Ate, prayed, loved

Immigrants at the Statue of Liberty

All good pilgrimages involve eating, praying and loving.

In the movie “Eat, Pray, Love” which we saw last night, the main character traveled from New York City to Italy (food), India (prayer or connection with the divine) and Bali (love).

Oh travelers!  You need not visit Italy and India and Bali to find yourself!

No, no, no.

Duluth, Minnesota, will do.

Artwork of owl at the museum

Let’s start with eating.  Food.  We’ve sampled French Toast with stout maple syrup, smoked octopus (and, yes, it was heavenly!), gourmet sandwiches at Sir Benedict’s on the Lake, black bean salad, Thai spring rolls, Seafood Basil Delight.  We’ve ooohed and aaahhhed for thirty six hours.  We’ve visited five different restaurants thus far…and a couple of pubs to boot.  Our taste buds have salivated in joy.  Our tummies are content.  As soon as this blog is posted we’re walking a mile or two to Amazing Grace Cafe for breakfast.  Yep.  The food has been as good as in the movie.  Definitely.


Prayer.  Besides going to “Amazing Grace” cafe for our communion with food, I have meditated in bed the last two mornings in the dark hotel room, breathing deeply.  We have uttered words of thanksgiving.  We are some of the luckiest people on the planet to be able to travel (OK, only four hours from home this trip).  I believe that one of the best prayers one can say involves no words.  It involves an exquisite presence to what is unfolding in the moment.  The heart opens in gratitude.  It prays by itself in those moments.  The world reveals itself as sacred, holy, divine.  India, we don’t need to go to you.  That is available to us…right now!

Tower and moon

Love.  When some of the planet reads the words “Eat, Pray, Love” they think of Romance.  Sex.  Exciting passion.  Which, I suppose, can be part of the definition of love.  When I think of love, it’s an extension of food and prayer.  It’s an openness of the heart.  Appreciation.  Connection.  Compassion.  Presence. 

Love is present sipping coffee, visiting the Saint Louis County Heritage and Arts Center (with the shops of the early 1900’s in Duluth and the turn-0f-the-century trains), shopping, walking through the vast Skywalk system underground and over expressways, touring a Great Lakes Freighter, admiring the harborfront.

My love

So many places to see in Duluth

Fitgers at dusk


Dreams of ships

Love of trains in eyes of small boy

Me on train--talking on the phone to another love. As in daughter-love.

The Duluth Harbor

Love can be present everywhere, on every trip. 

Thank you for joining us as we Ate, Prayed and Loved!

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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48 Responses to Ate, prayed, loved

  1. Cindy Lou says:

    It’s kind of like a mini-philosophy of life in those three small words, hey?

  2. Sue says:

    Oh…you lucky dogs!! Sometimes the best trips are those that don’t involve 24 hours of travel just to get there. And it sounds like you’re getting all the best of the Eats!
    p.s. we’re here in Fairfield getting ready for MUM registration…… 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      I am excited to here about your MUM week, Sue. Hope it’s everything you can imagine! (Kind of like the “Pray” part of Eat, Pray, Love.

  3. Susan Derozier says:

    Have you made it up to Enger Tower for a view of your lifetime? Love your blog!

  4. Exquisite Kathy! Well said with such beauty and heart.

    • Kathy says:

      Thank you, Terrill. It was fun writing this blog even though it was kinda rushed. And the photos disappeared when it was first finished. Thought we wouldn’t make it to breakfast!

  5. Robin says:

    It sounds like a wonderful philosophy to ensure great travels, wherever you go, no matter how near or far. 🙂

  6. Dawn says:

    You’re making me think a trip to Duluth is in our future!

    • Kathy says:

      I am a gypsy woman looking in your palm. Yep, you will soon be traveling to Duluth. Look at your travel line. It ends on a big freighter. LOL!

  7. Celeste says:

    very happy to see you went to both Amazing Grace and Sir Bennie’s!

  8. Kathy – You should have put a warning at the beginning of the “High Calorie” description of your scrumptious food. I’m fairly confident I gained 5 pounds just in the reading!

    I loved when you said, ” I believe that one of the best prayers one can say involves no words.”

    • Kathy says:

      Laurie, we figured we walked between 9-10 miles during our adventure. That–hopefully–kept the pounds off. (Haven’t stepped on the scale. No. Not today!)

  9. OM says:

    I AM love, Amen, and please pass the cheese-love!!

  10. Susan D says:

    Eating your words and scrumptious pictures. Praying the silence prayers (I agree they’re the best) basking in the wholeness/richness. Loving you and Life. Gratitude overflows………..

    • Kathy says:

      Susan D…you can EAT the words and pictures?? Wow! You are a talented lover of the whole world! Love the gratitude that flows from your heart…

  11. fountainpen says:

    OK! Here’s what you all to know! I tried the dill cucumber recipe from afew days ago……….SO SIMPLE….and SO VERY WONDERFUL….just in
    24 hours later…..and no serious “canning” as my mother used to do with lots of foods…….just cut, put in jar….mix ingredients in another container, add hot water, dissolve what can be dissolved….pour over cucumbers cut up in first jar….make sure the jar lid is secure….refrigerate for 24 hours or more….and YES! GREAT taste!!!!!

