Lasting Light Poetry

April 24, 2003

Warm Spring Greetings! I know it's been a long while, but here I am again for a visit. I do have a brand new poem for you. The beautiful portrait painting is by a very talented Russian artist. I found it in a gallery online, and thought it was stunning. My latest offering is called "What Matters". This title may sound like a question, but it's actually a statement. I think it might be what matters to most of us. I think you'll recognize the music I chose from a very popular movie. Please relax and enjoy.

What Matters
http://lastinglight.com/whatmatters.html
What Matters

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Deja Vu or Maybe New ~ "Circle of Light" is a simple little poem about the bond between friends. If someone has made a difference in your life, I hope you'll share this with them. ~ The direction of our lives can be changed so suddenly and "Destination" is about just that. Change isn't always what we want, but sometimes it might just be what we need. I think you'll enjoy this Thomas Kinkade painting of a rainy street in Carmel, California. Carmel is a very lovely resort town by the ocean. ~ "Vanishing Lady" is actually about one of the most exquisite flowers you will ever have the pleasure of seeing. The nature photography of Gary Tonhouse is fantastic. Please have a look at this. ~

Circle of Light
http://lastinglight.com/circleoflight.html
Circle of Light

Destination
http://lastinglight.com/destination.html
Destination

Vanishing Lady
http://lastinglight.com/vanishing.html
Vanishing Lady

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Deb & Lynn's Spot

Friendship's Door - Deb's newest page
http://weeinspirations.com/friendshipsdoor.html
Friendship's Door

Inspirational Gatherings - Lynn's website
A gathering of inspiring poems, postcards, angel poems, living with depression and more.
http://inspiringyou.com
Inspirational Gatherings

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Recipes From The Board ~ Lasting Light Poetry message board is full of things to inspire you, make you laugh, and also make you very hungry. Here is a sampling of recipes posted there for us to try. Let's cook! ~

~~ Magic: Singing Cake ~ Posted by Beatrice

Ingredients:

1 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
3 eggs, separated
2 squares bitter chocolate, melted
1 cup raisins
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
4 cups sifted flour
1 cup strawberry jam
1 cup chopped nuts
2 teaspoons baking powder mixed in 1 cup buttermilk

Directions:

1. Cream butter and sugar. Add egg yolks and stir. Add melted chocolate and stir. Add raisins. Add cinnamon, cloves, and flour, stir. Stir in nuts and jam.
2. Now add the baking powder to the buttermilk and quickly stir into the cake mixture. Fold in the stiffly beaten egg whites.
3. Quickly pour mix into greased and floured angel food cake pan.
4. Bake at 350 degrees until cake stops singing, about 45 minutes. Make sure you time this so your guests are present during the baking. Once the cake is baked, the effect is over.

Have fun with this!!

(I have to try this! Thanks Beatrice!)

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~~ Greek Garlic Chicken ~ Posted by Lorna

INGREDIENTS:
1 chicken, cut-up (3-4 pounds)
2 1/2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
5 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil a large casserole dish. Add the chicken pieces. Rub the skin with the oregano, salt and pepper. Peel and thinly slice the garlic. Top the chicken with the garlic and lemon juice. Place some of the spices between the skin and the meat. Allow the chicken to sit, covered, in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Drizzle the oil on the chicken and bake for 50-60 minutes (or until tender and lightly brown). Baste often. Serve warm.

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This goes good with the chicken, and you can do it ahead. I'm having steamed asparagus and crusty rolls from the bakery.

~~ Really Good Macaroni Salad ~ Posted by Lorna

5 cups (16-ounces) elbow macaroni, cooked, drained
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 cup chopped cucumber
1 package (8 ounces) cheddar cheese, cubed
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Mix ingredients until well blended. Refrigerate.

Makes 8 1/4 cups
(This sounds like a great dinner! Thanks Lorna.)

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Note From Karen ~ Hello again! We had a downpour of rain today, accompanied by thunder. It only lasted a short while, and afterwards it was so peaceful and everything smelled so fresh. I know the birds outside my window were having a great time at the unexpected shower. The flowers certainly didn't mind the drink. Life may be stormy sometimes, but we can either sit out in the rain and get drenched, or we can find a place to wait out the storm. I've done both, and all I can say is I've been much happier when I've been patient and not given in to my fears.

~ It's good for me to remember that the only thing I can control is myself. ~ The hope and promise of Easter is a miracle. Please take some moments to refresh and renew your heart and spirit. It seemed like a long winter. Turn off the television and have a nice walk or just sit out in your garden or patio. Thank you for sharing this time with me. May 1st marks the Second Anniversary of Lasting Light Poetry. I couldn't have done this without you. Thanks for sharing this journey with me. It's amazing, isn't it? Shine on.........Karen

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Inspiration ~ (Thank you, Sandy for posting this on the Message Board)

~ Garden Prayer ~

Sometimes when faith is running low,
And I cannot fathom why things are so,
I walk alone among the flowers I grow,
And learn the answers to all I need to know.

For among my flowers I have come to see,
Life's MIRACLE and its MYSTERY,
And standing in silence and reverie,
My FAITH COMES FLOODING BACK TO ME.

In the tiny petal
Of a tiny flower
That grew from a tiny pod
Is the MIRACLE
And the MYSTERY
Of ALL CREATION
AND GOD.

ROGER HOOTON
NURIOOTPA, AUSTRALIA

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Quotes to Enjoy ~

The world's favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May.
~ Edwin Way Teale

A little Madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King.
~ Emily Dickinson

Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, 'Where have I gone wrong?' Then a voice says to me, 'This is going to take more than one night.'
~ Charlie Brown.

"A sure cure for seasickness is to sit under a tree."
~ Spike Milligan.

"Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time."
~ Steven Wright

Those are my principles. If you don't like them I have others."
~ Groucho Marx

Trouble knocked on the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away.
~Benjamin Franklin

A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures.
~Irish proverb

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Don't forget to share a smile! See you soon!

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