We at Karma have more than just sandwiches! We are expanding all the time with specials for everyone! This week our specials included Quiches, Vegetable Lasagna, Macaroni and Cheese and an assortment of soups. Gluten Free items are always available. We are so much more than a sandwich shop and will continue to add new specials and other items often. Don't forget our wonderful salads with home made dressings. Let us know what you want to eat-we will make it happen!!!
Lately, with the unrest in St Louis and things in general going on around the county, I have heard many comments about race. On the news, on the internet, and in person, lately it seems a big discussion. Everyone thinks they are correct in their perspective of why we have race issues. Each race seems to blame the other and nothing constructive ever is achieved. Through the years, I have noticed that each race tends to support their own; right or wrong. I wish we could all realize we are all brothers and sisters! It doesn't matter what your color is on the outside, your soul-all the components inside you that make up the person you are, is what defines you. There would not be such a huge division if we would just think of each other as people and not as "white people", "black people", "brown people", etc. If we could just all embrace each other for the soul of the person and not the outward "shell". If people could not keep saying repeatedly, "that black person over there", "that white person standing here" and just say "that person"! Why should people always need to be described by color?
If you start thinking less about the color of a person and just think of them as a person, soon it becomes easier to let go of stereotypes and become one. My children were raised to be color blind-we are a color blended family, if you will. My husband is Indian and I am very pale. We have two light skinned children and two that are, if you must, of color. We never described people by their color and we never thought anyone was different. We all have friends of many races and I think how sad it would be if we had limited our friends to just one race. I was at a coffee group one day, when one of the woman there said, " I am not racist, but I do think everyone should marry their own kind". News flash-YOU are racist and who should my child, for example, marry? Should they seek out prospective spouses that are half Indian and half white? My children have always been encouraged to date and be friends with good people- no mention of color, because that should not matter. My children have friends of all races and date people of all race-a person is not a color!!! Angie was about 12 and went to her friend Margo's birthday party. The children played hide and seek and while looking for Angie, the other girls called out "has anyone found the white girl yet?" Angie relayed the story to me, telling me Margo shouted at the others "Her name is Angie. Don't call her white girl!". Angie was telling me because it was a good lesson for her-she didn't like being called "white girl" and realized her friends did not like being called "black girls". Angie told me (at 12!) people are people not colors"-exactly! Even children can figure this out, why can't so many adults?
I am sad to see all that is going on in the world, due to differences in the color of skin, religion and just differences in people in general. It is sad that in this day and time this continues to be an issue. If we all took the time to get to know each other and not use glib generalizations, stereotypes and "colorizing" people, this world would be so much better.
In getting back to my title-"The Color of a Soul"-my theory is that you color your own soul. We all start with a clear one and what you add to it is up to you. Acts of kindness, good deeds, and generosity towards others keeps it clear. Each act of cruelty, selfishness, or any behavior that is destructive to others makes it murkier (like green slime in a pond). So, I believe that no matter what color your skin is, we all start with the color soul (and your soul is what really matters-not you skin!). How you color your soul is up to you.
My challenge for everyone is to look at people as though you are colorblind. When mentioning a person think of a different way to define him/her. How about, "the person with the smile that lights up the room", "the girl with the beautiful green shirt" or "the boy with the cute dimples and braces". Try it-I know you can do it-my children have all their lives (and if you can't do it, I will get Angie after you, lol. She is going to be one awesome lawyer!!).
