July, 2021

Mojito: The Best Cocktail

Posted on July 12, 2021

There are so many things I know for a fact. Cheeseburgers are one of the single best food inventions in the history of the world. I enjoy cocktails. Cocktails are better when made with fresh ingredients. The cocktail is meant to be enjoyed outdoors and with friends. Mojitos the best cocktail ever invented.

I could continue to wax poetic about cocktails and how many beautiful ways to enjoy them there are. Homemade ingredients are the best. Fresh grown herbs and fruits, and veggies make them extra special.

Taking the time to make simple syrups, sweet and sour mix, and shrubs can elevate your home cocktail game. I have written about all of those homemade ingredients before; follow the links for inspiration.

I have also tried to grow everything from Basil to Mint. At that, I have failed miserably. There is no green thumb on my hand. But there is a friend in my life that has a beautiful mint patch in her backyard. A scissors and a little humility, and I end up with a handful of fresh mint.

What I did not realize going into the weekend was that Sunday was national Mojito Day! I headed out for some stealth mint grabbing and home to make a perfect cocktail for a hot, muggy evening with my current ability to acquire mint; the mojito was next level!

The mojito, created in Cuba’s hot, humid tropical climate anywhere from the 1500s to the 1940s and ’50s, said Ernest Heminway enjoyed the mojito as his favorite cocktail. When you taste the cocktail, it is made clear from the first sip—cool, sweet, and refreshing.

The following is my favorite recipe for the mojito. I also love to vary the drink from season to season with fruit. I have in the past used Strawberries, blackberries, mulberries, pineapple, and mango. When you muddle the mint, add your favorite ripe fruit and muddle that too!
Yesterdays was simply a traditional mojito with mint from a friend’s garden; it was perfect!

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Leaving Work Behind and Setting the Covid Reset

Posted on July 5, 2021

This past month has been a rollercoaster.  There is a separate post coming on that. But it is incredible to me how many people want to confront me about my choice of Leaving past work behind and carving out a new life for myself. I call it the Covid Reset  

This idea that there are millions of people just watching TV and eating BonBons is insulting.

You can all find the same articles to read (hundreds have been published) about why this is happening today, but I will say  I’m not lying around collecting government dollars. I’m trying to carve out a life for me that is both satisfying, mentally healthy, and fun. 

The world changed over the last 18 months or so. Some people had a realization of what that means for them. I sure did and I was not alone in this; I had valued, trusted people who have taught me listened to me. Those same people have been patient when I fucked up and kind when I am sad.  There is not one of them that is not going through the same thing as I. They all look like they are leaving work behind and hitting the covid reset button

I think we collectively as a planet are going through this to one degree or another. But many more than you know are making substantial life changes.  This will probably continue to happen over the next year or two.  So when someone in your life says I’m leaving work behind and setting the covid reset, support them; they are sometimes scary and traumatic changes. But in the end, they will bring about a new world for that person who made the change and a more fantastic world for those whose lives they touch.

Why We Have to Change

We as human beings can’t keep existing like this. It is not healthy or fair. We should not have people who can’t afford to live or who can’t pay for food or healthcare.  

We also should not slave away doing jobs we hate inside buildings and institutions for our entire life, and for what?  If we are lucky, 10-15 years of free time. If we are fortunate, we will get that time, and we will have saved enough to follow our retirement dream and cover health issues and housing as we age. 

 A lifetime of struggle and depressing work to do things when we are old is not a reward; it is punishment.

 I do not think it an accident that seven years after I experienced the Boston Bombings and made life changes, this Covid Reset has set me continuing on the path of profound change I am now traveling.

 I intend to share all of my changes and adventures. This last month has solidified that I will be an activist, a lover of travel and food.  I will imbibe in a cocktail every so often. I will share it with you here because this is how I get it out.

I am also inviting you to join me.  Don’t wait!  Let’s make unforgettable memories now while we have our health.  Let us help people who need help, let’s be better to each other, and let’s fight those who think none of this is worth it.  Take a walk in the woods, listen to the earth: it’s all worth it!