That’s what Sister Helen asked. Susan and I were watching a documentary called “Sister.” SISTER is a one-hour documentary highlighting the work of death penalty abolitionist Sister Helen Prejean. The film examines the life and influences of Sister Helen and delves into the evolving role of Catholic nuns in America. This poignant piece follows Sister … Continue reading What Would Jesus Do?
Listen To The Lion. Are you familiar with this song? Listen: Reading from Wikipedia: “Listen to the Lion” has been said to rank amongst Morrison’s greatest work. “During the 11-minute voyage, he sings, shouts, improvises lines, delays and omits them, until he symbolically re-creates the sound of an unleashed lion within himself. It remains a … Continue reading welcome to march
My new book, Famous People Famous Places, arrived in yesterday’s mail. I am very pleased with the printing and very moved by the photographs. Photographs of New York City/Times Square and Hoboken, New Jersey, 1980s. I had two copies printed at BLURB. Self-published. Now I need to find a publisher. Here are a few spreads:
Susan and I were watching Rick Steves “France’s Loire: Valley of a Thousand Chateaux.” It was a fascinating show illustrating both the beauty and opulence of the castles. Some of the castles facts are staggering: The biggest château in the region, Chambord, is huge — six times the size of your average Loire palace, more … Continue reading adventurers and explorers
When I woke up Wednesday morning I read: “On this Ash Wednesday, I give thanks for this holy season—a time of deep, prayerful contemplation. With faith, I commit to deepening my spiritual understanding and more fully expressing my divinity. I solemnly ask which habits or thought patterns are keeping me from being the person I … Continue reading Lent contemplation
I made this for Valentine’s Day. So delicious. Based on a recipe from The New York Times. INGREDIENTS 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined Kosher salt and black pepper 1 tablespoon light brown sugar 1 tablespoon fish sauce 1 tablespoon white vinegar 3 tablespoons roasted, salted peanuts, finely chopped 3 scallions, thinly sliced crosswise 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice ½ teaspoon red-pepper … Continue reading Thai Sweet, salty and spicy shrimp
Susan made a lemon tea cake. It was very pretty to see. It was impossible not to eat.
Trying to decide if I should start using Blogger again or stay with WordPress. Deciding may require a glass or two of wine.
The final days of January 2021 are upon us. The final days of Dry January 2021 are upon us. Pictured here a “Virgin Bloody Mary.” It tastes pretty much like a Bloody Mary, less the vodka, of course. I bought the Bloody Mary mix (Agalima Organic, The Authentic Bloody Mary Mix) back in October thinking … Continue reading Dry January
Yesterday, Friday, January 8th, was Susan’s birthday. When I woke up on the day before, the 7th, I thought the 7th was the 8th. Before she woke (on the 7th), I scrambled to wrap her present and make her card. (See Freddy above sniffing at her card and present.) Soon she came out of the … Continue reading Susan’s Birthday
The impetus to finish the book.
This might be the best pasta recipe I have ever made. It’s based on one from Melissa Clark. I made a few changes which I note below. Melissa writes: “Studded with salty olives, pancetta and Parmesan that gets golden and crisp at the edges, this is roasted cauliflower at its brightest and most full-flavored. You … Continue reading Roasted Cauliflower with Pancetta, Olives and Crisp Parmesan over Fettucine
Snow covers roses. Snow covers pumpkin. Winter is coming.
Light rain falls all day. Birds feed all day. Leaves reflect zinnias.
Drift roses still blooming. Snow in forecast. Trick or Treat?
This is a favorite poem. “Kicking the Leaves” by Donald Hall. Kicking the leaves, October, as we walk home together from the game, in Ann Arbor, on a day the color of soot, rain in the air; I kick at the leaves of maples, reds of seventy different shades, yellow like old paper; and poplar … Continue reading A Favorite Poem; “Kicking the Leaves”
Follow me. There is a path up ahead. I can see it. I have been here before. Follow me across the stone bridge. It is beautiful. Follow me. I have to finish painting. And then I came home to paint.
All the colors are there in the leaf. God’s Palette. Red. Orange. Yellow. Green. Blue. Indigo. Violet. I found God’s Palette yesterday, Saturday, in our backyard. This I read early Sunday morning (Today’s Daily Word): “In the past, I may have hidden my inner light, afraid to be myself. I may have tried to please … Continue reading God’s Palette
Just some recent photos from the last days of September and first day of October. Leaves in our backyard. Monarch Butterfly. I love this photo. And they are still visiting the garden! Mittineague Park, West Springfield. Down the street from where we live. Gooseberry Farms. Down the street from where we live. Gooseberry Farms. Gooseberry … Continue reading Pretty Photos
Tonight is the last night of summer. You can see autumn coming today in the color of the lace hydrangea leaves. Where did summer go? I have a record of sorts; a list of the everyday routines. I wake up when Freddy jumps out of bed. This happens between 5:00 and 5:30. Sometimes, but rarely … Continue reading Summer Is Over
A few weeks ago, my friend, Gretchen Smith Matthews, an Inspirational Blogger, wrote on her website (Saving her words here on my site for remembrance.) “Bruce Barone is a professional photographer I ‘met’ through Instagram and who I’ve followed for about 2 years. I truly enjoy seeing the joy-filled photos he posts of his garden, … Continue reading An Interview with Bruce Barone
Susan found this recipe for me. Based on the following recipe from Melissa Clark of The New York Times. According to the newspaper: “Beautiful to behold and easy to make, this sheet-pan dinner combines sweet plums and soft red onions with crisp-skinned pieces of roasted chicken. Toasted fennel seeds, red-pepper flakes and a touch of … Continue reading Chicken Thighs with Fennel, Plums and Red Onion
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