Feed Your Soul

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“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” Stephen King

Lately, I found myself reading more than writing. At times, my writing is painfully slow. I’m a fast reader and have always been. Now, I feel my brain suffers from web overload. Does this sound familiar? I also have a feeling that I’m reading at a superficial level when I am on the Internet. Sometimes, I miss the days when I used to read articles in print. There was something special about that. I remember I was one of the most prolific readers at my university. It’s fascinating how adaptable we humans are. How incredibly good we are in developing new habits through repetition. How did we go from reading in print to skimming headlines and clicking from one page to the next in a matter of seconds? No doubt that the new technology is altering our brains profoundly. We spend considerable time in front of computer screens. I’m not even mentioning the time many people spend in front of the television. Personally, I don’t watch much TV, which is perhaps a good thing. After all, there are only so many hours in the day.

The internet continues to be a major part of our lives yet finding a mental/emotional balance is certainly a challenge. Our brains are vulnerable to bad habits. We should schedule regular breaks.

Now, I visit the local library to read magazines. I notice the pleasant/natural feeling I have while turning the page the good old fashioned way. I feel more inspired to keep writing. I feel I think faster and focus better. I leave the library feeling joyful, refreshed and recharged.

Dean Ornish, a clinical professor at UCSF and founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, says: “Your genes are not your fate.”
He also says:“When you live healthier, eat better, exercise, and love more, your brain cells actually increase.”

I believe the key is to integrate our resources. Making healthy life style choices will boost our brain power and listening to our souls will feed our creativity.

The mind speaks. The soul listens.

SHANNON MAY
PHOTO CREDIT: Shannon May

Mayor Cory Booker ~ Food stamp challenge

“Our task must be to free ourselves…by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it’s beauty.” ~Albert Einstein

Mayor of Newark, NJ, Cory Booker is helping to create the spiritual revolution. Today, Mr. Booker started the food stamp Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) challenge, A Movement Toward Food Justice!

For one entire week, he’ll be living on $30 of groceries to raise awareness about how challenging it is to live on food stamps.

This afternoon, the Newark Mayor tweeted his #SNAPchallenge food for the week:


Note: NO Coffee

Mr.Booker who is a vegetarian, continues to inspire us all.

Watch this video to learn the #SNAPchallenge guidelines:

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Cookin’ with Chef André

I met Chef André Carthen on Twitter as well as Nicholas Walker and the beautiful Designer & Philanthropist Kathy Ireland.

Chef André, along with Landscape Designer Nicholas Walker, the outdoor living specialist of kathy ireland Worldwide® ( kiWW® ) are brand ambassadors who support Kathy Ireland in her mission of “…finding solutions for families especially busy moms.” ™

kiWW® is a $1.5 billion a year (Forbes) lifestyle design and marketing firm where Chef André develops for the ACafe Brand products that range from entertainment, home, fashion, candles and jewelry designs. Chef André’s designs have received one of kiWW®’s many Good Housekeeping Seals of Approval.

Chef André has appeared on several major Television and Radio shows as well as lending his talents to private Fund Raising Wine Pairing dinners for Kathy Ireland or attending the Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert™ and El Paseo Fashion Week.

One of Chef André’s newest endeavors is contributing to Janet Jackson’s new book with his delicious and healthy recipes. This year Janet Jackson published her first book, a New York Times Number One Bestseller titled True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself. Janet Jackson reveals her perspective on exercise and healthy eating with the help of the personal trainer Tony Martinez and Chef André.


Chef André is cooking up healthy recipes!

The percentage of Americans who are overweight and obese is on the rise. Almost a third of American children are obese. It’s a sad fact. Poor nutrition can result in less productivity at work & school, mood swings, depression, diabetes and hypertension. The cure for obesity is simple. We’re designed to actively use our bodies, not to sit in front of television sets and computers all day. If we eat a variety of healthy foods and exercise enough to burn more calories than we eat, we’ll lose weight and maintain a healthy weight.

I love Chef André’s nutritious, tasty and NO-FUSS recipes.

Generous with his time and talent, Chef André inspires us to take care of ourselves while giving back to others.

For more information on Chef André and the ACafe Society Brand, please visit www.kathyireland.com.