Sunday, March 25, 2018
Sunday, June 9, 2013
And while it's early in the season, there are still veggies to be had: radishes, turnips, lettuce and other leafy greens, green onions, asparagus...and now strawberries! What I also love about farmers markets is that the proprietors give you good cooking tips...and here was my tip of the day: use the greens on the top of the carrots; they can be used just like parsley.
Hmmm....so today when I was making my slow cooker Manhattan-style clam chowder - a simple recipe of clams, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, onions and some spices -- the recipe called for parsley, so I used the carrot greens...and it worked...at least it seemed to...just like parsley.
The soup is still simmering in the crock pot but I sneaked a few tastes along the way....yummy, healthy, low fat...all good!
Enjoy the early tastes of spring -- however you want to use the fresh produce -- and think outside the box to use all parts of a particular produce. I can't wait to see the produce at next week's market and get my tip!
Sunday, February 24, 2013
It was great evening; and Rochester offers a wonderful theatre experience with GEVA, along with so many other local community theatres. It’s chock full and something I have learned to appreciate.
After a wonderful turkey dinner at my beau’s mother’s house today, it’s now time for the Oscars…the stars are arriving…thank god for DVR!
Sunday, July 15, 2012
There is something about a local farmers market after which I feel like I’ve made a direct contribution to our local economy. It may be a false sense of security but isn’t that we keep hearing – buy local; support local business. How much more local can you get than the farmers who grow it and then bring it to a parking lot to sell it? Cash only; directly into the hands of the producers; no middle man.
Today I had breakfast with a friend first and then headed over to stock up on zucchini, corn, tomatoes and broccoli. And today one stand even had sour cherries -- my absolute favorite -- nature's candy. I’ve even started to become a little bit of a farmer on my own – with a garden full of tomatoes, cucumbers and soon to be peppers, along with a host of herbs. And of course, all of this has a healthy benefit as well. Somehow, I just feel better when I eat local, knowing exactly where it came from and what I’m putting into my body. So that is my shout out to Farmers Markets.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
In the process of growing to spiritual maturity, we all go through many adolescent stages.
—Miki L. Bowen
I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about my nieces. I’m going to visit them in Colorado in a few weeks – I can hardly wait as I always have so much fun. I’m continually amazed at the mind of my three-year old niece Anna – what makes her happy and what really ticks her off. Last April when I was there, she became very ticked at me at the zoo when I tried to eat part of a hamburger that she had claimed as her own – total meltdown. Afterwards, I recounted the story to my sister-in-law who wasn’t with us. She smiled a bit, nodded with a mother’s knowledge, and said “Yeah, sharing can be a little bit tricky when you’re that age.”
Sharing is tricky – actually a lot of “big concepts” can be tricky when you’re little – like having a new baby sister in her life – Chloe. It’s a big change – and one that requires some heavy duty sharing – of her mom’s time, her toys and her life. Thinking about this change; the change in my brother and Alecia’s life going from one to two children; and even the small changes going on in my life, I thought sharing is not only thing that’s tricky, change also can be a little bit tricky – no matter what your age.
I’m a reformed fighter of change – I admit it. For me, change used to be synonymous with suffering. There is an old saying (aren’t they all?) that “when you’re walking through hell, keep going.” But I had this habit of “walking through hell,” and then deciding to camp out there for a while and take in a few tourist attractions. I sat in it. Today, I don’t always like a particular change but I accept that it means growth and that I have to walk through it– somehow.
I’m putting all of this in writing today for a simple reason -- in my head, change equaling growth makes sense, but put into practice, I don’t always make it that simple and I don’t always move forward through in the best way. I’m getting better at it – practice, afterall – but I need to remind myself about the choices I have today and that how I react to change is a choice. I need to remember that I have luxurious gift of experience – unlike my three-year old niece. I can look back and recall changes that I fought with such fervor, so certain I wouldn’t survive them, until exhausted I finally had surrender to win – and to live. I see now how I came out on the other side of change – big change – so much better than I went in. I can look back and see progress – even though it sometimes feels like I’m crawling through quicksand and not making any progress.
