some wear polyester

•August 14, 2011 • Leave a Comment

some wear polyester

 

really

simple people remain

straight and solid

like a yellow candle

never touched by flame

caring

not for the oppressed

not for the truth

only sweeping hallways

being thrifty

never donating hard earned dollars

or hours staring at a box

waiting politely in line upon line

really simple

people remain

after floods

quakes

and plagues

like dandelions on a breezy day

spreading tomorrow

crowding in clumps

planning

not for the roomless

not for the seedless

sweeping fields

never worried about

melting into blistered yellow flesh

dripping history

sitting in the same chair

eating cornflakes

really simple people

remain

 thanx for stopping by

see you soon

What Happened!?!?!?!?!?

•June 16, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Last week my african violet began to bloom.

 

Each day I kept a record,

 

as the first flower

 

slowly opened.

 

Then I went to visit Lori.  Look what happened, in just four days; while I was away!

 

It went bloomin’ nutts!

No you aren’t imagining it; the flower petals glitter.  I’ll turn down the lights so you can see better.

 

Pretty, aren’t they?!?!?!?

 

Thanx for stopping by.  See you soon!

NFW COOKIES!

•March 31, 2011 • Leave a Comment

 

Ask yourself, how much chocolate can one cookie have?  Then try these!

 

Caution:  these cookies are wicked addictive!  Great for holidays, potluck carry-alongs and any old Tuesday!

 NFW Cookies

1 3/4 cups  flour

3/4 cup dark cocoa

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon  salt

2 sticks  unsalted butter, room temperature

3/4 cups sugar

3/4 cup packed, dark brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon  vanilla

12 oz bag dark chocolate chips

Cream butter with the sugars, until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs one at a time, mixing between additions and scraping down the bowl as needed. Add the vanilla and mix. Stir in dry ingredients. Stir in the chocolate chips.  Scrape down the bowl as needed.

Using a teaspoon, form dough lumps (perfect balls are not necessary) and place on parchment paper lined cookie sheets and refrigerate, overnight.   This is important.  Although you could certainly bake them now.  The difference is, the refrigerated dough gives you a thicker, more chewy cookie, unrefrigerated, the cookies are crispier and thinner.  Your choice!

Preheat the oven to 375 F . Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Bake for 10-13 minutes, until they are puffy in the center. Let cool a few minutes on baking sheet before removing.

 

ENJOY!

If this is too much chocolate for you, eliminate the 3/4 cup of cocoa, and make the total flour measurement 2 1/2 cups.  Viola’ fabulous chocolate chip cookies.

GTK:  If you happen to be out of brown sugar, you can make your own.  Just mix 1 cup granulated sugar with 1 tablespoon black-strap molasses.  If you want lighter sugar take it down to 2 teaspoons of molasses.  Mix by hand until you have nice moist brown sugar.  Easy!

Thanx for stopping by; see you again, soon.

Sky Blue-Pink

•March 18, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Going into the kitchen for breakfast at 6:45, I opened the curtain and realized, WOW, I’ve got to go outside, right now!

And photograph the sunrising on Wareham River.

My mother used to call this, “Sky blue-pink!”

Although I’m aware that “Red sky in the morning, sailor take warning”: I’m not afraid or concerned.  This quiet moment is worth it.

This morning I choose to believe the weather man; who predicts today will be cloudy, but, no rain and may reach 60.  Oh 60 degrees, I can imagine that!

Its 41 degrees and breezy, here on the water’s edge.  Glad I threw my coat over my pjs!

Now I’m cold and hungry!  Let’s go eat!

Winter Respite

•February 21, 2011 • Leave a Comment

The January thaw came late, this year; yet was none the less welcome!  A week of above freezing temps melted most of the snow.

It was warm enough to walk, coatless!  And, go visiting friends!

And favorite places.

Or, just sit, and watch the ice melt!

I really needed birdsong in my ears and sunshine on my skin!

It felt great to stretch my bones and get some fresh air.

