Brain power booster: Are you ‘nuts’ for nuts?

Takeaway: For a healthy brain, nuts and seeds should be considered as a significant addition to your diet. Nuts and seeds are a staple food worldwide. In Ethiopia, I was fond of kolo, make from roasted barley, chickpeas ad peanuts. Sunflower seeds and peanuts are often served when you visit…

Favorite Beach: Florida

Takeaway: Traveling, experiencing new things, is a critical ingredient in pursuing happiness (Traveling, experiencing new things, is a critical ingredient in pursuing happiness. Plants are meant to stand still. Humans are meant to go on quests—whether physically traveling, or by learning and growing in the mind and heart. Maybe you’ll…

Vegetarian Pho

Since my schedule had run amok, I went to “lunch” before 9 a.m. at my favorite Vietnamese vegetarian restaurant. My “usual” wasn’t being served yet, so I pointed at a steaming bowl my neighbor seemed to be ecstatically devouring. I quickly realized it was “pho,” the national soup of Vietnam.…

Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence

My cluttered mind found nothing good about my upcoming day—a day I expected to simply plod along, with some stressful events, and some that just were not interesting. I hate that feeling. I needed to ignite my mind, and my heart. So, I took a walk: specifically to notice and…