Recalling the Feast

By Gretchen M. Michelfeld I firmly remember the Wednesday evening eggnog. Did we actually transport all of the ingredients in our little Volkswagen Rabbit which faithfully put-putted us deep into the woods of rural Pennsylvania for the annual Thanksgiving feast? Were the ingredients already there, (Cream. Nutmeg. Egg white. Crazy amounts of bourbon and rum.) waiting […]

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A Woman’s Worth is More Than Her Body

I was 12 years old when a grown man told me with a wink that he noticed my chest was “starting to fill in”. Like most 12 year old girls, my changing body was a confusing and frankly upsetting thing, and this comment threw me into a tailspin of panic and shame.  As my skinny, […]

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Book Review: Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice in 61 Haiku (1,037 syllables)

By Colleen Chesebro   Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice in 61 Haiku by James W. Gaynor (1,037 syllables) MY RECOMMENDATION: Fans of Jane Austen’s famous book Pride and Prejudice will fall in love with the creative poetic genius of author and poet, James W. Gaynor. If you’ve ever read the classic novel, you might have found […]

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Alien

By Lynn White They emerged from the cute blue eggs of our Blue Araucanas. With every one a cockerel when grown, we decided to have one for dinner. Under the grey blue plumage, the skin was blue, which was quite a shock, a little alien, but cooked it was fine, normal, as expected and the […]

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Feast or Famine

By Tulio Resende   All of us, whether we care to admit it or not, have a relationship with food. It nourishes us, it keeps us alive. These relationships go so much deeper than sustenance, food evolves in tandem with our own development. It becomes four course meals, desserts, finger foods. It’s all around us. […]

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Never Too Many Cooks: Literary Recipes in a Flash

By Charli Mills A chef in the kitchen is not unlike a writer at a desk. Both feel the heat of what it takes to transform a raw start into an end worth savoring. A chef chops vegetables to maximize flavor and texture the way a writer slices sentence structure to evoke reader response. One […]

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Meet Rica Lewis, OTV’s Mindful Living Guru

Rica Lewis is a yoga enthusiast and writer/editor. She’s basically a flexible word nerd. Her two favorite places to be are at the keyboard and on her mat. Yoga and writing help her make sense of this crazy life, sort out the clutter in her soul, and channel her energy into positive art. Thanks to […]

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The Grace of Taco

I was lost in pork. The crispy edges delighted me to no end while the tenderness of the inner meat provided a savory, greasy anchor. The accompanying chile had a small bite I respected. I drizzled it on my tacos from the small plastic cup. I squeezed lime slices and understood why I had so many napkins.

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Dim Sum Lunch

By Matthew Harrison A Dim Sum lunch, a special feast, A dozen dishes at the least! I grab the pen and order sheet: Let’s make a start with Cold Smoked Meat! And then I order Phoenix Claws (That’s chickens’ feet) to great applause, With Juk, Har-gau, Siu-mai, and more Delicious Man-tau buns for four – […]

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Food, Glorious Food!

Let’s face it, we all have at least one (at least!!!!) co-dependent relationship in our lives—that is, our relationship with FOOD (glorious food!) For richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, food is our lifelong companion.  Food is the one we can turn to on a daily basis to get our needs met. Some […]

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