What I Learned about Punishment from the Silkworm Farmer

The modern silkworm farmer on the TV screen caught my eye. The simplistic perfection of his black t-shirt and jeans looked nothing like any farmer I knew. He fed mulberry branches to his silkworms with methodical intention explaining in Japanese, “Silkworms aren’t as strong as people. And you can’t give them medicine. We do all […]

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Three Secrets of Ayurvedic Cooking

The six tastes – sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent. Western diets have a lot of salt, sweet and some sour. But what of the other three tastes? Here in Texas pungent (hot peppers) is very popular but what of bitter and astringent? Bitter (leafy greens) and astringent (beans, potatoes, apples, broccoli) are often […]

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