Don’t Fall In Love – Rise In Love


Rising In Love

Rising In Love

I found this post today on Facebook. No link to the original post on another website so I’m just copying it here.

Don’t Fall In Love – Rise In Love

In fact a mature person does not fall in love, he rises in love. The word ’fall’ is not right. Only immature people fall; they stumble and fall down in love. Somehow they were managing and standing. They cannot manage and they cannot stand – they find a woman and they are gone, they find a man and they are gone. They were always ready to fall on the ground and to creep. They don’t have the backbone, the spine; they don’t have that integrity to stand alone.

A mature person has the integrity to be alone.

And when a mature person gives love, he gives without any strings attached to it: he simply gives.

And when a mature person gives love, he feels grateful that you have accepted his love, not vice versa. He does not expect you to be thankful for it – no, not at all, he does not even need your thanks. He thanks you for accepting his love.

Together Alone

And when two mature persons are in love, one of the greatest paradoxes of life happens, one of the most beautiful phenomena: they are together and yet tremendously alone; they are together so much so that they are almost one.

But their oneness does not destroy their individuality, in fact, it enhances it: they become more individual.

Two mature persons in love help each other to become more free.

There is no politics involved, no diplomacy, no effort to dominate. How can you dominate the person you love? Just think over it. Domination is a sort of hatred, anger, enmity. How can you think of dominating a person you love?

You would love to see the person totally free, independent; you will give him more individuality. That’s why I call it the greatest paradox: they are together so much so that they are almost one, but still in that oneness they are individuals. Their individualities are not effaced – they have become more enhanced.

The other has enriched them as far as their freedom is concerned.

Immature people falling in love destroy each other’s freedom, create a bondage, make a prison.

Mature persons in love help each other to be free; they help each other to destroy all sorts of bondages.

And when love flows with freedom there is beauty.

When love flows with dependence there is ugliness.



Country Mushroom & Sour Cream Soup


Country Mushroom & Sour Cream Soup

4 Servings (generous)

Another soup from the 12 Months of Monastery Soups cook book — great for February produce.

1 lb. fresh mushrooms finely chopped
1 large carrot julienned
1 potato diced
2 large onions, finely sliced
1 clove of garlic* (optional)
8 tbsp. olive oil

6 cups of water or stock
1 bouillon cube (if not using stock)
Salt & paprika to taste
1 cup sour cream
Chopped chives to garnish


  1. Prepare the vegetables.
  2. Place oil in a soup pot. Sauté the vegetables for a couple minutes.
  3. Add the water/bouillon or stock.
  4. Bring to a boil & then reduce heat to low. Cook covered for 30 – 40 minutes.
  5. Add salt & paprika & sour cream.
  • Optionally you can puree the soup at this point or leave it as is. **
  • Stir & mix will & simmer for 10 minutes more.
  • Serve hot topped with some chopped fresh chives.


I made the soup using beef stock. Makes a very rich backdrop for the mushrooms.  I also added a little garlic to the recipe.  For garnish I used parsley as I has some fresh on hand.


photo of Country Mushroom soup

Country Mushroom and Sour Cream Soup topped with parsley


Rich taste but the flavor of the individual vegetables isn’t lost.  Sour cream makes it wonderfully smooth.

I’d like to make it again using a lower fat sour cream or yogurt as it adds quite a lot of fat content to what would otherwise be a low fat soup. 

For last week’s soup, look here: Potage Clamart (Turnip-Leek Potage)


Potage Clamart (Turnip-Leek Potage)


Potage Clamart (Turnip-Leek Potage)

** Clamart is a suburb outside of Paris.

The key to this soup is the fresh peas – so if using frozen, buy the best quality.

4 Servings

6 tbsp. olive oil or butter or mixture of both
1 cup fresh peas
1 carrot
1 turnip
2 leeks
4 cups of water
Thyme & rosemary to taste
1 egg yolk
2 tbsp. heavy cream
Salt to taste

Cut carrot, turnip and leeks into thin slices.
Pour oil/butter into soup pot. Add peas, carrots, turnips & leeks. Cook slowly over very low heat for 2 minutes. Stir continually.

Add 4 cups of water, pinch of salt, thyme and rosemary.
Bring the soup to a boil & then reduce heat to low & cook on low for 30 minutes.

Turn off the heat & let the soup rest 15 minutes.
Run the soup through a blender or food processor to puree then return to the soup pot.
Add the beaten egg yolk and heavy cream & stir well.

Serve hot.

Recipe Review:

This recipe is from Twelve Months of Monastery Soups. Plenty more excellent soups in this book! I highly recommend it.

This soup is simple, fresh and light tasting. Very lightly seasoned so you can taste the vegetables.

For this soup, variations I would suggest exploring would be to roast the carrot & turnip first and then slice them & put them in the soup. It would create an earthier tone.

