Our Family Update

It makes me happy to connect with you and write a few posts lately.

Nothing major today. But here are few things we’ve been up to:


-Burning incense (this one is a favorite) while researching, studying, and planning our upcoming speaking engagements.

-Cooking up a storm: Garden Rice Pilaf, Sea Bass & Quinoa Asian Salad, Lentil Stew.

-Checking on car options for our return to the States. (Technology has upgraded so much since our last car purchases. Oh my!)

-Building fires for our fireside Sunday reading ritual.

-Riding a bike daily on the river trail, with the doggies.

-Chatting with our nephew and making plans for a possible stay with us in Ecuador.


-Listening to gorgeous songs like: O nata lux, Lux aeterna, Miserere de mei, Deus.

-Adding a few new foods: Sauerkraut (I get mine made local by a woman from the Ukraine which is kinda cool), Grass-fed Ghee, Grass-fed Jerky, Wild Sardines, Atlantic Dulse, SpirulinaTurmeric (capsules).

-Liking: Primordial Sound Meditation (like this one.)

-Baking gluten-free/vegan chocolate chip cookies.

-Ordering a ballot to VOTE while abroad.

-Working on copy for our new site, coordinating with our web designer (getting closer and closer and closer, dear friends!)

-Watching real estate listings in Brooklyn.


-Playing tug of war with Mama and her stuffed animals every. single. morning. She gets all the animals upstairs so she’s ready the moment I get up. <It is darling every time.>

-Learning to sleep in her new doggie kennel (we’re prepping her for flights later this year.)


-Currently at a doggie training camp and letting her trainer’s daughter play dress-up with her.

-Greeting each guest that comes to our house with her outstretched paw.


-Also at doggie camp. Guarding her sister while she eats (to protect her from the other dogs at the camp.)

-At camp, she saw a guy that looked like Danny and watched him like a hawk for 10 minutes!


Love from all of us!

P.S. The scoop on the new foods:

Sauerkraut – a fermented food that contributes greatly to the microbial flora.
Grass-fed Ghee – a super healthy fat (clarified butter) that has the casein proteins removed.
Grass-fed Jerky – I’m experimenting with adding in more meat.
Wild Sardines – one of the BEST sources available for Omega 3. They’re also chock full of vitamins.
Atlantic Dulse – helps to chelate heavy metals. (see here.)
Spirulina – a major source of protein. Also helps to chelate heavy metals. (see here.)
Turmeric – one of the most anti-inflammatory foods you can eat. Hugely helpful for autoimmune disease.


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  1. Ruth August 26, 2016 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    I am interested in the lady from the Ukrain living in Ecuador. I am sure that is an interesting story. What are you currently reading in your Sunday night firesides? Life seems good for you!

    • mara August 26, 2016 at 11:36 pm - Reply

      Hi dear Ruth! We're lucky to have the ittiest bittiest health food store here and there's a woman who makes sauerkraut and sells it there. It's kind of cool here in that way…lots of people seem to have home businesses where they make things, and usually they even deliver the goods to your door! We have a fish guy who comes once a week to deliver fish. I've had gluten free bread delivered, kombucha and other pickled vegetables, organic vegetables, honey, eggs, and organic chickens all delivered. It's so awesome!

      And as for what I'm reading – – I just finished up reading A Mind of Your Own by Dr. Kelly Brogan and I thought it was spectacular. It's about depression, which she thinks is a symptom of inflammation in the body. I love reading anything about inflammation as it's something I'm constantly trying to keep at bay (as it aggravates thyroid and autoimmune issues). She gives the best guidelines and concrete suggestions for keeping this at bay.

      I'm currently trying to decide what to read next book and I think it will be: Between the World and Me, which some friends highly, highly recommended. It's an exploration on the experience of being black and this is a topic I want to dive into more and more. The book has been #1 on NYTimes and was named one of the top ten books of the year!

    • Jessica Brown August 28, 2016 at 8:20 pm - Reply

      Must read between the world and me and then the new Jim Crow . Both very helpful to understand black culture and maybe develop a little empathy … Making my white friends read it.

    • mara August 28, 2016 at 8:40 pm - Reply

      Oh, awesome to hear this, Jessica. I saw Obama also had Between the World & Me on his recommended summer reading list. I can't wait to read it. It seems the book is having a profound impact. And thanks for the other recommendation, too. I'm hoping that this boiling point in our nation, regarding race, will lead to more awareness, more compassion, more understanding…it is sorely overdue. And there's so much work ahead. I send my love and compassion, Mara

  2. Laura August 26, 2016 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    What a full and wonderful life you two are living! And SUCH cute doggies… I mean, just look at those faces!

    • mara August 26, 2016 at 11:43 pm - Reply

      Hi Laura!! It has been a wonderful life in so many ways and I'm so very grateful. Of course we've gotten sucked into "stress" at times. ugh. It still finds a way to creep in. We work to keep that at bay by doing our best to stay healthy (physically) and focusing on a positive script in our head. It helps immensely when we pull this off.

