“The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.”
Thomas Merton (1915-1968)
Born in France to an American Quaker mother and an Anglican father from New Zealand, Merton was raised in several different countries, moving often, especially after his mother’s death when he was six and then his father’s death when he was sixteen. Although agnostic as a young man, he was increasingly drawn to the Catholic Church, despite an almost libertine period in which he may have fathered a child. He was confirmed in 1939 after receiving advanced degrees from Cambridge and Columbia Universities.
Merton entered the Gethsemani Monastery in Kentucky in 1941, and began a life of contemplation and writing resulting in the autobiographical work The Seven Storey Mountain, often cited as one of the most influential books of the twentieth century. His interest in other religions and his friendship with the Dalai Lama, D. T Suzuki, Chatral Rinpoche and other spiritual leaders opened the doors of comparative study to many who seek understanding through self-examination.
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Who knew passing the refrigerator case with fresh turkey’s during my routine Sunday morning shopping trip to Market Basket yesterday would be the cure to my sadness of not hosting this year’s Thanksgiving Holiday!
Just Back from vacation, with a desperate need of groceries, and the realization of the holiday season fast approaching, Sunday morning, I took a quick scan of the frig and pantry before heading out to shop. Made mental note of a few key ingredients on hand like, hot peppers from the garden still fresh and firm in the crisper drawer, and a half filled bottle of soy sauce on the door shelf. With Lone Gull Tea in hand I entered Market Basket, and immediately noticed holiday packaging, and speciality items strategically placed throughout the store.
Their strategic placement of holiday product, caught my attention and literally flipped my mood from sad to happy! Thanks to creative holiday packaging and product placement, my creative juices started flowing, and I found myself walking through the store thinking of past holidays shopping experiences with my mother for key ingredients in the aisles of my grandfather’s Italian Variety store. Pat’s Center Grocery.” Before I knew it I found myself tossing a fresh turkey into my shopping cart. At the same moment, my Grandpa Joe’s famous saying came to mind, “ When life gives you lemons make lemonade!”
Right then I knew I had to go with the flow of life, and not let my disappointment of not hosting this year’s traditional feast day on the 28th, stop me from creating a special Thanksgiving feast for my family. Since tradition was already set to be broken I decided to embrace our non-traditional year with a non traditional feast with all the fixing! Over the years I have read numerous articles about the the likes and dislikes of roasting a turkey using traditional roasting methods verse roasting birds that have been prepared in a brine. In keeping with non-tradition I decided to go out of the box and prepare a brined turkey for the first time! Inspired by the ingredients I made mental note of before heading out to shop on Sunday I began creating this new “Asian Infused Turkey Brine” for this week’s scheduled family dinner! Stayed tuned for the final out come and reviews Thursday here on GMG Sista Dish!
Asian Infused Turkey Brine
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Crabapples in the warm November sun equals winter bird food for Robins!
Properly trained, a man can be dog’s best friend. ~Corey Ford
Papa and Nonnie had four of our grandchildren for 5 days. What fun we had here in Gloucester. He is a couple of photos to show how much fun we had right here in wonderful Gloucester.
It boggled my mind that people did not remember “Ogre’s are like onions”
Here is a reminder!