About CJ

I am a vagabond medical student who is inspired by people, my family, the places I stumble upon, great food, books, music and really anything that moves me in life. I have bounced around from Ohio to Boston to New Orleans to Suriname to Kansas City to NOLA again and back up to the east coast to Washington DC...with some other small adventures along the way...and hopefully more to come. I hope to share some tasty and interesting tidbits as I bounce along my way. Give me eyes to see; give me hands to heal. Let me hear the cries of those in pain. Let me speak the words of comfort and strength. Fill me with compassion and wisdom true, and when I lay weary, fill me with strength anew. In Your footsteps I walk, with Your love always, to do Your blessed work and praise You day by day. Give me eyes to see; give me hands to heal. - The Prayer for Osteopathy

Monsoon season…at least for me ;)

HA was foreshadowed in a precious post…my computer gave up the good fight and completely died. The hard drive is dead…lots of error messages and an inability to turn my computer on. As someone told me…when it rains it pours. Well I guess it is monsoon season for me right now haha. Trying to see what can be recovered from my laptop as well as tying to keep a positive attitude. While I had many files backed up…I hadn’t done so in awhile. So my lesson to pass on today…back up your computers my friends! You never know when technological disaster may hit. I should have known…most technology and I have short term affairs where they don’t last more than two years around me at max *sigh* Oh well. I have a roof over my head and great friends surrounding me right now so…life isn’t too bad. Just frustrating. Needless to say my blogging may not be very steady until I get a new computer. I will see how much I can do with my Kindle Fire. Hope everyone has a great weekend!


Today’s Quote (4/20/12)


This world is but a canvas to our imaginations.

~ Henry David Thoreau

Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it.

~ Danny Kaye

Street Artwork done by David Walker

David Walker Interview done by “Street Artist London”

Today’s Quote (4/19/12)


To parallel my previous post (Paul McCartney’s music video “My Valentine” featuring Natalie Portman)…

“My Dishonest Heart”

The visual is sorely undervalued in modern scholarship. Art history has attained only a fraction of the conceptual sophistication of literary criticism. Drunk with self-love, criticism has hugely overestimated the centrality of language to western culture. It has failed to see the electrifying sign language of images.

~ Camille Paglia

“Silent Stories”

Artwork by Audrey Kawasaki

Mediterranean Pasta with Greens

I am really loving the warm weather, spring vegetables, and my Clean Food (vegan) cookbook! I was carb craving so decided to try out the recipe “Mediterranean Pasta with Greens” from the Spring section. My bad luck continues with my car being towed and ticketed today (I forgot it was Tuesday…street cleaning day on my block 😦 ) and my computer stopped working for 12 hours…so a nice comforting pasta dish was in store.  This absolutely hit the spot! It was quick, light, and tasty! Next time I would double the vegetables (a heavy on the pasta veggie ratio) and maybe try out , but overall the recipe was a success. I still don’t have my phone back yet (or a camera) so the pictures are not the same quality as usual, but I tried to capture the deliciousness! Enjoy!


1 pound penne or fusilli
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 small onion, chopped
1 tablespoon dried basil *may have to add more spices if going to double the veggies…just keep the basil to oregano ratio
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas *I used 1 can of chickpeas
2 cups canned diced tomatoes with their liquid *I used 1 28 oz can of organic diced tomatoes. I would double this next time
2 tablespoons tomato paste
¼ cup mirin
1 small bunch kale, chopped (I used purple kind fun 😉 )*I would double this
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper


Cook pasta according to directions on package. Rinse, drain and return to pot. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and set aside.

In large Dutch oven over medium heat, sauté garlic and onion in 2 tablespoons of olive oil until soft (about 3 mins). Add basil, oregano, chickpeas, tomatoes, tomato paste and mirin. Sauté 5 minutes longer. Add kale, then cover and cook 3 minutes or until soft. Uncover and stir to combine all ingredients. Season with salt and lots of pepper and toss with pasta. (I had to add a little vegetable stock here because a little dry with all the pasta). Cook to heat through and serve.

Today’s Quote (4/17/12)


“Illuminating Night”

One day at a time- this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.
— Ida Scott Taylor

“Retrieving The Thought”

Paintings by Katelyn Alain