Main Course Soup On Saturday Soups and Stews Vegetarian

Spanish Lentils and Rice

I’m sorry its been so long since I’ve posted one of my Saturday recipes. ūüôĀ

Well, all we can do is go forward, right?  Anyone who reads Making All Things New on a regular basis knows how much I depend on lentils for a tasty and inexpensive source of protein in my daily diet.  

Inspiration Mind

The Iron Lady

Last night I had a bit of an ironic experience. ¬†I was talking with some friends about the sadness of Alzheimer’s disease and the toll it takes on families. ¬†Very sad, difficult, and painful.

Then, before I went to bed, I watched about thirty minutes of “The Iron Lady,” in which Meryl Streep does a remarkable job portraying Margaret Thatcher, who was once the Prime Minister of England, and now suffers with Alzheimer’s herself. ¬†Such a brilliant mind to be lost to this disease.

If you haven’t seen the movie, you should check it out, even if it’s only to see Streep’s fine acting abilities.

Why did I want to write about this today? ¬†It’s because of a haunting line I heard last night.

Ignatian Spirituality Inspiration Personal Development Prayer


“Within you there is a stillness and sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.”

Herman Hess, Siddhartha

A few days ago, I woke up in the middle of the night thinking about someone. ¬†Generally when this happens, I feel like I’m supposed to take a couple of minutes and pray for them, and that’s just what I did before dozing off again.

Inspiration Personal Development

The Importance of Listening

As you may recall, I’m in the midst of my first semester of doctoral studies.

To say that I’m a bit overwhelmed would be an understatement, but at the same time I’m having fun and learning a lot.

One course is a practical one, and my fellow students and I are discovering the fine art of listening.  

Fitness Inspiration

Time To Get Moving

I don’t know how it is where you live, but around my area, ¬†the beautiful weather is calling. ¬†Get outside, and get moving.

I like to get my exercise outside, rather than in the gym.  Walking/Jogging are my two favorite, and taking advantage of the long country roads like this one in my area, I have my pick of routes.

For me, being outside gives me a chance to clear my head of all the stuff that take up the bulk of my days.  

Catholic Church Prayer

Happy Easter

“Why do you seek the living among the dead? ¬†He is not here, but has risen. ¬†Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise.”

Luke 24:5-7

Wishing you a most joyous Easter Season!

Catholic Church Prayer

Good Friday

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his wounds we were healed.” ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Isaiah 53:5

It is hard to believe another Good Friday is here. ¬†It’s a beautiful day in my area, and I’ve just come back from a walk. ¬† ¬†I’ll be heading off to church a bit later, but I sometimes feel like just getting out in nature helps me clear my mind before a long service.

Inspiration Prayer Spirit

Balancing Life

Yesterday marked the beginning of Holy Week, a time when Christians spiritually prepare themselves for Easter.  I hope and pray that these days might be a time of reflection and inspiration for you.

Recently, I was at a men’s conference, and the speaker said something that really got me thinking about life.

He said that there are four main parts to each person’s life: physical, mental, social and spiritual.