Three things

Tonight I ran 5 miles, learned where morals come from and made apple compote.

I remember only 1 year ago, 5 miles was the furthest distance I’d ever run. And here I am today contemplating a marathon. It’s fascinating how quickly our minds adapt to new ideas and our bodies allow us to do much more than first realized.

It’s also fascinating trying to understand why we think the way we do. Are thoughts predetermined by genetics or are we influenced by situations and people around us? For example, did you know that there’s a molecule in our blood which determines how moral we are? Huh? Me either. It’s called oxytocin and yes men produce it too. if you don’t believe me listen to Paul Zak on the subject.

On an unrelated note, have you ever made apple compote? A couple of weeks ago my roommate went apple picking and brought back more apples than we knew what to do with. So I decided that compote would be simple and light option to eat with yogurt for breakfast. I wanted an easy recipe and based mine loosely on this one but the balance of ingredients didn’t seem quite right so I altered it a little. It was quick to make and the most difficult part was peeling the apples.


  • 8 apples, peeled, cored and chopped into cubes
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 5-6 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves and all spice to taste


  • Melt the butter in a shallow pan
  • Add sugar and mix into a sauce
  • Add spices and apples and stir
  • Simmer with lid for about 20 minutes or until apples are tender
  • Serve with plain yogurt or vanilla ice cream

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