Month: October 2013

Both, or Vegan Pumpkin Buckwheat Cookies

Yesterday, in an acting class, our teacher suggested that we are all ridiculously vulnerable creatures; that all anyone is trying to do is form a coherent idea through their fear. When we speak, write, play, create, relate, we are pushing our souls through the holes we can widen in our anxieties. We are these fragile beings spending our lives acquiring certain callouses to operate in the world around us. This toughness is a means of cooperating and interacting with the people around us, it’s our agreement. You pull it together, I’ll pull it together.     But there are cracks, everywhere, slipping along fault lines. Sometimes I feel human life as an ebb and flow of learning coping mechanisms and then learning how to let them go, so you can simply be, unapologetically be, lovingly be. Alternately, you have to actively do, fearlessly do, insanely do. This whole “being” thing is a mosaic of overcoming and succumbing. Surmounting your worries, disolving into your soft places… being the warrior and the child all at once.   …

October and The Inaugural Chicken Roasting

Finally, I am cradled in the chirps, sun and breezes of Fall. This week was a turning point for Ohio, and suddenly we are positively bathing in fading trees, cold noses and endearingly blue skies. I love everything about this season: the brilliant, bright days to the drizzly ones with the fast-moving clouds. I love the apples, the comfort, the blankets, the socks, the tea, the endless hot coffee, the hills, the holidays… I even love people who love Fall, just the tiniest bit more. Some of you know me as a vegan. This has changed. More on that later. The point is… I roasted my first chicken last night! The West Side Market in Ohio City has become a place of mine. I love realizing that I’ve purchased groceries only from local farmers in the past week. It’s the little things… but truly, the closeness, the smallness, the trustworthiness that accompanies buying local is very special. It’s so good to promote the places we actually are. These are our homes! I tried to look …