Labor before Birth

I now have direct experience with the aftermath of a disaster, whether natural or man-made, what people face in these situations. Mine is a bit of both. The mold is the natural part which damaged my home and made me ill. The man-made part was the mold removal workers who piled my…

The Fairness Myth

Recent events that have happened in my life have caused me to reflect on what I call the fairness myth in American culture. Americans live in a country where you can sue for almost anything, even ridiculous things like your coffee being too hot or your airline seat not being comfortable because…

When God Takes Away…

Above: Mold removal company truck in front of the apartment. The first day there were four of them. The last two weeks have been in upheaval and have resulted in a dramatic conclusion. But although the changes have manifested just recently, they have in fact been months, perhaps years in the making….

The Disney Antidote

Walt Disney cartoons and comics was a part of my childhood. My father had dreamed of being an animator for Disney in the 1940’s but never made it. Instead, he passed on his love of Disney but by the 1950’s, the rich, time-intensive cell animation gave way to simpler styes and the…

Not Quite Independent (Kids) — A Summer Survival Guide

On this day where we celebrate my birth nation’s independence, I am doing it alone with my two, not quite so independent kids. I have a girl 7 years old and a boy 9 years old. Both kids are near the age of independent play but still not quite there. As a…

My Vibrant Palette

When the cat’s away, the mouse will…crochet! Silly I know but hey it rhymes… Well I haven’t posted in the Creativity section in a while which is lapse of me. The reality is that I am always doing something creative, actually more like 2-3 things. In my youth I compared it to…

Minimizing Cancer Treatment Side Effects Through Nutrition

When you are first diagnosed with cancer, you realize you are in for the fight of your life. Then come the treatments that can be very exhausting. When you are in such a serious fight, you will want all the weapons at your disposal. The doctors have done their part. But there…

The Price of Privilege

Above: Circa 2009, Elsa and Marcos after receiving a present from their Nana — it didn’t take much to make them happy. The other day my ex and I saw something on the news about the Dominican Republic. We saw a picture of a rainy, flooded street and it brought back a…

Love Marriage

A few months ago an Indian woman that I didn’t know asked to be my friend on Facebook. This was on my personal profile, not Amor y Sabor’s Facebook page. This happens a lot actually because of the blog and I usually accept because I consider all Facebook to be public anyway….

Granola Bars

Granola bars are a healthy, portable snack bu I dislike using processed foods, especially in quantity, so I decided to investigate how hard it would be to make my own granola bars. This is what I came up with. These are so easy and so good for you. I have practiced this…

The Miguel Sano Story

Due to my experience and writing in this blog about the Dominican Republic, I was contacted by the filmmakers for a new film called The Miguel Sano Story which is a a followup to their documentary called Ballplayer: Pelotero. I am always happy to oblige when it comes to supporting the arts…

Indian Winter Stew

Today is Saint Patrick’s Day and I will be cooking a traditional Irish meal of corned beef and cabbage but last week I made a delicious winter stew with Indian flavors that was worth a share. Lamb could be substituted for beef as well. Indian Winter Stew   Print Prep time 30…

Potential to Do Harm

[Photos © Eliza Alys Young, first posted on December 22, 2012] In the days since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, we have, as a country, struggled to make sense of it all. Every parent has thought of their own children on that day and are grateful they are…

Healthy Eating is Learned Young

It’s very interesting to watch American television with my ex, especially us both having lived outside of the U.S. for so long. I see our culture as a foreigner. So what do I see? I see dramas filled with crimes, medical conditions and dysfunctional families. I see silly comedies where the characters…

Sinless Chocolate Mousse

Above Photo Credit [Source] — I don’t have my own photo (yet) because we ate the mousse before I could take one! Ladies…we love our chocolate. Not to exclude you gents but we ladies really love our chocolate. But we don’t love the guilt, the fat, the extra inch on our thighs….

Where Dreams Come From

Above: “Hood Angel”, Photo @ Eliza Alys Young dream [source] noun a succession of images, thoughts, or emotions passing through the mind during sleep the sleeping state in which this occurs an involuntary vision occurring to a person when awake an object seen in a dream a vision voluntarily indulged in while awake; daydream; reverie…