Casual Cooking Substitutions, Hints, and Equivalencies

I’m substituting a lot of ingredients in my cooking recently.

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Now that we are all marooned at home during the current Covid-19 crises, I observe lots of social media posts about food. Are you as tired of hearing about this crises as I am, yet alert for valid information and help? I have some ideas.

I’m getting downright adventuresome and creative with my cooking and baking. It’s time to use up an odd assortment of previously purchased foods that I enthusiastically bought over the past months when I hadn’t had lunch yet and I was ravenous.

Sitting on our basement storage shelf is a huge package of ramen from Costco. I’ve not touched it since bringing it home. It’s hogging shelf space that I need for more practical things such as canned green beans and soup. (I’m going to ignore mentioning anything about needing room for toilet paper storage – because I didn’t hoard any.  I just happened to need 50 rolls on the exact day that the panic buying rampage was initiated.)

I’ve seriously considered baking a ramen pie but I can’t find any recipes. Just in case you are inspired to send me one, may I politely request that you resist? I’m already committed to ramen pancakes and ramen cake. If they turn out edible, I’ll let you know. If not, I’ll feed them to the neighbor’s dog.

Back to my primary intention for this post.

When I bake, I sometimes find that I’m missing key ingredients. I’m sure this never happens to you, but I’m not always organized for what I’m attempting. When I get the urge to bake, I go for it and then scramble for what I need as I go.

I began making helpful notes in a document. Warning: This is not an especially professional document; I created it for my personal use. Now that we find ourselves in this “stay-at-home” time, we can’t run out to grab what we need. So, I’m sharing information that I’ve gathered to help you out. That’s what good friends do.

Download and enjoy! Substitutions, Equivalencies, Hints, Measurements.doc

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My Covid-19 Routine

What are you doing to survive, and possibly even thrive, during this Covid-19 crisis?

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I am being contacted by friends and clients, asking “What are you doing, Ellie, during this Covid-19 crisis?” So, here’s my list (I probably won’t remember everything…)

Everyone is making different choices and I am enjoying the creativity of how people are dealing with this situation. There is a lot of expansion for us as we learn from each other!

Keep in mind, this is for me. Not necessarily for you. Each of us is unique in our current health condition, state-of-mind, family situation, and physical surroundings.

• I am reading scientific and quality information online to educate myself. I use discernment to determine if what I learn, or hear from others, is relevant to my life and health. For example, if I hear to take copper, I read up on copper, its benefits and potential side effects, and make my own decision.

• I continue with my daily meditation. I meditate at least 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening. On weekends, I meditate longer.

• I continue performing agnihotra, a healing fire ceremony for the community. Currently, I perform it at every sunrise and at sunset when possible. This is also a form of meditation and takes about 20 minutes.

• I’m drinking water from a copper cup. Copper assists with protection against the virus. But you can over-do it and cause problems. Read online about copper and how to regulate its use.

• I’m gargling with a mild mixture of vinegar and water morning, afternoon, and before bedtime. (Current science states that Covid-19 lingers in the throat area for a few days prior to moving deeper into the body.)

• I drink vinegar water mixed with honey before bed to promote an alkaline digestive tract. You can also take AC vinegar tablets. (Contrary to what people think, apple cider vinegar is actually not acid once consumed. Instead, it has an alkaline effect on the body when taken internally. Keeping your body’s pH levels, or the balance between acidic and alkaline, as stable as possible is said to aid in disease prevention.)

• I get probiotics into my system by eating non-pasteurized sauerkraut, quality probiotic capsules, quality yogurt, and other foods high in probiotics.

• I limit sugar and alcohol. I joke about yummy snacks a lot, but in reality, I allow a bit of sweet each day as an afternoon break and limited alcohol on weekends.

• I’m only going out for groceries or essentials and not every day. I wear gloves when I’m out, and then wash them when I get home, soaking them in a vinegar-water rinse before wringing out and drying.

• I maintain a positive attitude. Worry has long ago been weeded out of my thoughts. It’s a useless waste of energy. And yes, this includes during times of crisis. I have learned that I will experience more of whatever I allow my mind to focus on, so I choose possibility of thinking.

• Being pragmatic, I consider the worst possible outcome of the crises and then take whatever action I can to alleviate it. Then I let it go! At the same time, I intentionally seek the benefits of every situation and expand on that.

