If a Fish…

If a fish could speak in kisses

If a fish could live in love

If a fish could dream…

scheme…

work…

 fight…

play…

pray…

and sacrifice all,

 and everything in her life,

simply to save the Oceans…

That fish would be named “Haddie”.

Chester is Gone

Chester, Summer 2015

Chester, Summer 2015

I have no pets. I have never had pets.

I care for animals far too much to ever subject myself to so much pain.

The love. The loss.

But then came Chester.

Chester.

Guarding his sugar-water.

Perched proudly like a little eagle upon a wooden skewer

gripping tightly with his tiny Hummingbird feet.

“Stay away!” he would say. “This is my sugar-water!”

Months passed.

September came.

Chester is gone.

The sugar-water remains as a sad reminder

glistening outside my window.

How stupid was I to ever even think of naming a wild creature?

Nothing but a guarantee for heartbreak.

Bon Voyage my “Little Bumblebee”

Bon Voyage.

 

 

 

“Someday in the Sea”, from “Haddie and the Bucket”

“When I look to the Ocean’s horizon

When I find unparalleled peace

I see what I know has meaning

I see what is to be

Gracing our lives with beauty

She played upon our soul

With a dignity and courage

Borrowed from the Sea

To many she was but a Spirit

Touching our hearts like an Ocean breeze

But to me she was the reason

We still believe in dreams

How can you put a name on love?

Who could ever be so bold?

Haddie, the waters call you

and Haddie, you will go home

Haddie, the waters call you

and Haddie, you will go home”

Aside

“Haddie Speaks”

Haddie speaks in kisses
Haddie lives in love
Haddie dreams of bubbles
filled with prayers from above

Haddie plays with Starfish
along the Ocean floor
seeing brilliant colors
we’ve never seen before

Haddie jokes with tail-flips
teasing everyone she meets
Dipping headfirst in the water
– splashing for a treat!

Haddie sleeps in stillness
her eyes open wide
A peaceful demeanor
masking fear held deep inside

Haddie cries in secret
her tears we cannot see
A strong little warrior,
she fights for you and me

Haddie works in earnest begging
“Please help save my home!”
’til peace comes to the Ocean
her mission carries on

Art for the Day

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Oil on Canvas, “Beans and Flowers”

 A flower and legume fantasy!

 

 

Niimi Watercolor

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Sunday’s Flea Market find

“Vegetarian?”…. “Occasionlly.”

Hummus w/ Pita

Healthy eating in my opinion should really be referred to as “healthier eating”. Very few of us are going to hit 100% in our attempts at super-dieting.

While the ultimate goal may be to turn into a lacto-octo-vegan overnight and never stray, I tend to support a gentler, more user-friendly approach.

Instead of cutting out meats entirely, try substituting a veggie meal a few nights each week. You will be leaving less of a carbon footprint…improving your health as well!

This week I made some spicy homemade hummus, paired it with pita and arugula salad, a rich tomato soup + a great Cabernet… and no one noticed that it was a meat-free meal. In fact, I think it was preferred!

 Hummus

Combine:
2 Cups cooked Garbanzo beans (Prepared dried & cooked, or canned) 1/2 cup liquid reserved
3/4 Cup drained Tofu (cubed)
2 Tablespoons Tahini
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 Teaspoons Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
5 cloves freshly pressed garlic
Sea salt to taste ( usually about 2 Teaspoons)
Fresh hot pepper to taste
1/4 Teaspoon Cumin
1/4 Teaspoon Coriander

Top with:
1/4 Cup fresh Parsley
Serve with:
Whole grain pita bread
Fresh vegetables

In food processor, combine ingredients, blending until smooth. Add reserved liquid as needed. Hummus should have a thick, peanut butter-like consistency. Taste, and season accordingly. Serve topped with chopped parsley –  tucked into toasted whole grain pita bread with vegetables of your choice. (English cucumbers and roasted red peppers are especially good!)

Tofu adds a great protein boost to this terrific meat substitute. It is “de-lite-ful” change of pace!

“No meat…still a treat!”

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