Blakeley State Park: Down and Around

Following a trail down to a stream and then up and around a small ravine.

Recipe: A Simple Cataplana

This is a recipe for a simple cataplana that I cooked recently. It’s a traditional Portuguese dish and, while commonly made with clams, I like to use it as a “catch of the day” recipe since it works well with just about any shellfish I’ve used. Traditionally, it is made in a copper clam-shell pot called a cataplana – where the dish inherited it’s name – but if you don’t own one then you could substitute a pot with a weighted non-vented lid.

Consider Mentoring a Small Group

Mentoring is not always a one-on-one relationship. If you want to see mentorship spread, you need to empower others to become mentors and this needs to be provided in a manner where they aren’t simply thrown into the wild to make it work. For some, a more social experience, as a co-mentor, may provide a natural growth – an experience where they become confident leading discussions with someone other than yourself. This is where a small group may be of value.

Sci-Fi Binge Watching

It’s been a combination of binge (re-binge??) watching SyFy’s Battlestar Galactica series and classic science fiction films like War of the Worlds, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, and Plan 9 from Outer Space. As I’m getting to the end of one series, I’d like some suggestions for the next one to work my way through. What have you seen lately you would recommend?

Recipe: Backpacking Paella

This is a recipe for a backpacking-friendly paella. Well, to be honest as someone who cooks paella frequently, it’s really more paella-inspired. In any case, check it out and let me know in the comments if you actually give it a try!

One of the Many Reasons I Mentor

Have you ever found yourself explaining something to someone and then walk away from the experience with a greater understanding than you did before?

This is just one of the reasons I enjoy mentoring: I grow more as an individual, and as a professional, when I mentor others rather than lecture to them. I look forward to hearing other perspectives even if they differ from my own. In a discussion where neither of us readily have the answer, we both learn more through the experience by seeking it together.

In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.

Phil Collins