• I continue with my regular daily routine. Our body and mind perform best when we follow a routine. I arise at 5:30 am, and begin my day with 20 minutes of the 5 Tibetan Rites and yoga with breathing techniques, meditation, shower and dress, make breakfast, and begin my tasks at 9 am. Tasks include writing, connecting with clients and friends, baking, laundry, and whatever needs my attention.

• I’ve worked from home for most of my career and have learned that if I get ready for the day, including wearing comfortable business casual, I am more productive. It might be jeans or leggings, but I’m showered, my hair is combed, and I look presentable. You never know when the Publisher’s Clearing House people will show up at your door with prize money.

• I’m going for a walk every day. So many people are out! Everyone is keeping their distance and it’s wonderful to see families having time to spend together. The dogs are loving it! Now, more than ever, we need fresh air and the healing benefits of sunshine. For at least 15 minutes, forego using sunscreen so the sun rays can penetrate into your skin, and then use it if you must.

• I’m planning our gardens and preparing our soil. If I lived in an apartment or townhouse, as we have in the past, I’d be planting veggies and pollinator perennials in pots.

• I reach out to friends on social media and by phone/Skype/messaging. I’m a social person and friends help keep me on track. I learn a lot from them! Plus, I feel best when I am contributing to the well-being of all of us. We are in this together!

• I’m watching a Netflix series with our 15-year old granddaughter. We connect by phone. Then we synchronize the episode, and start it, making comments as the story unfolds. We laugh a lot and it feels great to connect!

• If you are saying to yourself, “But I have kids!”, sorry, but that won’t work as an excuse 😉. I kept this routine when running our own company and raising kids. In fact, my morning routine is what kept me healthy, energized, and sane.

• I know I’m forgetting to mention other things I’m doing, so I may add to this as time passes.

I’m okay if things don’t return to normal. We’ve all been begging for normal to improve, right? Now is our chance. Can we maintain the current flow of compassion, reaching out, and sharing? Can we be thankful for the help we are promised by our government as a start, even when we know it won’t be sufficient for many of us? Can we see what is happening and get out to vote for change? Can we accept others who have made choices different from ours, and find ways to work together for the common good?

It’s a tall order. But I believe each of us wanted to be living right now so we could help make a difference. Following the chaos, as life reorganizes, keep the faith!


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Agnihotra and the Coronavirus

Can Agnihotra help protect against the Coronavirus?

Yes, and no.

Currently, there is information floating around on social media that is inauthentic and ill-informed, including reported “magical” properties of agnihotra. In the midst of crises, it is essential to use discernment to glean what is true and what is a rumor.

It is essential to remind here that Agnihotra is one, specific fire ceremony, only performed at sunrise and sunset with a specific Sanskrit chant. NO OTHER FIRE CEREMONY IS AGNIHOTRA! Please do not confuse the following information as being attributed to any other fire ceremony. I will address additional fire ceremonies at the end of this article.

Agnihotra has been scientifically proven to protect against and alleviate bacterial infections, radioactivity, and fungus. At this time, I do not find any studies that specifically reflect agnihotra’s effect upon viruses or coronavirus per se.

However…

First, it helps to understand why a virus is unique. A virus is a non-living organic structure. It is an independent particle of genetic material that is encapsulated in a protein shell. It requires a living host such as bacteria, plants, animals, and humans.

Once a virus attaches and penetrates a cell wall of its host, the virus’s protein shell is dissolved and its genetic material is injected into the host cell, at which point it begins to replicate itself. Eventually, the replications burst free, destroying that host cell and multiplying the same effects rapidly throughout the host.

Each virus has unique genetic material and thus each virus has radically different properties. No one virus “cure” fits all.

So where does agnihotra come into play?

When one regularly practices agnihotra, the surrounding environment becomes relatively free of pathogens. All life forms in the vicinity have strengthened immune systems and therefore stronger self-defense against a virus.

Agnihotra smoke contains exceptionally minute particles that negate the harmful effects of pathogens. It assists all living organisms to utilize moisture and oxygen in a more effective manner. It neutralizes the effects of negativity including fear, anxiety, worry, anger, and stress. It neutralizes emotional and mental imbalances, bringing one back to a calm state of assurance. In such an environment, the effects of any pathogen can be diminished and alleviated.


Necessary Disclaimer: This is offered as information in response to inquiries. It is not to be considered medical advice. Only a trained medical professional can offer safe and necessary aid for coronavirus.

