Aristotle pointed out that we become virtuous by watching virtuous people.
The heroes of a culture have a huge impact on the actions of its people. It used to be that humanity’s heroes were god-humans and saints; people of great compassion, great virtue. That doesn’t always seem to be the case these days, and it is reflected in the unhappiness in our culture.
The confessional may be the best place for self-improvement. Priests don’t necessarily give extraordinary advice, but the ritual of confession provides something for which we ache.
I can’t quite put my finger on it right now, but there is something very freeing to the human being about examination of self, exposing one’s flaws to another, and being completely forgiven, but also being given a penance. I’m not quite sure of its exact essence, but I experience its beauty every time I participate in the act of confession.
While confession is one of the best ways to improve oneself, it doesn’t hurt to seek additional help elsewhere. This year, among massive piles of videos offering garbage advice and useless amusement, I found a few gems. These videos truly helped me to become a better person in 2018.
When the weather gets cold, I rejoice. Finally, a season that matches my cold, dead heart. Kidding! But seriously, I don’t mind the cold. I enjoy the changing of seasons. It keeps life exciting, and it’s a good reason to change up my cooking and eating. During the cold winter months, I prefer to swap out my lunch salad for a warm lunch soup or stew.
If you’re getting sick of eating a salad every day for lunch, or if you are getting sick as in sore throat and runny nose, switching to soup is the way to go. You can still load up on healthy veggies, but instead of a cool, crispy pile of greens, you get a warm, steamy bowl of hearty vegetables.
Tips for easy and delicious soups
If that sounds good, and you want to make the transition easy and delicious, then you came to the right place. Here are some tips for throwing together delicious soups and stews.
Robert Frost is one of the most known and loved American poets. Almost everyone has heard at least one of his poems, maybe even three or four. Did Robert Frost just get lucky, or is there something truly brilliant about his poetry?
Of course there is some level of luck in any success, but Frost also wrote some of the greatest poems in the English language. Here are five reasons why Robert Frost is my favorite poet.
Our society can be so hostile. Everybody seems to take sides; us against them, democrats against republicans, organic agriculture against conventional agriculture, Christians against atheists. Standing for an extreme is not a good way to solve problems because the world is not black and white. It creates more problems than it solves.
Great things really happen when people come together and compromise.
Oatmeal falls somewhere among my top ten favorite foods; maybe even top five. It is so diverse. It’s delicious plain, but it can also be tweaked with all kinds of different flavors. Today, I want to share one of my favorite oatmeal flavors for breakfasts during autumn: pumpkin cranberry.
Dr. Michael Greger, creator NutritionFacts.org and whole food plant based diet advocate, posted a whole food plant based pumpkin pie recipe on the NutritionFacts.org YouTube channel a few years ago. The recipe is very easy to make, and it only contains pumpkin, dates, tofu, and spices.
Last week, in the mood for fall, I followed Dr. Greger’s recipe. I made his pumpkin pie and shared it with my family. Here’s the consensus… Continue reading →