Posts Tagged ‘Love’

Heartfelt Poem from Mary Lou Meyers

Thursday, December 24th, 2020
Here is a beautiful poem by my classmate Mary Lou that seems perfect for this difficult time when I wish you not only Peace on Earth but a renewed spirit to help us weather the storm of COVID-19. ellensue
Stay By the Fireside Bright
Keep safe and low key,
a few family members and trustworthy friends,
know where they’ve been.
The words of Dr. Fouche, soon to be 80
on Christmas Eve.
He’s been weathering the storm of controversy
in his own way, staying the course,
facts and figures he displays to the public.
Steady as you go,
let Christmas Past last through the holiday,
outside the Rack and Ruin of those
who didn’t abide the strategy for staying alive.
200,000 to 300,000 cases each day
throughout the USA.
California, a basket case
running out of ICU beds.
Murder rates escalate

See how the moonlight shines on the snow,

we haven’t had a white scene for so long it seems;
outside a planetary show, Jupiter and Saturn
within a hair’s breath of each other.
Only a phone call away those
we love to share our special day.
Still closer than ever the challenge to remain safe,
our task at hand through the thick and thin of it,
Steady as you go
Watch with delight the local color unfold
when you fill your feeder:
the Cardinal in his bright robe as if St Nick were here
to give you the cheer of the season.  The Blue Jay
sizes them all up and seizes the moment
to snatch the biggest seed,
while the red-headed woodpecker indulges in the suet
like hasty pudding, you can almost see his stomach expand
as we do ours after turkey or ham and all the trimmings.
Watch the antics of the squirrel dip and dive into his cache,
don’t mind if he crosses your path, he’s free of the disease.
Shower Love upon those both near and a phone call away
lifting you to an understanding of Humankind’s Fate
is with you today to obey the stay-at-home,
and synchronize your clock, a new Day is about to come.
The stars of righteousness and light are with you tonight,
showing the way through the Pandemic,
and shining brightly on those who observe
the stay-at-home remembrances.


Light Reading for Heavy Times (#1): Kitchen Yarns by Ann Hood

Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

Many of us are reading more, gardening more, eating more, etc. during this strange Twilight Zone time. My reading choices have changed somewhat from mysteries, difficult memoirs of Holocaust survivors, and sad love/family stories to ones that are more uplifting. My real life has enough issues to worry about that I don’t need dark stories. Here is the first one with a lighter touch and a good followup from the book titles in my previous posting.


Kitchen Yarns by wonderful writer Ann Hood consists of essays, or what she calls in the subtitle: Notes on Life, Love, and Food. Going one step further she quotes  M.F.K. Fisher, a well-known food writer, who tells us that food, security, and love are our basic needs. Hood states that these three “are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others.”

Hood goes on to say that when she does write a food essay, “I am really uncovering something deeper in my life —loss, family, confusion, growing up, growing away from what I knew, returning, grief, joy, and, yes, love.”

Her relationship with food peppers all her relationships. Her essays seem to speak to those of us also caught up with a love of food. Hood includes some of her favorite recipes from other cooks as well as her own specialties. Each essay has at least one recipe to enjoy. There is some sadness in her essays, but Hood seems to be able to overcome her sadness and come out making something delicious!

The book is a memoir as well as a cookbook, so you get a double treat!

Kitchen Yarns is published by Norton Publishing with prices ranging from $8.00- $28.00, depending on where you purchase it. It was published in 2019. Enjoyable reading!