Author Archives: John

Comforting Winter Oat Recipes

Winter is upon us and even here in Tucson, Arizona we are feeling the harsh cold in the form of rain, sleet and even a little snow. Because of this, my desire for warm, homey foods is increasing.

One of …

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Going Through the Motions

January is when most of us do something to make up for the indulgences of the holiday season. Typically it’s a renewed commitment to eat healthy, exercise more and live better. And if the crowded parking lot at my local …

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The Joy of Skiing

I watched the older kids dart off on their skis toward the chair lifts, where they would be carted up the slopes and gently dropped off at the top. Some kids stumbled around with their skis flopping beneath them; others …

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Minnesota Skiing: So Much Opportunity, So Little Weather

Life in Minnesota offers a wide variety of outdoor activity in all seasons. And for the most part, we get out and enjoy the season…in all weather. When it comes to skiing, it seems the season doesn’t change as much …

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The Year That Was

By my accounting 2014 was a fine year. Despite the constant din of the 24-hour news cycle, my family (and most of those around us) found the year conducive to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Sure there were …

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What’s your cozy?

A crackling fireplace illuminating the room. Velvety hot chocolate. Twinkling lights. Fuzzy socks enveloping my feet. Sinatra’s sweet jazz. Crawling underneath my electric blanket. Steaming oatmeal with a spoonful of peanut butter. This is cozy to me.

Cozy means those …

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Finding Solace in a Canister of Oats

One of the upshots of the rise of social media is the plethora of food blogs. It seems everyone is posting/pinning/tweeting their latest meal and it has led to an explosion of food stats. It’s now possible to virtually dine …

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The Beauty of Thanksgiving

I never appreciated Thanksgiving until I learned how to cook. For the first two decades of my life, my years revolved around Christmas—Thanksgiving was just the annual prequel. Then I moved out of college dorms and had to prepare my …

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What’s Up, Yogi?

Statistics show that people in the United States are practicing yoga in ever-increasing numbers. If the explosion of classes at my health club is any indication, the wave has hit our town. From morning to night, you can find all …

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Life will never, ever stop being stressful.

Traffic. Meetings. Deadlines. Bills. Decisions. Indecisions. This is the reality for most of us. A reality where managing the day-to-day can be overwhelming. It was for me, at least. And it still is. But developing a way to navigate “the …

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