You Are What You Eat

This week’s column is a longer rendition of my last post (with some changes)–so if you read it–skip on to half way through–

I am feeling a bit uneasy and cannibalistic discussing this but did you know that how you eat gingerbread boy tells a lot about you? There are so many ways we can self-analyze ourselves, but I found this one particularly entertaining and seasonally on target. How often do we get to analyze our holiday selves?

Apparently if you eat the head of your gingerbread boy first, says Dr. Alan Hirsch, you are a natural born leader. I always eat the head first. For some reason it just makes sense to me. As for the natural born leader stuff, well, maybe—because I am not a very good follower. Just ask any man with whom I have ever slow danced.

Dr. Hirsch is the neurological director of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation. One would think he had better things to do than analyze how we eat our gingerbread—but apparently not. Personally I think he may have just made up this seasonal anecdote, but I am a bit sceptical by nature (except of course when it comes to Santa Claus whom I wholeheartedly believe in, but that is another column). If his analysis is true, then I wish that I ate the left arm of my gingerbread boy/girl first because that would mean that I am creative. So I may just start rethinking the way I eat my gingerbread.

I am going to stay away from the right arm altogether. Eating it first according to the good doctor means you are pessimistic. I do not need any more pessimism in my life, so if you see a trail of gingerbread right arms anywhere, you will know I have been there, and rejected the right arms for fear that their pessimism will rub off on me. Eating the legs is a whole different ball game though. If you prefer to start at the extremities, it means you are sensitive. I do not start with the legs, but my husband often says I have “delicate sensibilities” which translated means of course that I am a pain in the neck, so it is somewhat surprising that I do not eat the legs first given my propensities.

The article from which I gleaned these fascinating facts was written by an unknown editor in the December Food Network magazine. It was accompanied by a picture of a gingerbread boy with his mouth likened to the famous “Scream” painting, and there was a bite out of his head. A little unsettling to say the least—maybe I will forego eating any gingerbread boys this season.

Now, I am sure we could extend this type of self-analyzation a bit further. What does it mean if you love Christmas fruitcake? If you listen to all the negative chatter about the luscious cakes you might be tempted to buy into the negativity about them. But not me. I love fruitcake and though I am not sure what that may mean, I think that it can only be good. Perhaps I am a non-conformist. Perhaps I am nostalgic—because my mom always made fruitcake at Christmas. Or, and this could quite possibly the case—I am a bit of a fruitcake myself.

I have many favourite Christmas foods that could be dissected successfully for personality traits. Take turkey stuffing: ostensibly (yes, I used the thesaurus to find this word—having used apparently already a couple of times) you are a risk-taker if you stuff your turkey as (some) experts advise you to cook the stuffing outside the turkey in a casserole to avoid any chance of food poisoning. A culinary note for you: once stuffing is cooked outside the turkey, it is no longer stuffing, but dressing—this is an important distinction among foodies.

My favourite holiday cookie is one that even I dare to make—it is so good that the trouble of actually making it from scratch is worth it. It is the raspberry thumbprint cookie. It too can be analyzed—and I am afraid that the jury would name me as a glutton as I have been known to shove the whole cookie in my mouth at once (I tend to make them on the smaller size so this can be done without danger of choking). Slovenly though my method may be, it is gastronomical nirvana.

I am not sure that how I eat my food really is a window into my soul, but I do know that I enjoy all the Christmas delights the holiday has to offer, and whether that makes me a leader or slovenly is up for debate.

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Published in: on December 9, 2014 at 10:29 am  Comments (18)  
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Two Faces

 I like to think that January is magical—that magically all my tales of woe will be left behind and I will begin the New Year afresh and anew. American author, Robert Clark disagrees with this outlook saying: “I would say happy New Year but it’s not happy; it’s exactly the same as last year except colder.” I think the truth is somewhere in between. 

The website EarthSky says that“Our modern celebration of New Year’s Day stems from an ancient Roman custom, the feast of the Roman god Janus – god of doorways and beginnings. The name for the month of January also comes from Janus, who was depicted as having two faces. One face of Janus looked back into the past, and the other peered forward to the future.” And to me that is exactly what January is—not two-faced in the objectionable sense, but a month in which we can reflect on our past, plan for the future, while all the while try to make the present as pleasant as possible. Or that is what I wish.

        Clark has a point, just because we go from December 31st to January 1st—things do not change, unless of course we want them to—and that is what January is all about. Grasping for something better, something new, something more gratifying. It provides a break, a corner to turn, a new course to take, a decision to perhaps take the other path in the fork in the road. This year I want to take the road less traveled as inspired by Robert Frost in the last three lines of his poem, “The Road Not Taken”:

        “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I

          I took the one less traveled by,

        And that has made all the difference.”

