I have two offerings today… one was inspired by a vegetable garden; the other, by whatever algorithm Spotify uses to generate music that stirs a chord in me. Both — the fruits of the earth and that digital razzmatazz — inspire a small bit of wonder:
Beet & Goat Cheese Salad
- Thoroughly wash, rinse, and pat dry raw beets; tear off bright green leaves and place in a salad spinner
- Place beets in a baking dish. Rub with olive oil, salt, & pepper. Roast at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately one hour or until tender.
- Let beets cool (approximately 10 minutes). Run under cold water and peel skin off.
- Cut into chunks and place on top of fresh lettuce mixed with beet greens.
- Add dollops of goat cheese.
- Add any other raw veggies you like (such as celery or carrots) + lightly toasted walnuts or pignolis.
- Dress with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, & pepper.
COVID-19 Choral Music
I haven’t been to church since the pandemic hit, but I long to sing and hear choral music. I find catharsis in the gravity and somberness of these songs. What I mean is, they feel like an appropriate soundtrack for the times:
- “Wanting Memories,” The Concordia Choir, Beauty in the World
- “It Is Well With My Soul,” Audrey Assad, Inheritance
- “Nunc Dimittis,” Paul Smith, Reflections
- “i carry your heart,” Eric Whitacre
- “My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord,” The University of Utah Singers, A Jubilant Song
- “Even When He Is Silent,” Texas All-State Mixed Choir, 2016 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA): All-State Mixed choir and the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra