By Maria

Life is like a Movie

Life is like a Movie

I am interrupting the previously scheduled discussion about putting the eco back in economics to take a moment to write about…movies.A recent report on Rodale.com says that happiness is contagious. I agree, so much so that I RARELY go to see movies that aren’t happy ones. I can feel bummed out for days after seeing […]

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Let’s Put the “Eco” Back in “Economics”

Let’s Put the “Eco” Back in “Economics”

Be careful what you wish for… As a businessperson, I’ve always cringed when I’ve heard environmentalists cry to their faithful to “consume less.” Of course that’s the right thing to do, but the whole focus of our economic security in our global culture is based on consuming more. Growth, production, and consumer confidence are false […]

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Ancient Chinese Secret!

Ancient Chinese Secret!

For health and healing. I have been fighting off a cold for the past month like a Ninja warrior. Everyone around me has caught it, suffered severely, then been plagued by a lingering, hideous cough. But I don’t have time to get a cold. Not now, anyway. Fortunately, I have a secret weapon. It all […]

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The Power of Being Connected

The Power of Being Connected

I was sitting in the hospital with my mother, who has just suffered a “cardiac event” which is not quite an acute heart attack, but not a celebratory situation either. Thank God for Blackberries in hospitals. You can communicate with lots of people easily, and feel connected—even as you sit in a darkened room late […]

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Brining, Shmining

Brining, Shmining

Let’s talk turkey. Have you ever tried to brine a 28-pound turkey? I’ve done it. I use a cooler. But I have to tell you, it’s a pain in the…honestly, I’ve never been able to taste the difference. I won’t be doing it this year. Every year around the holidays, magazines and newspapers try to […]

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The Rebirth of True American Values

The Rebirth of True American Values

It’s a brand-new day in the USA. Now that the election is over, we can all breathe a great big sigh of relief. There is a general sense that, aside from running a brilliantly organized and well-funded campaign, Obama won because of the economy. And it’s true that money issues are huge right now…but wait, […]

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Maria's First Annual Top Ten Farm to Table Restaurant Recommendations

Maria’s First Annual Top Ten Farm to Table Restaurant Recommendations

The places that make you feel good and make you want to go back to again and again. Vote for your favorite and send me your recommendations! 1. Bolete – Bethlehem, PA. Aside from the fact that Gourmet Magazine just listed it as one of its favorites, it’s so close to home it’s the place […]

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Digging for Buried Treasure

Digging for Buried Treasure

Tonight was a genuine Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen night. With Jakob Dylan’s new album playing in the background we dug up baby potatoes from the garden, picked the green beans and tomatoes, and made dinner. The only thing NOT from the garden was wild-caught King Salmon, in season, of course. We all pitched in. Husband […]

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