• Why my battle to tame my wandering is a good one A thought. I was reading the follow-up to a wellbeing study I’d heard about ages ago that uses a phone app to track real-time moments in happiness. Psychologist Matthew Killingsworth who put the project together tracked daydreaming as well. And found this: Daydreaming is not good for well-being. Which surprised me, and it might you. more
  • Am I a hypocrite? There’s a horrible feeling that grips at me from behind the neck at times. It’s like a sucky monster that latches on when I do something seemingly counter to my (often vocal) ethical stance on something. And it whispers in my ear, ”Sarah, you’re a double-standard, Pollyanna-ish flake”. Does he hang about your dowager’s hump more
  • My note to restaurant owners about doggy bags Dearest Restaurateur, A while back I did a post imploring readers to ask for doggy bags at restaurants. (If you’ve been reading this blog for a bit, you’ll know how I feel about food waste. And if not, you can catch up here.) It would seem most people out there really want to take home more
  • The time I did something mildly generous and it kept going… Today I share a lovely story that unfolded over the past two weeks, culminating in a triple donation (and dominoing) of a piece of artwork I auctioned last week. It went like this. This letter below arrived in the mail on February 4 from someone called Hazel. With no last name, return address or email. more
  • I’ve been parodied. This post has been updated. It’s become quite a story. Read to the bottom. I was recently alerted to this Youtube clip by Kate McCartney and Kate McLennon – a two-chick comedy cooking spoof ensemble. It’s friggen funny. And only made more funnier for me because it squarely takes the piss out of me, without more
  • Which fermenting starter is best: salt v whey I’ve been making my own ferments for a while now. It started a few years back with pickled daikon and sauerkraut and has developed into a passionate hobby. I’ve recently added fermented turmeric tonic,  kombucha, ginger-ade soda, cream cheese, beet and turmeric kvass. My next book is going to take things to even mouldier levels! I’ve mentioned more
  • I’m going to start auctioning lovely things for good food folk… This is a new idea. Not complex. So let’s see how it goes. You may remember this wonderful painting (below) I shared on New Years Day. My mate Paul from The Art Park in Byron Bay painted it. Paul is a talent. He used to do the poster art for 80s outfits (an 80s word?) more
  • Your solitude is profound. In case you’re despairing. I honestly have no idea where I came across this quote. I’ve been reading a few heavy philosophy texts lately. It came from one of them, I think. Loneliness, aloneness, craving humans while also needing to flee… these are themes I explore a lot here. For me, finding the right balance between being in and more
  • 10 reasons why coffee might not be great if you have autoimmune disease Coffee is good for us, yes? I reckon there’s a fair bit of evidence now saying it’s so. But what about if you have an autoimmune disease? (New here? I have Hashimotos and I often write from this particular POV.) Me, I drink coffee – about 2-3 cups per week. But I’ve been starting to more
  • I’ve been a hypocrite and I need to move on I’ve been ready for a slap. It’s been building up. I’ve been too seductive. I needed to be knocked back to earth. Last week, in the midst of the slap-down-I-needed-to-have, my mate Dan Buettner posted a quote on Instagram from the Health Matters conference he was speaking at. He cited Bill Clinton, who spoke at the conference: more