To Everything Turn, Turn, Turn.

Kung Fu Panda

Kung Fu Panda (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Finding Old Treasure

Well, for some reason, somebody thought it would be a good idea to read one of my better blog posts today.

It was the one about the lessons taught by Master Oogway in Kung Fu Panda (the original) and how they related to me one Rosh Hashanah when I was preparing to take the California Bar Exam.

They were powerful lessons: the importance of knowing that you cannot make a peach tree bear other fruit (no matter how badly you wanted to), and that it would not bear fruit before its time.

Treasuring Today

My, how life has changed since then…  Nowadays, I prepare meals for myself and my husband rather than preparing for tests.  I am not an attorney. I do not plan to take the Illinois Bar Exam or have any designs on trying to be a lawyer.

I wrote then about how music was coming back into my life “whether I wanted it to or not.”  And that’s just a funny idea – music having a spirit of its own or a will to infiltrate your existence. Music has always been a spiritual salve for me, showing up when I need it most to express the ineffable when I could not otherwise find a way to express that which my soul was aching or screaming to say — and it remains such to this day.

I have simplified my life as much as possible to decrease stress and to improve my health. I still have seizures nearly daily. My MS still causes pain and fatigue, but I keep going – trying to live the best life that I possibly can.  I meditate daily. I exercise. I focus on living life healthfully.  I take responsibility for the things I choose to do — like blogging instead of cleaning or eating lunch.  And I wonder how and why someone came along to read one of my more spiritual pieces of writing like that.

Mining For Gold

I will tell you: I don’t understand blogging, though I’ve been doing it a very long time.  I don’t understand what brings eyeballs to pages, or how to separate the wheat from the chaff.  I don’t know what makes someone a good blogger versus a bad one, other than that good bloggers keep writing, and that they open their hearts to their audience.  But I know that it matters that I put my real self into it, and that I’m genuine.  I think that matters a lot in life too.

Today’s Chopra Center meditation centering thought is, “I place my intention into the vast ocean of all possibilities and allow the universe to work through me.”

It is always my intention to bring more love and understanding into the world, and so I hope that I do that through this blog.

Don’t worry: there’s still a recipe coming today.

Namaste.

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Parsnips a Plenty!

So my first real memory of the delicious root vegetable known as the parsnip happened when I was watching Homestar Runner back in 2002 or 2003. There was this great old timey short called “Parsnips-a-Plenty” that I watched and it made me wonder… what do parsnips taste like?

Well, the best way I can put it is this: parsnips are what would happen if a potato and a carrot made sweet, hot, somehow forbidden, dirty love to one another and produced an heir to their mutual awesomeness.

Parsnip

Love Child...

Today, I’m going to give you a 4-fork recipe (That’s like 5 star!) from Epicurious.com.

Roasted Parsnips with Parsley

Ingredients
2 pounds medium parsnips, peeled, cut on diagonal into 1/2-inch-thick slices
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter (or Ghee if you’re watching your casein intake)
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh Italian parsley

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Toss first 3 ingredients in bowl.
  3. Spread parsnips in single layer on rimmed baking sheet, and dot with butter.
  4. Roast parsnips 20 minutes.
  5. Using tongs, turn parsnips; roast until browned and soft, about 15 minutes longer.
  6. Transfer parsnips to plate and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Sprinkle with parsley.
  8. Serve and Enjoy! 🙂

Parsnips are great pretty much wherever you’d want a milder carrot or a sweeter, crunchier potato. My grandma used to put them in her matzo ball soup, I hear. Last night we had some in our chicken soup, and it came out great!

What are some of your favorite parsnip recipes?

Good Morning, World!

Sgt Frog

Hard to believe it, but I’m awake of my own volition at 7:30 on a Saturday morning, and I’m not even watching cartoons! (What’s up with that action?  Clearly, this must be rectified.) My body woke me up at 6:30. It’s done that the last couple of days. I’ve just been going with it.

Speaking of cartoons, though – Last night, Adam and I discovered a bizarre little anime toon called Sgt. Frog. It was out there. We’re 2 episodes in, and I’m scratching my head.  It’s not as adorable as School Rumble was, but what is?  Ok, Sailor Moon. And Adam still hasn’t seen Sailor Moon. Another travesty which must be rectified. He schooled me in Ranma 1/2. I feel it’s my duty to give him the gift of Tuxedo Mask & Usagi.

Sailor Moon

Today, I’m determined that no matter what, I’m going to bleach my roots blonde and re-color my hair.  I’ve been waiting because I wanted to go to the store and pick out a new brunette instead of going blue again… but, oh jeez, oh well, oh darn, I guess I just have to keep rockin an awesome blue for a little longer and be that cool.  Besides, I went the distance to get the good stuff: Raw hair color – True Blue. My hair will be Royal Blue. Almost patriotic.

My attitude of the moment might let me down,
I might feel lazy and like going brown…
But my hair won’t let me down. Oh hell no, baby. 🙂  
It says, “Think differently,” constantly.
People give me strange looks
like I’m something they’ve never seen,
or like I’m disgusting or amazing
It all depends what I’m wearing with it
and where we are, if I’m allowed to have a personality
Ah, society, you bring out the silly in me.

School Rumble