Monday, February 22, 2010

I purchased this book a few years ago while in Seattle,
but only read a few
pages, up to now.
I slipped it into my
with the following book to
read over the last few days.
The gist of it, is, that the ingredients

we need for our lives,
are all out there
and inter-related.

Our body is an ingredient.

Our relationships are ingredients.

Our thoughts,
our emotions,

and all our actions
are ingredients.

Seems this was the right time
have read the book,
because it
makes so much
sense and is so
very simple.

This book, a novel dealing
with the
discovery of chocolate,
also is a
time machine story
and philosophical,

which made it a
fun and easy read.

Yes, we went and tried a few other
coffee establishments. Of the 3 we
tried in Dubuque, Iowa, we always
return to Jitterz, who use Badger Coffee.
We have yet had a bad espresso there
in our trips the past 2 yrs.

Check the sidebar for a short video
for the Coffee Party.
It's time to put an end to the
silly Tea Baggers, eh?

Here's a short clip at the
Stamp Art Museum:


ArtSparker said...

Certainly the humbleness of cooking ties in to remaining grounded in the physical world and healing the split between the mind and the body.

Terrill Welch said...

The idea behind the cook book is very much the idea that lead to my Creative Potager blog and the sprout questions. I just love pulling various essentials together in new ways (people, places, plants and all creative things)

Great post as always! Terrill

tut-tut said...

Nourishment is everything.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

sounds like a couple book to devour....

chicago...this summer....a must!

Anonymous said...

All are ingredients...never thought about it in this light and will seek out the first book here, yes...

ratatouille's archives said...

Hi! C.M. and Subby77,
Thanks, for sharing the two book titles...and the Mail art video was
a very interesting journey.

Subby77 said,
All are ingredients...never thought about it in this light..."

I guess we are on the same page...because I most definitely, second your notion.

DeeDee ;-D

Coffee Messiah said...

artS: The whole philosophy for me, stems back to listening to Alan Watts on sunday mornings on a transistor radio.....through the years, some thoughts take hold, finally.

terrill: Creativity almost seems like a lost art here in the states, although there are plenty of us still kicking.

t & t: As we well know.

kimy: Let me know. Looks like Cleveland is out until later in the year 4 us.

subT: At first, I wasn't ready for it, for some reason, but now

dd: Thanks for stopping by and hope all is well.

whitewitch said...

Your use of cooking as a metaphor for life is so fitting, and it really leaves me thinking about the whole interrelationship conundrum. All of the things we do and see, including ourselves, are just ingredients to the whole dish that is the completion of life as evident in its continuation, in which we all partake.

Megan said...


Coffee Messiah said...

ww: I concur.

megan: Mousse!

layers said...

I like the cover of this book with the string of rocks-- have written down the title and author as it sounds like a good fit for me

Wastedpapiers said...

Nice little film CM - I enjoyed the tour!

Coffee Messiah said...

layers: It's a helpful and interesting read.

a-1: )

Sam Juliano said...

The Zen and the chocolate history book look fascinating Michael! And the entire concept that our relationships are ingredients is another remarkable piece of wisdom. This is a particularly lovely post.

Back here in the NYC area we are now being pulverized with a 12 to 18 inch snowstorm. The roads right now are almosr paralyzed.

Coffee Messiah said...

sam: Sounds like a lot of film watching 2 me. The book is helpful in so many ways. Importantly, my boss is coming up from NC and it'll be all I can do to keep my mouth shut. Everything I was told when hired, has not occurred.........
Ob la di, Ob la da.........

zencomix said...

Did you make it to the Mississippi River Museum in Dubuque?

Coffee Messiah said...

zen: Oh yeah and there's a video clip on coffeemessiah2 on YT. BTW, maybe because we've seen bigger, but it was kind of lame. We enjoyed the walk outside better ; (