Saturday, October 29, 2016

Eat-Five Minute Friday on a late Saturday

Funny that this week's prompt is "eat" as I spent most of the day cooking. I tried two new recipes, a potato leek soup with bacon and a sweet potato and black been chili. Both came out pretty good.  However, what came to mind is sweeter memories of days long passed.

"Let her eat," my grandfather would answer my mother back. It didn't matter if I had just finished eating lunch before visiting with my parents. Grandpa's meatballs were the best.

For Italians, there is never anything as too much food. Eat and feast we must and we do. My father, Frank was always trying out new recipes and always made sauce from scratch. It was a joy for him to provide a scrumptious meal and see me and others eat and eat and eat. It feels good, like home, when I'm able to the same for others. 

Alice Waters philosophy is, "Eat together. Food is precious. Cook together. Include your family and friends and especially children." 

What a gift and art it truly is!


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Friday, October 21, 2016

Park- Five Minute Friday

It's that time again when each week a bunch of us set our timers and write or type for five minutes flat. This week's prompt is .......


Park it
Sit on a bench
Watch and Wait
Let the fresh air fill you
Let sunshine splash on your face

Whistle or listen
Marvel at beauty dancing in leaves
Gaze and catch miracles
Leave your worries behind
Hear him, the red bird, sing

Rest your tense muscles
Relax and ponder
Park it in a park

Find a new one, a new scene
Choose different seasons
Respond to nature's call
Watch, observe, appreciate
Be still in the sacred moment
This sacred place


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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Mail- Five Minute Friday

Our new prompt for the week is "mail".  I love sending and getting mail, so that is what came to mind for my five minute free write this time. I hope someone is encouraged to revert to snail mail. I know it's outdated and old fashioned, but it has value. I think if something is not broken we shouldn't fix it. Enjoy the read this week and if you have time you can check out what others have posted at:

I wish we could get mail from heaven.  I would love to be able to still send cards or letters to my loved ones long gone. I would love to write out all my questions to God and get a response back.  There's something about those handwritten notes and cards I still love to give and get. The mail with a handwritten address, colorful stamp, and a few stickers on the outside can always brighten someone's day.

Recently, I read of a church that set up a booth to provide free cards and stamps to whomever would like to send that personalized note. One lady said she only texted her mom and asked for help. She didn't even know how to address the envelope.


Friday, October 7, 2016

Test-Five Minute Friday

Tonight I am going to try something different for the post. Instead of writing it out first, I am going to just type and see how it comes out. Ideas have been floating through my mind all day today about this word which can evoke so many different emotions in different people. So I am setting the timer and am off.

Ready. Set. Go.

The first thing that came to my mind was the verse in psalms- Psalm 139:23-24 "Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." (NASB)

An image of a battery commercial came to mind also. You know how good something is by how it responds in extreme temperatures or conditions. If it can hold its own, it's worth its weight in gold.

Then there's all the testing we do do in public schools today -YUCK! YUCK! AND DOUBLE YUCK! Welcome to America's public school system, if it moves, we test it and not just once or twice.

One of the most sobering thoughts of a test though is the test of time. We truly see what and who people are over the long haul. True colors come shining through in all kinds of weather.

I am also reminded of Joseph when he recognized his brothers after all those years. He didn't just throw open his arms right away and tell them how much he missed them and let them feast to their heart's content. He tested them!


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