Spring Arugula Salad Recipe

Feature photo courtesy of Wayne Surber

This arugula salad recipe by Heidi Scheifley is from Hollyhock’s award-winning cookbook Garden to Table.

Arugula packs a peppery punch that is humbled by bursts of sweet grapes and creamy, pungent blue cheese. Dress this salad in beautiful purple vinaigrette that is lights and fruity with subtle undertones of grape.  Continue reading

Robert Gass in action

Robert Gass | The Zone of Leadership

Meaning in life, and how death can hurt your family without insurance

We each have the capacity to operate in what we might call our zone of leadership. In our zone, we are at our best: focused and centered, clear, able to access all of our intelligence and life experiences, alert and attuned to our environment, and fully present to meet the demands of the moment.

When we are in the zone, we’re not perfect. We’ll still miss things and make missteps. But our track record as leaders is usually pretty good.

Here’s a challenge that all of us face: we’re also capable of showing up in a dramatically different zone – one where we’re really off our game. We might call this the zone of stress. We’re feeling overwhelmed and uncentered, agitated or lethargic, not tracking our environment, unsure of ourselves and not trusting our instincts, and hesitant or impulsive. Needless to say, when we act from the zone of stress, our track record as leaders is not so good.

It often feels like these two states of being just descend on us, like weather fronts. Some days we’re on; other days we wake up and we’re off from the moment we get out of bed. Sometimes we start in a good place, but something happens to throw us off-center and we spend the rest of the day unable to get back in the groove.

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Martin Shaw

Martin Shaw | Foundational Stones Toward Mythtelling

via Earthlines Magazine

martin-shaw-photoMythologist and wilderness rites-of-passage guide Martin Shaw has been described by Robert Bly as “a true master” and as “one of the very greatest storytellers we have.” Author of the award-winning ‘A Branch From The Lightning Tree: ecstatic myth and the grace in wildness’, he leads the Oral Tradition: Myth, Folktale, and Fairy Tale programme at Stanford University in the U.S., and is visiting lecturer on Desmond Tutu’s leadership programme at Oxford University. Director of the Westcountry School of Myth on Dartmoor, he lived under canvas for four years to get a deeper sense of the pockets of the wild still contained in Great Britain. Martin Shaw presents Mythteller at Hollyhock May 22 – 27, 2015.

Foundational Stones Towards Mythtelling

1. The Wild Crucible of the Psyche

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Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)

Photograph by Flickr, Creative Commons, jeffreyw

Shrove Tuesday will be celebrated around the world on Tuesday 17 February, 2015.  Our thoughts move towards Lent, commencing Ash Wednesday, and whether we will give up an item for 47 days and nights.  Lent represents the fasting season, and by tradition households would use up rich staples such as sugar, eggs and milk ahead of the fast.  And so we have Pancake Day, celebrated in the UK, Australia and parts of Canada born from the desire to use up goods in the pantry.

In my home town in England, Pancake Day was the only day of the year where my Dad would take over the kitchen and prepare the pancakes.  For us children it was such a treat to have Pancakes for dinner.  Not a vegetable or gravy in sight.  Dad made a special sauce for the pancakes using the juice of one orange and one lemon, butter, lemon and orange rind, sultanas and treacle.  (Treacle is a sugar-based syrup, rich in flavour and texture, that will enhance any sweet treat. )  We eagerly awaited the tossing of the pancake in the pan.  Would they really stick to the ceiling if thrown too high?  Would he catch them?  Dad had the batter and butter combination figured out and he rarely had one stick or break.

The pancakes were served thin. We sprinkled them with sugar, rolled them up like sleeping bags, and poured the syrup over top.  We mopped up the sweet sauce with bites of the absorbent wraps.  Delicate, sweet and warm, the treats melted in our mouths.  We patiently awaited second helpings, with the chef only able to produce one pancake at a time.  The whole event was a labour of love.  Dad loved to cook the pancakes and we loved to eat them.  I am sure that Mum loved a night off from cooking too.

Pancake Day remains a strong tradition, celebrating its historical past and community.  While we may not clear our pantries of rich items today, we can still enjoy a break from our routine meals, and create our own traditions.  Villages and towns host Pancake Day races, families come together to enjoy the food.

How will you mark Shrove Tuesday, and what are you giving up for Lent?


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