Tuesday, May 29, 2012

I'm on assignment in China

But you can keep up on my day-to-day at my Lonely Planet travel blog, Drink the Water.
A twenty-foot tall wen(文) guardian carrying a book (the ancient kind, made of bamboo) just outside Confucius's tomb, Qufu, Shandong, China. His partner, a wu(物)guardian stands across from him with a sword. In a battle of wits or brawn, they've got Confucius covered.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

When you're too much fire and not enough water (when you need to chill the f* out)

It might be time for an Ayurvedic cleanse. I learn how to chill out with the help of the ancient Indian medicine in my latest for the Bold Italic.

Since the story, I've made the dishes I picked up whenever I feel tired or generally disinterested in a heavy meal. I've stuck to my yoga. And I've turned away from my computer screen at least a couple hours before bedtime. I can't say I'm any closer to understanding the meaning of life, but at least, I'm well rested.

If a week of commitment is too much, you might at least want to try Dr. Blossom's delicious spiced greens recipe for dinner tonight.
 
Kale and collards sauteed in ghee with turmeric, coriander, and cumin. 
Works for everyone, whatever your dosha, but mainly, it's tasty.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Writing for children is just writing.

"Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters — sometimes very hastily — but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, “Dear Jim: I loved your card.” Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, “Jim loved your card so much he ate it.” That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.”

— Maurice Sendak (1928-2012)