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Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being. – Mahatma Gandhi.
 

Springtook its sweet time getting here and is already being bullied by summer. With all the seeding, sowing, hatching, and birthing, there hardly seems to be enough time for planting the flowers, let alone stopping to smell them or getting lost in wistful sentiment.
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Cathy’s Sweet and Savory Bobotie

 Don’t tell hubby I said this, but South African curries beat West Indian curries by a clear, albeit a narrow margin.

Please understand, I could get into some serious trouble for that statement, but if all South African curries are as good as Cathy’s bobotie – then frankly, there’s really no contest.

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Farm Fresh Start

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Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman. ~ Maya Angelou
 

2015arrived quietly here on the homestead, with very little fanfare… but great expectation. 2014 was a pretty momentous year for us. It was filled with lots of wonderful, important changes – ones for which we are all extremely grateful – and ones which, truth be told, presented their fair share of challenges and strains adjustments at the same time.
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Sumayya’s Zesty Hummus Recipe

Talk about a crowd-pleaser! Homemade hummus has become a staple dish anytime we entertain and is one of my go-to healthy snacks for the kids. So, I was delighted when our friends Sumayya and Tatille dropped by to help us kick off our new cooking channel, the “Cultured Kitchen” and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to test out Sumayya’s legendary twist on this traditional recipe.

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A Tiger Named Keisha

I have always had mixed emotions about the zoo, but yesterday’s trip to Krefeld was special. After being in Germany just shy of 24 hours I was already overtaken by all of the amazing sites and experiences.

– A walking tour of Wachtendonk, including sipping wine at Pulverturm
– Eis at Jo Jo’s, a local ice cream shop
– Crossing the border into Arcen, Holland for coffee and gas
– And a trip to Wackertapp Farmer’s Market – which felt a bit like visiting Tractor Supply back home

Yet, nothing could have compared to — or prepared me for — what I experienced at Zoo Krefeld!

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The Power of Music Across Cultures

The power of music is universal. Since the beginning of time, music has stirred the souls of men, embodying the spirit of the culture that birthed it.. This was the case at the GGC Excursions Concert Series: Sounds of India performance. While I was unfamiliar with the history and encapsulated meanings of Northern India’s Classical composition, last night’s Excursions concert proved to be no exception.

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GGC Excursions Concert Series

Musical Performances from Around the Globe

We are thrilled to be partnering with Georgia Gwinnett College and the Hudgens Center for the Arts as they present their first formal concert series, featuring the GGC music faculty.

The first performance of what is set to become a regular concert series collaboration will present “Musical Excursions Around the Globe”. The Excursions Concert Series will feature international, traditional and classical music performed by local musicians. The beautiful backdrop of the Hudgens Center for the Arts will add an extra dimension for listeners when programs are designed to link current exhibitions at the Hudgens with representative music.

As the first concert of what will become a regular concert series in Gwinnett, it promises to be an exciting event with a diverse selection of music and ensembles. In addition to performances on the timpani, guitar, saxophone, piano and horn, the GGC Voices will also make a guest appearance. Admission is free and seating is on a first come, first serve basis.

Mark your calendars and be sure to join us for what promises to be a delightful evening of great music!

My Ethiopian Cooking Lesson

One of my all-time favorite styles of food is Ethiopian cuisine. It’s hard to explain what about it seems to connect so deeply with me; maybe it has something to do with the balancing of simple ingredients and intense flavors.

It probably has most to do with the way meals are shared with others. There is a strong family, communion type of approach to Ethiopian dining, (learn more here). That is why it was such an incredible treat when my dear friend Seifu Ayalew came to visit us. He and his family did not simply join us for a fabulous meal, but they taught us how to make it. Armed with a handful of ingredients, a good bit of patience and equal amounts of enthusiasm, they set about teaching me how to cook a traditional Ethiopian lentil stew.

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Communication is a huge part of what we focus on here at The Exchange and this space is another extension of those efforts. A mixture of life and lessons learned, ranging between culture, community, farm, family and more, we invite you to follow along and take part as we share pieces of our journey with you. Note: Most of the photos you’ll find here chronicle moments we’ve captured along the way — and since our Right Hand Man is a professional photographer (and I am not), many are of expert quality…the others…well, just bear with me while I learn. Nevertheless, we’re happy to share them with you and we’re glad you’re here. Hope to hear from you soon.
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