Family Reunion (Or Have I Got a Recipe for You!)

Summer. Time for vacations and family reunions. Now the Hovie Family really knows how to reunite.  Every single year the clan travels from places near and far to gather in the basement of a tiny Lutheran church in the town of Angelica, Wisconsin (population 1,635 according to the most recent census...just in case you were wondering). You can always count…

What Do I Miss?

For many years, my family enjoyed a yearly Labor Day camping trip with three families we were friends with. Sadly, the tradition came to an end when high school sports took over the late August/early September calendar of each family. It was a good run while it lasted. But this year, after a lengthy hiatus, the tradition…

Sharks, Dolphins, and Nachos

Probably not seeing the connection, are you? Hold on. Let's start with sharks. You're familiar with them, yes? Aggressive, blood thirsty, dangerous... You see one, you run. Or swim. Fast. In the other direction. Dolphins on the other hand? People pay big bucks to swim with dolphins. Totally different reputation: social, playful, intelligent. People get their picture taken…

What If…

What if you focused on the miracle of your body, rather than your outward appearance? Could you accept yourself if the image in the mirror did not meet the standards of our thinness obsessed society? If you did not have a thigh gap? If your bones did not protrude? But you felt healthy and strong? What if you could actually see how the food…

One for the Books

A friend of mine recently requested a "good first book" for someone thinking about becoming vegetarian/vegan. Well, that got me more than a little bit excited. I couldn't wait to get home and start browsing through my collection. (And for those of you who have no desire to cross over to the dark (vegan) side, no…