Following the path

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Many days emerge when our paths are straight and determined- when “go straight ahead” seems to be second nature and easy under blue Paradise skies, sipping chilled Pinot Grigio. These, in fact, remain the days which sustain us in difficulties and encourage us to face the change and accept that nothing in Life will ever stay the same.

Signs….

Discussions of peace during a reflective afternoon. Casually walking down quiet streets of a sleepy LI coastal town. Reflecting on life, living, pretense and want. Discussions about peace and its refusal…or is it just a lack of awareness? We didn’t agree or decide. Yet, as I rounded the corner, the antique shop message embraced my consciousness just enough for me to connect with a smile…

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Ageless connections

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Lunch with a former student who just came back from Greece.  I didn’t vacation this summer, so her stories of sun-drenched beaches, hot white sands and cool Greek personalities, drifting with the politics of the EU tingle my memories of when I lived in a very different Europe.

She offers me a bright red gift bag with a big smile before our sesame bread with tzatziki, Greek salad and Greek pizza in a Mediterranean restaurant whose decor of stucco walls and music of the tzouras and outi help me feel the warmth I miss in this too-harried world.

My afternoon is caressed by her young, energetic smile and kind words of encouragement.  Meal dissipates like dreams into the Long Island humidity as we exit the restaurant and embrace with words of “see-you-soon.”   I open the bag as I wrestle into my sweltering car and find a small bottle of genuine ouzo…the non-imported kind to quench a thirst for culture and a little magnet in the shape of a sailboat to bring my dreams back to me from the Aegean Sea.  Efcharistó!

End of Summer Salad

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Leftover salmon, belgian endive, pecans, rocket lettuce, garden green beans, flat parsley and lovely light-blue borage flowers. My grandmother grew borage plants in the garden of my childhood memories. Come to discover now that the plant is used for regulating metabolism, its oil which is high in GLA  helps “good levels” of cholesterol, and regulates cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and vascular disorders. Wisdom of the ancients!

North End Red-White and Blues

North End Red-White and Blues

Weaving into my past, driving through streets of uncontrollable memories, I felt a compulsion to stop for ice cream. Maybe it was my inner child reaching for cold solace on an all-too-dry tongue. The North End of town crumbled into … Continue reading

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Sunday Surprise

A lone black bicycle secured to the wrought-iron cemetery fence had me imagining a young man, possibly one of the immigrants I so often see earnestly pedaling to get to possible jobs at early morning hours with no resources other … Continue reading

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Global Days of Listening

Global Days of Listening

  Tuning in to Global Days of Listening during tomorrow’s solstice gives hope to young people in Afghanistan who seek to live a life of non-violence. This community has begun their own school to learn reading, to teach English, and … Continue reading

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Specials of the Day

Specials of the Day

of a quaint trattoria in Trastevere, Rome.

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