Double-sided Napkins

For several years, we have been using cloth napkins instead of paper. It started as a way of being more environmentally conscious and also a way of using up remnants of material left over from other sewing projects. I got tired going through paper ones so quickly....

Lucky

I was fortunate to have had a good high school experience. I did not realize how fortunate until later, when I talked to others who did not share similar fond memories of their high school days. I was part of the GATE program at a time when geek was not so chic....

Food Choices Are The New Politics

I’ve been a vegetarian for more than 20 years. In that time, I’ve rarely been challenged about this choice. Occasionally, I have been asked questions that come off as defensive arguments, but mostly people are respectful, sometimes curious, and...

Burnout

Yesterday, I ran into a former colleague while having lunch off campus. I noticed a marked difference in her demeanor. Where just a month ago she looked dejected and beaten down, now she beamed. I asked her how she was and she grinned so widely that her smile seemed...

The Journey to Compassionate Eating

Omnivore Childhood I had the typical, albeit not healthiest childhood. I loved my orange Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, sugary Kool-Aid, and greasy fried chicken. I hated vegetables and tolerated fruit. I was the last one anyone expected to become a vegetarian. I never...