Welcome to The Pauley Principle!

The Pauli Principle, named for Wolfgang Pauli, deals with atoms and electron-sharing that results in new, stronger bonds. Think 2 parts hydrogen and 1 part oxygen, a shared delectable (!) electron and VOILA! Water!

Similarly, when you prepare whole food to share with family and friends, especially foods you've grown, something amazing happens. Meals become tastier and healthier. Your soul, not just your stomach, becomes fulfilled. You live life more abundantly as a result. During a shared meal, the bonds that people create grow stronger and become something new: GREATER than the sum of the parts! I give you The Pauley Principle.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Why Grow Grapes?

For anyone who can manage it, I recommend a grape trellis. Here's why:

My husband had an awful bout with cancer a few years ago. Prognosis: Stage 3 in two systems, 2 months to live. During his chemo treatments there were only three things he could manage to keep on his stomach or even swallow: a tiny bit of steak, a couple bites of ice cream and grape juice. He craved just those foods but could only manage small amounts.

While he was in the hospital, repeatedly over several months, he kept thinking/dreaming about planting a little vineyard. It became like, hmmm...well, a spiritual mission of his! He realized the foods he craved and could eat helped him survive. Many prayers were made on his behalf. He had a strong sense that God brought all the technology, knowledgeable and helpful medical staff, food, me-- everything--together! Chris is strong and well now. And our grapes provide us with grape juice and wine that we enjoy regularly, in moderation.

Grapes provide our bodies with tremendously powerful nutrients: Vitamins C & K, the minerals copper and potassium, and phytosterols. Think FIGHT! These nutrients help our bodies fight not only free radicals but, also, cholesterol in our bloodstream. And they help our bodies heal.

Grapes on a trellis offer a bit of old-world charm to an entry way. If this isn't possible where you live, consider planting on the shares with someone. The aesthetics and rhythm of a grapevine's beauty in the changing seasons is good for our very souls. And for our bodies, a few grapevines can provide several containers of pure delectable grape juice!

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