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Spring, Stasis, and Socialite

I’ve been in a slump! Has that ever happened to you? (rhetorically speaking, of course). Perhaps the protracted winter cold and rain had something to do with it, maybe my father’s hospitalization and the ensuing family challenges contributed as well, and possibly a bit of spring fever on the intermittent gorgeous, warm, sunny days between winter storms distracted me… whatever it was, it is over! I’m back!

Stasis is an odd place to be. Feeling stuck perpetuates the feeling of being stuck. The more mired I felt, the slower I was to move. The longer my To Do list became, the less I seemed to accomplish. The less I accomplished, the more familiar it felt to not write, not communicate, not follow up AND, gasp, to experience moments of self-doubt for my place in the world, both professionally and personally. Weird, unfamiliar, and very uncomfortable. Thankfully, this odd place was very shortlived — a few weeks — and I have welcomed myself back!

Socialite is a new plug-in that Lance has installed for me. We just spent 20 minutes on a phone call updating my blog posts to be managed by Socialite, only to be kicked off at the end with a confusing message (at least I was confused, but not Lance), that Facebook needed a new log-in or some such nonsense… so I am writing this blog posting as a test, truth be told, in the hopes of assessing the success of the Socialite install. I’ll be checking FB and Twitter to see what’s what.

Spring is truly here, although in the Sierras, we are experiencing the usual zany snow/hail/bitterly cold rain storms that are the hallmarks of winter’s end. Many luscious warm days have been enjoyed in the past month, however–the birds are ravenous at the feeders in between busy mating and nest building rituals and the dogwoods are in glorious bloom, as are my tulips, wisteria, rhododendrons, and pansies. I even dipped into the Yuba 2 weeks ago in celebration of the transition to spring. Heavenly.

It’s nice to be here.

Robin Mallery

Robin Mallery

Robin Mallery is passionate about food! Starting from where and how it's grown, to how far that food travels to the dinner table, to how it is prepared and savored...Robin blends shopping, cooking, and eating tips with her unique Kitchen Zen and mindful meals approach to enjoying real food.

While you are waiting for her to finish the upcoming book, "Kitchen Zen: The Journey to Nourish Body and Soul in Our Changing World", you can find Robin's sporadic blog posts here or on FaceBook.
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