Return to the Camino

Return to The Camino: Humility Walk

Today I am leaving to Return to the Camino, To go on something I’m calling Humility Walk Why? Because bombs are falling in Syria again. Because people of color are being disproportionately killed in the US. Because poor people are sitting in prison even though they are innocent, just because they can’t afford bail. Because …

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Snapshots of Michigan: Apple Picking + Sand Dunes

Michigan Fall Break So another Chino fall break highlight was heading to Michigan for our first time ever. (Check another state off of your list Simon!) We drove over on Saturday morning and after a quick picnic lunch (from Blackberry Market, of course), we went exploring. We hiked several trails where the forest floor turned …

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Snapshots of Starved Rock: Camping in Illinois

Camping at Starved Rock State Park We went camping at Starved Rock State Park a couple weeks ago for Simon’s fall break and I remembered that one of my favorite rooms with a view is this tent. It’s true. Seeing the trees RIGHT THERE when my eyes open is one of the surest ways I …

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Snapshots of Assisi, Italy

A Visit to The Home of The Beloved Saint Francis of Assisi What can I say about Assisi? I hardly know where to begin. Maybe it’s best to start with the ending. As I left the convent in Assisi, the same nun who welcomed me in, took hold of my face and kissed me twice, …

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Snapshots of Orvieto, Italy

Snapshots of Orvieto, Italy I WISH you could have heard me in the car when I got my first glimpses of Orvieto coming into view! “OH MY LORD, you have got to be kidding me!” I actually pulled the car over. (Because it’s just me and I can do that if I want.) The whole …

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Snapshots of Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy

Snapshots of a A Walk to Civita di Bagnoregio, an ancient hilltown in Italy reachable only by a pedestrian bridge. So 2500 years ago, some very ingenious folks (Etruscans) built this city on top of a hill. Hill towns are a common theme in my travels around Italy, but Civita is special because you can …

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Snapshots of Montefiascone, Italy

Snapshots of Montefiascone, a hilltop town in Italy overlooking Lago de Bolsena (Lake Bolsena). Here are a few highlights from my first days in Italy: Squeals of delight upon seeing dear friends. A room in a hilltop monastery with a view of the valley below. Wisteria-lined roads. The ancient town fortress of Montefiascone. Following cobblestone …

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Chino House Moments: Spring 2019

News from the Chino House Here are a few things I’ve been loving this month: wisteria and tulips playing with sourdough starter imagining a world without prisons walking with friends on Arkansas trails and around the lake eating dinner in the backyard at a table and chairs that someone gave to us teaching yoga at …

Highlights of 2018

Favorites of 2018

Favorites of 2018 Hello 2019. I’m grateful you’re here. There are so many things I am already hoping and praying for in the year ahead. But before I get ahead of myself, I want to take a minute to be grateful for what 2018 brought into my life. So here are some of the books, …

Kale Cauliflower Chickpea Curry

Cauliflower, Chickpea, Sweet Potato and Kale Curry

Cauliflower, Chickpea, Sweet Potato and Kale Curry Here are all the reasons I have made this curry three times in the last two weeks: The temperatures have finally dropped. I bought 40 pounds of sweet potatoes from a farmer. It’s a fulfilling vegetarian meal option! All the colors make it so pretty. Curry leftovers for …

Be Still and Know Yoga Class Sequence

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Be Still and Know: A Restorative Yoga Class Sequence + Spiritual Practice Back in June, as part of my Yoga Teacher Training, I taught a yoga class that is hosted by area churches called Be Still and Know. Be Still and Know is a restorative yoga class that is both gentle movement and spiritual practice. …

Vegetarian Pad Thai

Vegetarian Pad Thai with Tofu and Vegetables

I’ve been making this Vegetarian Pad Thai for several months now. I use whatever green vegetables I happen to have. Sometimes I add fish or mushrooms. It’s super versatile. This week I made it with broccoli but, snow peas and sugar snap peas work well. It’s a win in our house because everyone will eat …