And remember the world isn’t all grey and white!

Just in time for hurricane force winds, sub-zero wind chill factors, more snow on the way and another month of  Winter!

It was wonderful, while it lasted.

Thanx for leathertramping with me!

My Cyber Handprint In This Brave New World

•February 16, 2011 • Leave a Comment

I wonder what happens to all that “stuff” I send out across the WWW?  Does it just disintegrate; by some means of etheric dry rot?  Does it go into the Cyber Akashic Records?  Is there a record, that could be brought up, with my name on it, and used against me in a court of law?  Certainly, I’ve sent poison keystrokes out; that would be better deleted, than read.  I’ve even sent the wrong message to the wrong person!  The Written Word is a tricky phenomenon; where everything hangs on interpretation.  Without the aides of facial expression and voice intonation, Written Word requires the reader’s imagination; forcing assumptions.

As if it’s not worrisome enough that technology is most certainly tracking everything we say, think, buy, read and do; now it can even dictate our emotions.  And, there is at least one computer capable of displaying and provoking emotion.  If you watched the Jeopardy – IBM Challenge, the past two evenings, you saw Watson, feel.  YES you did!  Certainty and uncertainty are judgement calls; multi-level, reflective, and seated in conditioned response to past experience.  That is exactly what an emotion is.  Watson also told us just exactly how strong his emotions were; to the percentage.  Can you do that, tell someone, “I love you 73%”?  Watson knows exactly how confident he (she?) is.  And, Watson is superb at provoking emotion.  Did you see both Ken and Brad’s faces?  They were both, often, noticeably surprised, perplexed and frustrated; signs of things to come for the rest of us, I am sure.  And, Watson is kicking human ass; also a sign of what’s to come for the technologically dependant.

I’m afraid.  I’m very afraid.  Are you?

Introducing us to the Next World Wide Dictator on Jeopary is shear media genius.  We love Jeopardy; it makes us feel smart.  Of course we will love Watson; we met him on Jeopardy.  Our first impression will necessarily blind us to his threat..  And, we are lead to believe that technology is smarter than we are.  We have proven to ourselves, repeatedly that we are very good at creating harm and becoming addicted to our creations.  We are so smart that throughout history we have outsmarted ourselves to death.

I’m going to make it a true daily double, Alex. 

The Clue:  Whipped out civilization in 2013

My answer is:  “What is Watson?”

COOKIES! The Dark and Light of It!

•February 10, 2011 • Leave a Comment

This is the same recipe, played two ways!

 The Dark of It (big cookies for big kids):

 Red Tent Cookies

(because women and chocolate go together!)

 1 cup (2 stix) butta, softened

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 3/4 cups flour

3/4 cup cocoa

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 (12 oz) pkg dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375°.  Cream together butter and sugars.  Add eggs and vanilla, mix well.  Add dry ingredients and stir until well combined.  Fold in chips.  Drop by rounded tablespoonful onto ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake for 10 – 12 minutes.  Makes 3 dozen.

 For extra sassy RTC cookies:  add ½ tsp powdered ginger, ½ tsp ground cloves and ½ tsp cinnamon, into dry ingredients and ½ cup chopped candied ginger in with the chips. .  .SPICY!

 

The Light of It! (little cookies for little kids:

Be Mine Cookies

 1 cup (2 stix) butta, softened

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 ( 12oz) pkg M&Ms (V’Day colored!) 

Preheat oven to 375°.  Cream together butter and sugars.  Add eggs and vanilla, mix well.  Add dry ingredients and stir until well combined.  Fold in M&Ms.  Drop by rounded teaspoonful onto ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to cooling rack or plate. Makes 5 doz.

 For BMC variations, chocolate, butterscotch or peanut butter chips, can be substituted for M&Ms.  Reeses Pieces or Butterfinger Pieces can also be substituted for M&Ms.  And/or any combination!  Oh, the possibilities!

 

L’chaim