Oct 27

In Memoriam

I lost a good friend this week. I’m not going to name names. It freaks me out to go public with something so private. Neither Facebook nor my blog are appropriate for that. Plus, he was one of the few internet holdouts… preferring to connect face-to-face with the rest of the world… when he wanted

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I’ve known Mayumi Nishimura for 15 or 16 years. She was not only a teacher at the Kushi Institute (who taught me deep-fried, miso-stuffed lotus root–thanks!), but she was also the greatest head chef in the kitchen there. If Mayumi was cooking that day, you knew it would be gooooood. Roughly ten years ago, word

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I’m not sure one can really understand Japan without experiencing it.  I mean, I’d seen Lost in Translation, read a novel by Mishima in college and heard many friends’ anecdotes…  I remember the Hello Kitty days (not entirely over, by the way) and I have a handful of close Japanese friends I’ve met through macrobiotics… 

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So I'm in Japan.  I know.  JAPAN!! I guess I never thought I would actually get here… it's funny how we carry around whole worlds in our heads–our future, goals, prejudices, fantasies–and then we get confronted by reality.  And reality is always SOOO different from these cities in our minds.  Different color.  Different feeling.  Different

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I just don’t understand Strawberry People .  I just don’t.  I don’t GET wanting to eat a berry that makes me feel like I’m French kissing a cat .  Call me crazy. This time of year is so hard.  My beloved raspberries  come out to play and I am once again reminded of just how

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  When I was a kid, being curious  was the gold standard in my father’s house.  “He’s a nice guy, but he’s just not… curious” my Dad would say, about my, or a sister’s, prospective boyfriend.   That was the kiss of death.  He could be ugly, unemployed, a fascist… but lacking curiosity??? A dealbreaker.

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Are you ready for the Kushi Institute Summer Conference?  Every year, around this time, a bunch of macro freeeeeeeeks get together to talk shop.  15 years ago it was in Vermont , at Green Mountain College in a little town called Poultney.  There was a big ole tire swing that dunked hot macros in a

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I used to live at the Kushi Institute , surrounded by people learning macro, talking macro, eating macro and dreaming macro 24/7.  There was never any denial among us that food was powerful, even magical .  That was the glue that brought us together.  In fact, we were so steeped in the food thing that

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  I did it.  Am I still here? Okay, okay, it’s not THAT radical a move.  It’s not like I’m Sean Penn  and moved to Haiti.  I just got off Twitter .  I didn’t do it because the whole concept of Twitter annoys me (although it does).  I didn’t do it because I was never

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I’ve fantasized  for the last few years about starting “Caffeine Anonymous”.  I dreamt about it as I stood in line for my doppio espresso  with Rice Dream . Thank God, someone else actually did it. It’s here and its tagline is “We Believe You. You are not Alone”, which is great for any caffeine addict

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