"Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark. 
In effect, the people who change our lives the most begin to 
sing to us while we are still in darkness. If we listen to 
their song, we will see the dawning of a new part of ourselves."

Rabindranth Tagore

Existential Intelligence is the sensitivity and capacity to engage questions about human existence – how we got here, whether we have a purpose, and whether there is meaning in Life. Existential intelligence embraces the exploration of aesthetics, philosophy, religion and values like beauty, truth, and goodness. A strong existential intelligence allows human beings to see their place in the big picture, be it in the classroom, community, world, or universe.

First proposed by Howard Gardner, existential intelligence is one of nine theorized intelligences and is considered to be amoral – that is, it and the other eight categories of human intelligence can be used either constructively or destructively.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Spring Green Dressing

I love to cook. I keep it simple. Recently our local grocery store HEB, discontinued a marinade dressing we loved. My friend Linda Dawson, in St. Petersburg, especially liked it because it meant her husband could use it as a marinade and then Pete cooked. Everyone loves it when someone else is going to cook. So this recipe is dedicated to Pete Dawson. Try it on salad, or as a topping for chicken or pasta.

¼ c. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
¼ c. low fat peanut butter
1 bunch cilantro – discard stems
4 - 6 T. fresh squeezed lime juice (basically to taste)
¼ c. white balsamic vinegar
1 jalapeno chopped and seeded (less if you prefer a milder dressing)
1 T. minced garlic
1 – 2 T. honey (or more if you like dressing on the sweet side)
Dash of Cinnamon

Put everything in the blender and blend until the dressing is smooth.
It will keep at least a week in the fridge.

If it gets thick in the fridge, bring to room temperature before using, or next time leave out some of the olive oil. This cuts down on calories and may taste just fine.

Experiment and let me know what changes you make and how it affects the outcome.


  1. I use a dressing similar to this but I add Oriental Five Spice instead of the cinnamon. It works well as a stir fry sauce and is excellent on a pasta salad.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe -- I just blended it to marinate the pork tenderloin for tonight. I love the flavor -- none of the ingredients dominate and it has a lovely complex flavor.

  3. Sounds great, consider it printed and used! Thanks.