3 Beautiful Ways to Strengthen a “Thank You”

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A school secretary was filing school lunch forms when she received a package. Inside were a dozen umbrella-shaped frosted cookies.

A week earlier, a mom with two toddlers had been volunteering in her older child’s classroom. She had parked two blocks away, and when she was ready to leave, there was a huge rainstorm—an absolute downpour.

“I’ll watch the kids while you get the car,” the secretary said. “Here, take my golf umbrella.” Continue reading 3 Beautiful Ways to Strengthen a “Thank You”

13 Ways to Reconnect with Nature

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“Over 95% of our body is water. In order to stay healthy, you must drink good water. Water is sacred. The air is sacred. Our DNA is made from the same DNA as the tree. The tree breathes what we exhale. When the tree exhales, we need what the tree exhales. So, we have a common destiny with the tree. We are all from the Earth, and when the Earth, water, the atmosphere is corrupted, it will create it’s own reaction. Mother is reacting.” ~ Floyd Red Crow

With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, sometimes we don’t take enough time away from our busy schedules to really slow down and take in the beauty and solace that Mother Nature can provide.
When we connect with nature, it can be a spiritual experience—an experience that exists in silence and take us into the deepest rooted levels of our being.

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Recipe | Shirred Lemon Eggs

We make Shirred Lemon Eggs every week in the Hollyhock Kitchen for breakfast.  They are super popular and easy to make in a home kitchen, too! I have borrowed these from Marion Cunningham’s “The Breakfast Book”, an invaluable one for those who adore a varied good food experience to start the day.

Shirred Eggs are whole eggs, gently baked in a buttered ramekin or muffin cup.    This is an easy dish for a crowd for the holidays for brunch.

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Fall Kale Salad with Roasted Kabocha Squash

by Rebeka Carpenter:

We serve innumerable Kale Salads at Hollyhock every year.  Our gardening team grows all the kale one could possibly need to serve the thousands of peeps we do every season.  All our cooks have their own twist on kale salad, depending upon what is in the larder on any given day.  So lest your kale become lonely and wilty in your garden or fridge, do use this merely as a guide and allow your imagination to run kale or this that wild?

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One Simple Trick For More Joy | Yoga Digest

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The place where I live is so beautiful, it’s mind bending.  Sometimes when I’m outside its hard to believe that this landscape is real. The other day I was skiing with Gigi, whose very name, and presence, make me happy and giggly. Bubbly and giddy she is. We were skiing in an inversion, which is when all the clouds hang down into the valleys, filling them with murk, and above it, the snowy peaks are in pure blue-sky sunshine, and as far as the eye can see, the peaks of all the mountain ranges around us are floating in this sea of cloud. It is one of the most spectacular scenes to be in. You feel like you’re flying while you’re skiing, like you’re a bird, or an angel, and when you ski between the layers, when the sun dissipates into cloud as you descend, or when you rise up, on the chairlift, the in-between layer is all smoky blue with shafts of yellow or white waving through, or sometimes small sparkles fill the clouds, all lit up, a million billion sun-lit dots of fluttering snow, through the dense blue darkness into the light of heaven. It really does feel like that, like heaven. Continue reading One Simple Trick For More Joy | Yoga Digest

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