a recipe for cold days: broccoli cheddar soup
Five years ago, pretty much exactly around this time, I visited a friend in the United States. It was the first time for me to leave my continent behind to cross an ocean. And, oh boy, was it an adventure! Me, alone in a different country, in a place where nobody spoke my language, among people I had never met before in person. And although this was five years ago, it feels like it was yesterday. And that first night, after being on my feet for about 20 hours, when I was still terribly insecure and incredibly jetlagged and tired, when everything was new and strange and a little overwhelming,…
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Every year on New Year’s Day – just after midnight – a dear friend of mine lets us all draw a tarot card. Although I’m not an excessively spiritual or esoteric person, it has been a helpful ceremony for me that I’ve come to cherish. And this year, my card told me to start something that I’ve been wanting to do for a long, long time now. It told me it would be a good year to start new things and to create. Admittedly, after 2018 – a year of great success but even greater loss, a year of mourning and, yes, even death – this sounded like a good…