Hello! I’m Denise.
So many of you have wanted to hear what moves me & some of the tender things I believe in and love. So here I am, sharing some fun little unknown facts about me and what I hold close to my heart.
I believe that I am responsible for my own actions and happiness. That nurturing compassion, respect, and empathy rather than judgment is the secret to a sacred life. Healthy boundaries, which nurture rather than deplete, are as vital to me as romance, discovering dreamy fae-nooks in the forest while hiking with my boys, early-morning quiet times with my sweet & creamy coffee, and family cuddles on our bed with our sweet dog Salish.
People are surprised to learn that I was dared to kiss a beautiful strange man on the street in San Francisco and I did & it was a cool moment for both of us. I dream long stories every night but forget them within ten minutes of waking—someday I will keep a dream journal beside my pillow so I can start remembering them. They are truly epic. :) And one more intriguing fact about me is that in the last seven years, everything a psychic predicted to me in 2007 has come true.
My creative life has been such a blessing to me. My top three biggest accomplishments are creating an online brand (without that being my intention), becoming a photographer of artists, musicians, and actors, and having my images & writing published in magazines and books. I hold such deep dreamy-dreams for my future which include finishing my book about fertility, adoption, and creative journeys; traveling to Ireland alone + again with my boys; and the freedom to visit my kindreds all around the world both now and when my son is older.
I have so many juicy loves. :) If a loved one came to visit me she would find my three favorite books—The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, & Outlander by Diana Gabaldon—stacked on a quaint little table by her bed.
We would dance together listening to He Ma Durga by Donna DeLory, An Ocean and a Rock by Lisa Hannagan, and Birds and Stars by Elephant Revivial, & then we would dance to her favorites, too.
We’d spend a cozy afternoon curled up on a couch or blanket with finger foods, yummy drinks, and deep sharing, and then I would make her my very favorite, Hale to the Kale salad (below), which is a recipe a friend got a few years ago from her local health food store in Canada. Whenever I whip it up, it only lasts a day because its so succulent and my body craves it.
Then we would carry this nourishing salad outdoors and snuggle under romantic twinkly lights as our hearts melted together through giggles and whispers and yummy, vulnerable conversations.
Twilight would fall. The moon would rise, gentle and soft over our lush fae forest. We would create a moment to last forever in our hearts.
hale to the kale*
Hale to the Kale
1 bunch Kale, chopped
3 cups Carrots, grated
1/2 head Red cabbage, thinly sliced
1/2 cup Tamari pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup Tamari sunflower seeds
1/2 cup Flax oil
1/3 cup Bragg Liquid Aminos
5 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
1 tsp Oregano, dried
Wash kale and chop. Be careful to rinse the leaves to remove dirt and grit. In a cast iron skillet over medium to high heat, stir sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Remove from heat when they’re toasted golden brown. While the skillet is hot, add in a few drops of tamari (gluten free soy sauce), which will sear onto the seeds. Remove and let cool. In a large bowl combine chopped kale, carrots, cabbage and seeds. Set aside. In a small bowl whisk together flax oil, Bragg Liquid Aminos, balsamic vinegar and oregano and pour over kale mixture. Toss until evenly coated and chill 2 hours before serving. This salad keeps well refrigerated 2-3 days. Yields 8 - 10 servings.