Posts Tagged ‘National POetry Month’

APRIL 2019: Flowers, Showers, Sprouts, Earth Day, Poetry…..

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

April is still chilly here, but this tree in spring in Florida makes me feel “Springy!” Photos of this unnamed tree were sent by my friend Coll who is down there for a few weeks. If you know the name of the tree, please email me:

April is National Poetry Month and I plan to post poetry every few days. I have two books by a local poet, Doris Ferleger, to start. I learned about her from a tai chi friend, Leah, who is her cousin.


Within National Poetry Month is National Library Week, so reviewing these two books (and maybe one more) covers both celebrations.


April is also the celebration of Earth Day, so I will be posting Earth Day, Every Day tidbits all month-long, as well as posting the names organizations that are working to help keep our planet healthy.


Concerning recipes, I am now focusing on Cooking by the Strings of Your Apron, that is, recipes with a great deal of flexibility that may not have specific amounts. I am using this apron logo to identify these recipes. Also, there will be an emphasis on organically grown foods.

I also want to do a posting on sprouts, as I do at least once each year. But this time I want to focus on sprouted beans, legumes, and grains. For example, I have found sprouted red rice in Mom’s Organic Foods. I also have a book called that has very interesting info on sprouted grains that people concerned about carbs will find helpful.

Both Easter and Passover come at the same time. Good Friday and the first night of Passover are actually on the same day! I hope to post some recipes that are particularly indicative of Spring.


Thanks again to my friend Coll for her photos of blooming trees in Florida, an early sign of what to expect in the Northeast this month…flowers and trees and bushes that add a sweet scent to the air.


P.S. Sorry for the delay. I had planned this for April 1st, but forgot to schedule it, so it is a little late. I was back in State College Sun & Monday (April 1st) and this was our April Fool’s cold & snowy wake-up:

(I took this through the motel window, so there is a shadow over the hood.
It was freezing outside!)

Ode to Olive Oil: A Poem by Barbara Crooker

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

Here is another poem for National Poetry Month by Barbara Crooker from her book MORE. I posted a poem in February from this lovely book. Here is the link:, and I have permission to post another poem. I picked this one because my blog/website is mostly about food and health, so “Ode to Olive Oil” seems like a perfect choice!




From hard green drupes

of bitter flesh, a river

of gold and green— From

trees bent like old women

whose leaves flash

olive drab to silver

in the hot breeze,

a bowlful of summer—


The transmutation:

flesh of the tree to liquid amber—

Picked by hand, collected in nets,

the willow baskets fill with fruit,

spill into wooden boxes,

are crushed between wheels

of stone, pits and all.


You can marry it with aceto balsamico

to dress your salad, gilding emerald

and ruby leaves— You can ladle

it on white beans and sage, drizzle

it on sun-warm tomatoes, lace it

in minestrone, bathe garlic heads

for roasting. You can make it

into soap, rub it with mint leaves

for migraine. Take a spoonful

to prevent hangover. Mash

it with rosemary and all the pain

is gone from creaky knees.


Velvet on the tongue. The light

of late afternoons. I am eating

sunshine, spread on bread;

primroses open in my mouth.

My chin gleams yellow,

the opposite of a halo,

but one surely even the saints

would recognize and bless.


ALl of Barbara’s wonderful poetry books are available on Amazon  and possibly in local book stores or directly from Barbara:

MORE is published by C&R Press in Chattanooga, TN (2010) and costs $14.95. Their website is:

P.S. I love the abstract cover, especially the vibrant colors. The artist is Marilyn Banner: