A solstice message from ancient roots

It is quite puzzling that cultures across much of the northern hemisphere have chosen the season when the earth’s tilt provides for much darkness and quiet as the time to be out and about, shopping for gifts, frequently tripping over each other in the pursuit of the last minute deal. Wouldn’t it be more intuitive, even logical, to adapt to the earth’s rhythm, shed our external leaves, tune into the winter landscapes of our mind, dig deeper

How Hot Soup is Making the Planet Cooler

by Sven Eberlein For the past three months, my daily walk down the street has been seasoned by a small but quite lovely addition to the neighborhood. Whenever I’d cross the street at Valencia and 21st, a friendly, almost fairy-like voice would ring from around the corner, beckoning me with a cherubic “Hello Sir, would you like to try some soup?” While fate conspired for me to have just eaten or be on the way dig deeper

No pain, no gain: On taming and tasting the nettle

by Debra Baida Changing the way we look at the world sometimes quite literally means to touch things we’ve deemed untouchable. In this delightful photo essay, Debra Baida shows how a dreaded weed unveils its magic, beauty and flavor if approached from a different angle. My literal first hand experience with nettles provided one of the most uncomfortable, if not incredibly painful, kitchen memories on record and an important lesson: never plunge your hand into dig deeper

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Potatoes

by Andy Griffin On a trip to Bolivia, farmer and writer Andy Griffin gets invited to dinner by a local family. Delighted by a wealth of Andean tubers and hospitality he learns how to say a proper “Thank You.” Five Quechua girls followed me down the steep cobbled street at a distance, giggling, until one of them got up the nerve to dash past and confront me. “Would you please come to my house for dig deeper