Sep 18, 2010


Tortillas are very much a staple in our house. Quesadillas are the catch all lunch when no one has any ideas. Now, as delicious as Trader Joe's Whole Wheat Tortillas are, it is easy to make your own delicious tortillas at home.

Tortilla Recipe
1/4 c. oil
1 tsp salt
1/2 c. warm water
2 c. flour

This recipe makes aprox. 4 tortillas, (depending on how big your like them). Double, triple, quadruple, quintuple, etc. to make more!

Mix the ingredients together to form a stiff dough; using a mixer/kneader machine always makes this easier.
Cut dough into pieces. As I mentioned above, the basic recipe makes about 4. I usually quad the recipe and make 16.
Roll each piece out to about an eighth of an inch think, (adjust this depending on your preference).
Heat on a griddle or skillet until cooked through. Watch your heat carefully! If it is too hot, your tortillas will burn before they cook. Ideally you want them just beginning to brown when you flip them.

These tortillas are best for very simple meals. I don't recommend them for burritos, as they are prone to tear. But they are so delicious, that all you really need is a pot of beans, a bowl of hummus, chopped tomatoes & basil, or any other simple topping
Voila! You have a fabulous lunch.

Apple of a Different Color

"Sometimes the only thing to do is to start looking at everything again until you forget what you're supposed to see

& actually see what's there."


Some days, you can't help but look at everyone else (very objectively, of course) and decide that you are very glad that you are you and not anybody else. You then turn and look (very objectively) at yourself, and realize that there are certain things about yourself that you very much appreciate. Things that are distinctly you.
At this point you must lay aside all manner of characteristics that others have projected onto you; and look quite simply at yourself as a whole individual person, independent from all others.
You are not what-you-do. These things, rather, proceed from who you are, that mystery of soul and spirit housed by and piloting your body. Because of the way YOU are, you choose to play music, or to dance, or to write. Because YOU have likes and fears and desires and strengths, you will choose how and where and with whom to spend your future. Because the people-who-have-been-there-all-along have helped shaped that which is YOU (your spirit and your soul), YOU are now an

It is a "which comes first" scenario.
Entering in the midst of your life, one may see the space which you occupy and think they see you. They see the place you fill on the stage, at the podium, or on various teams, and say "Ah, this then is who they are!"
But with time, this same person may come to see
the shape of your spirit and your soul, and the effect of those-who-have-been-there-all-along ; at this they will say "Ah, this then is who they are!" and "This is why they occupy that place in the world."

Now in the course of this train of thought, you may pause: you may look at everyone around you and think (very objectively) about how glad you are that they are them. For the people-who-have-been-there-all-along, because of their them-ness, have helped to shape your you-ness and make you an apple of a different color, shiny and unique to everybody else. You look at them (very objectively) and realize that there are certain things about them that you
very much
And you realize, perhaps you're not so independent from others after all.

Sep 15, 2010

Alone Way

Cheerful morning walk
down the orchard alleyway.
Breathing chilled new air.
Trees and fog and golden dog;
Startled flock of quail.
Footsteps in the earth:
Someone has been here before.
(Maybe it was me.)

But I'm alone.

Squinting in the sun,
Making my alone way home,
welcomed by the cat.

Sep 1, 2010

The Certainties of Caring for Children

If a child asks you, "Guess how old I am, four or five?"Always guess five.

If a child is taller than your waist, don't offer to spin her around. By the time she asks for a fifth turn, you will probably scrape her knees against the ground from exhaustion.

As dirty as a child gets, they can always be cleaned again, so make your decision: would you rather have happy children playing harmlessly out side making blackberry jam with their fingers and a cereal bowl and not bothering you? Or would you rather impatiently tell them not to make a mess of themselves and then have to answer their subsequent complaints of "I'm bored"?

If you pick up an adorable small child and he tells you with an innocent sigh, "My mom can't hold me anymore, only my dad." Know that he loves being held as much as you love holding him. Just be prepared to carry him for the rest of the evening.

If one child asks you to blow up one of the long skinny balloons meant for pumps and sees you succeed, take a deep breath: you will probably be asked to blow up at least five more.

(If I have missed any, let me know.)