Vegan Chili That is Amazing – Pressure Cooker or Instapot

I got this recipe from my mother, who was not a vegan or vegetarian, but was an excellent cook. Her version contained some beef. I’ve adapted it over the years to suit my veggie tastes. It’s very popular in my house and some version is made at least every couple of weeks. This week, VeganAsanaSon4 requested it so his girlfriend could try it, so it was our anniversary dinner. HA! We typically have it the first day as chili and then the leftovers show up as nachos, burritos, and taco salad. Ingredients 2 lbs pinto, kidney, black beans or a … Continue reading

When Chronic Illness Feels Like Depression

Am I depressed or just sick? Am I depressed because I am ill? Am I ill because I am depressed? The National Institute of Mental Health provides the following list as signs of depression: Feeling sad, irritable, or anxious; Feeling empty, hopeless, guilty, or worthless; Loss of pleasure in usually-enjoyed hobbies or activities, including sex; Fatigue and decreased energy, feeling listless; Trouble concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions; Not being able to sleep, or sleeping too much. Waking too early; Eating too much or not wanting to eat at all, possibly with unplanned weight gain or loss; Thoughts of death, … Continue reading

Helping Your Friends and Family – The “Right” Way

I’m going a little off-brand today, though what I am about to discuss relates quite well to the concept of karma yoga. So, here we go. This has been a weird few months in my life, starting with an unexpected but serious health event at the end of June, which coincided with a setback in the treatment of a long-term health issue, and then was followed by a broken foot (I’m now at week 6 of crutches), and a nice immune-system malfunction requiring antibiotics that make me sick. Getting old is a festival, but it sure beats the alternative. I … Continue reading