But really, what is progress? According to one definition, to make progress is to “advance towards a higher or better stage.” If someone from the “outside” were to look at my life from two years ago versus today, that person wouldn’t see too much change or even so much advancement: I work at the same place (ok, I have gotten a promotion); I’m still friends with many of the same friends (and have made some new ones); my family also is in the same locations and continues to be healthy (with a few additions here and there); and I have many of the same hobbies and outside interests. Yet, from my perspective, my life has changed quite a bit – my spiritual life has changed; my emotional life has changed; and my outlook upon life has changed.
I’ve watched friends’ marriages end along with jobs, and I’m grateful for what I have. I’ve seen friends battle cancer – some have won, some have lost, and some continue to fight for their life – so grateful that I have a healthy one. I’ve watched my friends lose their parents, knowing with a certain reality that my parents are getting older, so I value my time with them even more. My traveling has been to see my brother and his family in Denver -- not to Europe or other far off places – but so grateful that I have a family who wants to see me. Yet, oddly, I feel like I’ve traveled great metaphorical distances over the last couple of years– with a fair amount of honesty and grace.
The simple fact is that with any change in my life, there is always going to be the other side I have to get to– that metaphorical chasm that I need to cross. But, it’s up to me to decide how I want to get there – I can crawl on my hands and knees, or I can walk tall. Either way, I’m eventually going to get there, so I might as well choose the easier, softer way. And when I do get to the other side, I can look around and know that I’m exactly where I am supposed to be today; I can look at where I came from with perspective, realizing that my current location is transient; and I can see with clarity that it is the journey through these changes -- not the destination they bring me to -- that is the ultimate reward. This, I know for sure.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
ROCHESTER, NY – Rochester's Black Sheep Theatre Coalition announces its Improv-a-thon 2010 fundraiser on Friday, September 18, at 8:00 p.m. at Black Sheep’s Theatre -- 274 N. Goodman Street, Suite D-313.
In its third year, the event will feature “Don’t Feed the Actors” Improv Comedy Troupe (www.dontfeedtheactors.com) as its headline group. In addition, Rich “Loopy Rich” Hughson -- mime, clown, juggler, comedian -- and traditional burlesque dancer Lola Goetz also will be performing.
Tickets are currently on sale: $12 in advance; $16 at the door. There will be food, door prizes, and a 50-50 raffle.
Please call the box office at (585) 414-3927 for tickets or visit www.blacksheeptheatre.org for more information.
About Black Sheep Theatre Coalition
Rochester's Black Sheep Theatre Coalition is a group of artists promoting community service and education through the visual performing arts. Located at Black Sheep's Theatre, Suite D-313, 274 N. Goodman Street, the group performs several full productions each year in their space, along with hosting guest performances and events. Emphasis is given to new and emerging playwrights as well as works of an interactive or experimental nature. Through its partnerships with other not-for-profit organizations, Black Sheep encourages and embraces individuality, risk, inclusion, and even non-conformity to arbitrary social norms. For more information about Black Sheep Theatre, go to www.blacksheeptheatre.org or call 414-3927.
About Don’t Feed the Actors
“Don’t Feed the Actors” is Central New York’s own touring Improv group. Specializing in audience interactive improvisation, we pride ourselves at bringing our unique show to locations all over Upstate NY. The group is made up of a dozen of Central New York’s finest local comedic actors. With different actors and different games in each show, and of course different suggestions the audience, guaranteeing a new and exciting show each time. A DFtA show is a unique blend of audience interactive improvisational comedy. Our show runs approximately 2 hours with a 15-minute intermission. Roughly 14 games will be played nearly all involving suggestions, shout outs and sometimes the participation of the audience, DFtA was formed in early 2008 and has performed to audiences in Syracuse, Oswego, Alexandria Bay, Fulton, Baldwinsville, Utica, and is now coming to Rochester for the first time. For more information, go to www.dontfeedtheactors.com.
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