It’s not personal

A few summers ago, our family was finishing up dinner outside, everyone done eating except my then 4-year old son. I remember this exchange with him: Levi:  Mom, what’s that feeling called? Me:  What feeling? Levi:  That feeling when you’re full but you...

A Plate of Food: What Do You See?

It’s 10:45 AM and I have one of my favorite meals on the planet in front of me: a steaming hot bowl of bún bò huế, a spicy noodle soup that originates from Central Vietnam. I’m sitting outside, overlooking the parking lot of this family restaurant,...

The overlooked skill we all need right now

I’ve been thinking about something Krista Tippett said on her On Being podcast (episode on the pandemic’s impact on our nervous systems): “We need to take in what it has meant, this year, that we have become a danger to each other by virtue of our...

Resources for eating and coping right now

I spotted this on my walk today: An excerpt from a poem by Rilke: Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final. Seeing this made me want to write you. So many are struggling right now. Prolonged uncertainty, stress,...