Monday, May 28, 2012

Elemental Love

Alight  the tree tops
With a sun kissed breeze.
Burnished and feverish will be Love’s dancing leaves.  

Wave the clouds away
With Eagles wings.
Soaring to clarity that enlightenment brings.  

Lighten your spirit
With a flash and thunder.
Reign in doubt, let pour Love’s wonder.    

Harness the sun
With the tender warmth of caring
Hearts will heal with the simple joy of sharing.  

No matter the season ,
No matter the day,
Weather the storms along your way.
No matter the time,
No matter the place,                                                               
Come what may, to your emotional space.
Not wind,
Not clouds,
Not rain,
 Nor sun
Should deter you from caring for and loving someone.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Strawberry/ Pear Lattice Pie

Spring and Summer bring an abundance of wonderful fruit to enjoy. This is a recipe I came up with,  to use Strawberries and Pears in a pie. A bourbon 'marinade' adds a hint of spice to the Strawberries. I added a light crumb topping and dressed it with a pie dough lattice.

Strawberry/ Pear Lattice Pie

Slice Strawberries.  In a small bowl,  'marinate' in 1/4 cup of sugar/stevia and 1 shot glass of Bourbon. Toss to coat and place in refrigerator for an hour or so.

Pie Crust Pastry

3 cups Flour
1 cup Butter or Shortening
approx. 10 tblsp. cold Water

With a fork, cut butter into the flour until blended to consistency of small peas.  Then, sprinkle in cold water until pie dough is moist and firm enough to form two equal sized balls of dough. Flour wax paper and with a rolling pin, roll out 1 ball of the pie dough to fit into a 9 inch pie dish.

Slice four large Red Anjou Pears. No need to remove the red peel from the Pears. Drain and remove the Strawberries from the Bourbon marinade. Layer the
Pear slices and Strawberries in the pie shell as shown.

Crumb Topping

Mix 1/4 cup Oats, 1/2 cup Brown Sugar, 1/4 cup All purpose Flour, and 3 Tblsp. melted Butter with a fork, to form Crumb Topping. Lightly Sprinkle over the Fruit as shown .

With a rolling pin, roll out the second ball of pie dough and cut vertically with a pastry cutter or knife as I have pictured.

'Weave' the strips of dough, like a lattice, over the top of the crumb topping. Tuck the ends of the strips of dough into the pie.

Bake at 350' until the Pie crust becomes Golden and the Fruit mixture bubbles.

Let cool and enjoy it!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Garden Gestalt/ Commiting to Growth and Health and Fulfillment

Two plants, in a garden, living there;  not unlike each other in that they are both plants, with needs for nurturing conditions. There the similarity ends. Both have their own identity, their own needs for growth and health and fulfillment.
There are times when two plants can be healthy and beautiful together. There are times when two plants have growth patterns or needs that are at odds with each other. It does not necessarily make either plant a bad or wrong plant. It just simply is the reality of their individual needs.

I was reflecting on this as I worked in my Garden today. I thought back to a time in my life, as a teenager; when my family would go out to my Pappy's summer home and spend a few weeks. Along one of the rural roads was a mountainside. On that mountainside, someone had spray painted a passage from the following quote by Dr. Frederich Perls:

I do my thing and you do your thing.
I am not in this world to live up to your expectations,
And you are not in this world to live up to mine.
You are you, and I am I,
and if by chance we find each other, it's beautiful.

Powerful words. So much so, that my family took the time to look up the full script and we hung the words on one of the walls in our home.

I had forgotten about the words until today...they came flooding back from my memory..reminding me how important it is to do the following:

Always assess how healthy our relationships are, as we progress through our life with others. Unhealthy patterns can emerge without our realizing it. In which case our ability for health and growth as an individual can be severely damaged. Or conversely, we can do damage to someone we love.

Ask our self if our expectations from the relationship, for our self, are of equal importance to what we expect to provide for the other person? While loving and nurturing others is beautiful, we must not deny our self the level of fulfillment that we would want for others.

These are not easy questions to ask our self, as it requires us to step outside of our comfort zone, or rather the relationship that we feel accustomed to, and take stock of whether our own needs for growth and health and fulfillment are being met. It requires us to examine our own ability to love and nurture our self and others.

Does it mean that you must end the relationship? Not necessarily. That depends on whether you can each do your own thing, live and grow your own way, and still be in harmony with each other, healthy and fulfilled together.

Does it mean that you no longer love the other person? Again, not necessarily. On the contrary, if we truly love another, we want to ensure that our presence in their life is loving and nurturing. If our individual needs run counter to that effect, then there is consideration that has to be given about the direction of the relationship. Care should to be taken to ensure that open and honest expression of needs be shared with each other.  Anything less is an abuse of fairness and respect.

What was true of our relationship yesterday, may not be true today. What is true of our relationship today, may not be true tomorrow. What was true of us as an individual  yesterday, may not be true today. What is true of us as an individual today, may not be true tomorrow.

Much is made of committing ourselves to our relationships, particularly in religious and societal dogma. Committing to each other is a beautiful thing. But I would submit to you, that the  most important commitments we can make, are the ones we make to ourselves; to love and to nurture our self. Because if we cannot commit to our self, it devalues what we have to offer to others. If we have no love and caring for ourselves, we can have no love or caring for others.

If I could alter anything about Dr. Perl's quote, it would be to add the word Harmony to the last sentence. Harmony, I believe is the operative word. Harmony is both the means by which we should deal with others and live for ourselves; Harmony, as well, should be the end result.

My own personal quote along the lines of Garden Gestalt: I hear your call in the distance, bird of another song. How sweet the sound when the notes are in harmony with mine.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Night Falls to a New Day

Night Falls to a New Day
A new day to sew happiness along the road to fulfillment
A new day to love the journey ahead
A new day to grow in desire for adventures
A new day to put dismal doubts all to bed.  
Night falls with celebratory excitement
Night falls to dreams of all that I can
Night falls to awaken a once tired mind
Night falls to a new day’s plan.


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