Wednesday, October 30, 2013


This is one of my all-time favorite books!!  I have read it at least 3 times in the past few years - I love true stories that read like novels, and introduce me to people I come to care about as if they are family!

"In 1993 a mountaineer named Greg Mortenson drifted into an impoverished Pakistan village in the Karakoram mountains after a failed attempt to climb K2.  Moved by the inhabitants' kindness, he promised to return and build a school.  Three Cups of Tea is the story of that promise and its extraordinary outcome"....

....and here's the best part!  Because it was printed in 2006, good used copies are available for $3.98 (with free shipping) at Better World Books
or you can find a copy at most libraries, read it and then decide if you would like your own copy to keep and share.

Monday, October 14, 2013


Rick and I recently listened to this fascinating interview about the health benefits of fermented foods: 

We were amazed to learn that these foods  which are relatively easy to make, can improve your immune system and heal a wide assortment of dis-eases. 

Meanwhile, while at a pet sitting clients' home I'd been noticing on Kelly's kitchen counter  some large vats of an amber liquid upon which floated a pancake-like substance.  When I inquired about it, she told me it was her homemade Kumbacha tea – one of the fermented foods I just been hearing about. She offered to let me try some – it was delicious!

 Kelly gave me some of the tea plus a piece of the "SCOBY" and I made my first batch yesterday.   In 7 to 10 days I'll be able to start enjoying this fizzy, healthy beverage.  Here's the recipe she gave me, by the way:

 isn't it great when tasty things are also healthy?


Saturday, October 5, 2013


I’m excited to share a website that Rick and I discovered about a year ago – Better World Books. This nonprofit organization was founded by some college students, with the goal to support literacy programs worldwide by selling used books online. With every book you buy from them, they donate a book to one of these programs.

Teaching people to read is one of the most effective ways to help them lift themselves out of poverty, and create a better life for them, their families, their communities and ultimately the earth.

There are some other wonderful reasons to buy books from Better World Books, too:

* Shipping is free, with no minimum purchase

* Their Bargain Bin has a wide variety of books, at super low prices!

* They offer “carbon neutral shipping” for just five cents per book

Please check them out at and give them a try next time you’re interested in buying a book – you’ll be glad you did!