Lasting Light Poetry

April 4, 2003

A warm hello to all my readers. My latest offering is about the journey we're all on and I have used a lovely painting of a Carmel, California cottage by Thomas Kinkade. Please have a look.



Deja Vu or Maybe New ~ Life is made up of so many colorful threads that bind us all together. This is what I had in mind when I wrote "The Thread". It is a tribute to the human spirit and caring souls everywhere. ~ "Unchanging Love" is something we all crave and need. I wrote this poem when I felt more than a little overwhelmed with the uncertainties of life. The painting is favorite of mine by watercolor artist, Chuck Schenk. ~ Do you have someone in your life who you know is just meant for you? That's the way I felt when I wrote "Harmony". It's a lighthearted poem with beautiful graphics and a lilting song. I hope it lifts your spirits today. Enjoy!

The Thread
The Thread

Unchanging Love
Unchanging Love



Lynn and Deb's Spot ~ no new pages this time, but they'd like to invite you to check out their websites.....

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

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


Recipes from the Board ~ Here is a tasty sampling of delicious recipes you'll find at Lasting Light Message Board. You will find some lovely Easter recipes and delicious Spring fare to try out. Let's cook!

~~ Easter Sugar Cookies ~ Posted by Beatrice

Set up a ‘decoration station’ and let the fun begin. With colourful candies and frostings, your little artists can create yummy masterpieces. Try floppy-eared bunnies, flowers or colourful egg designs.


3 1/3 cup All Purpose Flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
Coloured sugar, icing, and candies for decorating


Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well.

Cream butter and sugar together on medium speed of electric mixer until blended. Beat in eggs and vanilla.

Stir in flour mixture. Mix well. Form dough into 2 balls. Wrap each in plastic wrap and chill about 3 hours for easy handling.

Roll dough out, one ball at a time, on a floured surface to 1/8" (3 mm) thickness. Cut into desired shapes like eggs and bunnies with floured cookie cutters. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Sprinkle on coloured sugar before baking or leave plain and decorate later.

Bake at 375°F (190°C) for 7-10 minutes, or until light golden. Cool on sheet 5 minutes, then transfer to rack and cool completely.

Decorate attractively with icing and candies.

Makes: about 36 cookies


~~ Roasted Chicken and Potatoes ~ Posted by Pam

6 skinless boneless chicken breasts
1 pound small red potatoes, cut into quarters
1/3 cup fat-free mayonnaise
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 cloves garlic, crushed
Chopped fresh chives

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a large baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place chicken and potatoes in baking dish and mix remaining ingredients except chives. Brush mayonnaise mixture over chicken and potatoes. Bake uncovered for 30-35 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center. Sprinkle with chives and serve.

Makes 6 Servings


~~ Marinated Veggie Salad

20 servings and good for potlucks ~ Posted by Dana

6 cups broccoli florets
6 cups cauliflowerets
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
1 (6-ounce) can pitted ripe olives, drained and sliced
1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup white vinegar
In a large bowl, toss the broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, onion and olives.

Whisk together in a small bowl the dressing mix, oil and vinegar; mixing well. Pour over salad and toss.

Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

Makes 20 servings.


~~ Easter Bird Nests ~ Posted by Sandy

1 large jar of marshmallow fluff or cream I can of Chinese noodles (the hard noodles)

In a large bowl, mix about 1/2 to 2/3 of the jar of marshmallow fluff and add the crunchy noodles. Mix well. With buttered fingers, press into cup cake tins and shape like birds nests. Put into the fridge all night and then add jellybeans or robin egg candy. Keep refrigerated or this WILL melt.


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Note From Karen ~ April showers were the order of the day where I live. It was just enough to water the earth and make everything smell fresh. We have a brand new month and spring is in full swing. It is a time for rejoicing and for new beginnings. Those of us who are Christian believers will celebrate Christ's resurrection this month. ~ I am thinking that no matter what state the world is in, there is still a great need for joy. We have watched the events unfold in Iraq with a heavy heart. Let's all remember our troops and their families in prayer. ~ If you are feeling a bit down, I hope you'll take time to encourage someone else. I have found this is the quickest way to lift myself up. Share a smile and thanks for being on this journey with me. Be kind to each other. Shine on........Karen


Quotes ~

There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again.
~ Elizabeth Lawrence

He who plants a garden, plants happiness.
~ Chinese Proverb

Earth laughs in flowers.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
~ Robert Frost

To me, fair friend, you never can be old,
For as you were when first your eye I eyed
Such seems your beauty still.
~ William Shakespeare, 'Sonnet 104'

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
~ Ben Williams

You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved ~ loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.
~ Victor Hugo


IN CLOSING ~ I've enjoyed sharing this time with you.... I'd like to leave you with this little prayer ......Be well my friends.....Karen

~The Courage To Go On ~

Dear God,
When I am lonely and,
Perhaps I feel despair.
Let not my ailing heart forget,
That you hear every prayer..

Remind me that no matter what,
I do or fail to do,
There still is hope for as long
As I have faith in you..

Let not my eyes be blinded by
Some folly I commit.
But help me to regret my wrong,
And to make up for it..

Inspire me to put my fears,
Upon a hidden shelf,
And in the future never to
Be sorry for myself.

Give me the restful sleep I need,
Before another dawn,
And bless me in the morning with
The courage to go on...

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