Good Neighbor Day was the idea of Mrs. Becky Mattson, who started the effort in the 1970’s to make this a National day. In 2003, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution, sponsored by Montana Senator Max Baucus, making September 28, National Good Neighbor Day.
Do you have good neighbors? Let them know. Are you a good neighbor? Do you even know your neighbors? Next time you see your neighbors, smile and say hello. A small gesture, but it might just be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
We all know unhealthy ingredients slip into salad dressing, but you can make a simple vinaigrette at home. The formula is 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar. You may use olive oil, but any good vegetable oil will work, even flavored oils. Apple cider vinegar works, but I prefer balsamic or red wine vinegar. Flavored vinegars or citrus juice may be also substituted.
Add desired seasonings to the vinegar in a small bowl. Add oil slowly in a small stream while beating with a wire whisk. Beat until the oil is incorporated into the dressing. This creates an “emulsion” so the dressing does not instantly separate. This may also be done in a blender.
That’s the basic vinaigrette. Jazz it up with mustard, honey, finely chopped garlic or onion, any herbs and spices your heart desires.
Ever tried a “pepperwich?” Many people are familiar with baked stuffed peppers covered with tomato sauce, but you can also stuff you favorite sandwich filling into a raw pepper shell.
Cut a large green bell pepper in half lengthwise. Remove seeds and as much white pith as you can. I also cut out the stem. Fill up your pepper shells with your favorite filling. I like an eggless egg salad made with chickpeas, but tuna salad is also nice as are sliced sandwich meats, cheese and your favorite condiments. One green pepper makes two servings.
“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.”— Oscar Wilde
We are bombarded with messages from popular media telling us to do this or not do that. While we would all like to find a perfect one size fits all solution or have someone else tell us how to live, that is not how life works. Life is a journey and we learn the way on the trip.
It is important to remember the words of Carl Jung, “… there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.” Finding your way through life can be a lonely experience. Continue with prayer and meditation, following inner guidance and you will find others along the way to share experiences with. Who knows, you may one day find others following you.