Author: Shirley Shivhon

Pizzette: A Classic Italian Crowd Pleaser

As you know, I live in Tuscany, which in and by itself already implies the fact that I make pizza at home. We all do around these parts. And, we make different kinds of pizza depending on oor mood or event.  For example, I like to make little pizzette when hosting friends for an aperitivo …

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Divine Timing

Divine Timing refers to the concept of ‘everything happens at the right time’. Often when we want something, we pray for it or, we place a Cosmic Order in. All we need to do is Ask for it, Believe that it is being set-up and Receive it. But sometimes, things don’t show up when we want them to and we can be …

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Self-Care for Winter Months

Taoist philosophy conceptualizes universal balance in terms of yin and yang, complementary forces that govern our universe. Yin characteristics are cool, wet, slow, feminine, and quiet, where yang is the opposite: warm, dry, fast, masculine, extroverted. Winter, the yin season, is a time for storing and conserving energy in the way a bear retains fat …

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L’estate

Are you Savoring the brightness of life and the sheer joy that Summer brings? Our memories of summer are usually vivid because it is a season blessed with a joy and playfulness unsurpassed by any other time of year. Our senses are delighted by bright colors, fresh scents, vibrant flavors, brilliant sunlight, and heat on …

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arrendersi

I did it. I am a proud owner of a car in Italy. A car that is registered to me and fully insured. Now, that may not sound like a big deal , and given the fact I’ve been driving since the age of 16 and have owned several cars in my adult life, I …

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Aparigraha- the art of non attachment

Aparigraha is the last of the five yamas of Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga. It often translates to ‘non-greed’, ‘non-possessiveness’, and ‘non-attachment’.  We can’t truly possess anything, so it’s a bit silly how hard we try.  We use things and people to prop our insecurities on.  It’s like putting chains on things and demanding them …

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