Fundamentals for the Soul

“There is a sushi chef in Japan who has made maybe the same forty cuts of sushi for seventy years and he’s still trying to get it right. There is a guy in Spain who does nothing but grill stuff and that’s where all of the chefs want to eat. Very straightforward, very soulful food…

Steamed Crabs and a Beginner’s Mind

“You are doing it wrong. Let me show you how to do it the right way.” One of the summer rituals in Maryland is eating steamed crabs. This is especially true where I live, near the Chesapeake Bay. I have been eating steamed blue crabs with Old Bay seasoning (a spice blend native to this…

Remembering Who You Will Be Tomorrow

It is easier to know where you want to go when you know where you are from. Certain people are energized by going out, being around people, and experiencing new things. I have never really been one of those types of people. While I enjoy the company of certain people and like having done new…

A Prayer of Service

Is religion the organization, the belief, or the act? A lot of people these days seem to have disdain for religion. It is easy to see why. It is a contentious subject, perhaps the most contentious subject since the dawn of humanity. It is so contentious, in fact, that the history of humankind is essentially…