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  • Writer's pictureDiana McDaniel Hampo

The Bread of Life


Whew, living in the "fight or flight" state of mind is exhausting, for everybody. So, I'm thinking it's really important to find something that brings you joy, even if only for a moment....everyday. Your brain and soul need it.


One of my favorite things in Hot Springs are the loaves of bread created by my friend Kia. I met her at the Farmers Market and my entire family fell in love with her luscious, simple, white bread. It's called Samoan Pride. When you first slice a loaf open it's hard to resist smashing your face into it because it smells like.....life. It smells like life and all that is good and makes us human. The ingredients are milk, butter, sugar, yeast, flower and salt.. It's just bread, the stuff humans have been baking and breaking for 30,000 years. But it's almost holy.



Kia and her husband are from a village called Faleasau Manu'a in American Samoa. She learned to bake bread from her dad who was a baker in the village. I love ordering five or six loaves and delivering them to friends and clients. the smell is almost intoxicating and hard to describe. there's just something so beautiful and essential about fresh baked bread.


Today, find something you love, something simple that lifts you up maybe it's a fresh artichoke with drawn butter or a long hot bath. What ever it is take time to savor and enjoy if it's only a minute.


If you like this story about Hot Springs please check out some of my others and tell your friends!


Diana


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