Thoughts On The Blessing of Clean Air

‘Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul.’ ~ Emily Dickinson Hello, Lovelies. This morning I am thinking about Emily Dickinson’s poem about a small bird who survives cold, storms, gales and exhile. The bird who is symbolic of human frailty, and also of human hope and optimism in the face of […]

A Dumpling Tour of Shanghai

Dumplings are for good happiness. Dumplings are for good health. All the time eating dumplings is a very good time and Shanghai Soup Dumplings are Number One in all of the world for best good dumplings.~ Mae, Shanghai Dumpling expert Hello, Lovelies!Ben and I are in Shanghai right now. Yesterday we enjoyed a fabulous tour […]

It's the last Full Moon of 2019. Here's what you need to know!

“The future is yet unwritten; the past is burned and gone.’ ~ Inscription on the plaque of The Garden of Lost And Found, Sir Edward Horner 1900 Hello, Lovelies. How are you travelling? The 12th of December is the last Full Moon of 2019, and it’s a big one. Can you feel it? I’m expecting […]

Best Christmas Cake Recipes!

The kitchen can be a sacred space. Where magic is created, whether it’s mixing up a potion, or baking a cake for friends. The whole process is part of this spell – intention being just as important as the ingredients! The Kitchen Witch keeps a warm and happy home infused with magic. ~ Sarah Robinson Hello, […]

Spinning A Healthy Future – Monday Oracle 9 December 2019

Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us, and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion. Practicing spirituality brings a sense of perspective, meaning and purpose to our lives. ~ Brené Brown Hello, […]

Holding You In My Heart

“Like a caring mother holding and guarding the life of her only child, so with a boundless heart of lovingkindness, hold yourself and all beings as your beloved children.” ~ Gautama Buddha Hello, Lovelies. I awoke despairing yesterday. My usual morning meditation did not lift my mood. I am in Hong Kong, at the start of […]

If You Feel A Little Unravelled…

Yes, we will all have cracks — but that is how we break without falling apart. ~ Timothy Joshua Lovelies, It’s December, and December requires you to rest. The past few years have been filled with trials, with change, and with the anguish of the planet’s environmental woes. You’ve kept going, you’ve kept growing and, mostly, […]

The Luxury Of Flowers

“In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends.” ~ Okakura Kakuzo Hey, Lovelies! I’m in Hong Kong right now, a destination renowned for its luxury shopping. But I’m not a shopping kind of girl, although I enjoy looking at things. At my age I have enough stuff, and I’m not interested in buying things simply […]

Dumplings = Happiness

“A soup dumpling is a little marvel of engineering. Called xiao long bao in Chinese, shōronpō in Japanese, and “soupies” by Iris, soup dumplings consist of silky dough wrapped around a minced pork or crab filling. The filling is mixed with chilled gelatinous broth which turns back into soup when the dumplings are steamed. Eating a soup dumpling requires […]

A Late-Afternoon Walk In Hong Kong

“Every inch of space was used. As the road narrowed, signs receded upwards and changed to the vertical. Businesses simply soared from ground level and hung out vaster, more fascinatingly illuminated shingles than competitors. We were still in a traffic tangle, but now the road curved. Shops crowded the pavements and became homelier. Vegetables, spices, […]

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