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Main Course Soup On Saturday Soups and Stews Vegetarian

Lentil and Swiss Chard Soup

Last Saturday, I went to a Farmer’s Market near my mother’s house in California. Their planting season is several weeks ahead of us here on the East Coast, so it was great to see so many wonderful fruits and vegetables laid out on rows and rows of tables.

Now that farmer’s markets are slowly opening again after a long winter, please take advantage of them.  It’s great to be able to meet and speak with the person who grew the food you’re going to put on the dinner table.

One of the veggies that caught my eye last Saturday was Swiss Chard.  I only recently began cooking with it, and it really is a delicious and vitamin-rich ingredient that can be added to just about any dish.  Today, I’m combining Swiss Chard with lentils to make a tasty and healthy soup.  This recipe makes a big batch of soup, but as you know, soup is always better the second day. 🙂

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Inspiration Mind

Caring About The Other

I just finished up my second Dale Carnegie book, How To Win Friends And Influence People. It was a quick read, and filled with all kinds of stories about how people were able to overcome various obstacles and improve themselves and their relationships with others.

Overall, I walked away from the book impressed once again at the simple wisdom contained in its pages.  If I had to sum it up, I would say that one of the keys to success in life is to genuinely care for other people.

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Ignatian Spirituality Inspiration Prayer Spirit

Lemon Blossoms and New Life

I’m winding down my visit with my mom.  It has been a good trip, and I’ve stayed longer than I have in quite some time.  I’ve had the chance to catch up with old friends and see some of my family that I haven’t seen in a long time.  Of course, these experiences remind me of just how far away I live.  🙁

This time of year, the lemon trees in my mom’s back yard are in full bloom.  If you’ve never experienced this scent, it’s really quite beautiful.  I picked up on it as soon as I got out of the car the night I arrived, and I’ve enjoyed sitting in the back yard breathing in the sweetness each day.

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Inspiration Prayer

Throwing Stones

Early this morning I took a long walk and went to Mass at the church where I was baptized.  Although my family hasn’t attended there for many years, whenever I’m home I try and stop by at least once.  Lots of memories in that space.

The gospel reading this morning (John 7:53-8:11) was the story about the woman caught in the act of adultery.  Just to refresh your memory, the Pharisees were trying to slip Jesus up, so they brought this woman to him and asked him what they should do.  The law said that she should be stoned for her sin.  Jesus had another idea.

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Main Course Soup On Saturday Soups and Stews

Curried Bean and Bell Pepper Soup

I was talking with my mom and brother the other day, and we were reminiscing about when my mother used to serve up a curry dip for company when I was a kid.  Growing up, that was the only time I ever tasted curry, and I was always intrigued by the exotic taste.  Now, I love all kinds of curry dishes.  I hope you’ll give this one a try.  This is a cold soup, so you might have to wait a bit until the weather warms up in your area. 

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Fitness Inspiration

Lesson Learned

Yesterday, I took a great walk around my mom’s neighborhood (and beyond).  In this area, there are always lots of people out getting exercise, so I passed quite a few folks during my hour-long adventure.  I even passed someone I know I’ve seen in the movies.  I said hello, she smiled and kept on going.  The joy of living in L.A. 🙂

As I was going, I noticed something pretty quickly.  Almost universally, every time I passed someone, they put their heads and eyes down and didn’t acknowledge me.  When I’m in Maryland, people want to stop and talk, which doesn’t make for the best exercise experience, but in the end, I enjoy it. 

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Ignatian Spirituality Inspiration Prayer

Where is He?

As I wrapped up my reading of Dale Carnegie’s book, Stop Worrying And Start Living, I was struck by something I found throughout its pages.  God.  He was scattered throughout both the author’s words and those of the people sharing their stories.

Person after person, great and small alike, shared the stories of their transformations, and God was in nearly all of them.

If Mr. Carnegie was writing today, I wonder if he would avoid talking about God, hoping not to offend and trying to reach a wider, secular audience?

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Ignatian Spirituality Inspiration Prayer

He Who Sent Me

I was sitting with my mother in her backyard early this morning.  She is recovering from surgery and we were enjoying the wonderful flowers she has growing everywhere.

I was also enjoying the wonderful scent of the orange and lemon blossoms drifting over from her neighbor’s back yard.  The sun was shining, the birds were singing, and it was glorious.  As  I sat there, I took a few minutes to reflect on one of the stories from the last pages of How To Stop Worrying And Start Living, which I finished last night.

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Take Back Control

One of my friends is getting ready to become a pharmacist 🙂  She is one of my subscribers, and I’m always grateful for her insights.  I asked her to fill us in a bit about the various medicines used in treating diabetes.

As you know, this chronic disease has reached epidemic proportions here in the United States, as well as most other developed countries. Taking control of your health is one of the key concepts on Making All Things New, regardless of whether diabetes is an issue for you or someone you care about.

I hope you find her thoughts as informative as I have.

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Italy Main Course Soup On Saturday Soups and Stews Travel

Tuscan White Bean Soup

I was out to lunch the other day with a college student, and he mentioned that he wanted me to get another bean soup recipe up.  So, this one is for him, and I’m pretty sure he’ll like it.  I trust you will too.

For centuries, the people of Tuscany have loved beans.  In fact, they have the unfortunate nickname of bean eaters. Tuscan bean varieties vary by geographic area, and some towns are known for their particular type.  That’s one of the things I love most about Italy.  Each place usually has many things unique to them.  If you see something you like, you have to get it then, because you probably won’t see it elsewhere.   I always use this as an excuse for going back. Sorry for the deviation 🙂 Here’s the recipe…