Can only one agnihotra ceremony help?

Yes, for brief period of time. Its healing effects will linger and then slowly dissipate over the following hours. This is why regular and consistent practice is necessary for a stabilized healing environment.

What am I personally doing?

  • I am focused on a continued healthy diet and exercise.
  • I follow CDC recommendations on protecting against the virus, including hand washing and avoiding large crowds.
  • We have a reasonable amount of food and supplies in case of a necessary quarantine.
  • I perform agnihotra at least once daily.
  • I add a pinch of agnihotra ash* to my daily food intake (mixing it in with other powdered herbal supplements I take). You can also sprinkle it onto food or take a pinch in the mouth and wash it down with warm water or juice. (Ash of other fire ceremonies is not to be taken internally.)
  • I made a salve* made of ghee and agnihotra ash and I rub a drop of it into each nostril at bedtime to protect against inhaled pathogens.

 Will other fire ceremonies help protect against the coronavirus?

Possibly.  I am only aware of agnihotra fires being studied for its effects on pathogens. There are other fire ceremonies for specific purposes and diseases. I am not currently knowledgeable of how they might affect viruses, or specifically, coronavirus.

I have performed Tryambakam, known as the “Great Healing Prayer” in countless situations with emotionally, mentally, and physically ill people who have reported healing benefits. My personal experience has demonstrated it can provide a healing environment, but one must be careful to not attribute it as a cure-all. I would consider Tryambakam as beneficial but not to be performed in the same room as someone with coronavirus, due to the smoke. It would be a marvelous healing ceremony to hold at any time for your home or community.

Coronavirus severely affects the lungs and most fire ceremony smoke is never to be in an area when lung issues and breathing are at issue, with the possible exception of agnihotra smoke. Agnihotra smoke has been demonstrated to be helpful with people suffering from asthma. I would never recommend experimenting with someone suffering from coronavirus! You can do agnihotra in an adjacent area and the benefits will reach them because the effects are subtle and not inhibited by walls or other barriers.

In summation, practice agnihotra regularly if you can. If not, perform it whenever possible. Keep the ash because it retains healing effects for future use. Follow professional medical advice. Help others when you can.

This is a time for global cooperation, mutual support, and assisting others. Be well!

*Detailed information on agnihotra, its practice, process, resources, benefits, how to use the ash, and how to make the ash salve, is available in the handbook “Agnihotra: Havan on Earth” by Ellie Hadsall. Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads and other online booksellers.

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Wind Stirs Up Fear

A windy day can strongly affect our emotions and state of mind.
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According to the ancient healing science of Ayurveda, wind causes restlessness and stirs up mental/emotional unease.

People who are prone to fear or anxiety are influenced by the sound or movement of wind. On windy days some people feel increasingly anxiety-ridden. Fear and uncertainty tend to arise.

If you are affected by windy days, consider these calming guidelines:

1) Listen to calm, soothing music
2) Eat warm, well-cooked, and moist foods. Soup is excellent. Avoid cold, raw food or drink.
3) Drink warming tea. Consider tea with ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, fennel, licorice, or nutmeg. Avoid caffeine.
4) Keep warm. Especially keep your head, neck, shoulders, and feet warm.
5) If you go outside, cover your head, ears, and neck with a cap and scarf.
6) Hum. Humming is a healing tone that helps calm the body.
7) It can help to wear something heavy or to wrap yourself in a warm blanket.
8) On a windy day, don’t take any action based on your fear. Wait until a calm day, when you are more grounded, to make important decisions or to take strong actions.
Ayurveda explains that each of us is born with a unique body-mind constitution. Those with more “air” and “ether” in their constitutions are known as “Vata” and are most likely to be affected by windy weather.
I grew up on the windy prairie of Kansas. The sound of wind in the trees, rustling tall grasses, gusts howling around the eaves, and rattling windows brings me a sense of exhilaration and nostalgia. Wind clears out the cobwebs of life. The silence following a wind seems calming and refreshing.
But for many, that same wind is stressful, haunting, and frightful. Stories abound of early pioneers going insane from the incessant winds that barrelled across the prairie when no trees or buildings could dampen their ferocity.
If you are one who is affected by wind, learn about how Ayurveda defines “Vata” constitutions, and the solutions it offers. This amazing healing modality will open doors to a deeper understanding of how and why you respond to life as you do.

