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Cooking up a Culinary Dynasty

Karen and Ben Barker, award-winning chefs of Durham, NC’s Magnolia Grill have not only cooked up a lifetime of wonderful food, but created a dynasty of chefs who have each left their imprint at the restaurant  and all over the US.  Here’s the fascinating article and the “Family Tree”  of chefs from the Magnolia Grill. Awe inspiring!

Eco Leader Training

The No impact project folks are at it again! They are offering a free weekend of training in Vermont.I just got the following in my mailbox and thought it was a good thing to pass along. To apply,

The Charter for Compassion

The Charter for Compassion is a document that transcends religious, ideological, and national difference. Supported by leading thinkers from many traditions, the Charter inspires worldwide community-based acts of compassion. At this time when violence has become a common response to differences, read about and think about making a commitment to another way. To affirm the charter, learn more, take action, click here.

More Chapel Hill Food Kudos

Congratulations to Andrea Reusing of Lantern who was named the James Beard Best Chef in the Southeast and Crook's Corner which was named a James Beard Classic Restaurant. Two of my favorite places to dine...anwhere.

Tara Brach Podcasts

I highly recommend listening to author/teacher Tara Brach (Radical Self Acceptance) podcasts available here or on Itunes. They're free and you can select from almost 100 of them. Her wise words, humor and teaching are inspiring. Not just for Buddhists.

Star Child Books Arrive

Our first sale of Star Child today: Edgartown books bought 6 copies! Announcement of book release  tomorrow :)

Star Child e Books now available!

Star Child  e versions  are now available on Kindle and Nook ! Other platforms coming soon! Choose which versions here. For an author who has worked a long time to see her book in print, it is hard to suggest that her readers pick an e version. But many readers have been requesting this. This is especially true because the hardcover is so beautiful..a real keepsake. Consider buying one as a gift to yourself or a dear one. ...and buy all the e versions you like.


The Dalai Lama’s Cat is a multi-layered treatise on the practical aspects of Buddhist teachings cloaked in the delightful tale of a cat who becomes the pet of the Dalai Lama.  Besides introducing us to the fascinating life at the residence of one of the great spiritual leaders of our time, the story weaves together self-deprecating humor and profound teaching through the adventures of HHC  (His Holiness’s Cat) a.k.a. Snow Lion. Snow Lion is “Everycat” who aspires to being a “bodhicatva”, with all the foibles of his human companions- pride, insecurities,  jealousy, over-eating and challenges to being a good meditator. At counterpoin…


I love the quote I found when reviewing the winners of the 2o12 awards; "The literature of the imagination is important because it gives us a world large enough to contain alternatives, and it gives us hope." ~The  National Book Award's Young People's winner, William Alexander, quoted Ursula Le Guin in accepting the award for his fantasy novel, Goblin Secrets.