Lasting Light Poetry

April 12, 2002

Hello Friends ~ What a month this has been so far! We've had showers and sunshine and everything in between. I have written a brand new poem to share, and it is about the value of friendship and closeness. This soothing painting by Robert Williams of a woman and child is also very appropriate for Mother's Day. I hope you like it. Have a look!

Don't Let Go
Don't Let Go


Deja-Vu or Maybe New ~ Here are a couple of my poems you might like to revisit or see for the first time. "Transformation" is a poem I wrote one winter about longing for spring. "Step Lightly" is a poem of mine I favor, because I have always loved the ocean. It brings back memories of wonderful strolls along the shore. Enjoy!


Step Lightly
Step Lightly


Lasting Light Update~ I was going through my website last week, and discovered I couldn't remember where to find some of my own poems. It didn't take but a moment for me to realize I wanted them all together on the same page in alphabetical order. I hope you will find this new change helpful. I want to personally thank Deb of Wee Inspirations for helping me make this possible. I really didn't realize how many poems I had until I started putting them in alphabetical order. I will be doing some more "spring cleaning" around Lasting Light as well. Thanks! Karen~

Karen's Poetry
Karen's Poetry


Deb & Lynn's Spot

Lynn's new page.....

On the Wings of a Butterfly
On the Wings of a Butterfly

Wee Inspirations - Deb's website
Inspiring poems and stories, greeting cards and a picture tour through Scotland.
Wee Inspirations


RECIPES ~ From the Lasting Light Message Board. Here are some fantastic recipes posted by some very good cooks. There are many more, so be sure to check it out, and leave some of your own favorites! Let's cook!

This really is called "SHIVERING KAREN" ~ Posted by Beatrice

1 package orange gelatin
2 small cans mandarin oranges (drain but save the juice)
2 tablespoons lemon juice, plus enough of the mandarin juice to make a cupful
1 pint orange sherbet

Heat the juice, then pour it over the gelatin and stir till the gelatin is dissolved. Take it off the heat, cool it, and watch it ~ or better yet, set the timer; it firms fast. Maybe ten minutes. When it starts to, add the sherbet and orange sections, stir it, pour it into a well-oiled six-to-eight-cup mold, and put it away into the refrigerator.

(A good dressing: mix 1 cup sour cream with 1/2 cup chopped chutney and the juice of half a lemon.)


~~ Death by Chocolate ~ Posted by Beatrice (This looks like a winner for a party!)

1 (18.25 ounce) box chocolate cake mix
1/2 cup coffee liqueur (Kahlua)
2 (16 ounce) containers whipped topping
2 (6 serving size) packages instant chocolate pudding
8 cups milk
6 (1.4 ounce) butter toffee candy bars, crushed toasted slivered almonds

1. Bake cake according to package directions for one 9x13 inch cake. When cake is cool poke holes in the top and pour the coffee liqueur over it. Break up the cake into 1 inch cubes and set aside.
2. Mix the pudding mixes with the milk until thick.
3. In a large punch bowl layer 1/2 of the cake cubes, 1/2 of the pudding, 1/2 of the crushed candy bars, and 1/2 of the whipped topping. Repeat layers following the same order. Sprinkle top toasted almonds and any additional crushed butter toffee candy bars, if desired. Cover and refrigerate for several hours before serving. Makes 1 large punch bowl.

Rich and yummy!


~~ Steak over Rice ~ Posted by Joni

1 tbsp. cooking oil
1 1/2 lbs. round steak (or chicken)
2 large onions
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup cooking sherry
1 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
3 cups cooked rice (can use noodles too)

Line skillet with cooking oil. Cut steak into 1-inch strips and brown in oil. Cut onions into 1-inch strips. Turn heat down and sauté the onions with the meat until the onions are soft (about 10 minutes). Add remaining ingredients and stir. Cover, turn heat down to low and let simmer for 1 hour. Serve over rice or noodles.


I made this for our Easter dinner and it is really good. ~ Joni

~~ Coconut Pineapple Salad

8 ounces cream cheese
1 small lemon jello
1 - 8 ounce size Cool Whip
20 ounce can crushed pineapple (drained)
small jar maraschino cherries, halved
1 can mandarin oranges
1/2 to 3/4 cup flaked coconut
2 ice cubes

Whip cream cheese and add well drained pineapple. Mix jello with 1 cup boiling water. Add 2 ice cubes and stir until dissolved. Add to cream cheese and pineapple mixture. Add maraschino cherries, mandarin oranges and coconut. Refrigerate until partially set. Stir in cool whip.

Can be eaten as a salad or after dinner dessert.


