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ECM COLUMNIST LAUNCHES WRITER’S GUILD SEPT. 17 AT SACRED ROCKS RESERVE

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 27, 2011 (Boulevard) – “Be the writer you have always dreamed of being,” urged Sharon Courmousis, ECM’s “Purple Mountain Sage” columnist and owner of Sacred Rocks Reserve. Now she is organizing a writer’s guild at her East County retreat in Boulevard, California.

 

Writers of every genre such as poems, short stories, novels and essays are invited to join fellow writers intent on honing their craft of writing.  The weekly meeting will be held in the early mornings starting promptly 7 a.m. reviewing specific writing pieces, evaluating the work of those who want to share, and closing at 8 a.m.

ADVICE FROM THE PURPLE MOUNTAIN SAGE: THE ABSOLUTELY AMAZING CARPET OF YELLOW


Increase your enjoyment of living!


By Sharon Courmousis
Sacred Rocks Reserve

 

April 15, 2011 (Boulevard)--There are times when being away and returning opens our eyes to unexpected beauty. True, it happens every year about this time; however, we tend to forget. When we live with minute changes in nature every day, it may be difficult to really see what is evolving.

 

As you drive around the mountains, notice the stunningly vivid yellow flowers, pushing up out of the ground suddenly. It is as if a mighty paintbrush has colored all available ground with a very large stoke. It set me to wondering…..

ADVICE FROM THE PURPLE MOUNTAIN SAGE: THE INQUIRING MIND, A DARING ADVENTURE!

 

 

Someone once said, “Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.”

 

By Sharon Courmousis

ADVICE FROM THE PURPLE MOUNTAIN SAGE: ON KINDNESS

 

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By Sharon Courmousis, Sacred Rocks Reserve

 

February 11, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) -- Recently, I read about February 14-20 being the “Random Acts of Kindness” Week. Most of us have heard this phrase, but where did it come from and what does it really mean?

ADVICE FROM THE PURPLE MOUNTAIN SAGE: THE IN-BREATHING TIME OF YEAR

 

By Sharon Courmousis, Sacred Rocks Reserve

 

January 14, 2012 (Boulevard)--The natural rhythms of nature and our own physical systems help us understand about cycles. Last month we worked on completion. The completion of 2010 and shedding the old skin, the sadness of loss, the pain of outcomes not desired. It is now the New Year and time to look forward to the fresh and clean. It is time to bring in new information into our lives and re-generate plans for the coming twelve months.

PURPLE MOUNTAIN SAGE: A NEW KIND OF CHRISTMAS


Thoughts on giving, plus egg nog recipes for your holiday season


By Sharon Courmousis, Sacred Rocks Reserve

 

December 15, 2010 (Boulevard)--The presents are wrapped and the little dears are tucked up tight. All the games and toys and electronics advertised on TV – wrapped up under the tree. Oh, wait, that was last year, or the one before. This Christmas everyone seems to be downsizing IF they are lucky enough to even have a home, and a job, and something extra. So the question is HOW do you make this a wonderful Christmas if the day itself is not really about the quantity of gifts?

THANKSGIVING POTLUCK FEAST AT SACRED ROCKS RESERVE

By Miriam Raftery

Savor stargazing, a nature scavenger hunt, community bonfire and the bounties of nature—or cozy up to watch football in the clubhouse
 

November 11, 2010 (Boulevard, California) -- Sacred Rocks Reserve owners Dimitri and Sharon Courmousis invite you to celebrate at their annual Thanksgiving Family Potluck Feast. “Thanksgiving is all about family and being grateful for the simple, good things in your life,” says Sharon Courmousis. “There’s no better place to connect with family than in nature, where there are few distractions.” 

ADVICE FROM THE PURPLE MOUNTAIN SAGE: RANDOM THOUGHTS TO IMPACT OUR PLANET

 


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by Sharon Courmousis, Sacred Rocks Reserve
"Don't blow it - good planets are hard to find.” ~ Quoted in Time

“There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need but not for man's greed.” ~Mohandas K. Gandhi

 

 

Recipe: Lime and Coriander Char-Grilled Chicken

ADVICE FROM THE PURPLE MOUNTAIN SAGE: KEEP COOL & STILL BE EARTH FRIENDLY

By Sharon Courmousis, Sacred Rocks Reserve

 

Increase your enjoyment of living

June 27, 2010 (San Diego's East County) 

 

“Summer is the time when one sheds one's tensions with one's clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all's right with the world.” ~ Ada Louise Huxtable

GARDEN BOUNTY: COOK UP SOME TASTY SUMMER VEGETABLES


RECIPE: SUMMER VEGGIES (A low-fat, tasty side dish.)

