Using Twitter to Plan Dinner

December 14, 2008

images-1K, I watch Josh twitter day and night. Letting people know that now he is buying new shoes or boarding a plane or eating sushi. I think, “so, what, who cares besides his mom who always loves to know what her kids are up to?” Surprise, surprise. There are 1800 plus people who hang on every word he tweets and I can assure it isn’t rocket science that he’s writing about.

I mean, I truly want to know what’s in it for me to follow, be followed and post pithy clips of my brilliant daily life? So I’ve been reading and following some conversations that are interesting- mainly belonging to friends of Josh’s. He posted that I was “talking to myself” and encouraged a few friends to connect. Some did. Thanks, Josh. Haven’t yet figured out how to have a conversation but will do that.

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But I have looked around and found some very interesting blogs and a great recipe for Sweet Potato Soup from the FeelGoodGuru! Check out her woowoo site. Silly me, I just blithely commented on the site that I’d be making this soup tonight- except I have yams not sweet potatoes and I’m going to use them instead.

So, here is what I did:  my adaptation of the recipe (which came out very nicely)- organic yams, 1/4 tsp salt while veggies sauteeing, and 2 tablespoons white miso blended in at the end. Tastes awesome. I added the miso and more salt because it’s the winter and I wanted to balance the cooling nature of the coconut and lime. Love the lime and ginger and coconut milk combo, very nourishing and fulfilling feeling. If someone didn’t have coconut milk I think it would be great with almond or soy milk, too. What do you think? Thanks, Moira!

Short Days and Dark Nights

December 14, 2008

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Clearly a winter sunset. Not just the leafless tress but the sun is different, isn’t it?

Our earth rotates about its sun, spinning on its axis, which is also tilted. Because of this tilt, in the winter the Northern Hemisphere receives less direct sunlight (creating a cold season) while the Southern Hemisphere receives more direct sunlight (creating a warm season). The side of the earth that is angled closest to the sun changes as we traverse our orbit and the seasons change. The furthest we are from the sun marks the winter solstice and we experience the shortest day and the longest night. The sun never quite seems to rise high enough here on the east coast of the US. The word solstice comes from Latin- describing the seeming ” sun-stoppage” of the sun before the days begin to get longer and nights shorter.

Okay, that might not have been the best description. Ignite Learning! has a good visual animation and very clear explanation. 

All the world’s cultures celebrations of light are linked to this time when it seems to be darker and darker. Before people could explain the disappearing daylight, they created many stories and celebrations about the sun’s rebirth or return to explain the phenomenon. Trusting that the sun will return to us and that the light may miraculously grow warmer and sustain us is the other side of the scientific explanation. A modern day celebration tradition has been created by Paul Winter and Friends at the unique and wonderful Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York City.