Spring Snow

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Up here in the mountains of northern New Mexico, in an ancient village that has gone through more than its share of hardships, whose suffering would put mine to shame, two friends spent a day celebrating what it is to live.

Turning Toward Life

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And why should this matter to you? Why am I writing this to you? Because I think we are universal and the struggles I fight are the same as those you do. Because we are human. And there is no escaping it, my friends. We are in this together and whatever any one of us can do to help with that, matters.

Time…

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I don’t want to grow old before my time and I fear I may have during these last 2 ½ years of shingles… I choose strength. I choose to stay strong, to get strong again—one day at a time, one foot in front of the other. I can already feel a glimmer of my old self returning and I’m thrilled.

Stick

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But something vital I’ve come to know is this: no matter how hard it is to hold on sometimes, we are not disposable. Our selves, our dogs, our relationships, are not to be shunted aside when they become too difficult.

Beef Shoulder Daube with Vegetables

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“DAUBE – Method of cooking meat. Although this method can be used for other meat, as well as poultry and game, the term, daube, without qualification means a cut of beef cooked en daube, that is, braised in red wine stock well seasoned with herbs.” –The New Larousse Gastronomique