January Speaks

Memories linger

Holidays are stowed away  ~

Silent night descends

Published in: on January 3, 2014 at 9:45 pm  Comments (15)  
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The Party of the Year Is Here…………….Happy 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! (Photo credit: Lucy Liu.)

Happy New Year’s Eve! This is the place to be for New Year’s Eve and Day for fun and frivolity. Let the 2nd Annual Blog New Year’s Party begin!

Date: Today and Tomorrow

Requirements: Drop by with a music pic, video, comment, and/or a resolution you plan on not keeping—and just for fun, put it in Haiku form (this is not a requirement, just a suggestion)

Be prepared to raise a glass of cheer and enjoy appetizers brought by Bloggers around the world.

Enjoy the music of Vanessa, and a promised appearance by Le Clown—a fellow Canadian extraordinaire and rabble rouser.  Mimi, Brigitte, Cindy, Audra, Darla, Peggy, Madame Weebles, Lois, Frank, Austin, David, Rosy, Julie, Sheila, Heidi, LuAnn, Diane and Diana, and hopefully Lisa and Robin, S.L., Misifusa, and a whole host of my other favourite bloggers (whose names my fuzzy brain will not produce) will be showing up—so let’s get this party started.

To get the ball rolling, the resolution that I will not be keeping is:

A LIE

I resolve and vow

To embrace tart brussel sprouts

And quit chocolate.

Here is my contribution to your New Year’s entertainment—quotes that fit almost every personality:

For the pragmatist or pessimistic optimist:

“May the New Year bring you courage to break your resolutions early! My own plan is to swear off every kind of virtue, so that I triumph even when I fall!”~  Aleister Crowley, Moonchild

For the writer:
The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” ~Melody Beattie

For Curmugeons:

“I would say happy new year but it’s not happy; it’s exactly the same as last year except colder. ~ Robert Clark

For novelists:

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day. ~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce

For those who like to parse sentences for their deeper meaning:

“A bridge of silver wings stretches from the dead ashes of an unforgiving nightmare to the jeweled vision of a life started anew.” ~  Aberjhani, The River of Winged Dreams

For the Optimist who likes Poetry:

“May Light always surround you;
Hope kindle and rebound you.
May your Hurts turn to Healing;
Your Heart embrace Feeling.
May Wounds become Wisdom;
Every Kindness a Prism.
May Laughter infect you;
Your Passion resurrect you.
May Goodness inspire
your Deepest Desires.
Through all that you Reach For,
May your arms Never Tire.”  ~ D. Simone

For those who believe that success is just a Self-Help book away:

“This is the new year the new you. You can pass through another year, coasting on cruise control. Or you can step out of your comfort zone, trying things you have never done before, & make… the (new) year that you elevate from where you are & soar high. Make it happen!”~  Pablo

For those who can understand whatever language this is:

“Quella vita ch’è una cosa bella, non è la vita che si conosce, ma quella che non si conosce; non la vita passata, ma la futura. Coll’anno nuovo, il caso incomincerà a trattar bene voi e me e tutti gli altri, e si principierà la vita felice. Non è vero?” ~ Giacomo Leopardi, Operette Morali

For those who have enough patience to read a lengthy paragraph:

“In this new year, may you have a deep understanding of your true value and worth, an absolute faith in your unlimited potential, peace of mind in the midst of uncertainty, the confidence to let go when you need to, acceptance to replace your resistance, gratitude to open your heart, the strength to meet your challenges, great love to replace your fear, forgiveness and compassion for those who offend you, clear sight to see your best and true path, hope to dispel obscurity, the conviction to make your dreams come true, meaningful and rewarding synchronicities, dear friends who truly know and love you, a childlike trust in the benevolence of the universe, the humility to remain teachable, the wisdom to fully embrace your life exactly as it is, the understanding that every soul has its own course to follow, the discernment to recognize your own unique inner voice of truth, and the courage to learn to be still.” ~ Janet Rebhan

For the touchy feely:

“Many things are thrown our way in this game of life. It’s how you deal with them that shows your true character. I want all of you to feel the hope, love & passion I feel for the upcoming year & the rest of my life. I want ALL of you to not only go for your dreams, but have a damn ass good time doing it! Love & Warmth, May ~ May Water

 For the Non-animal lover

“A cat’s New Year dream is mostly a bird! Don’t be like a cat; in New Year, dream something that you have never dreamed! Target for new things!”  ~Mehmet Muratildan

For peaceniks and dreamers:

“As we did every New Year’s Eve we made ridiculous resolutions that no one would keep, and quietly we all wondered what the coming year would hold, each of us praying for our own private miracles…This hopefulness was something hardwired into our psyches, that a new year might mean some monumental something wonderful could happen to bring us happiness at a level we had never known. A new year was a chance to start over. Maybe even, just maybe, there would be peace on earth for one entire day.” ~ Dorothea Benton Frank, The Last Original Wife

 

Another one for those who understand this—I found the way the letters and words were put together fascinating—hope Enock was not predicting the end of the world:

“Mwaka mpya ukifika watu husherehekea kwa vifijo na nderemo! Pumzi ikifika hawasherehekei. Kwa nini?”  ~  Enock Maregesi

Wishing you a Happy New Year and prosperous 2014!
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Published in: on December 31, 2013 at 2:46 pm  Comments (205)  
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Farewell

Farewell Bend

Farewell Bend (Photo credit: Katherine H)

  “Just as there is no small hello, there is no small goodbye. Every goodbye holds the seed of a new and fruitful greeting….A goodbye is a meaningful and vital ritual.” – Donald Altman, Author of “one minute mindfulness”

As I prepare to say goodbye to 2013 in a couple of days, I mourn the passing of another year, but celebrate the *verity that I get a brand new one to try on. Every year is a roller coaster ride—sometimes the downs give the ups a run for their money—but that just tests our **mettle I guess. Sometimes my mettle is steadfast, sometimes it bends, and sometimes it breaks. I am looking forward to a little less mettle testing in 2014.

Read my horoscope today in the National Post and apparently I am going to be a force to contend with except in March, April and May of 2014—so watch out world. I am not a big believer in horoscopes, but neither do I ignore them. I read the horoscopes for myself and my husband and sons, and there were some pretty big coincidences in them that make me wonder if there is something to it. I never discount the magical or the mystical.

So, as I say goodbye to 2013, I remember the good moments, the lovely times, the surprises, as well as the challenges and losses. Some of challenges will follow me into 2014—I cannot just close the book on them,  but a new year presents new hope and it is that hope that will sustain me.

What are you glad to be leaving behind, what do you remember fondly, and what are you looking forward to in 2014?

*truth, fact, reality

**strength of spirit

Published in: on December 29, 2013 at 5:26 pm  Comments (42)  
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The Tradition Continues………..

Confetti

Confetti (Photo credit: ADoseofShipBoy)

Giving you a bit of a heads up—I am hosting a New Year’s Eve PARTY again this year. It was a great success last year, so I thought I would give it another whirl.  Please pretend that this is your gold embossed invitation to the party of the blog year. I am still lining up the entertainment but if this year is anything like last year, you will provide the best entertainment.

When:  New Year’s Eve and Day

Why:    Because there are no parties better than those attended by bloggers.

Attire:  Something festive

Theme:  Resolutions

What to bring:  A resolution you are not going to make or one you are definitely going to break

Food and Drink: Whatever goes with Champagne and ice wine

So get your party hats out of storage, bring an appetizer that rings in 2014, and join the party.

Published in: on December 28, 2013 at 4:45 pm  Comments (36)  
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Holiday Bubble

A bubble.

A bubble. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WordPress Krista, in her prompt today wants us to tell about a moment of clarity, when a solution appeared to a “big ol’ problem” as if we were struck by lightning.

Speaking for myself, all my moments of clarity were only clear to me and did not translate into a solution. But I am still waiting and hoping…………..

In the meantime, the holiday bubble has been temporarily broken and it is back to work for a few days—then the New Year’s bubble will take over for a couple of days. I am still in the holiday mood—but reality has knocked at the door, and I must answer. But tonight—I will return to my bubble……….

Are you still in the bubble—or has it burst for you?

Published in: on December 27, 2013 at 1:13 pm  Comments (28)  
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Christmas Conspiracy

Earl and Mooch

Earl and Mooch (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Blessed is the season which engages the whole word in a conspiracy of Love!” ~ Hamilton Wright Mabie

I found these words of Christmas holiday wisdom on the Daily Comics page in my local daily, The Windsor Star. It was in the comic strip “Mutts” by Patrick McDonnell, and the one frame strip had an illustration of a dog and cat hugging while perched on the back of a chair looking out onto the world through a window.

Winter Landscape Illustration

Winter Landscape Illustration (Photo credit: pavlinajane)

I wish all of you peace and harmony and love (to go along with the hustle and bustle of the season and the occasional argument and alcohol induced outburst).

Happy Christmas Eve Day.

Christmas spirit is………….

“Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.” ~ Edna Ferber

Christmas is a feeling—one so strong you can reach out and touch it, savour it, respond to it. When we talk about Christmas spirit, I imagine a diaphanous spectre with gossamer wings, but in truth:

Detail of original engraving "The Hours&q...

 gossamer wings (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Spirit of Christmas

Cloaks our soul in warmth and love

Safely swaddling us ~

What do you think Christmas spirit is?

Sometime You Just Have to Have Faith

English: A snow covered path at Hawkbatch, Wyr...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Snow crisp underfoot

Leaves no tracks; no evidence

That Santa was here

Published in: on December 12, 2013 at 2:03 pm  Comments (12)  
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