Here is lunch at The Spark, the wonderful publication I edit.
I am still at the Soil Association two-days a week as contributing editor. Now I am editor of The Spark on two more days. My inner-Gemini loves having two jobs, especially as both have ethical, sustainable values.
Every week, we stock the small Spark office fridge with fresh provisions from Better Food, the organic supermarket. On my plate is:
- organic hummous
- Aconbury organic sprouts
- Natural Vitality winter salad with barley and beetroot
- pickled beetroot from a jar
- slices of fresh local organic chickory.
Wise healers in Ancient Greece counselled eating from a wide range of food, the origin of mezze. Lunch at The Spark fulfils this criteria for nutritional variety.
It fulfils my appetite on other levels too. Free-thinking and alternative, it’s been part of my life since publisher, John Dawson, bought out the first issue in 1993. It’s now the biggest free ethical quarterly in the southwest.
An independent publication, The Spark is a precious thing. Instead of celebrity gossip and relentless doom, it offers inquisitive editorial and practical solutions. The Spark is optimistic. It embodies the idea that it’s better to shine a light than shout at the darkness.
If I want to shine that beam at myself, The Spark can steer me to self-knowledge. I feel I can be more useful and peaceful for acknowledging my demons. As Gandhi put it:
The Spark is brimming with creative ways to make a difference, both inner and outer. Whether looking for a therapist or a course on permaculture, it is THE place to advertise if you want to catch 99,000 like-minded people.
The spring 2009 Spark goes out today to indie food shops and local libraries from Glastonbury to Bristol and beyond Bath. Join The Spark on Facebook and visit The Spark website (heading for its revamp).
Back to my lunch. We have an hour to eat and clear up. Civilised with time to digest. The conversation ranges wide and is, well, sparky.
How was your lunch?