Building Commitment, Getting into Better Habits

Happy Friday! It IS Friday, right? I’ve been a day ahead of myself all week, so it seems like I should either step back and admit it’s only Thursday, or go with the gut and say we’re on to Saturday. Monday’s a holiday, but as hard as everyone’s been working to catch up and get Read More …

Truth or Consequences: 2015 Resolution Roulette

There can be only one: The Non-Negotiable, 100% Committed, Do or Die Trying Goal for 2015. All other goals served up on the Smorgasbord of Aspirational Inclinations. Read More …

That Which Doesn’t Kill Us…

My friend Bruce likes to torment me by posting pictures of ginormous spiders crawling out of toilets or itty bitty arachnids hatching out of wasps’ nests to take over the crawl-spaces in your home. He’s generally a good egg, if slightly cracked – he knows better than to throw a fuzzy, stuffed tarantula on my Read More …

Perfect Portions and the Trouble with Guesstimates

“My eyes were bigger than my stomach!” It’s a familiar lament. Unfortunately, when our eyes grow bigger than our stomachs, our stomachs eventually catch up. Dieters are often  advised to weigh, measure, and keep track of everything they eat. It makes a lot of sense when you realize just how bad most of us are Read More …

Trying New Things: Lasagna Roll-Ups

Easy Tomato Basil Spinach Lasagna Roll-ups Boil lasagna noodles per package directions. Preheat oven to 375F. Pour about half of a jar of pasta sauce in the bottom of a Pyrex baking pan and spread it around to coat. Chop spinach and basil together. Mix spinach and basil with 15 oz. ricotta. Season mixture with Read More …

Trying New Things: Chayote

No, not coyote – chayote. It’s a kind of squash. After the nopale pads, I decided to try chayote. When I went to the store, the nopale pads were all spoiled and sprouting gray hair, so I skipped those and bought some “nopalitos,” or pre-cleaned, precut nopales. No prickly sticklies! I figured I did so Read More …

One Weird Trick to Stop Smoking Now

I know you’re out there. You, with the shiny New Year’s resolutions and nicotine stained fingers. And now you’re desperately pleading with Google to find you an easy way out – kind of like us writers, buying “how to write” books in order to feel productive when, in fact, we’d rather pick lint from the Read More …

Trying New Things: Nopales

The first time I worked up the nerve to taste nopales (prickly pear cactus pads) was in Dallas, over the holidays, at the Riverwalk Cantina in the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center. We’d gone there to see Ice! Brrr! Supposedly, they keep the room at 9 degrees Fahrenheit! Fortunately, they supplied the winter coats. Read More …