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Make It Nicer

Everywhere we’ve lived, and that’s 16 homes, we have sought to make the place nicer.

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Garden planted along the alley where it used to be weeds and dirt.

We’ve planted trees, shrubs, herbs, flowers, and organic gardens. We’ve added pavement stones, patios, rainspouts, rain barrels, fencing, and grass. We’ve nurtured and dined on edible weeds such as purslane, lambs quarter and amaranth. We’ve allowed dandelions free rein, welcomed wasps, bees, and any wild critters that needed a place to land.

Inside the homes we’ve added towel racks, curtain rods, ceiling fans, overhead cabinets, and shelving.

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Blackeyed Susans, Spiderwort, and Iris planted where weeds used to flourish.

12 of these homes were rentals. We moved in, thanked the space for its protection and possibilities, and set out to make it better. We’ve spent what little money we could afford at the time, and considerable labor, on making improvements. We expected no discounts or appreciation from the landlords; we did it because we know that when you respect and honor the space you are in, it responds in kind.

Painted Ladly butterfly on apricon blossoms

Sometimes the landlord offered to refund us or split the difference, but we never demanded this. Always the landlords have been good to us even when other people complained about them. We’ve learned that you harvest what you sow.

Organic garden with brocolli, chard, arugula, s unfloers, corn, squash, kale and thriving apple tree. A red wooden shed is in the background.

Organic garden with brocolli, chard, arugula, sunflowers, corn, squash, and kale. This area was covered with dry dirt and 3-foot high weeds when we moved in.

Occasionally neighbors noticed and began their own improvements. Sometimes no one knew but us. But it has always been the right thing to do.

It’s not important to be perfect. But its darn sure important for your self-esteem to make the best of any situation.

Years ago I heard a concept that’s been inspiring to me. Most people are hovering somewhere around the emotion of mad, sad, or glad. Size them up when you connect and don’t leave until you’ve done what you can to move them up the scale toward “glad”. That may be simply because you listened. But, I think I just rambled into another post.

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It’s the Thought That Counts, Right?

As a little girl, a Christmas arrived when it occurred to me that the Giving of Gifts might be as fun as Receiving of Gifts.

I wasn’t getting a lot of gifts anyway, due to farming parents who struggled to survive in a prolonged, severe drought. But I could make everyone happy! This would be an amazing Christmas! I could lift everyone’s spirits with just the right gift for each!

Dad smoked, and big brother Dave would soon, if he wasn’t already sneaking a smoke behind the barn where everyone inhaled and coughed out their first lungful of smoke. Putting to use an idea I had just learned, I surreptitiously gathered tin can lids from the kitchen trash, being careful to keep fingers away from sharp edges, and stashed them in my dresser drawer beneath my jeans. When no one was around, I carried them out to the back yard along with Dad’s ball peen hammer and pliers. I hammered the lids with the ball, forming artistic dents. I crimped lid edges upward with the pliers, creating a sophisticated fluted look. Tah-dah! Ashtrays! I’d gotten a bit carried away and made more than necessary, so I put the extra ones in my playhouse in case a useful purpose came to mind.

My eldest sister Jane’s gift was easy. She loved pretty jewelry. Our monthly Jack and Jill magazine had featured how to make jewelry by linking paperclips together. One silver paperclip necklace and bracelet later and Jane was good to go.

Middle sister Ann’s gift was yet to be determined. Then one day I watched her fuss because she couldn’t find the right size box for a collection of small rocks. Ah-Hah!

“Mom, is your Dr. Scholl’s corn pad box almost empty? Can I have it to use?”

“I suppose so. What for?”

“Shhh…it’s for a Christmas gift.”

I was the youngest of four kids, so by this time Mom wasn’t surprised by much. “Okay.”

Ann’s gift was secured.

What about Mom? I stewed on this up until a few days before Christmas when I noticed she began sneezing. Mom had a cold. Mom needed lots and lots of tissues. That evening when she went out to milk the cows, I carefully pulled out a handful of tissues from the kitchen Kleenex box. Mom’s gift was secured.

Now all I had to do was wrap these thoughtful gifts up and put them under our tree, which consisted of several large branches cut off the bottom of one of our Junipers, stuck together in a wet bucket of sand and bedecked with antique ornaments found in dusty attic chests and multiple years of paper cup bells and other cherished decor fondly created by four kids.

