Monthly Archives: November 2015

Journaling pen

For years, the Pentel R.S.V.P. pen has been my favorite. But I stumbled on one that writes so smoothly that it helps me write faster. This is great because, while I’m a very fast typist, I have trouble journaling because my hand cannot keep up with my mind.  The Pilot Precise V7 RT is my new top choice.  If you have a fast writing pen, please tell me so I can try it out!

Maybe the next step is finding the right paper too.

RECIPE: Baked Pie Crust Tips

baked piesHere are some deep thoughts about making pies for Thanksgiving.  I made an apple and a pumpkin the night before Turkey Day.  Give this a read and you may try something different when you make your pies this Christmas.  The methods here described are taken heavily from The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook (see below).  Oven temp seems to be where most pies go wrong.   Continue reading

RECIPE: French Meadow Vinaigrette

A basic vinaigrette as told to me by French Meadow restaurant

This is hard to mess up because it’s so simple. I asked for the list of ingredients in the restaurant because the salad was so delicious. I attribute it to the while balsamic and the simplicity.

White or Golden Balsamic vinegar

Garlic flavored olive oil (Trader Joe’s in a slender bottle)

Fresh cracked pepper


Baby greens

Good with a diced hard cooked egg or some soft, crumbled goat’s cheese

Mix the salad well with the dressing ingredients to get the leaves coated, compacted and slightly wilted.

Wendy McNaughton, where are you?

Or where have I been?  Ms. McNaughton has so many visual treats! I could look for hours.  THIS makes me want to Soul Journal.

beet Wendy McNaughton

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Amazon supplements order

stockingA supplement round-up with my favorite facial moisturizer and stocking stuffer idea!

I checked my orders fairly carefully today, so if you’re in need of some nutritional supplements, here are my recommendations for items found on I cross referenced with Vitacost. You can see the Vitacost order here. I shop with Amazon Prime and Amazon Smile at with my charitable recipient is our school.

See what to buy at Amazon  Continue reading 15% off this week

I just snagged 15% off Vitacost order with SHOPCYBER code. Expires December 1 so you can do yours this week.

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Follow Your Bliss—WTHDTM?

Follow Your Bliss—WTHDTM*?

*What The Hell Does That Mean?

Sorry, I haven’t written this article yet. I am reading The Art of Work and will reflect later.  Please stop by again later.  And, if you have any thoughts in the meantime, please do comment below!!

Between Now and Dead

“You have some time left, Mr. Banks. You have some life left.  My advice to you is: live it well.” —Dr. Ellison to Joe Banks in the movie Joe Vs. The Volcano

“Life is a choice. It is your life. Choose consciously, choose wisely and choose honestly. Choose happiness.” —Ross M. Horowitz

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Soul Journaling: The Lineage

Thank you, Linda.

Thanks to Linda Bergh, I learned about Soul Journaling as she taught her first class in October 2015, after her summer travels in Europe and her first explorations in using watercolor journaling.

When I learn more about the people who inspired Linda, I will post it here.

Thanks, Linda. We, some of whom you know, some of whom are learning through a network of soulmates and friends, are deeply indebted to you.  Your life is a blessing and an inspiration for us to notice and celebrate the Divine and the Creation.

“When you open the journal, bring whichever self you are at that moment to the page as purely as possible. Excise the meaningless and habitual. Keep watching.”
From A Life In Hand: Creating the Illuminated Journal by Hannah Hinchman

Soul Journaling Pouches for Sale

Dear Soul Journaling Beginners and Enthusiasts,

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03 Emerald Floral $17 plus Shipping. Email

My mother, Rebecca Ross, has been sewing pouches to fit the materials with which Linda Bergh supplied us for the Soul Journaling class. The journal book, paint set and the water brush and micron pen fit inside. The pouch is made from reclaimed materials (decorator fabric swatches). Each one is unique, no two are the same. All pouches have a lining which we try to coordinate with the fabric.

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