Lasting Light Poetry

August 20, 2002

Hello Again ~ I have a brand new poem to share with you. In these troubled times, sometimes it's good to remember what really matters. Please have a look.

The Answer
http://lastinglight.com/theanswer.html
The Answer

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Deja Vu or Maybe New ~ "Solitary Walk " was written about the simple pleasure of a stroll along an old Savannah street. ~ I am from California, so I was delighted with Kinkade's painting of Lombard Street. I hope you'll enjoy "Lightwork". The light is always shining somewhere, whether we see it or not. ~ "Rainbow Heart" is really about my own childhood memories and the wonder of nature. It's one of my favorites and written for a lovely Jim Warren painting. Care for a stroll? Let's go.

Solitary Walk
http://lastinglight.com/solitarywalk.html
Solitary Walk

Lightwork
http://lastinglight.com/lightwork.html
Lightwork

Rainbow Heart
http://lastinglight.com/rainbowheart.html
Rainbow Heart

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

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

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 ~ Here are some yummy recipes to whet your appetite. There are many recipes and all sorts of inspiration on the Lasting Light Message Board. Please stop by and browse when you can. Okay, let's cook........

~~ I Love You Honey Cake ~ Posted by Beatrice

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup honey
1/2 cup oil
3 eggs
2 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons allspice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup coffee
3/4 cup chopped walnuts or almonds
Anise seed and slivered almonds, to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 10- by 4-inch tube pan and line bottom with waxed paper.

Combine sugar, honey and oil. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

In separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and spices.

Alternately add dry ingredients and coffee to batter. Mix well. Stir in chopped nuts. Pour into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with anise and almonds. Bake in preheated 350-degree F oven until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Makes 10 to 12 servings.
Cooking Time: 40 to 45 minutes

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~~ Chicken, Veggie, and Stuffing Casserole ~ Posted by Karen

5 to 7 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 cans cheddar cheese soup
1 large bag frozen broccoli
2 boxes stuffing mix
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Boil chicken in a large pot of water for 25 minutes. Drain chicken and chop chicken breasts into chunky pieces.

Layer chicken on bottom of a 13- x 9-inch casserole dish. Add 2 cans of cheddar cheese soup to chicken, mix well. Add frozen broccoli on top of chicken mixture.

Prepare Stove Top stuffing as per instructions on box . Once cooked, and while still hot, spread on top of chicken-broccoli mixture.

Place dish or pan into preheated oven. Let cook for 30 minutes or until topping is lightly brown and juices are slightly bubbling on sides. Then it's time to get your oven mitts on and begin to serve.

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~~ High Protein Breakfast Cookies ~ Posted by Ann

Great to make ahead and eat for breakfast, or take-along on those mornings when you're rushing out the door!

2/3 c. margarine, or butter (softened)
1/3 c. brown sugar, firmly packd
1 egg
1 t. vanilla
1/2 t. cinnamon
3/4 c. flour
1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 c. oatmeal
1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
3/4 c. raisins
1 c. apple,chopped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream butter and sugar. Thoroughly mix in egg and vanilla. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Add oatmeal, cheese and raisins and mix well. Stir in chopped apple. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Cool on racks. Store in tightly covered containers in refrigerator or freezer.

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~~ Cajun Pasta Salad With Ham ~ Posted by Ann

2 cups wagon wheel (or other) pasta -- uncooked
1/2 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons prepared mustard
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/3 cup sliced green onions
1-1/2 cups cooked ham -- cubed "
2 eggs, hard-boiled -- chopped
4 lettuce leaves
8 slices tomato

Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse with cold water. Drain. Meanwhile, in large bowl, with wire whisk, combine sour cream, milk, mustard, and ground red pepper. Add cooked pasta, onions, ham, and eggs; mix lightly. To serve, spoon salad onto individual lettuce-lined salad plates; top each with two tomato slices. Salt to taste, if desired. Yield: 4 servings

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Lasting Light Message Board
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Note from Karen ~ It seems that as long as these summer days are, they are quickly passing by. I know there are many of us who are looking forward to the joy and golden beauty of Autumn. It won't be long now. I hope you've been enjoying your summer and making some special memories to think about this winter. Thanks from my heart once again for your letters of encouragement and for taking time to sign my guestbook. I hope you'll remember to take a moment to encourage someone you know who is down. You never know what a difference a smile or a few kind words can make during difficult times. Be good to yourselves, and keep hope alive.........Shine On........Karen

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Karen's Musings
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Inspiration from the Lasting Light Message Board ~ I have read this piece by Mother Teresa before, but I think it's good to read again and again. Sandy posted it and I'd like to share it with you all. ~

Anyway

People are often unreasonable,
Illogical and self-centered
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind,
people may accuse you of selfish motives.
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful,
you will win some false friends and some true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

What you spend years building,
someone could destroy overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may
attack you if you help them...
help people anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness,
they may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today,
people will often forget tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have.
and it may never be enough.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

You see, in the final analysis,
it is between you and God.
It never was between you and them anyway.

Mother Teresa

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Quotes ~~~~

"The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don't know what to do."
- John Holt

For the truly faithful, no miracle is necessary. For those who doubt, no miracle is sufficient.
- Nancy Gibbs

The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about.
- unknown

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems,
but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
- Herm Albright

The world is full of willing people; some willing to work,
the rest willing to let them.
- Robert Frost

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President;
I'm beginning to believe it.
- Clarence Darrow

Happiness is someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.
- Old Chinese Proverb

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Poetry Index

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Last Thought ~~~~~

To Every Thing There is a Season
Ecclesiastes 3

To everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones,
and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate;
a time of war, and a time of peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

~ Everything is made beautiful and complete in His time....

~~~~~~~~~~~~ SEE YOU NEXT TIME...BE Safe and share a smile.....

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