Good Friday; A Place of Rebirth

As is my custom
I went to the park
this morning 
Pond at Mittineague Park. West Springfield, MA. Photo by Bruce Barone.    
I love the color
the new life 
appearing
in the trees behind me
Self-Portrait. April 22, 2011
Peace be with you.
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A Morning Walk in the Park

At the park down the street from where we live:
Mittineague Park. West Springfield, MA. April 21, 2011. Photo by Bruce Barone.
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Turkey Date Meatballs with Orange Mint Yogurt Sauce

WOW! WOW! WOW!

Ingredients

  1. 1 pound ground turkey
  2. 2 cups fresh bread crumbs (I used 1 cup dry)
  3. 6 dates, pitted and finely chopped
  4. 2 large eggs, beaten
  5. 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  6. 1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
  7. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  8. 1 cup French green lentils
  9. 2 garlic cloves, crushed and peeled
  10. 2 thyme sprigs
  11. 1 cinnamon stick
  12. 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  13. 1 1/2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  14. 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  15. 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (I used fresh orange juice)
  16. 1 tablespoon chopped mint
  17. 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest (I used orange zest)

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey with the bread crumbs, dates, eggs, sesame seeds, sesame oil, 2 teaspoons of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400°. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, cover the lentils, garlic, thyme and cinnamon stick with 2 inches of water; bring to a boil. Simmer over moderately low heat until the lentils are tender, about 25 minutes. Drain the lentils and transfer to a bowl; pick out and discard the seasonings. Stir the olive oil and vinegar into the lentils and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Form the turkey mixture into 1-inch meatballs. Spread the meatballs on a lightly oiled large rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, or until browned on the bottom and cooked through.
  4. Meanwhile, blend the yogurt with the lemon juice, mint and lemon zest, and season with salt and pepper. Serve the meatballs with the lentils and yogurt.
    ~Food & Wine, 2004

Mary Holding Baby Jesus

Mary Holding Baby Jesus. Photo by Bruce Barone.

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Celebrate

from Today’s Daily Word:

I celebrate the light of God within me and everyone.

The Bible story of God’s people securing their freedom from bondage in Egypt reflects my own road to freedom from limiting ideas. In the past, I may have held limiting thoughts about myself and the world. Just as the Hebrew people followed the light of God and celebrated their new life, I celebrate mine.
With an awareness of God’s light, I view my life unfolding just as it should. Every success and even seeming missteps are celebrated. Inspired by the light of God, I celebrate my ability to learn, grow and conceive new thoughts and ideas, which will enable me to be a blessing to myself, my family and all humanity.
Photo by Bruce Barone.
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Clouds Over West Hartford, CT

 
 
We (Me, Susan and her Mom) were on our way from Massachusetts to Connecticut
on Saturday for my daughter’s Bridal Shower. I was driving.
And I kept looking out the window at the sky and thinking OMG.
I so wanted to stop the car on the side of the highway
and get out and start taking pictures!
Later, my brother and I went to an AMAZING photo exhibition
at Saint Joseph College in West Hartford (where he is a professor),
“Persian Visions, Contemporary Photography in Iran,”
(TRULY AMAZING/INSPIRING)
and I said before we entered the gallery, 
“Dennis, stop, I got to take photographs of the sky.”
It was quite wonderful.
See: 

Clouds Over West Hartford, CT. Photo by Bruce Barone.

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Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday. April 17, 2011. Photo by Bruce Barone..
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Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Fast and easy! And delicious!

Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps. Photo by Bruce Barone.

Serves 2.

Gently and briefly saute 1 small carrot (diced), 1 small celery stalk (diced), 1 small onion (chopped), 2 cloves garlic (smashed and minced). Push to side of pan and add 1/2 package ground turkey. Cook till done breaking up with fork. Add 1/2 teaspoon each of Soy sauce, Fish sauce, and Oyster sauce. Mix turkey together with vegetables. Meanwhile, cook 1/2 cup Basmati rice. Add cooked rice to 4 leaves of romaine lettuce. Add turkey. Sprinkle some Heartbreaking Dawn’s Jalapeno Pineapple Hot Sauce on top. Roll it or fold it and eat it and YUM!

Self Portrait with My Brother’s New Book

A new book of poems
by my brother
arrived in yesterday’s mail:
Self Portrait Reading My Brother’s Book, Parallel Lines. April 4, 2011.
Here is the first poem in the book:
February, a rant interior.
Drinking, smoking, panic, fear.
(Pastoral dialogue:
I ran through the snow like a . . .
a sonnet.)
A guitar. Awake!
A city winter, Saturday afternoon.
A hospital
overlooking the river.
Day and night: the hosts of dreams.
Woman on a beach. Very rainy.
Two epitaphs. Written in January.
to Jane, to the mountains of New York.
elegies, horns of my desire.
Digression: it seems far away.
Anxiety: I will always love you.
To hell with it. Oh, full moon.
In Paris, man with tulip, 1950,
matted and framed, the sad thing
died. I am (whistle) a fine dust.
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