TiggerI rarely take the time to talk about my personal life, but sometimes it does interfere with my ability to run this website and blog. I’ve had lots of things happen over the years: loss of a beloved animal, loss of a parent; loss of a job, job changes, and health issues. Over the last two years I have been healing from shoulder injuries. Rotator cuffs were frayed, and then torn. I’ve been in physical therapy working on healing those tears.

Just as the shoulder started feeling better, I was stricken with Bell’s Palsy. This is a condition where the facial nerve is attacked by a virus (they don’t know which one) and is paralyzed. Half my face is paralyzed. This is a condition that can take many, many months to recover from. In two weeks’ time I have shown marked improvement, but like with my shoulder, I know there can be set backs, relapses, and other complications in my future. I remain hopeful that I will gain full recovery – and can eventually get some videos made!

On this blog there have been times I have only posted a couple of times in a year. There have been times when I just did not want to write. It takes work. It takes the spouse editing. I have to have photographs, most of them I take myself, some I find online. These have to be plugged into the articles. And then there is the time I have to spend on social media to get the information out. All of this is time consuming. Right now, I have that time. So instead of burying my face in the sand and feeling sorry for myself for being sick, I’m going to focus on content, and providing you with informative, thoughtful articles, and recipes that make your mouth water. Maybe that will inspire you to cook for yourself. If you need help, you can hire me via Skype to coach you through cooking sessions.

I am dedicated to this website and to you the reader (I know you are out there even though you don’t leave comments). I am committed to writing articles about spices, herbs, and other obscure food history and knowledge. And if there is something you would like to see me write about, drop a line. I’ll try to fit it in.

Thank you for sticking with me and for listening. This has been a very scary and frightening time for me. Many friends have sent out thoughts and prayers and without those I don’t think I would have been able to keep my spirits up. I believe in what goes around comes around. The power of love can be felt.

I send the love back out that was sent to me. Keep it going.