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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

Be Still

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 …

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Books + Links Loved Lately

Y’all, I’ve been walking in the early mornings and I found a red UK phone booth in a yard in my neighborhood. Right here in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Isn’t that crazy? I painted it as part of trying to stretch my creative muscles in a new way for Candace’s Moment Sketchers project. So fun. I …

Gdansk, Poland

Snapshots of Poland: Gdańsk and Chełmno

The overnight bus left Berlin at around 9pm and arrived in Gdańsk, Poland at 4:45am. It was one of those nights you think will never end. Ben and I pushed against one another on the sticky hot bus, trying to get some sleep. I spent way too much time lamenting my unwillingness to pay for …

Curried Red Lentils (Daal) and Rice

Curried Red Lentils and Rice

Curried Red Lentils (Daal) and Rice When I first moved to a new house in Aberdeen, my friend Claire made these curried red lentils out of what I happened to have in my pantry after we had unpacked it. I watched in amazement as she produced this gorgeous dish for dinner from what I had …

Goddess Dressing, Recipe for Annie's

Links Loved Lately

2 favorite salad dressings, 4 favorite essays, 2 books and 1 song. Happy Friday friends. I’ve made several jars of my two favorite salad dressings (Goddess and Ginger) so I’ve been eating salads for days. Ben: Let me guess what’s for dinner? Salad again?  It’s been a minute since I did any kind of life …