Cooking

Saturday Market Morning

by Joan Greenblatt

On a winter morning in northern San Diego county, while the temperature still lingered in the high 60s and low 70s, and the sun was strong and bright, I visited the Vista Farmer’s Market. There, I found the usual organic lettuce and cucumber vender along with the ancient husband and wife cactus team, the crusty […]

Quick and Simple

by Joan Greenblatt

“In everything one does it is possible to foster and maintain a state of being which reflects our true destiny. When this possibility is actualized, the ordinary day is no longer ordinary. It can even become an adventure of the spirit.” — Karlfried Graf von Dürckheim I love the phrase “adventure of the spirit”—it can […]

Mumbai Kitchen

by Joan Greenblatt

For one week in June, 1999, we hosted Sri Ranjit Maharaj, a brother disciple of Nisargadatta Maharaj, in our home. We had never met him, but knew it would be a very special visit. He arrived with three dedicated people to assist him. Naleen, Laurence, and Ujjwala. Each had their specific duties. Naleen was Ranjit’s […]

Grandma’s Spreads

by Joan Greenblatt

I had some extra time one Saturday in October and my mother and I went to the La Jolla (California) public library, a favorite haunt of mine. It is here that I’ve found many out-of-print books which have a collection of interesting artwork. As I was looking in my usual spot, in a bin by […]

Distinctly Ordinary

by Joan Greenblatt

One summer day I spent an afternoon going through some of the piles of books we have accumulated over the years. Somehow, the book The Training of the Zen Buddhist Monk, by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki (originally published in 1934), caught my attention. The book opened to the section titled, “Life of Service,” and the following […]