Lasting Light Poetry

November 1, 2003

Hello my friends. I'm pleased to have this time with you. I have "Something To Share" this time.....a brand new poem. Yes, that's the name of it. It features the whimsical artwork of Catmandrew. The contented felines around the tree are just enjoying each other's company. It's really not important what's under the tree because a spirit of sharing is gift enough for anyone. Enjoy....

Something To Share
Something To Share


Deja Vu or Maybe New ~ I wrote "Caring Hearts" a little more than a year ago. It's dedicated to a very caring heart in my life. She is no longer on this earthly plane, but her memory burns brightly. I hope this will bring warm thoughts of someone who has shown you unfailing kindness when you needed it most. ~

"Destination" features a very lovely painting by Thomas Kinkade. It's the beautiful ocean resort of Carmel, California. Wherever you are on your journey, please don't forget to live this day fully. I have to remind myself as well. I know there's someone you can always count on for a smile. I hope you'll share this poem with them. "The Joy You Bring" is about those in our lives who make every day a pleasure. Have a look!

Caring Hearts
Caring Hearts


The Joy You Bring
The Joy You Bring


Deb and Lynn's Spot

Wee Inspirations - Deb's newest page
Bountiful Beauty - poem by Samantha
Bountiful Beauty

Cuddlee Bears - Lynn's website
Original mouse drawn country graphics and so much more.
Cuddlee Bears


Recipes From The Board ~ I have lots of inspiration from the Lasting Light Message Board! Our cooks there have left so many tantalizing recipes right up with the season. Here is a sampling to stir your creativity. Let's cook!

~~ California Sunshine Bread Recipe ~ Posted by Beatrice

1/4 cup Lukewarm water
(110-115 degrees)
3 tbsp Sugar, (needed for yeast action)
1 package Instant active dry yeast
2/3 cup Orange juice, fresh (warmed to room temp)
2 1/2 cup All-purpose flour, unsifted
1 tsp Salt
3 tbsp Margarine, melted
1 tbsp Orange rind, finely grated
1 tsp Lemon rind, finely grated
2 tsp Vegetable oil, (to oil pans)

Combine lukewarm water, sugar, and dry yeast in a large bowl, stirring until completely dissolved.
Add warm orange juice and beat until well blended.
Add 1 cup of the flour gradually, beating gently smooth. Cover bowl and set in a warm place until bubbly and light (30-40 minutes).
Add salt, margarine, and grated orange and lemon rinds; beat gently to mix.
Stir in remaining flour gradually, mixing well.
Turn onto a lightly floured board and knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes).
Place in a large, oiled bowl, turning dough around to coat all over.
Cover bowl; place in warm place until dough has doubled in size (1 -2 hours). Punch dough down in several places. Knead on board for 5 minutes. Shape into a loaf and place in an oiled 8 1/2" X 4 1/2" X 2 1/2" loaf pan.
Cover and let rise in a warm place about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
When bread has risen, bake 35-45 minutes.
When done, remove bread from pan and cool on wire rack.

(Being a California girl, I have to say this looks like heaven for breakfast! ~ Karen


~~ Almond Rocca ~ Posted by Eulice

Delicious and addicting candy recipe that I received from a friend who I used to beg to make me some...He finally shared his recipe instead ;)

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
2 Tablespoons corn syrup
1 pound of real butter
2-3 packages of chocolate bars
1/2 pound ground almonds

Add all ingredients (except chocolate bars and ground almonds) in heavy large saucepan.
Cook over med. heat, stirring constantly, until reaches hard crack stage.
Pour into jelly roll pan and spread.
Quickly lay on the unwrapped whole chocolate bars.
Spread as they melt as for frosting.
Now quickly sprinkle on ground almonds and lightly press into chocolate.
Let cool. I slip mine into the freezer for a little while. Enjoy!


~~ Veggie Casserole ~ Posted by Beatrice

1 head cauliflower
1 large bunch of broccoli
5 "finger" carrots sliced (optional)
Rinse, cut and steam until done.

While these are steaming-chop 1/2 large onion and saute in butter.
Drain Broccoli/cauliflower very well.
Place 1/2 of the veggies in a deep casserole dish (I sprayed with Pam)

Mix together-
The sautéed onion/butter
1 cup Mayo
8oz. bag of shredded cheese
(I used Cheddar/Monterey jack mix-but....I think straight cheddar might be better)
1 teaspoon mustard
about 1/2 teaspoon Lemon pepper

Spread this decidedly thick mixture over veggie layer.
Place the remaining veggies on top and sprinkle about 4oz. (or more) shredded Cheddar on top.
Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes -go by your eyes-afterall it is cooked- we're just melting cheese and blending flavors.

.....thought I'd share because everyone loved it and these are VERY hard to please people in my house and I felt like a fifties housewife - nothin' gourmet about this one


Something to Consider ~ Posted on Lasting Light Message Board

Unsung Songs

How many songs never sung,
poems never written,
pictures never painted,
stories never told,
romantic words never spoken
locked inside a lonely heart --
the prison of another's making --
are left unexpressed
because somebody
shamed us,
abandoned us,
or perhaps silenced us
with a cruel word,
a thoughtless deed,
and said or just implied
we were not good
or not quite good enough.
And, tragically,
we believed them.

-- Dick Innes
Copyright © 2000 Dick Innes

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Message Board


Note From Karen ~

A very warm hello to each of you. I know my newsletters aren't as plentiful as they once were, but I do put my heart into each one. I posted the poem above because I do think encouragement is sometimes in great demand but there is a short supply. I could do better. I guess we all could. We can't be everything to everybody....but we can take a moment to embrace those in need of a hug. Even the smallest gesture is significant when someone is hurting.

The holidays are fast approaching and some of us are facing a first Thanksgiving or Christmas or other holiday without a person we love. If you are grieving a loss you might check out "Journey of Hearts". It's a place to find some solace and comfort.

Journey of Hearts: A Healing Place for those Dealing with Grief
Journey of Hearts
It's also posted on my Links Page.

Please take some time just for you. We won't have anything to give if we don't take care of ourselves. Thanks for sharing this journey with me. Lasting Light Poetry will keep shining as long as you're there.

Shine on, Karen ~

Lasting Light Poetry
Lasting Light Poetry


Quotes ~

"Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."
~ from the movie "Shaw Shank Redemption"

"We cannot change the past, but we can change our attitude toward it.
Uproot guilt and plant forgiveness.
Tear out arrogance and seed humility.
Exchange love for hate ---
thereby, making the present comfortable and the future promising."
~ Maya Angelou

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
~ e e cummings

Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.
~ W. H. Auden

....The winds will blow their own freshness onto you,
and the storms their energy,
while cares will drop away from you
like the leaves of Autumn."
~ John Muir


Until next time....Stay safe...stay warm.....share a smile! Hugs, Karen




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