There are two things a person will remember for a long time: an act of kindness or an act of cruelty. It is the footprint you will leave on the heart of another person. I believe that "always do good" should be tattooed to our hearts. Along with this should be included: "Before you say or do something that may hurt or make another soul feel unhappy, think twice". It is easier to have never done or said something hurtful than it is to take it back. As a young single mother of two small children, I found keeping a roof over our heads, food on the table and basic necessities hard; even though I worked full time. I still recall the day my children asked me for a small Easter candy at the checkout counter of the local grocery store and I had to reply,"I am sorry, mommy just doesn't have any more money". Thankfully, my children were very good for such small tikes and replied, "It's okay, mommy". After I paid for my groceries, the clerk handed me the two candy eggs the children had asked for and told me the man in front of me had bought them for my children! Before I could thank him, he was out the door, but he did turn and I waved my thanks. That was almost 30 years ago; yet I still remember it-it meant so much to my little children and I was so thankful for the man who made a young, not very well to do, mother's day a little brighter. I also remember during the same time, calling my landlord and asking if I could have an extension on my rent. It would only be for a couple of days and I could not afford to pay the late fee. He said, "absolutely not" and when I had to pay late, I included the fee and he raised my rent! Though, he has been dead a long time, I frequently think of his unkindness and greediness.
In life, every day we have a new chance to impact peoples' lives in one way or the other. I often recall all the times someone has taken the time in my life to be kind to me and try to "pay it forward". Recently, my friend Roosevelt told me about being at the pharmacy behind an elderly woman who could not pay for her prescription. He told the pharmacist to fill it and he paid for it (I love you, Roosevelt). He said doing this for the woman made him feel good for a long time! I know Roosevelt is right-every time we do good for someone else, it comes back to us in one way or another. It is a good feeling to know you can help someone. The way you impact someone else's life, good or bad, leaves a footprint on yours. I always told my children, "always be kind", "what you say will be remembered" and "by hurting someone else, you are hurting yourself". We can leave behind a legacy of kindness or one of cruelness, we all have the option. I would like to think that I took the time to help someone; would leave them with a smile not a frown; the words leaving my mouth would be filled with kindness, not cruelty; and that the footprints I leave behind will be those of hope, not despair. My challenge to everyone today is to think before you act and act with your heart. We all need a little sunshine in our lives right now. Hugs, Lorna
Friday I was really upset about something going on downtown. A group I no longer belong to was having a festival and decided to put the only outdoor approved cooking tent right next to me. I questioned this, but because Mebane has no restrictions on outside food vender locations, there was not a thing I could do about it. Saturday, I was even more upset-for a second year in a row, I had offered my parking lot to the VFW. If you are not familiar with the VFW (which stands for Veterans of Foreign War-which is self describing), they raise money to help others-generally Veterans in need. Mebane's branch does this by selling peanuts (come in Karma and buy some). Well, someone from this local group decided to be rude and noisy and ask the Vets why they were in my parking lot during "their" festival! So, you can all guess why I no longer belong to this group!! However, wait until I tell you how things turned out!
The first issue-food people cooking near Karma. I went over and talked to the gentlemen cooking next to our building and they could not have been nicer! A father and a son who put their heart into their food. Larry (the son) had been up since 4 getting all the food ready and believe me, it looked wonderful! He fully understood and agreed they should not have placed him right beside a restaurant. Despite a lot of adversity (his tent blowing away in a strong wind, flooding at times, and one of the woman affiliated with the downtown organization being rude to him) he cooked up a great feast and had a great day. He shared some of his corn with me and I shared my parking lot with him. I got to make a new friend and we both had a great day! That was the first blessing!
The second blessing was for the VFW. The woman who had been rude and intrusive, apparently realized that she should not have treated some of our veterans in a disrespectful way and returned to apologize. She also allowed them to move into the road so they could be more easily seen. They had a wonderful day and sold a boat load of peanuts!!
What happened at Karma-Karma!!! We shared with all the venders, even thought this was not our event and they shared with us!! While I do not condone how the organization handled things and don't think I will rejoin them anytime soon, I did have a wonderful day! Karma had great sales and very lovely customers; I met so many wonderful people and got to eat a wonderful ear of corn (thanks, Larry!!). Sometimes things work out the way they should in spite of adversity!
Today, when I tried some clothing on I thought should fit and it didn't, I was quite upset. Over the last several years, I have gradually put back on all the weight I worked so hard to lose and more! It is even more depressing to me, when I look back at the times I helped others lose weight, when working for one of the number one weight loss companies in the world or earlier in my adult life, as a health enthusiast.
