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Holiday wishes and holiday treats

First, a warm welcome to Shana Ronayne, who is joining our circle from Austin, Texas! She sent a lovely note with a link to her website:
I'm so grateful to have found your beautiful website. I was searching for
articles on preparing food mindfully because I'm in the middle of writing a
series of articles on mindful eating inspired by Thay. I am also writing a
book on living simply that weaves in many of Thay's teachings

I'm so happy to have found you. Thank you for creating this space.

Calling for holiday recipes

Our circle is growing-----a warm welcome to Joyce Davies in Burpengary, Queensland, Australia and Anna Berkowitz in California! There are 145 of us now, ready to help each other in our exploration of plant-based cooking. Everyone----your thoughts, questions and discoveries are most welcome---do send them in.

Hello Joyful Cooks,

We have three new cooks in our circle this week: Diana Fish in Madeira Beach , Florida, found us through the Plum Village website; Bonnie McKinlay, here in Portland, is a recent Cowspiracy watcher and without a doubt Portland's most energetic climate activist; Maria-Constanza Garrido, an artist in Carrollton, Georgia, is adding a new state for us, our 23rd! She learned about us through the recent Mindfulness Bell article. Welcome Diana, Bonnie and Maria-Constanza!

Dear Mindful Cooks,

Tonight my thoughts are with Thich Nhat Hanh, (Thay), our beloved teacher, whose eloquent dharma talk in 2007 inspired our Mindful Cooking project. I know many of us are sending love and healing energy to him in his current sickness. As I write, this remarkable request has come from those closest to him in Plum Village, France :

If someone want to send healing energy to Thay please ask them to keep one day per week avoiding eating beef, pork, chicken and fish (vegetarian) per week and send the merit to offer life to Thay.

A worldwide group, a local potluck, and an article in the Bell!

Hello Joyful Cooks,

We have a new member in our email circle, Paula Profeta. Welcome, Paula! Please let us know your place on the planet so we can add your spot to our map. Maybe this is a good time to reassure all the shy ones----telling us your town, state and/or country won't allow anyone to send mail, knock on your door, or whatever. It's just fun to see where we all are, all over the Earth. There are 136 of us now, connected through this mailing list and our shared enthusiasm for good food.

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