December 2008

Have you heard o f Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor? I am currently listening to her talking book My Stroke of Insight. Fascinating!!! Dr. Bolte Taylor is a brain scientist, a woman who passionately studied neuroanatomy. At the age of 37 she experienced and survived what she has now come to believe was the best thing that ever happened to her, an incapacitating stroke. During the space of four short hours she witnessed her brain function deteriorate as she lost most of her faculties.  Yet through eight years of determined effort and the infinite love and support of her mother she has completely recovered.  Her story tells of curiosity and determination, of science and anatomy, and of compassion and the human spirit. She continues to recalibrate herself to the world and experiences life from entirely new perspectives. Her story is definitely one to listen to…

If you haven’t seen or heard her:

My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey


Evolve 108

Eco-Chic Boutique

108 Webster Street, Monterey

Still searching for last minute holiday gifts?! I have another favorite local resource. Have you been to the new eco-chic boutique in Monterey? EVOLVE 108!!! It’s across the street from the Post Office – on Webster. It’s awesome!!! Prairie Underground, Viridis Luxe, Stewert & Brown…. Hip, Adorable, Cozy, Creative, Green, Eco-friendly, Designer, Stylish, Quality… I love it!!!

For those of you local to the Monterey Peninsula, I’m sure you are familiar with  Sand City. I have a particular fondness for this little industrial, artsy, up-and-coming neighborhood. I want to live there in an upstairs apartment in one of the recently renovated, modern, concrete and glass, art studio/loft-like buildings. My dream place is even for rent, only $3300 a month for a 2 bedroom, 2 bath! Prince Charming where for art thou… 🙂

A little more affordable and far more realistic is a visit to The Ol’ Factory Cafe… Big windows, colorful art, excellent Chai lattes, an extensive beer and wine list, a full food menu, sustainable, eco-friendly aspirations, free Wi-Fi and a fireplace to boot… The list goes on and its sure to satisfy.  I am a big fan and look forward to the day when I can walk to my morning coffee from my artist loft…

Here’s the next week’s worth of happenings at The Ol’ Factory Cafe (from my inbox /e-update):

Sunday, 12/21  3pm

The Ol’ Factory’s 1st Annual Nog Off
Remember how much you loved that thick, gooey, sickeningly sweet pale yellow stuff in a carton when you were a kid?  Remember how you drank it right out of the carton when you thought no one was looking?  Well, that’s not what this is about.  Good egg nog is an art.  It’s made with real fresh eggs, lots of cream, just the right pinch of spices and flavorings, and booze.  In the past week it’s become apparent that several folks around here they make it better than anyone else.  Thus competitions are born.  Will it be Chef Todd’s “Todd Nog“?  Katy’s “Super Secret Family Nog“?  Morgan’s “Egg-squisite Nog“?  Come taste all of them and help us decide the winner of The Golden Whisk.  Or just throw shoes at the losers.
By the way, it’s not too late to enter your own creation.
Tuesday, 12/23   6pm
Christmas Prime Rib Dinner
Last week’s turducken dinner party was great.  Really great.  Great people, great food, just great.  So great, in fact, that we want to do it again.  And for those who couldn’t get reservations last week, this is another chance for us to have a holiday get together with you (although we’re pretty sure that some of the turduckenites will be back).  The request from many of you has been for a Christmas Prime Rib Dinner.  Done.  Chef Kevin and his crew have planned a traditional Christmas feast complete with Yorkshire Pudding, roasties, locally-grown vegetables, fresh horseradish root, and dessert (espresso creme brulee?) Of course, we’ll have some wonderful reds to pair with the meal, or better yet, one of our amazing malty Christmas ales…Gouden Carolus, Jewbelation, etc.  Can’t wait.
$23 per person.  Call fast for the remaining spaces…394-7336
Christmas Day,  9am to 9pm
The Factory will be open…sorta.
We’ll have the fire going, movies playing, and complimentary coffee for anyone who stops by.  Plus, we’ll stay open in the evening serving beer, wine and bar snacks as long as anyone shows up.  A chance to show off the new sweater and socks Santa got you.  Or the lump of coal.

Saturday, 12/27
Saturday Morning PJs & Toons

Come in any time before noon in your sleepwear (nudists always welcomed) and get 10% off a bowl of cereal — Cap’n Crunch, Trix, Fruit Loops, Lucky Charms, that sorta thing.  Don’t forget the bunny slippers.  We’ll have some old cartoons playing just to help you feel young again.
7am to noon, every Saturday.

Monday, 12/29   6:30 pm
Monday Night Jazz at The Factory
A relaxed and casual open rehearsal session with the area’s premier jazz ensemble, ALONG CAME BETTY. Not a true concert, but a peek at the work it takes to get a band like ACBACB (Patrick, Paul, Pete, Brian) spends hours perfecting the original numbers written primarily by their keyboardist (Biff).
sounding great.
Wednesday, 12/31
New Year’s Eve!
Nothing planned.  However, if enough of you would like us to be open, we’ll be happy to do so.  A not-too-crazy evening around the fire with friends, hoping for a better year to come sounds pretty good.  Let us know…

Coming in 2009…
Our 2nd S.F. Beer Crawl
Sometime in mid-January (tba, but probably the 16th or 17th)
Our second annual S.F. Beer Crawl
Interested? Sign up now!
Inauguration Day Party
January 20th
Okay, picture it… a carnival-style dunk tank with the hapless potential dunkee wearing a George W. Bush mask.  And instead of baseballs thrown at the targetwe’ll be throwing…you guessed it… shoes.
We’re looking for the tank, you bring the loafers.

