Grateful to be Grounded

…blessed to bare my feet on the soil of my sanctuary. Especially, after having learned, yet again, that my flight from Rome had been cancelled. I was then – and only then informed that I would be receiving a refund (in the form of a voucher) from my travel agent; in regards to the original…

The Trials & Triumphs of Travel

The Trials & Triumphs of Travel (and being Trapped in a Pandemic Paradise) Well…where to begin?! After having checked out of my loft at the villa I had reserved in the Santo Spirito neighborhood of Bari. My host graciously offered me a ride to the airport; which was wonderfully kind. Given, it allowed me to…

Teaching Traditions with Thread at Gee’s Bend Quilting Retreat

A little over two months ago, I attended a soul-refreshing retreat in the heart of Mississippi’s delta. A sewing sanctuary in a sense…where self-care & sisterhood soothed spirits seamlessly over story quilts. Something that my Momma & I had talked about taking part in for years. After having learned about the gifted women of Gee’s…

Time to Savor a Healthy Homemade Soup

Given the onslaught of raindrops falling from the sky here in the Pacific Northwest, I thought a hearty homemade soup was in order. That said, here’s to creating something new, thanks to a mound of delectable veggies and some great grains I sourced from the Olympia Food Co-op & Trader Joe’s grocery stores. In this particular recipe, I used…

A Delightful Blueberry Cheesecake Recipe

Was up late…baking a delightfully scrumptious blueberry cheesecake. |Aphrodite’s Delights Recipe| Filling ~ 2 cups of Blueberries – Drizzle several pinches of brown sugar on top of the berries, then heat on a parchment lined cookie sheet for 15 minutes at 400º 2 – 8oz. package(s) of Cream Cheese 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice 1 1/4…

Announcing Autumn’s Arrival

Fortunately, for the better part of October, I was able to frolic in the forested peaks & valleys of the Pacific Northwest. During this time, I found myself focusing on practicing self-care; which greatly invigorates the spirit & replenishes ones soul. And, as they say, timing is everything. So, I was more than delighted to learn…

Making Meals with my Bamboo Steamer

As of late, I’ve been getting down to business with my bamboo steamer. Fortunately, they’re fairly simple to use. I’m attaching a series of pics I captured, that will walk you through the steps… Be certain to start off with a fair amount of water – allowing for a continuous steam. I chose to place…

Fortunate for Favor

Words truly can’t express the range of emotions that have consumed me since the beginning of this summer…thus far, I have been fortunate to have been awarded a prodigious fellowship, asked to consult on a formidable forthcoming film – in addition to having signed a contract, as a Contributing Photographer with iStock! The bevy of bliss…

April’s Pink Full Moon is Scorpio’s Delight

Like many stargazers around the world, I’m truly looking forward to setting my sights on tonight’s Pink full moon as it glows intensely under the guise of the scorpion energy that flows deep inside of me. Matter of fact, many of you know that I relish in rituals that allow me to soothe my spirit…

Belly Dancing Anyone?

In late November, I gifted myself a seasons worth of introductory level ‘Belly Dancing’ classes. You see, treating myself is what I do during my month long celebration, and at the time, I was certain doing so would make the new year even more fun…I haven’t been disappointed yet! Not only have the lessons lived up…