A quick note to readers: Laura and I will be in Nicaragua for the next ten days. Laura will be joining a team of other eye doctors to give free eye exams in two villages there, and I'll be joining the support team helping out.
In the meantime, stay tuned for two brand new articles that I've queued up for next week during my absence! I'm not sure what kind of internet access I'll have while we're on the road, but I'll be sure to respond to your comments and feedback as soon as I return.
PS: If you're curious about the organization that hosts these volunteer eye missions, it's called VOSH: Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity. This will be Laura's fourth VOSH trip, it will be my second. These trips are hard work, but they are also deeply fulfilling.
Otherwise, as always, here's yet another selection of particularly interesting links from around the internet. As always, I welcome your thoughts and your feedback.
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Ten tips for enjoying holiday cooking, including this gem, which I'll paraphrase: Don’t get sucked into food drama by picky eaters. Have a variety of protein, fresh fruits and vegetables available and you can accommodate almost any diet. (Spinach Tiger)
What does it mean to be a "freegan?" Admittedly, you could have a field day with some aspects of this philosophy, but some of the ideas are worth open-minded consideration. (Freegan.info, via Hohlistic)
Stunning cappuccino foam art, including an interesting how-to video at the bottom of the page. (Woman's Day, via My Last Bite)
Are you brave enough to say no to a high-stress holiday season? Thought-provoking reading. (Alternet.org)
An easy recipe for Spanish Rice. You'll never bother with regular white rice again. (Alosha's Kitchen)
Easy and flavorful Colombian-Style Roasted Chicken Legs. (My Colombian Recipes)
A laughably simple and delicious homemade Ginger Ale recipe. (30 Bucks a Week)
You'll never believe how easy this traditional French recipe is: Scallops with Champagne Beurre Blanc. (To Catch a Cook)
An economic argument for never giving another gift. (Slate)
An exceptional post on the do's and don'ts of effective web typography. (Web Design Ledger)
You will be inspired to take a CERT class (Community Emergency Response Team) class after reading this post. (Erin Pavlina's Blog)
You may as well embrace minimalism now, because like it or not, it is in the process of embracing you. (More Minimal)
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