As you are reading this, I will be away on a retreat focused on a new discipline called "contemplative care" at the Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York --a beautiful monastery located on the banks of the Hudson River. This three-day retreat is based on meditative practice, teachings, and silence, and is related to the work I do with hospice. During these three days, why not browse the blog -- there are 75 consecutive posts (surely you have missed a few!) -- and choose three you most enjoyed. Let me know your thoughts. Perhaps you will even try a new recipe, or two. I will be back in touch on Monday with renewed energy. A thought while I'm away. Think about cooking in silence. I often do. You will be amazed how resounding the "sounds of cooking" in the kitchen can be. Namaste.