All posts tagged: life

For Caroline: #KissesforCaroline

For Caroline: #KissesforCaroline Life has a way of happening even when we have other plans. Life has no respect for anyone’s dreams, visions, desires, families, friends, ambitions, social economic status, race and definitely not our love lives. This past week, a tragedy struck the entire Salem College Family. One of our beloved suddenly left us. With only 25 years of greatness and life well lived, she bade adieu to all of us. Hmmm, life. What is this life? What is this life that allows us a taste of goodness and then takes it away from us? This life that takes angels and leaves behind demons? What is this life? This life that makes it so that we can have someone here today and gone tomorrow. Life has reminded us all once again that it is fleeting and we all should live each day like it is our last, not forgetting to forgive, to show grace, to love endlessly, to say “I love you,” thank you,” or “I’m sorry” in time. For a day might come …

“Grown Up”: Sour Pouch or Encyclopedia of Wisdom?

“Grown Up”: Sour Pouch or Encyclopedia of Wisdom?         What does it mean to grow up?  I have pondered upon this question for a while now and I cannot seem to find the right answer. I was talking to one of my students few weeks ago, a 8th grader going to high school next year. We were debating on the topic of ‘Why Humans Cry’ and as the “grown up” I told him that crying is a way we cope with stress and the human life woes. Everyone cries, I began with what I thought was an epic speech waiting to happen. Everyone cries and should cry because there is so much relief and therapy in the release of pain and frustrations through tears. He of course, did not accept my epic statement.          In fact, he objected and said “I don’t cry.”  Crying is unnecessary. You can imagine my reaction as I tried to pack up my drools and control my jaw to the dismissal of my experience-giving insight. …

Wonders

Wonders Life is not a bed of roses but a field of challenges, don’t give up on your dreams, don’t stop trying. If one dream does not work out, step back and dig deeper, we were all born to be great at something and to contribute something substantial to our world. In other words, Don’t stop believing! Words and Works from M. C. Escher says it best. He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonder.  – M.C. Escher     To have peace with this peculiar life; to accept what we do not understand; to wait calmly for what awaits us, you have to be wiser than I am  – M.C. Escher   The things I want to express are so beautiful and pure.  – M.C. Escher   So let us then try to climb the mountain, not by stepping on what is below us, but to pull us up at what is above us, for my part at the stars; amen  – M.C. Escher Life is not a bed of roses but a field of challenges, don’t give up on …

Meditate, Mantras, Mindfulness

5. Meditate, Mantras, Mindfulness       January is one of my favorite months of the year for so many reasons, in the context of this writing, it is because it is the time of the year that commands newness and new beginnings. We are lit up with merry; with the afterglow and excitements of christmas and the holidays, hopeful that our lists of new year resolutions would survive past mid-January. We are wide-eyed and childlike, staring at the world with renewed beauty and wonders. We make mental lists or notes of things to avoid in the new year that will make us better people, individuals and citizens as we walk into the new beginning with pride and expectancy.      As the month progresses, sometime during the middle of it, all of our enthusiasm and optimism begins to dwindle. All the plans and resolutions begin to fade and we get caught up in our worlds again, somehow we allow our planned design of a better self in the new year slip away. We bid adieu …

Yummy Findings Highlight of the week!

Yummy Findings are meals and drinks evident of where budgeting, fresh produce, and curiosity meets creativity. Join me in exploring new recipes and stumbling upon more yummy findings across various cuisines.   Fowes Vegetable Stir-Fry Ingredients: Budget: $15.00 at Harris Teeter 10 sticks of Asparagus ($3.99/1b), 4 purple Radish ($1.49/bunch), 6 Sweet mini-peppers (2 red, 2 yellow, 2 orange. $1.99/bag), 2 medium diced Tomatoes ($1.00), 10 sticks of Fresh organic Parsley ($1.59/bunch), 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil, 2 cubes of knorr cilantro seasoning ($1.89/box of 20 counts). Directions: Diced tomatoes, asparagus, radish, mini peppers and toss together in a bowl, set aside. Pour olive oil inside frying pan and place on low – medium heat for 2 minutes. Add vegetable bowl and stir for 5 minutes. stir fry is ready! Serving:  I love this stir fry because it can serve up to four different meals or more and you can store it in the fridge or freezer for up to a week (or longer in the freezer) without it loosing its fresh taste. Add Tofu and …