Its the thought that counts, rightDuring my next naptime, a daily event required for Mom’s sanity, I sneaked into the upstairs hall closet to rummage through the carefully saved and folded wrapping paper accumulated from previous Christmases. I wrapped the presents as best I could. I couldn’t wait!

Christmas Eve was so exciting. I whispered to Mom that I needed to stay up late to put presents under the tree, she nodded, and ran interference in case anyone happened to drop by the living room.

That Christmas morning is engraved deeply in memory. Funny, I have no memory of the presents I received.

My gifts were a hit! Almost. Dad immediately lit a cigarette so he could use his ashtray. Dave placed his up on the dresser for pocket junk. Jane wore her jewelry. And Mom loved her Kleenex, making a show to pull them out of her pocket to use as she prepared dinner.

Ann’s gift didn’t go over so well.

“Mom!!!” She wailed, and as the middle child who necessarily had to assert herself frequently, she was good at it. “Eleanor gave me an EMPTY CORN PAD BOX!”

It was difficult for me to see the problem. Ann had complained only a few weeks ago because she didn’t have just such a box. It was a pretty bright yellow. I pretty much wanted Mom’s next empty corn pad box for my own use. Why was Ann so upset?

“She gave Jane jewelry! And I got an empty box!”

I did apologize to her years later when I had a more adult perspesctive on things and the subject came up over a glass (or more) of Dad’s homemade wine. We agreed that she had evened the score several times with her own antics. I think she may have scored higher than me, but I’ll let that one go.

After all, it’s the thought that counts, right?

–  Ellie Hadsall

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The Christmas Dress I Didn’t Get

As a college sophomore subsisting on loans, I was excited when my boyfriend Ron suggested we go Christmas shopping together. He wanted me to try on dresses so he could choose one for my present.  I found a dress I absolutely adored – a hot pink knit with a black patent leather belt. I strongly hinted that this was the one I wanted.

When he invited me to spend Christmas with his family and casually mentioned, “Bring a dress and your black patent shoes in case we go dancing”, I was delighted to know I was getting that dress!

gift, present, red paper

On Christmas morning, his family convened around a colorful tree surrounded with presents. In my childhood, we had often been too poor to even buy a tree, so this was a treat. I received several gifts from his family but kept waiting for that big dress box that I was sure was hidden somewhere behind the tree.

Finally, he handed me my gift – a box so little it wouldn’t even hold the belt! I was deeply disappointed but smiled bravely, removing the paper.

Inside was a satin box. I opened it to reveal a dainty, shiny, golden watch. Speechless, I looked at him.

He explained, “You always ask me what time it is, so I thought you could use one. I didn’t want you to guess, so I misled you a little. Hope you’re not too disappointed about that dress.”

Gold watch, Christmas, present, giftWhat Ron did not know, was that as a little girl I had dreamed of owning a gold wristwatch. No one in our family owned a watch. I had vowed to myself, “Someday, Ellie, you’ll have a gold watch and then you will have made it in this world!”

Many Christmases have passed since that one long ago, but to this day, somehow, my husband Ron still knows what I want, what I need, often before I do.  And  he still manages to sneak in surprises.

I still think about that hot pink dress, though…

 – Ellie Hadsall

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Ahimsa Saves a Worm

“Ahimsa” is the practice of non-violence.
Treat all things with respect for their place in the scheme of life. All things are connected.
In practicing ahimsa, in return you attract no harm.
A tiny striped worm offered me a chance to practice ahimsa today.  It deserves another chance at life.
worm on a board looking toward green leaves in a garden

Champion Kale Eater

It and it’s relatives have been devouring our kale.

I brought kale leaves in, washed them thoroughly three times, soaked them in water to allow any critters to float out to be rescued. Then I patted the kale dry in a towel and stored it in the refrigerator for three days. I pulled it out to use in a green drink and found a few bad spots, so tore them off and put them in the trash. Now, the next morning, I find this one crawling its way out of our trash!! This is one tough critter.
Little Striped Worm is now back out in the garden, probably dining on more kale.
I’m okay with that. I’m also okay with the slight chance that I missed seeing a few more little worms and dined on them in my green drink.
The garden belongs to both of us. Accidents happen. It’s the circle of life.

