Lasting Light Poetry

September 24, 2002

Happy Autumn ~ The new season is officially here and I have a brand new offering for you. "Escape" was written about the magic of dreams. I hope you enjoy this. Have a look.



Deja-Vu or Maybe New ~ I know you'll enjoy the beautiful Thomas Kinkade painting and some moving music as you read "Calling My Name". This poem is written about those voices that reach out to us from the past. People that are close to our heart. In my case, it's about my father. ~ "Who Can Know?" asks a rhetorical question. I have a few answers in this poem. I hope you'll share this one. ~ There is something that is like solid rock. "Unchanging Love" conveys the gift I treasure more than anything. There is something we can always depend on.

Calling My Name
Calling My Name

Who Can Know?
Who Can Know?

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 personal 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 ~ It's time for some really good food. The holidays will be here before you know it. Here is a small sampling of the recipes posted on Lasting Light Poetry Message Board. Let's cook!

~~ Quick Company Chicken (makes 4 serv. takes about 45 min) ~ Posted by Joyce

1 large frying chicken
2 tbsp. flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/8 tsp. pepper
2 6-oz. jars marinated artichokes
2 tbsp. butter
1 10 1/2-oz. can cream of mushroom soup

Coat chicken with flour, salt, paprika and pepper. Drain marinade from artichokes into large skillet. Add butter and heat until melted. Arrange chicken in skillet and fry. Simmer until chicken is almost tender, about 25 minutes. Add artichoke hearts and cream of mushroom soup. Continue cooking 10 minutes. Serve with rice. Great for company.


~~ Caramel Apples ~ Posted by Karen

The recipe makes a glossy caramel coating that sticks to the apples without pulling out your fillings.

1 1/2 tbsp. butter
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
6 tbsp. water
Popsicle sticks
8 to 10 apples (McIntoshes work well)

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the brown sugar and water. Stir until it has a smooth consistency. Gently bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 3 minutes, until the pan's sides get steamy and the mixture is thin but somewhat sticky. Remove from heat. Pierce the center of each apple with a Popsicle stick, then swirl in the caramel syrup until coated. Place apples on a greased cookie sheet to harden. Refrigerate for at least 1 to 2 hours. Serves 8 to 10


~~ Sweetly Spiced Pecans ~ Posted by Marge

Makes 4 Cups

This is a wonderful afternoon nibbler. For the best flavor, buy nuts from a market that does a high volume in sales, because they will probably be much fresher.

4 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 Teaspoon grated nutmeg, preferably freshly grated
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
4 cups (1 pound) pecan halves

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine the melted butter, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. Add the pecans and toss to coat well. Spread the pecans out on two rimmed baking sheets and bake uncovered in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes, stirring 2 or 3 times, until the nuts are fragrant and toasted. Watch carefully to prevent burning. Cool completely. Store for up to 1 week in a tightly covered container.


~~ Apple Sour Cream Pie ~ Posted by Joni

2 cups peeled and finely chopped tart apples (I used Granny Smith)
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons Flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream
1 egg
1 9-inch pie shell, unbaked

1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup flour
1/4 cup margarine or butter

Mix 3/4 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons flour; add sour cream, egg, vanilla and salt. Add apples; pour into unbaked pie shell. Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes.

Combine 1/3 cup sugar with 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/3 cup flour; cut in butter. Sprinkle over pie and return to oven. Bake another 20 minutes at 325 degrees.


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A Note From Karen ~ I think we are still waiting for autumn to arrive in California! It's been very hot so far and a true Indian Summer. I just wanted to mention that my friend to whom my last poem was dedicated has gone on to be with the Lord. "Caring Hearts" was my tribute to a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. It's also for all of you who take time out to show others simple kindness and care. It makes this world go around as far as I'm concerned. Thanks again for your nice letters and guestbook signings. Share a smile today. Shine on....Karen


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A talented writer, Sandy Button sent in a beautiful tribute to her father. I'd like to share this with you. Thank you so much, Sandy. I'm sure she'd love to hear from you if you enjoy reading this. ~

The Empty Chair

I'm checking in to Heaven, Dad,
    to see how you are,
I think about you often,
    as I look at each bright star.

The days since you have left us,
    just are not the same,
And I so often feel the need,
    to call out your name.

When I see the brick and stone you laid,
    on buildings in our town,
There's pride and love I see there,
    it's your presence all around.

You used to stop in often,
    and you came through our back door,
It's so hard to think about you,
    not coming any more.

The chair you used to sit in,
    in the corner of our room,
No longer made me smile,
    it was filled with emptiness and gloom.

A little to the left, Dad,
    I've moved that empty chair,
I couldn't bear to look at it,
    without you sitting there.

I place my faith in God, Dad,
    because he knows what's best,
I know he has a chair for you,
    in a corner where you can rest.

Sandy Button


Quotes ~

If you can't sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It's the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep.
~Dale Carnegie

No day is so bad it can't be fixed with a nap.
~Carrie Snow

Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleave of care
The death of each day's life, sore labour's bath
Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course,
Chief nourisher in life's feast.
~William Shakespeare, Macbeth

There is more refreshment and stimulation in a nap, even of the briefest, than in all the alcohol ever distilled.
~Edward Lucas

People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one.
~Leo J. Burke

Consciousness: that annoying time between naps.
~Author Unknown

The bed is a bundle of paradoxes: we go to it with reluctance, yet we quit it with regret; we make up our minds every night to leave it early, but we make up our bodies every morning to keep it late.
~Charles Caleb Colton

There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.
~Author Unknown

Sleep is a symptom of caffeine deprivation.
~Author Unknown

If a man had as many ideas during the day as he does when he has insomnia, he'd make a fortune.
~Griff Niblack

A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.
~Charlotte Bronte

Nothing cures insomnia like the realization that it's time to get up.
~Author Unknown

There is no hope for a civilization which starts each day to the sound of an alarm clock.
~Author Unknown

It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.
~John Steinbeck


Happy Autumn......See you next time.......Hugs........Karen ~




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