I have heard it so many times “Ill Build and fire and cook dinner” Have you ever cooked over and open fire? I would guess that the consistency and simplicity of heat control of your modern Gas or Electric Stove has provide you with a false sense of confidence. I bet that if you asked 100 people on the street have you ever cooked on an open fire. 95 or better would say no. If you asked the Same 100 people do you think you can cook your dinner on an open fire 100 of them would say yes. To be honest I would bet that most of them would be able to eat something. But there is and art to cooking over an open fire. You can’t just turn the heat up and down with the flip of a knob. True campfire cooks know that you have to maintain and tend the fire, bank the coals know when it is cool enough so you can cook. That is right you just can’t build a roaring fire and stick your pan of hamburgers over the flames. You will have burnt outside and raw insides and ruined food and hungry bellies. Continue reading →
The Concept of Slow Cooking has been with us throughout history. Pit Cooking has been around since man first understood that the earth under the fire Stayed Hot for longer than the fire burned. Probably the First time food was cooked in a pit happened next to the fire when food placed in a pot covered with a lid and was buried next to the hearth for safe keeping. Coming back for the food later the person discovered that the food had cooked when they were away and was ready to eat without more work. The advantage of pit cooking like slow cooking, Tough meat becoming tender and juicy, Continue reading →
Meditation Twenty Minutes that Improve the Rest of the Day
Finding your center, watching your navel, counting your breaths, the names go on and on, but they are all the same thing, personal meditation. I think that this is going to be the year when personal meditation becomes as common place as daily workouts. If I asked you right now do you meditate? Most people would look at you and think, “Oh no he’s off his rocker.”Continue reading →
Kabuki is a traditional Japanese play. It is known for many different ways to portray the story. Sometimes it’s fearful and colorful masks, sometimes it’s funny and cheerful masks. Other times it is just stage makeup and acting. In the play the actors will switch between, angry, funny, cheerful, male, and female masks, quickly to portray different parts of the play or different parts of the character.
To a child the world is nothing but wonder, from the break of day to the last glimmer of the setting sun. Wonder is in the sparkle in every moment. The red flowers, the glint of dew on the bushes, the buzz of the honey bee as it meanders from flower to flower. Wonder, excitement, overwhelming exuberance in the new, the unknown, to the child the world is wonder. Where does that wonder go? Why does it seem to only visit from time to time? After being such a close and constant companion as a child. Overwhelming wonder must fade with learning and wisdom. Who is truly wise the child or the person searching for wonder.