Monthly Archives: October 2017
On October 29, 1998, John Glenn became the oldest person to fly in space at the age of 77. We have an interesting relationship with aging in our society: we’re often told to respect our elders and listen to their wisdom while at the same time we are bombarded with media and advertising that tells us 40 is over the hill.
Yoga teaches us to let go of attachment to these labels. We often let our labels define us. How often have we looked around and compared ourselves to others thinking things like, “I can’t do this pose as well as her because I’m too fat/old/inflexible…”? Too often, the ways we define ourselves limit us.
I invite you to observe your thought patterns this week and really examine how you label yourself. When we build awareness, we can let go of limiting thoughts and actions and let our true inner Self shine through.
This week saw the passing of one of rock and rolls greatest architect, Mr. Antoine “Fats” Domino. Let’s remember how great he was and dance the week out.
National Vegetarian Awareness Month (October) meet National Greasy Food Day (October 25). A vegetarian diet is generally healthy but every once in a while, we all want a tasty treat. These basic quesadillas are tasty and easy to make. I made mine with mozzarella because that’s what I had on hand. And I ate them before I remembered to take a picture, so you’ll have to trust me that they happened. 😉
October is National Cookie Month and I so love to bake cookies! Lately I’ve been on the search for gluten- but not taste-free options. Several helpful folks have pointed out that there a number of decent mixes you can buy, but I’m stubborn and I want to do it myself.
I came across a recipe for Lemon Pistachio Shortbread No-Bake Cookie Bites (say that three times fast) and thought I would give them a try. The verdict? They’re good but not great. I’d like a bit more pistachio flavor.
October is National Cookie Month. It’s a bit early for my baking – I usually go on a bit of a cookie baking binge around the holidays, mostly commonly baking Russian teacakes, snickerdoodles, chocolate crinkles, peanut butter cookies, and molasses spice cookies. The recipe for the latter is from my former sister-in-law, Betsy.
Aunt Betsy’s Molasses Spice Cookies
- 3/4 cup shortening
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1 cup sugar + 1/4 cup sugar, divided
- 1 egg
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- Combine shortening, molasses, sugar and egg in a large bowl and use a mixer to mix well.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Combine with the shortening mixture and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
- Measure by spoonfuls and roll dough into balls then roll in sugar. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes (cookies will look undercooked).
October 4th is Ten-Four Day, a day to celebrate the specialized language of the CB radio. As someone old enough to remember seeing Smokey and the Bandit in the theater, this CB lingo tutorial is lots of fun:
The specialized language of the road used by CB enthusiasts made me think a bit about the specialized language of yoga, Sanskrit. While I don’t use it a lot in my classes, I am learning more about it as part of my 300-hour yoga teacher training. Watch for more thoughts on that to come, but in the meantime you can check out a couple of interesting articles about the use of Sanskrit here and here.
October 3 is Keb’ Mo’s birthday, so here’s a little ditty he wrote about his feelings about the Iraq war. I think it’s a fitting song to revisit in light of recent violence in the world. It’s great to meditate, pray, or send out positive energy as you choose, but we can’t let that be all we do. We have to stand firm against hate and darkness.