Lasting Light Poetry

May 15, 2002

Welcome Friends ~ I apologize for taking so long to send out this newsletter. I decided to wait until after Mother's Day, since this poem is about "His Place", I hope it will remind you of a husband, dad, brother, or special man in your life. I definitely think we all need a place to call our own. Please have a look.

His Place
His Place


Déjà vu or Maybe New ~ Here is where I randomly pick a couple of my poems to share with you. Perhaps they are new for you, or maybe you just might enjoy another visit. "Some Things" is a poem I wrote one morning staring out my window and just dreaming a little. Some days, the ordinary is quite extraordinary. "Silent Night" is not a Christmas page. When I had a look at it again, I remembered some truths that remain. I am not a political person, but as a woman who loves her freedom and her country it came right from my heart. As Memorial Day approaches, I hope it will be a page that reaches your heart as well. ~

Some Things
Some Things

Silent Night
Silent Night


Deb & Lynn's Spot~

Deb's newest page....

Thoughts of You
Thoughts of You

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


Recipes from the Board ~ I hope you and your family enjoy these delicious recipes contributed to the Lasting Light Message Board for everyone to enjoy. Let's cook. ~

~~ Chicken Fiesta Casserole ~ Posted by Joni

1 tablespoon canola oil
6 chicken breast halves, cubed
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 cups chunky salsa
1 cup chicken broth
1 1/2 cup quick cooking rice
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Heat a large heavy skillet over medium high heat. Add the oil and chicken and saute until the chicken is lightly browned. Add the green pepper and onion and saute until the chicken is thoroughly cooked. Add the salsa and broth and bring to a boil. Stir in the rice and mix well. Toss the cheese on top of the dish, cover, and remove from the heat. Let rest for five minutes to cook the rice and serve hot.

Yield: 6 servings


~~ Frosty Raspberry Pie ~ Posted by Deb

Cream together 1/2 cup margarine and 2 Tbs sugar.
Add 1 cup flour and combine.
Press into pie plate and bake at 375 deg F for 12 - 15 minutes. Cool.

1 10 oz. package frozen raspberries
1 egg white
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup cream - whipped

Beat berries, egg white, and sugar at high speed of an electric mixer until thick (8 - 10 minutes). Fold in whipped cream. Spoon into cooled pie shell and freeze for 6 hours.


No one is quite sure of the origin of the one-dish meal called Joe's Special. A staple of several San Francisco restaurants, it has been popular in that city for several generations. It's delicious, and not difficult to make. Enjoy!

~~ Joe's Special

2 pounds ground beef chuck, crumbled
2 tablespoons olive oil or salad oil
2 medium sized onions, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced or mashed
1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced (optional)
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon each nutmeg, pepper, and oregano
4-6 eggs
1 package (10-oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained; or 1/2 pound fresh spinach, washed, drained and chopped (about 4 cups)

Brown ground beef well in oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Add onions, garlic, and mushrooms (if used); reduce heat and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft. Stir in seasonings and spinach; cook for about 5 minutes longer.

Add eggs; stir mixture over low heat just until eggs begin to set. Makes 4-6 servings.


~~ The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies ~ Posted by Helen

Prep Time: 45 Minutes
Cook Time: 8 Minutes
Ready In: 3 Hours
Makes: 5 dozen

I make icing with confectioners' sugar and milk. I make it fairly thin, as I 'paint' the icing on the cookies with a pastry brush. Thin enough to spread easily but not so thin that it just makes your cookies wet and runs off."

1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.

* Note from Karen ~ This would be a fun way to spend a lazy afternoon with the kids or grandkids!


There are many more wonderful recipes and items of interest on the board. When you have a few moments, I hope you'll stop by for some ideas and some smiles.

Lasting Light Message Board
Message Board


A Note From Karen ~ I'm enjoying the warmer weather and the happy sounds of spring. I sat out on my patio with my dogs and just enjoyed the mild weather. A cool glass of iced tea made a simple afternoon very special. I hope you'll take some time for yourself this week. Maybe you can only spare a few moments, but I realize how important those few moments are to recharge our batteries. I get in such a hurry and it's easy to overlook all the good things right in front me. Thank you for sharing this time with me. I appreciate those of you who take a moment to sign my guestbook and encourage me. Your letters and comments do mean a lot to me. Have a good week, and I'll be back soon.

Keep hope alive. Shine on.........Karen ~


Lasting Light Poetry
Lasting Light Poetry


Quotes ~

To be nobody but yourself when the whole world is trying it's best night and day to make you everybody else is to fight the hardest battle any human being will fight.
-- E.E. Cummings

A kind word is like a spring day.
-- Russian Proverb

Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.
-- Frank A. Clark

We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.
-- Seneca, Roman statesman and author

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
-- Mohandas Gandhi, 20th-century Indian nonviolent civil rights leader

You have not lived a perfect day, even though you have earned your money, unless you have done something for someone who cannot repay you.
-- Ruth Smeltzer


Just a smile before I go ~

The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly and lie about your age.
-- Lucille Ball

There are three ages of man - youth, age, and 'you're looking wonderful.'
-- Francis Spellman

Until I was thirteen, I thought my name was 'shut up.'
-- Joe Namath

Nancy Astor (to Winston Churchill): If I were your wife I would put poison in your coffee!

Churchill: And if I were your husband I would drink it.


Be safe, be well, and I'll see you soon. *




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