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Staying Angry

“I just don’t want to be angry for the next four years…” my husband responds to my ranting. I’ve spent a good part of the ride swirling with shaking fists and an elevated voice. “Well I do want to be angry,” I shoot back, “and you should too.” We spend the next ten minutes in tense silence above the sound of the road rolling beneath our car, the air punctuated by the squealing windshield wipers against cold glass. Dirty snow is pushed up against the sides of two-lane road. We’re late to church. I am heartbroken. My heart breaks for those who have been marginalized, cast away and stepped on. My heart breaks for our black brothers and sisters, our...

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Building up Resistance through Tea

  Happy New Year!   Resist the urge to disparage other people in this land. As human beings, we share common cause with all against the growing domination of corporations at the expense of people. Those legal entities with voting rights (so-called free-speech), and lawyers, and no body to throw in prison for crimes against humanity; also virtual immortality. The big ones owned by very few people. Let us find the other humans in our land who are not among those few and plan us a way to get back some share of the world’s bounty for human people. Let us plot ways to wrest back control and make sure the introduction of robots is more like Aibo the lovable...

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Around we go - by Heidi Dixon

In my hands, the clay feels foreign, unimaginative — a blob of undetermined value. Like an amateur in front of a blank canvas, my mind can’t begin to comprehend how to fashion this 2 1/2 pound brown mass into a bowl or a mug. While the process is relatively simple, it’s long and mesmerizing. Observing the clay change on the wheel is like watching a flower bloom within your palms. It’s resilient, yet fragile. One wrong move can compromise the integrity of the piece, but adding more clay, or starting over could rectify a mistake.My husband and I sit at our respective wheels in our three-hour pottery class. It’s our first time throwing clay, and everything is new: learning how to push...

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Rein (by guest blogger Heidi Dixon Kwon)

  Outside, fallen leaves peek out from the thinly layered snow. I’ve moved all my summer clothes back into their respective boxes, and have pulled out my woven sweaters and thick winter jackets. Sitting cross-legged in our spare room, surrounded by random appliances, I wonder how quickly a year came and went. I wonder how many times I’ll think this throughout the years.  If you blink, you’ll miss December. The holiday season is hectic and dizzying. There is family and friends to see, holiday parties to attend, dinners to host, and gifts to buy, wrap and send. But, there’s also something sweet and resonating about this season. In the last month of the year, it can be an opportunity to...

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Lemon Ginger Glazed Pumpkin by FLT co-founder Donna Lo

Autumn is here, with the abundance of all sorts of delicious squash in the markets.  I am always on the look out for delicious ways to enjoy squash.  In the recipe below, I combine one of my favorite cold-weather non-caffeinated organic herbal tea blends, Lemon Ginger, with pumpkin (which can be replaced with any kind of squash or root vegetables like sweet potato) for a comforting (with a bit of a kick!) side dish, or snack, perfect for autumn.   Ingredients: 1 pumpkin  (3-4 lbs), cut into wedges with seeds removed 1 tbsp olive oil 1/2 tsp salt 2 tbsp ground Lemon Ginger tea blend in a tea bag 1 cup water 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 tsp chili flakes ...

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