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How It Began

March 26, 2010

Fresh Off The Palate by Florence Ondré 1/16/10

Food is so much more than just food.

No matter what is going on in our lives; no matter how well or ill we are; no matter our status, work or relationships; dreams or goals, wrecked or reached, we have to eat.

Several times a day, we have to tend to this thing which sustains our life force. And if we don’t, can’t or won’t, we will wind up consumed with the thought of nothing else. Our minds will shut off all auxiliary channels and narrow our focus to a pinpoint of seeking sustenance.

In disasters of cataclysmic proportions, everything we ever thought was important goes out the window with the hurricane, flood, earthquake or famine and all we can think of is food and water. How to feed ourselves, our children, our families; survival’s basics, push all else to the four winds.

What we do for a living, who said what to us, when we’ll get the latest whatever, evaporates in an instant the moment we are faced with catastrophic clearing; flattening us like pancakes. See this?  Even the words and phrases we use have many roots in food.

Nothing sates, softens, sharpens or soothes empty bellies, edges, senses or souls like a cool drink of clean, clear water and, since not many of us are on the level of existing on manna from the heavens or nectar from the gods yet, we do have to find and create foods from mother earth and out of human creativity several times a day… each day…every day of our lives. Seasoning one’s meals, seasons one’s life; one’s very essence of being.

They don’t call it Soul Food for nuthin.

Food.

We are addicted to it…we have to eat!

In this new year of 2010; this new decade, I want to do more of what gives me joy; what makes me smile, uplifts me and makes my heart sing. So I tuned in to see what popped as to what I like most.

Over the years, I’ve enjoyed solid work completed, as well as good projects half to three quarters done. There are so many areas of endeavor in which I like participating, yet never enough time to do everything I like.

But “what do I love? what are my passions? what endeavor would hold me to the goal of completion and still feed my heart and soul?’ became the central questions preluding a choice of where I’d like to place my focus, time and energy.

I’m great at what I do, whether it’s my work doing a role on stage, writing assignments, preparing a meal or giving from my heart; loving and putting out good energy into the world and universe for highest good for all. And, when I add the secret ingredient of love, everything tastes and runs better on that fuel.

Also, I’m a real ‘putoffski.’ Probably a trait held over from another life in Russia that still runs through my veins with the essence of borscht or blinis. And, OK I admit it, since I’m a procrastinator (there I’ve said it out loud and in print) everywhere in my life but work, I thought doing what I love might get me the hat trick of accomplishment, discipline and joy in each day, if I could narrow down what, without doubt or hesitation, makes my river of happiness run full flowing.

Work with a specific end-goal time works best for getting me across the finish line. Even when writing and producing theatre, I’d get the gig date first and then pull the show together. The same with client deadlines and writing assignments. The day before or day of, you’ll likely find me doing some of my best work.

I’d like to change that pattern if possible, have some more ease and joy in my life. If there has to be any pressure or deadlines, why not make them in areas I most love and make the effort richer; fuller in enjoyment on that path of endeavor?

So the question is: “What do I love?” (besides my dear Tom & my family & friends of course)

I love food.

I’ve been afraid to admit that to anyone out loud for fear they will think I’m a glutton or call me fatso. Yes, I’m a bit plumper than I might like but, after being rail thin for most of my life; a dancer, model and performer; then being physically challenged in a wheel chair for the better part of the last 10 years from a spinal injury, who wouldn’t be?

I love to write.

And when I do write, my style is densely descriptive and experiences are word painted and stuffed with food analogies and metaphors.

Hmmmm….Why not combine the two loves and see where it leads?

And I love sharing.

Sharing what I enjoy with others and hearing what other people find delicious and enjoyable in life is such fun.

So, I’ve made a commitment to myself; set a goal to write for the next 365 days about this subject of food and its far-reaching effects on life and in our lives; one whole year of coming to this contraption; typing whatever comes up regarding and revolving around food; sharing with you each day, as close to experiencing and tasting as humanly possible, what goodies I’ve enjoyed or discovered.

In other word’s, what’s Fresh Off The Palate!

In Light & Love,

Florence

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