The Pause that Refreshes
A vintage Coke ad, Stephen Crane, our dog, life, gratitude, the Mediterranean Diet, and a greens class, all in one newsletter.
Hello, gorgeous. You’re looking fine.
Your body is quite the thing in terms of elegant design. So take a minute to appreciate it, to thank it for all you put it through. Or else your body is going to complain. So says the girl who just weathered an icky cold.
I got lucky. I managed to time it right for a quick getaway to a bare-bones place in the Keys that’s been our refuge. My husband Benjamin enjoyed a weekend off after tax season, I got a chance to heal, and our dog Potcake got to have a rematch with the Atlantic. The score stands Atlantic 2, Potcake 0. The ocean, like life, is big, mysterious, and sometimes frustrating. All our dog can think to do is bark at it.
I can relate. I would like to believe the universe has our backs. Sometimes. though, I’m more in Stephen Crane’s camp.
We don’t know if the universe is looking out for us. Barking doesn’t help (I’ve tried it). So we need to look out for ourselves and each other. Press pause. Then take a breath. In that stillness, that pause, that instant of quiet, everything is possible. Let it nourish you.
The answer isn’t a pill or a product. We haven’t developed anything that beats fresh produce, beans, whole grains, you know, whole food, real food. Like ahem, what I’ll be teaching you to make May 12, in my free, virtual Green Greatness class thanks to Miami-Dade Public Library.
Speaking of thanks, remember gratitude. It’ll lift your heart and up your energy without a Red Bull. Start with something real, small, and specific. For me, I’m grateful it’s getting on to Miami’s mango season, the tropical fruit as sexy, juicy, vibrant and messy as life itself.
Last, but not least, I’m grateful to you. Thanks for sticking with me. Changes are coming, but I’ll always keep my newsletter free for you.
Big, mysterious, frustrating, sexy, juicy, vibrant, messy — life is all that. Keep well, everyone. Stop, breathe, nourish. Thank you.
April 28 6pm ET — that’s today, folks. Feast for cheap with Cheap Vegan Eats for Tough Times, my cooking class through. It's free, virtual, and open to the public (that's you). Sign up now and enter for chance to win a special giveaway from Camellia Beans.
May 4 1pm ET — Excited to be Kathy Hester’s sidekick today on her YouTube live show, “PlantBased Chat.”
Subscribe to Kathy’s channel here and you’ll get a notification when the show is live!
I’ll be sharing some sweet ways to get your Cinco de Mayo on.
May 5 Cinco De Mayo — Celebrating Mexico’s 1862 defeat of the French at the Battle of Puebla. It’s not just cinco de drinko. A little respect, people.
May 8 Mother’s Day — Sending love to all the moms out there. Hope you’re drinking martinis in heaven, Mom.
May 12 Online Green Greatness Class — free, virtual, open to the public, green, great and delicious — Sign up now!
May 31 Memorial Day —more than a day off, it’s a day to honor those who gave their lives defending our country and us.
Celebrate Mediterranean Diet Month all month long. Centuries old, it’s still our favorite way to eat — It’s healthy, sustainable, easy, affordable, and above all, delectable. Oldways, the nonprofit promoting heritage diets for wellness, help you make the most of Mediterranean Diet Month with their free 28-day Mediterranean Diet plan.