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In this insightful gem, journalist and life coach Wanda Hennig writes wisely, hilariously and sometimes poignantly about sex and food; living for three-and-a-half years at the San Francisco Zen Center; moving solo from one continent to another; meditation; creative mindfulness strategies and more. Cravings: A Zen-inspired memoir about sensual pleasures, freedom from dark places, and living and eating with abandon (Say Yes Press). Edition Two (Mouth Orgasm edition) published August 2017 (ISBN 9780996820523 paperback; ISBN 9780996820523 eBook).

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Zen and The Art of Vegetarian Cooking

February 9, 2010 – 6:54 pm
Food Illustrated page
Greens Restaurant in San Francisco has an outstanding reputation for fine produce and creative food.

Story by Wanda Hennig

This story was first published in Food Illustrated magazine, London, with photography by Richard Jung

A visit to Greens in San Francisco is a celebration of the senses. Dip your spoon into a bowl of butternut squash soup and delight in the delicate harmony of lightly caramelized onions and apple confit blended with a hint of calvados. Feast your eyes on a salad that marries fresh ripe figs with Kodata, Mission and Calmyra olives, melon, watercress and creamy goat’s cheese. Inhale and delight …

Visualizations, creativity and the incredible oneness of being

January 5, 2010 – 12:34 pm
Geyser, Rotorua, New Zealand.

An inner journey can be more spectacular — and revealing — than a trip around the world. And a weekend …

The Zen of Food

October 28, 2009 – 1:22 pm
TatooHead
It’s sometimes fast, always Slow, deafeningly quiet and a metaphor for life.

Story and Pictures: Wanda Hennig

First appeared: East Bay Edible

“In Zen practice we want our intuition — our universal self — to come forth,” says Berkeley Zen Center abbot, Sojun Mel Weitsman Roshi. “When you’re doing simple tasks [like peeling broccoli or breaking lettuce into bite-size bits], your body, mind, the broccoli, the knife, your hand, the breath, are all involved. When you keep bringing your attention back to what you’re doing — when you are simply one with your activity — it’s the same as sitting zazen.”

Sex, Social Media and New Zealand — (Part 1)

October 11, 2009 – 6:32 pm
Of course, New Zealand is also famous for its wine. Photo: Ian Trafford
Travel writing in the age of blogs, twitter — and when ‘viral’ is desirable.

By Wanda Hennig
A veteran print journalist and editor — turned online writer, blogger and social media buff — embarks on a real-life travel writing-cum-social media project and invites you along for the ride. Tips, hints, pitfalls to avoid, good practices to aspire to, facts, fallacies and all the write stuff.

The invitation in my inbox read:

“Dear Wanda
 — Love is in the air at Air New Zealand as the airline prepares for the world’s first Matchmaking Flight. On October 13, an estimated 100 singles will journey from Los Angeles to Auckland, each with the hope of finding a match in air,

The great East Bay Beast Bloggers Bar Camp

September 30, 2009 – 4:27 pm
Kara Andrade of spot.us and Tech Liminal's Anca Mosoiu.
The happening was in Oakland at Tech Liminal. So — what is the nature of The Beast?

On a Saturday morning in late July, just after a flock of white pelicans arrived for an extended stay at Lake Merritt, a group of activists, bloggers, would-be bloggers, vloggers, Twitter gurus, print journalists transitioning to the web in the age of social media, high-tech nerds, and others, gathered at Tech Liminal in Oakland for the East Bay’s first Beast Bloggers Bar Camp.

People at the event, hosted by journalism micro-funding project Spot.Us, Oakland technical hotspot and salon Tech Liminal and Oakland’s must-read independent politics and development blog, A Better Oakland had been advised to arrive:
With coffee mug and a laptop (or notebook and pen);
prepared to talk blogging

Alive in South Africa: When an expat goes ‘home’

September 10, 2009 – 10:45 am

What is it like to return to your roots, your soil, for the first time after you’ve emigrated and made …

Eat Thiebaud, drink Blue Bottle, see Avedon at SFMOMA

September 8, 2009 – 3:36 pm
And slices from Mondrian.

Richard Avedon Photographs, 1946 – 2004, runs July 11 to November 29 at SFMOMA.
James Freeman’s newest Blue Bottle coffee shop …

Botti Beautiful

July 5, 2009 – 11:16 pm
Chris Botti — contemporary jazz superstar.
You know you’re a jazz superstar when you make a slow, dark, moody, melancholy record and it tops the charts.

Story by Wanda Hennig
Photo courtesy the artist
First published in Black Diamond Living magazine

We all know Sinatra, Paul Simon and Sting. Most of us, however, didn’t know trumpeter Chris Botti until late in 2004. Strange when you think that his first professional gig was with Sinatra; that for five years, starting in 1990, he played the world with Simon; and that he joined Sting as a featured soloist in 1999 and the two have collaborated ever since.

Butterfly effect links Buddhist groups in South Africa and San Francisco

May 29, 2009 – 2:37 pm
Two of Mbali Ndlovu's cousins play in the yard.
And a miracle called Woza Moya is born in KwaZulu-Natal

Story and photos by Wanda Hennig
First published in the Sunday Tribune, South Africa
The Ufafa district, near Ixopo in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, is home to around 23,000 people. Families reside in a sprawling muddle of family compounds that stagger up hills and tumble into valleys, forming a jumbled patchwork of mud, thatch, concrete block and tin. The dwellings have no electricity. Water for drinking, washing, cooking and bathing is hand-pumped from underground wells and carried in plastic bucket and barrels. The area could have been forgotten. But — was it serendipity, karma or …

Keeping Up Appearances

May 12, 2009 – 7:23 am
Devi Lanphere after — happy to smile and 50-plus pounds lighter.
A great many people were surprised when they heard who was getting a $100,000 extreme makeover. Why would a successful, talented, bright — and at face value, super-confident public figure — enter the ugly duckling contest?

Story by Wanda Hennig
First published in Black Diamond Living magazine
It started with a routine morning scan of East Bay newspapers — part of the standard daily work drill for Devi Lanphere, CEO of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce in east Contra Costa County. This time the piece that caught her eye might not, at first glance, have seemed work-related. It announced an extreme makeover contest. Read more …