Percolate: thankful

The idea to cook something different for Thanksgiving began to percolate approximately 2 weeks ago. In the past, Thanksgiving meals consisted of Turkey, dressing and gravy, rolls, and vegetables.

 Roughly a month ago, I started watching Guy Fieri on Sundays, at 9am, on Food Network.
The time was 849am, and I had not eaten my breakfast. I was thinking that I would sit down and catch up on my reading, and that I would just miss Guy’s show  today or see it later given thatI was recording his show. 

So, around 5 til 9, I thought that if I do not watch Guy’s  show now, I will probably not watch it later. So, I decided to watch the show and was ecstatic to see what Guy was making.
Guess what? This past Sunday, Guy made a nontraditional Thanksgiving meal which included Balsamic Braised Leg of Lamb, sweet potato gnocchi and peas and prosciutto.  Yummy!! I wrote the recipes down, of course, and I plan to make all three recipes for Thanksgiving. 

So, I am making a grocery list as we speak in preparation for my nontraditional Thanksgiving meal. Turkey,  dressing and gravy, and rolls will still be on the menu, just in small portions.  I will probably still get up early in the morning to start on Thanksgiving  dinner. I am looking forward to making something different for Thanksgiving!! 

What are you cooking/eating for Thanksgiving?

Or…..we can decide to mimic the very behavior we despise


“If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self” Napoleon Hill

As we evolve, I believe we can no longer use the excuse that because this happened, I chose to do this or that, or because he yelled and called others outside of their names, I am going to do the same. What good is it to continue to foster hate? Do not let outside influences control you. You choose how you are going to be regardless of the circumstance. Stand firm in who you are and what you believe in. Find alternate ways to bring about changes and make your voice heard.

We all have gifts, talents, and skills to use to make a difference in this world. What we harbor within, without self-control, has the tendency to cause more damage than good.
It is up to us how we choose to express ourselves. We choose our perceptions of events/experiences.

There are two paths I see- the path of love (honest, fair, justice, respect, etc.) or the path of hate (anger, fear, intimidation, etc). We can choose to make our voices heard by yelling, calling others outside of their names, and/or use violence to bully others into getting what we want or think creatively and outside of the box to change processes that we are unsatisfied with.

We do not have to mimic the very behavior we despise. If we are not comfortable with someone raising his or her voice, then why would we do the same? If we believe that others should be treated with respect, then we should keep the same principle when we do not have the outcomes we desire. There is more than one path to a solution. We choose the path we want to be on.

“Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself.” Napoleon Hill

Irrational thoughts can lead to irrational behavior. We can seek nonviolent ways to find solutions to the issues/concerns that we have. What we express on the outside mimics what we are on the inside. Under anger and violence is fear. For those of us dealing with anger and finding ourselves thinking of violent behavior, we may want to ask what are we fearful of and possible ways to make a difference?

For years, many individuals have struggled to have their voices heard, and over time, there has been progress on so many levels, and I can understand the frustration and feeling like giving up, when we feel that progress is not happening fast enough.
If we do not like the outcome, let’s take steps to change the process. How can we put ourselves in position to change how things are done?

1. How can we continue to educate ourselves, including our children, about our country and our processes and offer solutions through friendly petition and by serving on committees geared towards positive change? Our children are watching.

2. How can we use our voices to speak for our rights and rights for others to live in a more peaceful and fair country?

3. How can we position ourselves and run for specific offices (Senator, Governor, President)to increase our chances of seeking peace and justice for all?

Primp: inside and out


Depending on what I have planned for the day may decide how much I primp. I have felt for some time, though, that although it is good to look your best, outside appearance is not the whole package nor does it guarantee that the inside will be just as beautiful or handsome.

Just because someone looks good on the outside does not mean they are at peace on the inside, no matter how much you wish the latter to be true. So, when you look in the mirror and style your hair, wash your face, and add all your favorite accessories, does your positive self-talk go beyond “I am beautiful”, or “I am handsome.” What else do you tell yourself?

What about things such as:
1. I am enough just the way I am.
2. I deserve to be treated with respect, including being called by my name and nothing else. I have a right to say no when I am feeling violated by another.
3. I deserve to further my education, whether it be reading books on my specialty, completing a college degree or certificate.
4. I am worthy of great things.
5. I have interests that I would like to pursue and not just do whatever other people are doing.
6. I am …..whatever qualities you would like to have (calm, compassionate, honest, truthful).

Primping should be more than how you look on the outside. What about some “primping” on the inside, too?