So, when I went for my walk this morning, I thought what can I do for myself and for others struggling with their weight. Many of us need to lead a much healthier life style. While we do offer healthy options at Karma, there are many times when I, myself do not take them. I know I have all the tools to help myself and to help our Karma Friends who have a similar struggle. I have a place we can meet, all the knowledge I have acquired from my days instructing others on how to lose weight and my years of eating healthy, and being the "Queen of Exercise"(yes, I exercised hours every day, ate correctly for most my twenties and thirties).
So, here is my offer to help you along with myself: Come Wednesday to Karma, Bring a Notebook and 2 pens (yes, two -one always runs out and I don't have many at Karma-MINE always run out!), weigh yourself prior to coming (if you do not have a scale, call me-I do!!), and be prepared to share a little of yourself (unless you are shy, we won't ask). Your weight is private-only you will ever know it-you will share how much you have lost, as we go along; but only if you want to. Also, if you have one bring your favorite lo cal recipe to share. No matter what anyone tells you and no matter what they call your intake and output it “is CALORIES!! Look it up,
There will be nothing to buy-unless you need to purchase healthy groceries-but that is up to you. No money to spend-unless you want to come early and I can make you a healthy meal-again, I am doing this to help us, not to make money-so this is only if you would like to eat at Karma. I want everyone to be able to work together and get healthier and lose the weight we need to do.
So, come and join me! I need to know if you are interested-just send me a face book message. One week a month, if we meet on Wednesday, we may have to do another evening or a Saturday morning, as I have another event scheduled. So when we meet, we will discuss doing either Wednesdays with that option, Thursday or Saturday morning. When you message me, let me know what works best for you. I know some people attend church on Wednesday and if too many people have a conflict, Thursday will be fine. I like Wednesday, but I am flexible. We will meet at 7 pm (Karma Kitchen closes then) and conclude by 8.
One more thing, if you have any medical problems-you must bring a note from your doctor before you can attend. This is free, no strings attached, but I don't want anyone to get ill. We will be helping each other and can help those with medical conditions much better if they are regulated by their physician. Just give me a note and I will file it -no one else will ever see it!
Okay, let me know if you are ready to get healthier!!!
Today is a beautiful day-the sun is out, tomorrow is Saturday (always a good thing) and I have plenty of food to eat (and share!!). There is so much sadness in the world, that sometimes we just need to take a break! Turn off the news, don't read anything sad (I know, it is hard), leave all sad conversation at the door and have a happy day. Just for one day, only good conversation, no gossip, no sadness-just happy thoughts and fun! We deserve it. It is important to stay informed and do what we can to improve the world, but just for today, let's be happy. And if you need some help, come visit me at Karma!! I am going to be enjoying this day, forgetting all that is sad in my life, around me and the world - just celebrating all that is good in life. Have a wonderful day and come and see me!!! Hugs, Lorna
I read about it before I go to bed at night; I dream about it; I get up, shower then start making it and I stop right before I go to bed at night. Food!!! I love to think of all the things I can make with it; look at other people's recipes and I figure out how to change them into something wonderful; and I plan what ingredients I need to purchase to make everything I desire. Yes, it is my guilty pleasure, my obsession and one of my favorite things. I am not going to lie; I love food!!!!
I know I need to be careful with the amount and type I eat. Lately, I realize all my "big" clothes are getting tight. I should exercise instead of eating that early morning treat, but ooh I am already getting ready for my piece of sour cream pound cake-I thought about it all morning long..I just need to get to Karma so I can eat it before I cook. I will just have a small piece with coffee, it is soo good. Then I will make...hummm.. maybe red pepper cheese-so good-cheddar, cream cheese, fresh herbs, some fresh scallions (my friend, Roosevelt gave me some he brought to the Farmer's Market-they look sooo good). I could make red skin potato salad with the scallions, too. Should I start Curry for tomorrow? I am going to make stuffed peppers with a fantastic red sauce...or should I make ....Okay, I need to stop and focus...
