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sometimes it’s a look
a spark of recognition
no longer strangers
kindred of my spirit tribe
who understands…just because

not my flesh and blood
but every bit a special soul
gracing my reality


A Tanka/Senryu for Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge using synonyms for the prompt words: Thanks – grace, recognition and Family – blood, kindred, tribe.

Baby Steps…

Got to see my youngest daughter and granddaughter today. If you follow me, you’ll know how special this is. Today was a very good day! ❤️

Credo…In Times Like These…

If you’re paying attention, the current political climate has become impossibly ludicrous. Politicians bought and sold to the highest bidder, average folks be damned. When I spend too much time watching the news or reading commentary I find myself losing ground in my goal to live mindfully, in gratitude, inhabiting each precious moment. Worry, fear, and downright disbelief at what some charlatans are seemingly getting away with at the expense of our nation…and ultimately our world, causes me to forget to breathe. And of course, it’s miserably downhill from there. Breathing, as we all know is kind of important.

To calm myself, I have come up with a Credo (Latin for “I Believe”) list to remind me that there are certain truths I can depend on. Goals not too lofty or impossible to realize. Simple basics that I know are possible, that I trust are possible if enough of us believe. This little list is something I intend to refer to, (even if just line by line as a situation arises) and repeat like a mantra, to bring me back to the moment, to sanity, to remind me to breathe, and to guide me to gratefulness for the goodness that exists, even if it’s hard to perceive it in the cacophony of the absurdity around me.

In times like these…
I believe in the inherent goodness of humanity.
I believe the paths that guide our moral compasses are many, equally inspiring when they draw us to the light.
I believe that truth will ultimately win over spin and dishonesty.
I believe it is possible to exist with our neighbors in peace, bypassing war through diplomacy.
I believe we can care for our sick, our poor, and our outcasts without taking from another.
I believe that hard working people deserve to be paid a living wage.
I believe justice will prevail when we leave aside our egos and come to the table.
I believe that civil liberty and freedom are our birthrights, not to be dictated by arbitrary belief systems.
I believe we owe it to our Mother, Earth, to care for her waterways, her greenways and her skyways.
I believe in educating our young to carry our legacy of innovation into the future, without burdening their futures in the process.
I believe in honoring those who’ve served us in war, calamity and peace by providing basic care and sustenance for as long as they have need.
I believe we owe gentle end of life care to our aging elders, basic security of shelter, health and food.
I believe in supporting life in all of its stages, not just its embryonic beginnings.
I believe in families, large and small, organic and blended, in various flavors, colors and varieties, where love is key and the only thing that matters.
I believe one day we will look beyond our differences, acknowledging the common thread that binds us together as one race, one family.
And because I believe, no amount of lunacy or madness can dissuade me…
And because I believe, I have hope.

nesting empty

her wall is lined with
photographs of happy
smiles and silly faces,
destination postcard
vistas, wet-nosed flapping
puppy tongues and toothless
gummy grins. a monument
of moments captured by a
shutter snap, of life full-
lived but fleeting, scattered
now upon the wind.
at times she can imagine
pitter-pattered steps and
laughter, memories
fresh, warm as a whisper,
as it brushes past her
ear. the dust has settled
softly on her fading gallery,
her chicks have flown
the nest to make their
own sweet memories.

kat 2015

Magical Stone Soup


I would be remiss if I didn’t include this magical recipe in my blog. After all it is a feature element of the title of my recipe category. I learned this recipe as a young scout using a campfire as the heating element, but it can easily be modified to work in a modern kitchen.  The key element when planning this dish, besides getting the perfect stone of course, is that it is meant to be a group cooking event.  The more the better!  Which means PARTY!

Here is what you will need:
1 Large Stock Pot
1 Stone or Pebble – One should take great care in selecting the perfect stone or pebble for the intended group. Shape, size, color and interesting marbling should all be taken into consideration, as each attribute contains particular magical properties (you will know your stone and what those properties are once you have found it!) Oh…and one more thing…be sure you have thoroughly cleaned the stone before cooking.
Invitations! – You certainly can’t hold a Stone Soup Party without these! Start with the usual, “You’re Invited!”, Date, Time, Place (and directions if needed), and then add instructions: “Admission to the Party requires One Can of Soup – Any kind will do!”
As the perfect host or hostess, you will also want to provide other side dishes such as bread (you can find my famous Beer Bread recipe here) or crackers, beverages, perhaps a nice green salad, dessert and napkins, bowls, utensils, etc.

On party day, once all your guests have arrived, gather everyone (each with their can of soup in hand) to the kitchen or the campfire where you will have placed your stock pot. This is when you will present the “magic” stone to everyone, explaining it’s particular magical qualities, not the least of which is the ability to render anything that is added to the pot edible. And not “just” edible, but the “Most amazing delicious soup they have ever tasted!” Then place the stone in the bottom of the pot and invite your guests, one by one, to present their soup and add it to the pot.

There will be doubters of course.  Especially when each person opens their can of soup and pours it in (note: if the soup is condensed, add the appropriate amount of water). Some will be certain that their cream of “this” and your tomato or chicken or clam “that” couldn’t possibly taste good together.  Someone is likely to even bring a can of split pea, which will certainly raise an eyebrow or two. And don’t get me started on the chowders!  But never fear…just let the stone do its magic! (You may need to assure everyone else at this point too!)

Once everyone has contributed their soup to the recipe, turn up the heat and give it a good stirring until it is simmering and bubbly hot. Serve with the sides you have provided, and enjoy!

The real magic of course is not that you have just created the most delectable, one of a kind, impossible to replicate soup recipe of all time, but that you have done it with family or friends and spent a lovely time together doing it!

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