 – Ellie Hadsall

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Visiting Your Attic Library

As a little girl, I used to sit cross-legged on our dusty, hot farmhouse attic floor, sweat running down my body, transfixed by old books.

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Longfellow’s poetry. The “Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900” book with unedited first-person account of the survivors. My Great Grandfather Henry’s book on Animal Husbandry. An 1800’s Bible Correspondence Book. A yellowed newspaper with a minute-to-minute journal of Lincoln’s last day, including his pulse, respiration, and Mary Lincoln’s ongoing emotional state of mind. My Great Aunt Flora’s meticulously inscribed journal of her wounded soldier patients, medical supplies, and rag bandage inventory from her year as a front line WWI Red Cross nurse. Decades of National Geographic magazines. The Wind in the Willow’s children’s stories.

When engrossed in these words, all of the stifling heat, dripping sweat, dust, and investigating spiders disappeared. All that existed was my journey into another world.

I am the summation of the books and articles I’ve read. As an adult, I continue to learn from websites, audios, and videos. Yet childhood books and articles still weave through my life’s perspective, bringing innocence and hope.

“Take life into your own hands and make it happen. It’s your life; Lead it!” 


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If I Wear a Red Dress, I Can Do Anything

Did you ever have something you want to do but don’t have the nerve?

Go ahead. Do it.

The summer I turned sixteen, I bleached my long brunette hair into brassy blonde.

I didn’t have money for a salon so I attacked it myself with an sixteen-ounce bottle of hydrogen peroxide and a gigantic gulp of teenage courage.

I can’t really say how it looked to other people, but to me, I had arrived at a new level of awesome.

Do blondes really have more fun? Only if they think they do. And I did.

Suddenly my conversation became brilliant. I could hold my own against any female in our local town. Because I believed being blonde made me confident and cute, it did.

I smiled and teased with boys, as blonde girls do, and was delighted to find it worked.

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Pixabay photo by Jill 111

I accepted a date with a popular boy who was three years my senior and then learned how to escape from a car when locked in by a boy who wanted to control me but couldn’t control himself. I got out unscathed but with an entirely new mindset about popular boys and a brand-new confidence that I could spit out powerful words when under pressure.

I remained a ravishing blonde through the next school year until spring, when three weeks before Prom, my mom gave me a perm that was advertised as safe for bleached hair. It wasn’t. My hair burned beyond repair, so I finally coughed up money for a salon, where I learned the only solution was a pixie haircut. It’s a cute cut but wasn’t in style until three years later. So, I was either way ahead of the fashion curve or a desperately disillusioned high school junior girl with a boy’s haircut.

I promptly earned the nickname of Elmer and decided to go with it. My prom date was a good friend who didn’t mind my pixie haircut (Thanks, Louis!). Then a week before Prom I had to get a smallpox vaccination which puffed up and scabbed over. I made it to prom in my sister-in-law’s party dress, sporting a burnt-blonde pixie cut and a band-aid on my arm. But it wasn’t a total loss. Louis knew the newspaper photographer, we got our photos in the Sunday morning paper, and my pixie cut looked, well…perky!

My hair grew out, I quit being blonde, and I reverted to life as a brunette until grey started creeping in – but I chose to think of it as silver. That’s another story.

Playing at being blonde taught me a lot.

I learned that who I am is not the color of my hair, but the beliefs in my head.

I learned that a flirting girl attracts guys who like flirts. I didn’t want to marry that kind of guy, so I quit flirting.

I learned it’s liberating to be brazen enough to experiment with new ways of being.

I learned I had a wise mom and dad who trusted me to experiment and learn.

I learned to summon an inner strength to stand up and defend myself against someone trying to control me.

I learned there were guys out there who would like me for who I am and not for how I looked.

I learned that by laughing with friends who nicknamed me Elmer, an experience that could have been painful, it became just another funny high school story.

I am the summation of my life’s adventures. Every one of them taught me something more about myself.

There is always something new waiting for me.

I’ve been thinking…I’ll bet if I wear a red dress, I can do anything.

-Ellie Hadsall

“Take life into your own hands and make it happen. It’s your life; Lead it!” 


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Review: … This is the BEST non-fiction book I have read in years. I could not put it down! The story is super engaging, Eleni, the main character, is so wise and inspiring. The story of a community based on deep respect, for the earth, for nature, and for each other, gives me hope in these times of corruption, chaos and extreme unrest… more reviews


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