    What more can I say!!!!!!!
    Send more simple recipes……..I love this one!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    • Cindy Lou says:

      Now I really have to try it – I ripped it out of a magazine and it still sits on my counter! You and Kathy have inspired me – it’ll be a good thing to do on a rainy UP day….. 🙂

  12. fountainpen says:

    Has anyone else tried the cucumber recipe!!?????


    • Kathy says:

      fountainpen, I have no idea if anyone besides me and you have tried the cucumber recipe. It sure IS good, isn’t it? And so simple. We will wait with baited breath to see who else might comment on the pickles, shall we?

  13. I love the moon and tower picture!

    Boy you are hitting all the sights….

    Thanks for bringing us along


    • Kathy says:

      Kim, I am always amazed to capture the moon–any part of the moon–in ANY picture considering my lil camera is a bit of a wimp for moon pics. (shhh, we shouldn’t say that too loudly. Don’t want to hurt the camera’s feelings.) Glad you enjoyed this, too!

  14. jeffstroud says:

    It is always wondrous to travel with your in words and photographs! I love how you have worked this theme of eat, pray, love… wonderful.

    I am Love, Jeff

    • Kathy says:

      Jeff, it’s amazing…I had NO IDEA to write a blog about Eat, Pray, Love until the idea just sort of showed up from nowhere and said, “Hey, you! Blogger! Write me!” What can we do but write? Thank you!

  15. barb says:

    Your Eat, Pray, Love seemed a lot less me-focused than the original author’s! Did you enjoy the movie? With all that eating, Kathy, it’s a good thing you have to walk a couple miles to breakfast!

    • Kathy says:

      Barb, why thank you! Aiming to send the message out for all of us~~I did enjoy the movie. But liked the book better. Just a sec. I did a movie review on the last blog commentary. I will find it and post it here as well:

      OK, here’s the scoop about Eat, Pray, Love. I basically liked the book better than the movie BUT (and it’s a big BUT) I loved the scenes in Rome and India and Bali. Somehow my imagination didn’t make the places as beautiful as they really are. The movie kind of leapt backwards and forwards a bit too much…but that was probably because I already knew the background after reading the book.

      Here’s the funny part: Barry said it was the BEST movie he’s seen all year!! Can you believe that? OK, it’s the ONLY movie he’s seen all year. There were about 40 women in the theatre and maybe six men. I’m lucky he’s so agreeable about these kind of things. And he’s lucky I am agreeable about train and freighter museums.

  16. Carol says:

    I did not read the book, and I really liked the movie. Rarely will I do both – read a book and see the movie. One or the other, which eliminates dissatisfaction for me. I did make an exception for “The Secret Life of Bees” – loved the book, decided to see the movie because Dakota Fanning was in it, and liked it too.

    • Cindy Lou says:

      Me, too, Carol – I’m always disappointed in a movie! Another movie that was almost equal to the book was “Prince of Tides” (Pat Conroy) – and I liked “The Secret Life…” as well. Don’t find many movies though that measure up to a wondermous book, hey?

      • Kathy says:

        Carol and Cindy…like you both I did thoroughly enjoy “The Secret Life of Bees”. It was a great movie. Now maybe will put “Prince of Tides” in my queue. Do you ever decide to see a movie and then suddenly remember that you saw it some long time ago? Wonder if that’s the case with “Prince of Tides”?

  17. Martha Bergin says:

    Oh, you got me chucklin’!!! 🙂

  18. Tammy McLeod says:

    What a delightful post! I enjoyed this more than I ever did the book. Thank you for seeing and showing the joy in everyday.

  19. Loved, loved the pictures. I’m traveling through you this days! 🙂

  20. pearlz says:

    I really love the creativity of your posts what a great idea to approach a town you know like this. Yours is one of my favourite blogs!

    • Kathy says:

      Hello, June! Don’t you love it when creative ideas camp out at your doorstep so unexpectedly and beg you to write about them? I appreciate your words about my blog. They mean a lot.

  21. flandrumhill says:

    Barry is a sweetheart for going with you to see Eat Pray Love.

    One of my sons read the book just so that he could discuss it with girls as a starting point for talking about books that HE likes to read. He then loaned out his copy before I had a chance to borrow it.

    I agree with you that all wonders are available at hand. You need not travel to the other side of the planet to find yourself or your life’s dream.

    • Kathy says:

      Hi, Amy-Lynn! Barry is a dear. Sounds like your son is, too. Yes–the seven wonders of the world exist in our backyard. Yes! And all we have to do is open our eyes to see them…

  22. I enjoyed the book for the exotic places and the way the author moved on with her life experiences. I loved reading of your own way of adapting such a story to your visit to Duluth. You are totally right, no need to travel to the other side of the world to find it all nearby when one knows how to look at people, places and things around. Lovely post, Kathy !

    • Kathy says:

      Hello, Isa. Isn’t that the lesson which keeps appearing in 5,000 different guises? Open our eyes and look around and we’ll be surprised at the miracles we see. 🙂

  23. Jessica says:

    Beautiful. I love your definitions 🙂

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