Okay, now you see how my mind runs-food all day long every day. It's okay, because it is what I do-I cook!!! Well, it really is a little too much, but I do love to cook (and eat and eat...). Now if you have a problem like mine, I can recommend a place for you to go. I use to work there! I use to encourage people to eat less food, smaller portions, only healthy options...I wonder why I don't have that job anymore?
Okay, just for fun-a look into my mind this morning. We all need to eat healthy foods (and you can find lots at Karma), control our impulses to eat excess amounts of sugar, exercise and drink lots of water. Tip for the day-water is really important. Lots of times when we are hungry, we are actually thirsty (thirst can masquerade has hunger). So, drink that water, stay hydrated and healthy ....of course visit Karma regularly and often. WHY- because we have good food, you know I want to see you and we love you there!!! Have a great day!!! Hugs, Lorna (Excuse all grammar errors and typos-not proof reading - off to Karma)
I think when you go out to eat and pay money for food, it should be perfect. Everything that is suppose to be hot should be hot; and cold food should be cold. Spices should be just so and everything should be cooked as you ordered it. Many a time I have sent back an under done steak or a plate of cold potatoes. Brown leaves on my salad are a no-no as are mushy tomatoes. I am a foodie and I want everything to be wonderful, fresh, good and perfect!
However, this is life and things need to be put in proper perspective. For me, it took owning my own restaurant to realize-"It's just food". Yes, hot food should be served hot and cold food, cold. Waitresses should be beaming and eager to serve you. Food should have just the right amount of herbs and spices. BUT....if everything is less than perfect, will it shorten your life (we are not talking about food poisoning here-that really is something to complain about. You give me food poisoning and you will never hear the end of it. I will show up at your door, send the food police...oh, it will not be pretty, lol), make the world end, or shatter any life long dream? It is one meal, and yes it should be good and we paid for it to be good, but ..it is just food!
I have learned to be more patient with my waitresses; especially if a restaurant is extremely busy. I have become more accepting of kitchen problems, while I will always send back unacceptable food for what should have been served-it should be right, but I no longer act as though the world has ended when I get a rare steak (not my thing-give me shoe leather, please). If onions are missing on my salad or my dressing is wrong, I now politely ask for the problem to be fixed. If I have to wait five minutes for my drink to be refilled, I no longer act like I have been dying of thirst in Death Valley. If my potatoes are tepid my nasally whining, comparing cold potatoes to ice in the artic is gone. I now simply ask for them to be reheated. All and all I have gone from being the prima donna diner, to one of the princess of patience. Come on, the poor waitress has been on her feet all day and the chef has been stuck in that furnace of a kitchen. Mistakes happen! I will still send back imperfect food, but now with a smile and a kind world.
At Karma, I try to insure everything goes out as it should; wait staff wear smiles and have friendly words flowing from their lips and deliver, refill, and clean up in a timely manner. I want to know if anything is wrong-you know I will fix it! I do however, appreciate how our Karma friends do react when something is not perfect. None of us are perfect-even though, it is just food, you paid for it and it should be correct. I can honestly say we have the best customers anywhere and they deserve the best fresh food and service. Little Karma info: while I have learned to be a better customer at restaurants (and you all know, when Karma is closed, I am checking out the competition! There are some really good competitors out there, especially in Chapel Hill and Durham. I have a few top picks!!), we have a secret weapon for good food and good service-100 percent satisfaction. When we make a mistake (and we are imperfect-our friend, Kevin calls Karma "Imperfect Perfection"-Kevin loves Karma and we love him. The fresh flowers you see at the register are flowers Kevin brings us from his garden.), we make sure you leave happy. Everyone should leave Karma with a song in their heart, a full stomach and a smile on their lips. That is my job and I take it seriously!!!! See you soon and thanks for being such wonderful customers!! You know you are--yes, I am talking to you!!! Hugs, Lorna
The dove we have been using since we opened is rather cute and signifies to us we have hope for the future and want to help others. However, it does not signify that to everyone and people are confused by it! We need something that shows we have good food, care about others and the community around us. We need something fresh, exciting and something that will make people want to come to Karma!
