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The Hubby and I were heartbroken to hear about the passing of Tom Petty. We feel fortunate to have been able to attend one of his concerts in Boston over the summer.  I took the video above with my phone and I will treasure it.

To date, it appears that his passing was due to cardiac arrest. What makes this particularly tragic is that, according to the 911 recording, no one present knew how to perform CPR.

Everyone should have familiarity with this lifesaving procedure. Click on the image below to watch a CPR & First Aid training video. If viewing this provides you with the knowledge to save the life of someone you love, then the 30 minutes of your time will have been well spent.




Meditation is one of the tools I implement daily to maintain overall good health. Vipassana is the oldest method of meditation and was brought to my attention through another blogger. It was explained to me as a mindful and insightful form of meditation. Tricycle magazine, in part, describes it as “a state in which the mind is brought to rest, focused only on one item and not allowed to wander. When this is done, a deep calm pervades body and mind, a state of tranquility which must be experienced to be understood”.
Click on the image below to read more about Vipassana meditation:

Experience it for yourself here (for beginners):



I recently wrote about nightshades.  I’m still on the fence as to whether I will eliminate them from my diet. Regardless, I will continue to work on developing dishes that exclude these plants. Here are three recipes, from others, that I recently made that were quite delicious!

From Savvy Vegetarian:
Brown Lentil Quinoa Casserole
Crockpot Quinoa Red Lentil Stew

From Oh She Glows:
(omit the topping to keep it nightshade free)
Ultimate Vegan Lentil Walnut Loaf


Mayor de Blasio, Chancellor Farina and Borough President Adams Announce 15 Brooklyn Schools to Participate in Meatless Mondays

NBA players explain why they are going vegan and vegetarian


I’ve eaten plant-based for nine years and I still get (and welcome) the how do you get protein question.  Not that long ago I received a lecture by a doctor on combining certain plant foods as the way to insure that my body get all the essential amino-acids (organic compounds that combine to form proteins which  can’t be made by the body, they must come from food).  This PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) article addresses both issues and includes four plant-based protein-rich recipes.

Who is your favorite musical artist? Please leave a comment…