More info on all of this can be found at

It’s time for CHRISTMAS BEERS!  From Belgium we have Delirium Noel, Gouden Carolus Noel, and St. Bernardus Christmas Ale on tap, and Affligem Noel in bottles.  And from the states we Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale on tap.  Ooh!  We also have Jewbelation Twelve (the only handle in the county!) from Schmaltz Brewing Co.  Phenomenal.

Everyone at The Ol’ Factory Cafe hopes that you have a good, peaceful, healthy, successful, stress-free 2009.  May your loads be lightened, may your health be good, may your children be blessed, and may your lives be improved.  We all deserve better than 2008.

And please keep telling your friends about us.

We’ll talk again soon (…says the Ol’Factory Cafe…)


Winter may officially be a few days away but the damp, dank, dark wetness is here. Mold happily blooms across my walls. Do you have mold problems where you live? “The Shoebox”, once home to horses, does not boast quality construction. Cute… yes.  Quality… questionable. Hence I have been looking for gentle alternatives to eradicate the black mold that blossoms like decoration across white walls. I know I can take a bottle of bleach and wipe it off quickly but it feels good to practice gentle Mother Earth friendly choices. I  came across a great article today on National Geographic’s Green Guide.

This is what they say:

“First, determine the point of origin. Mold won’t grow without moisture, so fix things like leaky pipes, dripping faucets and cracks in the foundation into which water might seep. Also remove any “food” on which mold might grow, such as surrounding papers and fabrics.

For smaller problems, try these environmentally safe sprays and ingredients that kill mold. The trick is not to rinse after spraying so the ingredients have time to do their work. In a few days, clean up the dead mold with soap and water.

1. Australian tea tree essential oil (also known as melaleuca) is a broad-spectrum fungicide. It has a very strong smell (too strong for some people), and it is expensive but a little bit goes a long way.

Place 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil in a spray bottle with 2 cups of water. Shake to blend. Spray on moldy areas and don’t rinse.

2. Vinegar is a mainstay of traditional cleaners and effective against mold. Use white vinegar so as not to stain surfaces, and use it “straight up.” Spray it undiluted onto mold and don’t rinse. Vinegar is the cheapest available method of killing mold, besides direct sunlight.

3. Borax also reduces mold spores and is useful for scrubbing cement walls in basements. Cover such areas with a mixture of 1 cup borax to 1 quart of hot water, and let dry without rinsing. Dust off the borax a few days later.

While you can combine tea tree oil and vinegar, don’t mix borax and vinegar. They neutralize each other, and you won’t get the same cleaning power as if you used the ingredients individually.”

I tried vinegar today.  Good start. I’ll wash it off in a few days and then wipe the walls down with tea tree oil….

Do you have any other mold care suggestions? What do you use? have you tried any of these options? What was your experience? Were they effective? Would you use them again?

Have you ever taken the Myers-Briggs Personality Test? What are you? The official version is often fee-based however there are several free options online that give you a good sense of what you are…

I always love learning more about myself. My Meyers-Briggs personality assessment seems to support that!

I’m INFJ and  fit easily into the descriptions. INFJ is the Mystic which makes up only around 1% of the population. We are a rare breed. 😉

INFJ’s are intuitive, idealistic, sensitive, service-oriented, creative and very, very complex – So complex in fact that we often befuddled ourselves. (I imagine most of you that know me will get a good laugh at that… LOL) We are simultaneously dreamers and doers, practical visionaries,  great communicators, particularly through writing, and good listeners. We are devoted to what we believe in,  seek meaning in everything, and need to feel as though what we do aligns with our values and ideals.  Rather than a job, we thrive through having a vocation which considers the emotional and spiritual need of people and which  is big-picture oriented, impactful, meaningful and garners us respect and admiration.

Our relationships with friends and lovers are not taken lightly and are often intense and always meaningful. Although INFJs can sometimes be mistaken as an extrovert we are most definitely introverts and always operate best one-on-one or in small groups.

INFJs abhor conflict and find it disagreeable and destructive. They partner naturally with ENTP and ENFP.

What is your personality type?

For fun info and loads of information google Myers-Briggs… and be sure to let me know what your personality type is!!!

(Much of the above description was obtained from

Sweet Darkness

When your eyes are tired the world is tired also.

When your vision has gone
no part of the world can find you.

Time to go into the dark where the night has eyes
to recognize its own.

There you can be sure
you are not beyond love.

The dark will be your womb tonight.

The night will give you a horizon further than you can see.

You must learn one thing.
The world was made to be free in.

Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.

Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness to learn

anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive

is too small for you.

by David Whyte

How do you start your day?

My inspirational friend Ana of Devana Wellness drinks gloppy green goodness for breakfast. She also happens to be an impetus for my signing up with The Institute of Integrative Nutrition. When visiting with her over the summer she made a jar full of vibrant green, farm-stand fresh breakfast smoothie and offered to share. As someone who wasn’t particularly consistent with breakfast habits much less potent greenery, I wasn’t quite up to speed with her advanced recipe. I did however enjoy a modified beginners version and immediately felt the vital energy it evoked.

The day before Thanksgiving, committed to practice good eating habits over the holidays, I picked up big bunches of fresh herbs and greens. For the past few days I’ve enjoyed a nourishing morning green drink. One version I especially enjoy looks like this…


1 banana

1 handful blueberries, mint and spinach

Almond milk


Fresh, delicious and energizing!!!

Do you eat breakfast? What does it look like? Do you consume a healthy portion of vegetables each day? Would you consider incorporating them into your morning palette?