Dandelions in the Spring


My Appetite

If there has been one constant in my life, it has surely been my appetite. Each day I’d wake to the insistent rumblings in my stomach and my daily battle would begin. Would my appetite for yummy, fatty or sweet indulgences win, or would I quell my hunger with something more wholesome and healthy. On most days that tug-of-war was the undercurrent of my life and set the stage for my ongoing struggle between my better judgement and my love of preparing and eating what my appetite demanded....more

#Destination- A Celebration of 30 Years

Broward Meals on Wheels Hosts 30th Anniversary Cocktail Reception, #Destination Plantation, Fla. – In 2014, Broward Meals on Wheels is celebrating 30 years of providing more than a meal to seniors who are hungry and at-risk of hunger in the community. With the support of the community they are able to provide essential services that improve health, reduce  isolation, and promote independent living for seniors in the community....more

Six Summer Personal Care Items You Never Thought To Donate

While it is not technically summer, the 84 degree weather (in Pittsburgh) has me thinking about things like finding my flip-flops, setting out the deck furniture and maybe even planting stuff that grows. I might get ambitious and carry my winter coats to the attic this weekend. Just another ritual in the day to day change of seasons, right?...more

Guidelines and Prep for Living on $1.50 per Day

I am participating in Live Below the Line, a fundraiser for various charities that challenges people to live on $1.50 worth of food and drink per day for five days. I am raising money for UNICEF....more

Pledging to Live Below the Poverty Line for Five Days

I signed up today to participate in Live Below the Line, a challenge to raise awareness and funds to help some of the 1.2 billion people living in extreme poverty. I've pledged to live on food and drink that cost no more than $1.50 per day for five days. The challenge is from April 28 through May 2....more

We know what the problem is: food deserts and tough conversations

So I found this article, and the title gave me pause:  “Food Deserts aren’t the problem”.  http://www.slate.com/articles/life/food/2014/02/food_deserts_and_fresh_food_access_aren_t_the_problem_poverty_not_obesity.single.htmlFood deserts are not a problem?  “Getting fresh fruits and vegetables into poor neighborhoods doesn’t make poor people healthier”?  Studies, you say?  Ok, let’s hang on a minute....more

Feed A Need Participates In Give Miami Day 2013

I am so honored to be involved with the amazing organization, Feed A Need, Inc. and I am happy to support them this year on Give Miami Day! Feed A Need, Inc. provides food and complementary supportive services to help people achieve food security....more

I Don't Often Quote Richard Nixon...

I don't often quote Richard Nixon. In fact, I think today was a first. Back in the days of his Presidency, Nixon wrote a letter saying that it was "embarrassing and intolerable" that there should be hunger and malnutrition is such a land of plenty as ours was and still is.American farmers produce about 3,900 calories for each man, woman, and child in this country, almost twice the recommended caloric intake for an adult. So why do so many people -- one in seven Americans -- not get enough?...more