      And yeah, these little pups are cutie pies. It's been the best experience to have them.

  3. christina August 26, 2016 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    I was surprised to see in your recent post that you have 3 doggies now!!! They are all so PRECIOUS and and adorable. It's been almost 6 years since my husband and I adopted our rescue dog and I love him so much that it scares me sometimes. You'll be taking all 3 of your dogs back to the states, yes?

    • mara August 27, 2016 at 12:04 am - Reply

      Hi Christina! You reminded me that we never officially wrote on the blog about how we got our 2nd and 3rd doggies. Dang it. (Though I did write about it on our Facebook page @ablogaboutlove.) We found these two tiny little things on a walk one day. They were in a woodsy area and very clearly starving, infested, and abandoned. We thought we'd just take them to the vet and then find them some homes. But no one answered our ad and in the meantime, they became part of the family and we are completely smitten. We do plan to take all three back to the states! It's going to be quite an ordeal. And having three doggies in NY will be interesting. ha. I hope they like snow. 🙂

  4. Angela Kintscher August 27, 2016 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    Hi Mara, I love being able to read about how well you are doing. We have come a long way since our special time living in Paris for the summer. I have been taking tumeric for a few years now and it is amazing! I had a suspicious area near a root canal I had done and the dentist wanted to pull out 3 teeth (just in case). I started taking tumeric and at my next appointment a year later, everything was all cleared up (completely healthy). Great stuff!

    • mara August 27, 2016 at 3:39 pm - Reply

      Oh, Angela!!!! Yes, can you believe so much time has passed? What I would give to re-live our summer in Paris. We were living the dream. And knowing you, you likely still are living the dream in big ways. I'm doing my best over here. 🙂

      And, amazing to hear about the tumeric!!! That's amazing your mouth healed. I have been hearing about tumeric for ages and finally taking the plunge here.

      Sending love your way!

    • Angela Kintscher August 27, 2016 at 6:10 pm - Reply

      Sending much love your way too. I know our paths will cross again soon and I look forward to seeing your smiling face and meeting Danny finally!

  5. Elizabeth Rebecca August 29, 2016 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    Those vegan cookies sound amazing – we have just started to eat more vegan and veggie food and are really noticing the difference. Have you done any other posts on this?


  6. Heidi Hansen August 30, 2016 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    Sunday reading ritual!?!? Please tell me more!! What do you guys read and study? I would love to incorporate something like this into my weekly routine. I'm always looking for ways to re-center at the end of a long week. ALSO. Mara, I sang O Nata Lux in the Disney Hall in high school and your post reminded me of how beautiful a song it is! I teared up listening again. Loved that 🙂 Miss you both! xoxo

    • mara August 31, 2016 at 12:10 am - Reply

      Heidi!!!! Ah, miss you girl. So, the Sunday reading ritual has been so, so nice. We read when we can during the week, too (this is actually a great result of this time in Ecuador. I swear I could hardly crack a book for years as I felt so strapped for time.) But, the Sunday thing is so nice as it's very deliberate -it's just nice to have that quiet time.

      Danny has been reading a book by Dave Brisbin, a non-denomination pastor from CA who is seriously amazing. The book is called Western Songlines (though his first book is called The Fifth Way. That would be worth checking into for sure.)

      I've been reading a few books lately:
      -Transformational Speaking by Gail Larsen. She's a speaking coach and I've been wanting to up my game.
      -Wild Feminine. There's some really interesting info. in this. It's all about reclaiming your feminine power. Some of it is really repetitive, but it's still worth a read, especially if one wants to heal from any oppression or shame as a woman.
      -A Mind of Your Own. A book by Dr. Kelly Brogan, a psychiatrist (MIT/NYU/Cornell) who is trying to pull the curtain on depression and teach people that anti-depressants are not the way to reclaim your life – that there are so, so many things that can be done, that will lead to REAL, complete healing. Anyway, the book is awesome. Her treatments & protocol is all about reducing inflammation, which overlaps with what I'm always trying to do for autoimmune issues.

      And my next book is going to be Between the World & Me. It's an exploration on what it's like to be black.

      Have a great week, Heidi!! XOXO (Also, we are tinkering with the idea of a 2.0 Ecuador Retreat, for alumni – with completely new content. This wouldn't launch until later next year, but we look forward to making it happen!!!)

  7. Jenny D September 1, 2016 at 11:31 am - Reply

    I finally have time to catch up with your blog posts. I have to admit I'm jealous reading about all the foods you're able to get so easily, and delivered to your door even!!! We are trying to adjust to the food here and I'm trying to figure out how to get as much fresh, local foods as possible, but even then there isn't much variety. What I would do for a spoonful of homemade hummus and sauerkraut right now! It may sound weird, but it is seriously so good. Love the update and that you're all doing well!

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