Here is the deal-We are the little café with a big heart, but no money. Our Karma friends are wonderful and giving, but we need the community at large to know we are here and what you find at Karma (such as good food-not birds flying around, as one customer thought, lol). So, we need your help. A contest where you could win a $50 gift certificate is involved. Here are the rules:
Come up with a logo-draw it on an 8 by 10 paper (you may use your computer, as long as you are not using anyone else's work). If you have the winning logo-voted on by a group of judges to be determined by Karma-you win a 50 dollar gift certificate and we have a new logo. You may also win another $25 gift certificate! Contact local artists who may be interested in painting on our building (local art students, artists-anyone with the ability to do so)-get a price (low cost is great, free is even better...Okay, I can try, lol). Bring in a quote and information from the artist. If we use the artist you suggest, you get a $25 dollar gift certificate.
Remember, we can not use other people's copyright material-this has to be your own original design. Thank you in advance for entering our little contest and helping us create a new logo! See you soon. Hugs, Lorna
When Nero first told me he was going to plant vegetables for me to use at Karma, I have to admit, I was really skeptical. He is only home on the weekends; plants need water and I am always at Karma; in the past his gardening did not produce much editable. However, if he wanted to put in the time and effort, he could go right ahead-not me, I got better things to do and know lots of local farmers and growers.
When I first went to the garden to water (which, I admit is rare), I have to admit I enjoyed looking around at all the "growing things"-veggies, fruits, flowers. Since Nero's garden is in The Mebane Community Garden, there are many "green thumb" members growing some great stuff. I like walking and looking at everyone's little patch of soil filled with all sorts of growth. My favorite is the Girl Scout's garden with the cute little fake flowers incorporated with real. Another favorite is the windmill garden-someone has dispersed windmills through their plot, and I love windmills. Everyone's garden is different and one even is a bed of grass...mine! Nero "rented" two plots and one little one just got ignored! Fortunately the other is doing just fine (some weeds, but things can still grow), we have plenty of tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, scallions Nero though would grow to become big onions (no, dear, they are scallions!) and a few strange things I will figure out later.
I must say I am impressed-last year I think I got two handfuls of grape tomatoes and three skinny scallions for all of Nero's hard work. That was a big help in a restaurant that serves fresh veggies when possible! I think the staff ate them for a snack. This year will be different.... the staff consists of Ian (who is not likely to ever eat a good for you vegetable, although I believe he now will eat lettuce and onions) and a couple of friends, who certainly are well fed at Karma and are unlikely to start eating the veggies from the fridge (actually, one friend might, I did catch her eating my cherry tomatoes-but now I have lots). We now have lots of shiny and yummy tomatoes of all sizes-cherry, normal size and extra large! We have some cucumbers, scallions, squash of all sorts, radishes, and...in a minute I am going to see.
As I look at Nero's garden and feel excitement each time we find something new ready to pick and eat; I remember my first successful garden. We were living in Wytheville, Virginia and Nero had thrown a pile of dirt in our backyard, after building a pond he had fill dirt left over. I decided to plant a garden, inexperienced as I was in yard work. It was a circular planting (I just planted where he threw the pile of soil) of flowers, vegetables all from seed. Suddenly, I had cucumbers, and peppers, wild flowers, cherry tomatoes all growing together. It was really an adventure to see what was going to pop its head out and what we could incorporate in dinner. We had a cookout and one of my friends showed me how to weed and told me what some of the flowers I was growing were. We enjoyed fresh cucumber salad that day. Very little expensive involved in that garden, but lots of pleasure.
So, as I teased Nero about his mini plot of land, I have to admit, I am enjoying it! Gardening is a gift-it is inexpensive for the most part, gets us outdoors in the fresh air and how much fun is it to see what is popping out of the ground (and into your mouth!). We have used no chemicals of any kind-so everything is organic and healthy. Our little commune with nature, so as to speak. Come to Karma and share some of Nero's fresh vegetables-come on, you know you want to!!! See you soon-Hugs, Lorna