 

This seasonal favorite is compliments of Sharon Courmousis, owner of Sacred Rocks Reserve RV Campground in Boulevard and author of the "Purple Mountain Sage" column.

ADVICE FROM THE PURPLE MOUNTAIN SAGE: UNSTUFFING

 

by: Sharon Courmousis, Sacred Rocks Reserve

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 “We are not cisterns made for hoarding, we are channels made for sharing.” -- Billy Graham
 

Unstuffing

 

Cooler weather and wild storms have caused spring to come later this year. Signs of spring for me are seen in the plants and animals around Sacred Rocks. The Yucca plants, like huge asparagus, are popping up all over the mountains. I photographed peachy blossoms, pinkish with deep purple at the outside edges -- one I saw was a brilliant eggplant color. Astonishing beauty without human intervention, a gift.

RECIPE: MOROCCAN LENTIL SOUP

 

Recipe courtesy of Purple Mountain Sage Columnist Sharon Courmousis, owner of Sacred Rocks Reserve

 

Ingredients:

 

2 onions, chopped, 2 cloves garlic, minced, 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger, 6 cups water, 
1 cup red lentils, 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained, 1 (19 ounce) can cannellini beans, 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, 1/2 cup diced carrots, 1/2 cup chopped celery, 1 teaspoon garam masala, 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom, 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper, 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 tablespoon olive oil

ADVICE FROM THE PURPLE MOUNTAIN SAGE: FIND YOUR INNER AVATAR

 


Increase your enjoyment of living

 

By Sharon Courmousis Sacred Rocks Reserve

“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” ~ John Muir

EAST COUNTY RV RESORT RECEIVES NATIONAL ARVC “PLAN-IT GREEN AWARD” FOR ECO-FRIENDLY PRACTICES


Sacred Rocks Reserve and RV Park, located at 3,900 feet in the mountains east of San Diego, pledges to become the “Greenest RV Park in America”

January 31, 2010 (Boulevard) ― It’s a “go green” world these days, even in places where you might not expect it. Several years ago, the owners of Sacred Rocks Reserve and RV Park, located in the mountains east of San Diego, had a mission to become “The Greenest RV Park in America,” and set about establishing eco-friendly practices throughout the park.

Their efforts were recently recognized by ARVC (National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds), which awarded the RV Park the “Plan-it Green Award” for 2009.

ADVICE FROM THE PURPLE MOUNTAIN SAGE: A THINKING TIME OF YEAR

 

By Sharon Courmousis

 

 

"Perhaps dreams are like seeds. Some take hold and produce fruit, some are barren, and some spurt and then die. What lessons are there for me? Do I know myself better now than a year ago? What could be possible for 2010?-- Purple Mountain Sage

Increase your enjoyment of living!

January 24, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- Savor these tantalizing offerings to nurture both your appetite and your spirits.  In this issue:  

RECIPE: YAMS IN ORANGE SHELLS


ESSAY: A THINKING TIME OF YEAR

NEW COLUMN! ADVICE FROM THE PURPLE MOUNTAIN SAGE: Reflections, Tips & Recipes from East County's Backcountry

 

by Sharon Courmousis, Sacred Rocks Reserve
 

The Gift of Today

 

The land is getting ready for winter. Flowers have died back mostly. The leaves have changed colors and dropped to the ground, a carpet of reddish-yellow, soon fading into earth colors. The seeds have popped from their husks and been harvested by birds. Squirrels have tucked away tons of acorns. Daylight pales early. Temperatures drop quickly as the sun disappears over the western sky. I want to sink into my own ‘cave’ with a fire in the fireplace, a good book, visitors dropping in for a cup of chili (recipe below) and a rowdy game at the community table.

 

The holidays are coming soon, and this time of year can bring joy… or dread.

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