Alternatively, for a more green spring-like flavor, adding 1/2 cup additional peas and garnishing with wilted spinach or swiss chard.

If you’re up for more dairy, up the heavy cream or try 1/4 cup of sour cream to make a richer soup.


Want to build a better community – You can Bank your Contributions at the Kent Community Time Bank


Everyone is interested in building a closer and more interdependent community. I’ve come across mentions of the Kent Community Time Bank on several social media platforms so I thought I’d investigate what it’s all about.

The process involves earning Time Bank dollars for every hour of volunteering you do in your community.

For every hour you spend doing something for someone in your community, you earn one Time Dollar. Then you have a Time Dollar to spend on having someone do something for you. It’s that simple. (TimeBanks.org)

TimeBanks logoMembers of the Time Bank create a list of services they are willing to offer and through discussion groups and meetings you can swap services. Since no actual money is exchanged it’s really a barter system with a simple value placed on each service.

Members offer services as diverse as:

  • Walk your dog
  • Solve your computer issues
  • Have homemade dinners made for you
  • Have a medical phone consultation with a physician
  • Train your dog
  • Learn some Latin
  • Have your hair dyed
  • Brush your pets
  • Clean your refrigerator
  • Learn to make a proper pie crust
  • Photo restoration and Editing
  • Authentic Korean dishes
  • Guitar lessons
  • Child care
  • Biology and/or chemistry tutoring
  • Landscaping Consultation
  • Veterinary Medical consulation with vet tech
  • Japanese Bento Lunch Boxes

Additionally you can learn more about Time Banks in this interview with Edgar Cahn.

So want to know more? There’s a meeting on August 25th at the Stow Community Job Club from 6-9pm.  RSVP on EventBrite.

Location: Stow Community United Church of Christ, 1567 Pilgrim Drive, Stow OH

Please bring a potluck dish to share!


Share the Gift of Life This Summer


While you’re out enjoying the summer sun and having some fun, don’t forget to share the gift of life with people in need.

The Red Cross is in a critical blood shortage and donors are needed. Your blood or platelet donation this July during Disaster Education Awareness Month can help build a blood supply strong enough to meet ongoing and emergency needs. Remember you can donate whole blood every 56 days.

Red Cross Image

I’ve been donating since I was a teenager. Donations take about 30 minutes. I especially like giving at the center on Market Street for the comfy donation loungers and the air conditioning!

You can book an appointment online at 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org

Some statistics from the Red Cross:

Help save the day!

  • One out of 10 people admitted to the hospital needs blood products.
  • When disaster strikes, blood needs can be immense – and immediate.
  • The Red Cross has the unique ability to move blood around the country through it’s National Inventory Management System.
  • All blood types are needed, but people with type O have a special gift to give.

O how we need you.

  • Type O negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type.
  • Type O positive can be transfused to patients with any positive blood type—or about 8 out of 10 people
  • Hospitals use type O negative blood in most emergencies when a patient’s blood type is unknown.
  • About 40 percent of people have type O positive and 7 percent have type O negative.

More information on their flyer here: http://bit.ly/oSG9OR

So if please consider taking a short amount of time out of your summer day to help save a life!

Thank you!


Final Space Shuttle Launch And This Bright Blue Ball We Live On


Word of the final space shuttle having a successful launch on July 8th brought a smile to my face.

I was thinking about the first space shuttle launch I saw on TV in the spring of 1982.  It was an international event  at my household. We had a German exchange student staying with us and it was her first day in our home. We watched the launch together in amazement.

I spoke no German. Her English was awkward. One of the few times in life when being speechless at the profundity of an event was perfectly fine. Our smiles to each other & pointing at the television screen in delight was expression enough.

How much smaller the world has grown since then. Still that bright blue ball in the sky for the astronauts, but now we too can have a world view.

  • GPS can show us where we are on that big blue ball.
  • Satellites can show me what my home looks like from the sky.
  • My friends can connect to me instantly with Twitter, IM, email, cell phones, social networking sites and Skype.
  • I can listen & discuss the news of the world on programs like “World Have Your Say” on the BBC or Twitter feeds.
  • I can translate a webpage from a one language to another with free software
  • I can watch what’s happening in the International Space station on a web feed
  • I can attend a class remotely in real time

And yet with changes in the speed and scope of our ability to communicate, its still those direct communincations and interactions that mean the most.

  • Getting a birthday card in the mail or even better a cake made for you!
  • Talking to family near & far
  • Enjoying the friendships in your neighbourhood
  • Throwing ball in the yard with your kids
  • A face to face conversation with a friend
  • A house party to celebrate summer
  • A thoughtful friend’s ear to hear me out & give advise
  • The joy of playing with a beloved pet
  • The sights, sounds and sensations of being out in nature

I’m appreciative of all the technology that’s come along since those early NASA Space Shuttle flights but it’s nice to know there’s some things that technology can’t improve.
Eagerly awaiting the next chapter in our trip to the stars….