Open your eyes to visions that calm the raging wars to sing the melodies of freedom of the lands that we call home. For the eyes can burn the ember the heart can flicker the flame the lips can caress most anything but the truth it stays the same. Sip from the chalice of wisdom [...]
Granddaughters spice up the day. They brings giggles in pink toenails, tea parties in dresses oversized. Cheers you each day with two pom poms. Heals you in a homemade nurses cap. Loves you with a heart overflowed. Grandsons are spicy too. They brings laughs in muddy shoes, tea parties with real food. Cheers you each [...]
Sugar and spice and all things nice is what I thought the good life was all about. Having babies is very fine, but what a sacrifice. Sleepless nights, bottle feeds and feeling all worn out. When you’re feeling blue and are about to crumble, the sound of a chuckling baby, cheeks just like a rose; [...]
That summer of long shadows and warm winds, it stirs me still. I squealed with indignation as your ball landed on my beach towel. Your shimmering eyes, with hair that impossibly matched the sun and the sand. You brought me a gift of a conch and seaweed, held my hand when boys pulled my pig-tails [...]
In through my feet and Out through my fingers; Energy flows, explodes Scatter bombs of light and sound. Pulse beats out My heart marks time Rhythm gains pace And my body obeys. The slave to the rhythm The swing and the sway The mood and the passion I am music: Dance me free. Ali Hollands: [...]
she was standing on the sidelines of life and time waiting for the right moment, a raison d’être, a sign, a wall-flower girl too awkward to take the floor, left without, alone, afraid, five seconds from the door hypnotized by the brilliance of a twirling glass ball, the flickering flashes of light, sparkling façades how [...]
Stanley couldn’t stomach another social interaction with the First Congregation of Christ tour group. First it was the Indian museum, then a drive with the whole lot out to some gorge, and now he was just plain sick of people. Feigning tummy trouble, he left them for the peace and quiet of his hotel room, [...]
The crooked holding back of her smile, A simultaneous desire for glory and Annihilation. We, me and her, were always doing something Self-defeating, As though we couldn’t help it, telepathically whispering “hey, watch this,” and pouring a pan of grease all over a long worked-on party ensemble. We did it because it was funny To [...]
Each spring I tuck inch-high plants into trenches fragrant with manure. All summer I snip basil sprigs to sprinkle on baked potatoes, salads, meat, on trays of sliced tomatoes fresh from the garden. Basil goes in at least one dish every night for three months, or more, of each year. In September the plants look [...]
The thin label of mesmerizing typography, almost torn off, has been stroked many more times than one. The open glass bottle, of a cerulean tint, tempts me with its fragrance. Silent juice erupts into a bouquet complete Wood textures and fruity features tease the tongue. A cascade of passionate remembrance follows Dancing persists, words slide, [...]
I sent the recipe to the historical society in response to their call for a cookbook, figured twenty years of marriage gave it history enough. I made it for the first time as an experiment for friends then changed and fiddled and simplified what worked. Apparently I got it just right the night he came [...]
The spice of life, a lovely thought, what does it really mean? It adds a dash of something good, lights up a dismal scene. It’s the ginger in your pudding, the cinnamon in your cake, the nutmeg on your custard, the good things that you bake. That isn’t quite the answer, there’s more to life [...]
The satin petals dance in a vibrant harmonization Magenta eruptions foam to the top merging with whitened heavens Lanky viridian tendrils creep silently, wrapping around my index finger, And I am pulled deeper within this synthesis of everlasting joy. The warm grass beneath me supports time and memories The abrupt wind changes the chemistry of [...]
Everyone is looking for the spice of life in one way or another. There is one way we can all spice our lives in a way that will bring joy to not only ourselves. Spice it up by committing yourself to doing just one act of kindness for another and that random act of kindness [...]
Spice up your life In the dawn of the day Wake to the passion Love’s sweet bouquet Find the spice of life In an afternoon glow Speak words of love See his love grow Spicer yet In the evening tide Hearts beat fast As planets collide Spices comes full circle As dawn sings its song [...]
There are days of low fat meals, skimmed milk and bland crispbread. Cravings for apple crumble change to stewed prunes instead. Those testy scales are laden with feet hidden by the flab. No mirrors in the bathroom reveal the clothes, so drab. Chocolate’s in the drawer, a silent hidden treasure, so rich and darkly smooth. [...]
Stolen kisses behind the school, and a slurp of gin in the juice, banned cigarettes and peppermints; could these be the spice of life? Marry the man who churns the heart and laugh with children, so precious. Attend school plays and wipe any tears. Could these be the meaning of life? Keep a family home, [...]
The other day while perusing a popular Women’s magazine, I came across something that cast a cloud on my otherwise sunny lunch hour disposition. There on a page featuring how to make quick and easy healthy snacks, I became transfixed on a recipe for deliciously moist nut bread. I scrolled down and read some of [...]
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