Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Awakening Artistry, Fried Green Tomatoes and Happy Artists

Ponderings on this hazy Colorado day...

Let me count the ways 1 - 2 -3 -

1) Suggested reading: "This Time I Dance, Trusting the Journey of Creating the Work you Love", by Tama Kieves. Tama is Denver's beloved life coach and teacher who has penned her wit and poetry into this well defined book about choosing a life of artistry. Travel with her as she shares her own experience when she did the unthinkable and abandoned her successful law career for a career that spoke to her heart: writing and helping others to find their artistry. And she writes it as only Tama herself can do. With hilareous stories, nurturing advice, excellent quotes. Her book is a fun account of all the ups and downs she encountered when she decided to go for it and do what her heart longed to do. If you aspire at all to do what you love to do (even if you don't know what that is yet) I guarantee you that reading her book will act as a catalyst. She will give you courage to at least contemplate the possibilities, and after that, anything is possible. To learn more about this gifted writer, please visit her website at: www.awakeningartistry.com

2) Fried Green Tomatoes is a recipe from a friend who traveled to Italy years ago and discovered this simple and delicious side dish everywhere he went. I like to serve it with sliced baguettes that have been lightly toasted. Great as a first course for a family meal, or as a snack on a cold autumn day. And if you are as lucky as I have been to be stuck with a bunch of green tomatoes at the end of growing season you will be in for a big treat!

What you will need:
First, you need as many green tomatoes** as you can get your greedy little hands on.
Olive oil.
One jar or container of pitted Kalamata olives.
a frying pan.

(no salt and pepper)

Heat your olive oil at medium heat, slice tomatoes thin and fry them in batches. Remember this is an Italian recipe and that implies "free spirited cooking"...you can experiment with the amount of oil you use, how thick you slice your tomatoes, how brown you fry them, the way you slice your kalamatas....just have fun with it and make it your own. Your tomatoes will be wilty and have a golden color when they are done. Transfer to a saucepan. Slice the kalamatas length wise and toss with the fried tomatoes in a covered saucepan on low heat for a short time (just long enough to make the olives wilt) Serve warm or at room temperature with bread and eat with someone you love.

** this year, my green tomatoes came from my 83 yr. old dad's garden just before the first big frost (when they were still healthy but green.) Sorry, it's not the same if you use red tomatoes....that's why it's a delicacy, because green tomatoes are not so easy to come by (sometimes the farmers market will have green tomatoes, or places like Whole Foods might have them).

3) What could Mark Twain, Sting, and Rosemary Clooney possibly have in common? They were all at one time or another diagnosed with depression. I don't know about you, but I'm not going to let the winter blues get to me this year! I have found that what works for me is exercise (through snow and slush), sunlight (Colorado rays, 24-7), increased vitamin D supplement, eat my fruits and vegtables, blissful sleep, avoidance of sugar (and my favorite chocolate love). What also helps me is to do work I love (paint, paint, paint), and try to be around the people I love as much as possible, after all laughter is the best of medicines. Even though, I am saddened by the slew of artists who suffered in the past (and present) with severe depression. Great artists like Vincent Van Gough, Virginia Wolf, Jimi Hendrix....all talented, desperate souls that never received the help they needed to survive. Blessings to them for leaving us their spirited works.

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