~~ Noodles Romanoff Posted by Karen

1 package (8 ounces) noodles
1 carton (8 ounces) cottage cheese
1 carton (8) ounces) dairy sour cream
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon grated onion
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1. Cook noodles in boiling salted water in a kettle, following label directions; return to kettle.
2. Stir in the cottage cheese, sour cream, Parmesan cheese, onion and Worcestershire sauce; spoon into a 6-cup baking dish.
3. Bake in moderate oven (350 degrees) for 30 minutes, or until hot. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, if you wish. Makes 6 servings.


~~ Aunt Hettie's Eggless Raisinful War Cake ~ Posted by Heart

(Fast, easy, and easy to double in the event of a larger war.)
A War Cake usually means an eggless cake to those from Britain - perhaps the hens got nervous and forgot to lay, or maybe the chicken farmers got nervous and dropped the eggs. No matter Auntie says.

1 cup raisins
2 cups water
1/2 cup margarine
1-3/4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

First Aunt Hettie finds her big saucepan because it's the mixing bowl too, and she boils the raisins in the water for ten minutes. Then she adds the margarine and lets it cool. Then, without sifting she adds everything else - some chopped nuts are good but aren't essential - mixes it up, and bakes it in a greased ten-by-ten-inch pan for thirty-five minutes in a 350 degree oven.

Note: If you'd rather use a loaf pan, bake it fifty-five minutes to an hour, same temperature, and test it with a broom straw.


There's a lot going on at the Lasting Light Message Board. In addition to many more wonderful recipes your friends have left, there are poems, inspiration, and all sorts of interesting topics to read and comment on if you like. Visit soon and share with us. Here's the link.

Lasting Light Message Board
Lasting Light Message Board


Thoughts from the Board ~ (...and these are only a few...lots more there!)

Posted by Beatrice~

Every man lives two lives, one trivial and ordinary, which he takes to dinner and into society. The other secret and recluse, in which his youth and aspiration survive him, and which is a confidence between him and God.....
~~ quote by J.R. Lowell

Whenever somebody to me has been kind,
How grateful indeed are the thoughts in my mind.
Such thoughts may be fine, but since no one can guess them,
Isn't it wrong for me not to express them?


Posted by Heart~

To pun is human...
1. A bicycle can't stand on its own because it is two-tired.
2. What's the definition of a will? (It's a dead giveaway).
3. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
4. A backwards poet writes inverse.
5. In democracy it's your vote that counts. In feudalism it's your count that votes.
6. She had a boyfriend with a wooden leg, but broke it off.
7. A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.
8. If you don't pay your exorcist you get repossessed.
9. With her marriage she got a new name and a dress.
10. Show me a piano falling down a mine shaft and I'll show you A-flat minor.
11. When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.
12. The man who fell into an upholstery machine is fully recovered.
13. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.
14. You feel stuck with your debt if you can't budge it.

Thanks to you both!


Karen's Comments ~ Let me extend a very warm welcome to all new friends, and my treasured old friends as well. I deeply appreciate your comments, letters, and those of you who take a moment to sign my guestbook. I love knowing you were here and what you thought. Lasting Light remains a labor of love, and is meant to be shared. I have a section on my website called "Karen's Musings" and if you want to walk down Memory Lane with me or see how I feel about this and that.....well, that is the place!

I am constantly amazed and inspired by the courage and strength my readers share with me in many ways. It helps and encourages me. Nothing is more meaningful than hearing from a person who's "been there". No matter what is going on in your life, I'm sure you'll find something to carry away from Lasting Light that will be of benefit. It's all about caring, sharing, and living each day to the fullest. In this ever changing world there are many things that don't change. Please be good to yourself and take a moment to reach out to someone else.

Spring is here, and there are new beginnings all around us. It's refreshing and renewing. I am thankful for each and every one of you reading this. Please share. It's what life is all about! Shine on, dear friends........Hugs......Karen~

Karen's Musings
Karen's Musings



Treat your friends as you do your picture, and place them in their best light.
-- Jennie Jerome Churchill (Winston's mom)

A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
-- Proverbs 18:24

Nothing opens the heart like a true friend, to whom you may impart griefs, joys, fears, hopes.... and whatever lies upon the heart.
-- Francis Bacon

Friendship warms like a sunbeam; charms like a good story; inspires like a brave leader; binds like a golden chain; guides like a heavenly vision.
-- Newell Dwight Hillis

A friend is someone who allows you distance but is never far away.
-- Noah benShea

There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender and compassionate.
-- Robert South


Lasting Light Poetry
Lasting Light Poetry

Until next time.......Don't forget to share a really is the shortest distance between two people! See you next time.......Hugs.......Karen




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