Category Archives: thoughts

Sometime a Great Muffin

Here is a recipe for gluten free muffins that turn out really good! Turn out really well? Yes, they do! Either way


4 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons Sunflower oil 🌻 (Trader Joe’s brand is good)

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure maple syrup

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups King Arthur Gluten-Free flour

2/3 cup Silk Oat Milk (the plain one)

One peach – diced 🍑

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Lightly oil non stick 12 cup muffin tin (I use Rachel Ray’s)

Cream butter, oil and sugar with an electric mixer at medium speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each. Mix in syrup, baking powder and salt at low speed.  Mix in about half of flour, add milk, add remaining flour; mix at low speed until smooth. Stir in the diced peach.

Spoon into muffin tin. Bake for 20 minutes (until toothpick comes out clean).

Let cool for 10 minutes in the tin. Then put on cooling rack for about 10 minutes.

Note:  They don’t really brown much because:  gluten-free flour.  So don’t wait until they brown or they will be too close to burned.

And there they are.


Change is already over

We must fight climate change

(goes the ubiquitous cry

–but can’t fight metaphysics

feel free to try)

the climate has been changing

since climate began

remember when al gore was thin?

–even before then–

Now, should we clean up the environment

in which we all live?

we should and we can and

as it happens …..we are

and hysterical panic

will not help at all

Doing things that don’t work

can lead to a fall

Genuine science keeps searching

and is never quite settled

Can we stop being belligerent

and relax for awhile?

Some of the solutions

turn out to be ridiculous

so continue the search

let this work be meticulous










Aw, nuthin’

So odd
In a way,
Not so odd

So discontentedly satisfied
So patiently agitated
So freely mitigated
So subversively brave

So intensely moderated
For the flag that I wave

Am I 
standing short 
as someone
who I can imagine
as enough
as is

So extremely vigilant
So hyper-attenuated
So assertively meek

So sublimely uncertain
For the purpose I seek

I am



I’m just not in love with forewords to books.

I want to read the book itself not what someone I don’t even know thinks about it.

This might mean I’m not intellectual enough. But sometimes having someone dissect a work of art just seems condescending as if I won’t get it just by the author’s words. Might be insulting to the writer in a way.

If it needs a foreword, is it because the writer didn’t make things clear in the book?

I might like an “afterword” especially if I don’t feel like finishing a book that I’m not wild about and I want a summary of it. Or if it’s so great I want to have a conversation about it–even a remote one.

Sometimes I’ll read the foreword after i read the book–if it draws me in. I usually try reading the foreword up to the point I become exasperated. That tends to happen if it’s a long ordeal: write your own damn book why doncha’ ?

That’s my two cents!

Anyway…. I wonder what other people think about forewords? Helpful? What do you say, other people?


An Inkling of Cautious Optimism

This gallery contains 2 photos.

Originally posted on robinbenjamin4:
via Daily Prompt: Inkling I had a bit of an inkling            as to what is required but less of an inkling            now that I’ve retired I look forward to exploring            with a dollop…


I need, for my own peace of mind,

to stop noticing with such determination

at least some of the unfairness out there

It’s unfair

It’s there

Get used to it


Ipse Dixit

According to Merriam-Webster:

Ipse dixit is an assertion made but not proved

Wikipedia adds:  

..or a dogmatic expression of opinion.

History and Etymology for ipse dixit

Latin:   he himself said it

According to me (perhaps proving that the definitions are accurate!):

Lot of ipse dixit 

goin’ on round the world

and I’m gettin’ a little weary

of hearing all the spins and spurious platitudes 

that pose as reason and empathy

Oh happy day

We are about to be spun around into a better

frame of mind

as soon as everybody sticks it

to this crazy ipse dixit

Stoned and Sideways

So I got this stone-paper notebook

because a hundred notebooks

are just not enough

and I like it

If it’s not worth doing badly,

Is it worth it at all?

Must one avoid it

If one must/might fall?

My choice is to jump in

In spite of the risk…

…of not being perfect

…or of slipping a disc

What I am seeking is unclear to me;

It slides silently… 


…and just out of reach


Looking for Light in the News of the Day

In light of the darkness of recent events

I am feeling befuddled

And mixed up and tense

I’ve grown tired of the pickets

on this particular fence

Too much manipulation

Too much pretense

Some days I achieve empathy

Would I rather be dense?

Ah, well, life is so good when I look up and around

…and maybe the news can be simply turned down.