Depression: A Journey from Weakness to Illness

*October is Depression Awareness Month. I have mentioned that one of the things which drew me to wholesome foods was the potential healing properties they offer. I eliminated the processed, chemically laden items in my pantry, replacing them with grass-fed meats, pastured eggs, organic, responsibly grown fruits and vegetables.  But sometimes food isn’t the whole answer. Sometimes it’s only a small part. This was the case for me with Depression. The following is something I wrote some time ago but have not had the courage to post. But this is such an important issue and keeping quiet does nothing to bring change. And change is desperately needed. 

Depression is not a weakness

Depression: AN ILLNESS

If I am having a heart attack and doubled over in pain, what would you suggest I do? Would you help me? If so, how? Perhaps you’d call 9-1-1 or rush me to the hospital. I might need a dose of aspirin or even nitroglycerin under the tongue…a stent…bypass surgery…at the very least I would need to see a doctor. Continue reading

Bread Baking with Sourdough Starter: Lula Rises!


Bread. Who doesn’t love bread??

Bread has such esteem in this world that it is often the tongue-in-cheek term for money. Valuable. Necessary. And the process of making it – the mixing, the kneading, the shaping – is soul enhancing. The kneading alone is an excellent way to work through angst and anger and frustrations. That in itself is enough of a reason for me to bake bread.

Bread is a miracle worker. Continue reading

Audacity Beer Dinner at Taverna Rossa


Friends. You just cannot underestimate the value of good friendships in your life. This has been brought home to me these past few years living away for extended periods of time. Now settled back in our permanent home, we truly appreciate the time we have with our loved ones. It has been a blessing to share in both good times and bad, and the fact that we remain connected is something I am so very thankful about.

One of the things I really missed Continue reading

Chicken Soup…Great for the Soul


The house is back to its quiet self. With the heavy rains this past weekend we got an extra day with our son due to a flight cancellation. Alas, he has returned to college and it’s only my husband and I left to hold down the fort. It is both nice and melancholy at the same time, a different type of quiet around here.

As the boys have gradually moved on I’ve had to adjust from cooking for four of us down to just the two of us… Continue reading