turkey burgers made by cutting the meat with tofu. Replacing some of a burger’s meat with mushrooms not only makes them »»Read Full Post

On Prayer by Dan Fischer

  On Prayer  by Dan Fischer   Here are four possibilities: 1) there is no god, no spirit, just a mechanistic universe that is open to scientific thought. 2) There is a benevolent god who takes an interest in what we do and think . 3) There is a god »»Read Full Post

40 Year Bandwagon: Self-Calming Skills for Kids Essential in our Troubled World

WHY ARE WE NOT TEACHING THIS TO ALL CHILDREN IN DAYCARE/PRESCHOO/SCHOOLS??? Why is it important for children (and us) to learn how to access a CALM CENTER inside with deep breathing and have self-control instead of feeling like others are in control with their bad moods or stressed out energies? »»Read Full Post

Producing and consuming summer veggies

"The greatest change we need to make is from consumption to production, even if on a small scale, in our own gardens. If only 10% of us do this, there is enough for everyone." ~ Bill Mollison, Permaculture: A Designer's Manual, 1988 Yesterday, I felt like a producer and a »»Read Full Post


We’ve had a number of conversations lately about the longing for a summer vacation. Not a week or two, but the whole summer off from school with, as folks have described, “enough time to get bored.” Many people do take a vacation in the summer, yet don’t find it to »»Read Full Post

7 Strategies for Empathic Discipline

Dear Readers, I have stepped away from my blog for a time but my colleague Megan Stonelake is filling in with insightful posts about parenting. Enjoy. There are some misconceptions about how parents discipline when they don’t use punishment. The assumption about discipline appears to be that parents either punish »»Read Full Post

Adult autistics - are they doomed to solitude?

Seldom heard are the stories of autistic adults.  And rarely do they report the challenges of those who seek companionship. It's believed that autism blocks the ability to intercommunicate and express feelings in a normal way.  These difficulties often relegate those diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to solitude.  And »»Read Full Post