One Good Thing #7: I Am

As I sit here writing, I hear Ella, one floor below, sprinting from room to room, creating a “school,” populated with LEGOs, L.O.L Surprise Dolls, and army men. I hear Owen’s shouts as he guides the army men to “the library.” I can hear music, the playlists Spotify somehow uncovers from the algorithmic chaos of … Read more

One Good Thing #6: Sulforaphane: A Powerful Plant Compound

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In recent years, I have experimented with a potent plant compound proven to be an effective therapeutic agent in a variety of health contexts: sulforaphane. Found in cruciferous vegetables–especially broccoli sprouts–sulforaphane is a potent activator of the NRF2 pathway, which “regulates the expression of cytoprotective proteins that protect against oxidative stress due to injury and … Read more

One Good Thing #5: Moroccan Chermoula Tempeh

I’ve just spent the last thirty minutes reading a variety of coronavirus-related articles, including recent news from South Korea, where cases have “dropped sharply” without massive shutdowns. One suggestion: Do not Google “coronavirus positive news.” I had presumed the search engine would understand the intent of my search. Not so. For all the amazing complexity … Read more

One Good Thing #4: Gatsby’s SCHEDULE

Yesterday, three days into my project, I failed to write “One Good Thing.” I was feeling ill, a supremely eerie sensation at this time, and though I wasn’t experiencing ominous symptoms, I felt incapable of even the smallest tasks, let alone writing. Instead, I spent my time on the couch, trying to read The Great … Read more

One Good Thing #3: The Value of Boredom

My daughter Ella celebrated her eighth birthday yesterday. When I was eight-years-old, I was a student at the Lancaster Waldorf school, the only school I’d known, and my day-to-day experience was not much different from my daughter’s. I went to school, I came home. I lived for the weekends, for summer. Even then, I recall … Read more

One Good Thing #2: Ella’s Birthday

Based on the current numbers of cases and fatalities, the death rate of the virus is about 3.7%. I admit: Until today, I had found comfort in these seemingly low numbers–without thinking about the human consequence. A single death is a tragedy–for a family, a community. This fact is most apparent when celebrating a birthday. … Read more

One Good Thing #1: Just Sing

Yesterday Pennsylvania’s governor, Tom Wolf, announced several “guidance” measures for Montogomery County, including the closures of all schools, child care centers, and all non-essential retail facilities for two weeks. When I heard the news, I envisioned a Rocky training montage. In the next two weeks, I hope to stay positive–for myself, my family, and my … Read more

A Perfect Recipe: Chocolate Truffles with Coconut Milk

Delicious recipes often sacrifice health for flavor. And “healthy” recipes often sacrifice flavor for perceived health benefits. Can you maximize flavor and health? I believe so. The “perfect” recipe series explores the recipes I’ve developed over twenty years as a passionate home cook, personal caterer, and recipe developer.  Alchemy is remembered as a medieval chemical … Read more

A Perfect Recipe: Roast Potatoes

Delicious recipes often sacrifice health for flavor. And “healthy” recipes often sacrifice flavor for perceived health benefits. Can you maximize flavor and health? I believe so. The “perfect” recipe series explores the recipes I’ve developed over twenty years as a passionate home cook, personal caterer, and recipe developer.  The perfect roast potato begins with baking … Read more