Can’t See the Forest for the Trees

forest2Some things are as clear as mud when it comes to being visionary. Metaphors not withstanding, we often can’t see the forest for the trees. Sometimes it takes a knock on the head, a kindly reminder, or even an “aha” moment.

Several friends have commented that my stories always include food. Often quite descriptive, they say.

“Of course,” I reply. “Food’s a big part of our lives. Our daily activities often include meal preparation and food service. Family celebrations, going out with friends, feeding the children–all revolve around food. It should be included in the story.”

“Did you ever consider combining your background in food and nutrition with your books? Perhaps on your website?”

I think that very question was the knock on the head, the “aha” moment for me. It’s something I hadn’t ever considered, yet studying nutrition is a part of my DNA. Why not expand on the meals I write about in my stories? Develop and post recipes; highlight important nutrition principles.

Perhaps I’m beginning to see the forest–the big picture. It will take me awhile to get there. But I’ve said it before. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

In my newest story, No Gifts to Bring (not yet published), the main character suggests that a big pot of hearty vegetable beef soup would warm the innards of some folks who had been caught in a blizzard. It’s easy to make, affordable, and feeds a crowd. You’re welcome to my recipe at

Bon appetit!




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