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Anticipate

via Daily Prompt: Anticipate

What can happen?

Who  can say

     As I flounder through the day

Seeking to be well-aware

      of all the good

I’m almost there

     and if you look,

it’s everywhere.

Appalling stuff has such a draw

     all the news that’s fit to awe

it shouts and beckons

    with screaming hues

           attempting to distort all views

Enough, enough

I choose to find

     some wisdom ways

        to calm my mind

Perspective and context

       a path to grace

Anticipate this joyful place

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today is Fine

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Happy times

   and mashed potatoes

News that’s good

  and fresh tomatoes

Sweet dreams

  and summer breezes

Rhyming words

   and funny sneezes

Sunny days

   that warm the pavement

Cool nights

   that come to save us

All the good

   that finds us here

Recognize

  and draw it near

 

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SLEEP is a word that looks funny to me at the moment for some reason

Summer rerun!

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Good Night, Gracie

Insights abound

and perspectives are found

and still I find myself thinking around

       in circles and tangents in more than one bound

Awakened abruptly mid-sleep in my bed

and wondering where all the insights have fled

and why do I still get these feelings of dread

with unwelcome thoughts that pop into my head

Ah, well, it’s a cycle, it’s a pendulum swing

Last night I was laughing a lot in a dream

An optimistic upheaval; a paradigm shift?

A chance that I’m finally catching the drift?

Look at these thoughts that give me no clue

and the awful imaginings that have seldom rung true

See them clearly for the imposters they are

Seemingly logical, yet impossibly vague

Midnight meanderings are usually wrong

That’s a real thing that some scientist said

Not at your best when lying down half asleep

Counting back from a hundred with…

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SOUP in the bowl

Passages

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Noticing the passage of time

Reminds me of something….

….something…ephemeral

Mostly because I want to use the word ephemeral

Can’t quite settle on why that is

Who is this that I used to be?

Who is this that I’ve become?

 I think I’ve figured it out

And then

in a heartbeat

it’s gone

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To Be Understood – To Understand

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One of my goals for the time I have over and above sixty years, is to become less interested in being understood.   It causes a lot of inner anguish and more than enough outer crankiness when I feel misunderstood.  Why is that so important to me?  (I just glanced at the clock and it said 7:52.  I was born on the 7th day of October in 1952.  Random coincidence?  Or cosmic message?  Random.  Probably.)

One day, not too many weeks ago, I found myself practically sobbing for a few minutes.  Something I read hit a nerve and got me to thinking that maybe the reason it means so much to me for things to make sense is because when I was just under two years old, I was left in a hospital in Chicago and my parents didn’t take me with them when they had to go home.  My mom…

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I Don’t Know Anything

I just read  a post on Facebook from an expert.  I think she makes a good point, but it got me to wonder if such commentary helps anything.  She was talking about the fact that racism is taught and it is not innate and it is obviously illogical and she instructed people to knock it off.  As if that statement will solve the problem and dense people will suddenly see the light.   Another post said, basically, let’s have world peace day today — which is an excellent idea but the people patting themselves on the back for participating in world peace day are not the ones causing the violence in the first place.

People seem to love it when someone states the obvious — treating it as if it were oh-so-profound.  Maybe I’m being cynical but for crying out loud:  if people stop being racist that would be lovely but that’s not all there is to it.  There are unkind people who use any excuse to gain power and are not persuaded by catchy phrases.  Get me — stating the obvious.

Peace and harmony can be affected and increased by each individual; I do believe that.  But scolding people on Facebook seems kind of ridiculous; the people who need to hear it are not likely to embrace the thing.  What’s the point then?  Is it so someone can say, “Aren’t I good?   I am joining world peace day!”  Otherwise, what?  You were going to go be violent?

Ah, well…..just feeling aggravated by the simplistic, somewhat pious commentaries.   If it helps people, though, who am I to say?  Maybe it all really will make a positive difference.

Peace.

 

 

 

 

ASPARAGUS RED PEPPER STIR FRY

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This is a picture of how this recipe looked when we made it.  I highly recommend FORKS OVER KNIVES COOKBOOK for simple and healthy and tasty recipes.  I didn’t think something with so few ingredients could possibly taste good.  I was wrong

 SERVES 3 TO 4

Ingredient

    • 1 POUND FRESH ASPARAGUS, TRIMMED AND CUT INTO 1-INCH PIECES
    • 1 RED BELL PEPPER, CUT INTO 1/4-INCH THICK SLIVERS
    • 8 OUNCES CREMINI MUSHROOMS, THINLY SLICED
    • 2 GARLIC CLOVES, MINCED
    • 1 TABLESPOON BRAGG LIQUID AMINOS

Instructions

    1. HEAT A LARGE SKILLET OVER HIGH HEAT AND ADD THE ASPARAGUS, BELL PEPPER, AND MUSHROOMS. STIR-FRY FOR 4 TO 5 MINUTES, ADDING WATER 1 TO 2 TABLESPOONS AT A TIME TO KEEP THE VEGETABLES FROM STICKING. ADD THE GARLIC AND COOK ANOTHER MINUTE. ADD THE LIQUID AMINOS AND TOSS WELL. SERVE IMMEDIATELY.

 Notes

MY NOTE:  YOU CAN USE ANY KIND OF MUSHROOMS – WE USED WHITE BUTTON 
MUSHROOMS THE FIRST TIME. 

FROM FORKS OVER KNIVES:
"STIR FRYING IS AN ASIAN TECHNIQUE FOR COOKING MEAT AND VEGETABLES QUICKLY 
SO THAT THEY RETAIN THEIR TEXTURE AND FLAVOR.  IN THIS RECIPE YOU CAN BE 
CREATIVE AND SUBSTITUTE OTHER VEGETABLES, SUCH AS SNOW PEAS AND FRESH, 
THINLY SLICED CARROTS, FOR THE ASPARAGUS."
 

So Good…

This is all there is to it:

Brussels sprouts and butternut squash tossed with about a tablespoon of olive oil, bake at 350 degrees for about a half hour.  Add some dried cranberries and bake for another 3 to 5 minutes or so.

So good!

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SLEEP is a word that looks funny to me at the moment for some reason

Good Night, Gracie

Insights abound

and perspectives are found

and still I find myself thinking around

       in circles and tangents in more than one bound

Awakened abruptly mid-sleep in my bed

and wondering where all the insights have fled

and why do I still get these feelings of dread

with unwelcome thoughts that pop into my head

Ah, well, it’s a cycle, it’s a pendulum swing

Last night I was laughing a lot in a dream

An optimistic upheaval; a paradigm shift?

A chance that I’m finally catching the drift?

Look at these thoughts that give me no clue

and the awful imaginings that have seldom rung true

See them clearly for the imposters they are

Seemingly logical, yet impossibly vague

Midnight meanderings are usually wrong

That’s a real thing that some scientist said

Not at your best when lying down half asleep

Counting back from a hundred with some rag-taggled sheep

Practice relinquishing future prediction

What a collection of unvarnished fiction!

This is a welcome and pure benediction

Say goodnight; give way to sleep’s jurisdiction