Are you a thru-hiker?

Posted on February 11th, 2016

Mega-author Bill Bryson got into hiking for a bit, wrote a book about it which then became a movie.

I’ve followed a bit of discourse on his hiking thoughts. I came across this critique that picks up on the fact that on his big hike along the Appalachian Trail he failed to thru-hike. That is, he did bits of the hike, getting lifts in the tough bits. But didn’t go the full hog.

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Koko Head Stairs of Doom, Hawaii

In doing so, Bryson misses the critical, soulful, true and gritty point of hiking: the passing through-ness.

When you hike, you pass “through mountains and valleys, through farms and small towns, through pain, through hunger, through nagging doubt”.

I get what the writer of this particular article is saying. Totally. I personally can’t bring myself to skip bits, shorten things or avoid difficult parts. It’s heart-sinky. And “cheats” things beyond mere short-cutting.

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Let’s go about this slowly (I’ll tell you why)

Posted on February 2nd, 2016

Poet Mary Oliver does it for me. Have you read any of her work? She places her observations of the heart so delicately that the words disappear and a wistful truth remains.

Take it slowly Sarah Wilson

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Here’s something from her recent compilation Felicity: Poems that makes me glad:

I did think, let’s go about this slowly.

This is important. This should take

some really deep thought. We should take

small thoughtful steps.

But, bless us, we didn’t.

I take it to be about relationships. But it could be about work decisions, or anything that elicits spark in the Read more

My supercharged coconut cream

Posted on January 27th, 2016

Love my Whipped Coconut Frosting from Simplicious? Wait til you try this trick. Today’s bonus recipe takes whipped cream to another level.

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Adding gelatin to your coconut cream gives it a super smooth texture perfectly mimicking whipped cream. Plus it gives you all the great health effect of the stuff.

Supercharged Coconut Cream

  • One 400ml can of full fat coconut milk, chilled
  • 2 tablespoons grass-fed gelatin

Using a stab mixer, blend coconut milk and add the gelatin in a slow and steady stream.

Continue mixing until soft supercharged peak form.

Use immediately (for example alongside your sugar-free dessert or on top of your smoothie) or store in the fridge and use within 4-5 days.

Bonus tip: add it to your coffee

Bloom a tablespoon of the mixture in your cup with some milk. Smoosh with a fork then add black coffee Read more