Blog Tales

Haiku My Heart ~ The Wishing Tree

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make a heartfelt wish
tie with love on branches green
carried on the wind

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My neighbors Matt & Sue
made a wish tree in front of their home.
A place for each person strolling by to stop,
breathe in the beauty of this tree
and all the wishes hanging there...

and make a wish of their own.

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What might you wish for?

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Haiku My Heart ~ Charlie-Girl

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walking in circles
on a lush spring evening...
run Charlie-Girl, run!

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How I cherish my evening walks
with my dear friend and neighbor Clara
and her little Silky Terrier,
Charlie-Girl.

Visiting my backyard,
Charlie calmly walked the labyrinth...
My camera didn't cat
ch when Charlie went a flying through the air,
we were laughing so hard at her antics.
But I did manage to capture some roses
from Clara's front yard...

Can you smell their perfume?
Or hear the bells of Tam Lim a coming?

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Haiku My Heart ~ This Path

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do you hear the call
footsteps echo round the world
full hearts beat as one

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Saturday, May 5, 2018, is the tenth anniversary of World Wide Labyrinth Day.

I will be walking the path as one at Ryzio Institute in the beautiful
seven-circuit Classical labyrinth with my group at Rancho de los Caballeros, Wickenburg, Arizona.

Join us where ever you are by walking a labyrinth or by using a finger-labyrinth.

You can find a labyrinth near you at the World Wide Labyrinth Locator.

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The Call of the Desert

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As much as I love my proximity
to the Pacific West Coast,
the desert calls to me.

There is something about beauty
growing, thriving and blossoming
in the harshest of conditions.

I find this to be a metaphor for how we can heal the wounds of being human, finding the stories that have shaped our spirit, body, mind, and soul.

Working at Ryzio Institute, at the beautiful Rancho de los Callbeleros,
we create a place of safety
where those wounds and stories
can be experienced, witnessed, released,
and transformed.

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We learn to navigate the prickled barricades that we've erected over time, replacing them with healthy boundaries of knowing self, trusting our self and our body, and finding new ways to move in the world.

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It is a gift, this dessert.
A miracle of life, finding living water
and the means to thrive,
discovering the beauty
of our path home.

Haiku My Heart ~ Dress Material

 Columbine bursting into bloom next to my labyrinth

Columbine bursting into bloom next to my labyrinth

dress material
for the faeries who may dance
in my labyrinth

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I completed day #108 of walking my Santa Rosa Labyrinth
every day for 108 days in-a-row this new year
on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.
I will continue to look for
wild beauty in unexpected places
everywhere I go!

 Day #108. The heart-space of my Santa Rosa Labyrinth with a "peace starts here" medallion from Eve Hogan.

Day #108. The heart-space of my Santa Rosa Labyrinth with a "peace starts here" medallion from Eve Hogan.

One Hundred and Eight Days of Walking

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On Wednesday, April 18, 2018
I completed my goal of walking my Santa Rosa Labyrinth
every day since January 1, 2018

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There were a few days of travel,
or remembering when it was too late to go out
and I used a finger-labyrinth
to keep me focused on my goal.

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It was a profound
period of time and brought
a level of attention to my day
that helped me to see the world from a little
a different vantage point each and every step of the way.

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Haiku My Heart ~ Tea

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a sip of friendship
nestled in with treats to share
spring rain gently falls

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Day #103 of walking my Santa Rosa Labyrinth
every day for 108 days in-a-row this new year...
Finding wild beauty in unexpected places.


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Paul's Favorite Berry Cobbler (gluten-free)
by Lea Goode-Harris (adapted from a recipe by Detoxinista)
Serves 4 to 6 people

Ingredients:
Please use organic!

Berry Filling:

  • 2 lbs of roughly chopped mixed berries
  • 2 tbls pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 burst of laughter

Cobbler topping:

  • 1 1/2 cups raw pecan halves (substitute gluten-free granola for some of this measurment)*
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 tbls pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tbls of ghee or butter (or coconut oil)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 summer fun memory

*The last time I made this, I ran out of pecans. So, I added Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain (gluten-free) granola to make up the difference. I will do this on purpose every time I make it. The granola added more flavor and texture to the crumble.

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.

  2. Place a medium-size pot over medium-high heat. Add the mixed berries, maple syrup, vanilla and your burst of laughter. Stir often until the juices come to a boil. Simmer until the berry mixture thickens and the berries have broken down and are easily broken apart. 10 to 12 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the pot to sit while you make the crumble.

  3. To make the cobbler topping, place the pecans (and granola if using) and shredded coconut in the bowl of a large food processor fitted with an S blade. Process until a crumbly texture is formed, then add in the maple syrup, coconut oil, and salt. Process again, until a sticky and crumbly mixture is formed.

  4. Transfer this mixture to a 9 x 9-inch square baking dish (or make tarts) and cover with the crumble mixture evenly.

  5. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, or until the top is lightly golden. Serve warm, with a scoop of ice cream and fresh berries on top. I used Three Twins Dad's Cardamon. The combination of these flavors is amazing! Thank you Lynnette Coster Scolari for this discovery!

  6. Enjoy!

I have also made this into the tarts that are shown in today's photos.

  1. At step #4 place a large tsp of the cobbler topping mixture into a silicon tartlet pan.
  2. Press in with your fingers.
  3. Bake at 350 for 8 minutes, being careful not to burn the edges.
  4. When done, let the dough cool slightly and use your fingers to make an indentation to hold the berry mixture.
  5. Place a spoonful of the berry mixture into the little cup area. You can place a small pinch of cobbler mixture on the top.
  6. Bake for an additional 8 minutes.
  7. Serve with tea and other delights.

This version makes 15 little tartlets and enough left over to make a 5 X 7-inch traditional cobbler.

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My Rooster

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Imagine my surprise to discover on this April 1st
that my ceramic rooster had laid
a batch of naturally dyed Easter eggs!

So... when you are given such a gift,
you make something delicious from these colored packages
to share at your Easter meal, or Passover celebration,
or just for the delight of Spring or any season!

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This recipe is created by estimating amounts.
I hope that these ingredients are enough of a spring-board
for you to make your own delicious deviled eggs!

Lemony Deviled Eggs
by Lea Goode-Harris
Makes approximately 24 half eggs, filled

Ingredients:
Please use organic!

  • 18 pasture raised and farmed eggs
  • enough mayonnaise to reach the consistency you want (1/3 to 1/2 cup. I use my homemade mayo)
  • 1 squirt of Dijon mustard (approx. 1+ tablespoon)
  • zest of a Myer Lemon
  • juice of half a Myer Lemon
  • 1 teaspoon of salt, to taste
  • 1 holiday memory

Directions

  1. Hard boil your eggs (I always put in at least two more eggs because I always seem to tear at least one cooked egg white). To do so, fill a medium to large pot halfway with water. Bring the water to a boil over medium heat. Place the eggs gently into the boiling water (I prick one end before submerging into water. I find that this makes the peeling easier). Cover and let them cook for 12 minutes. Prepare an ice bath for the eggs by filling a large pot with ice cubes and water. Once the eggs are done cooking, immediately place the eggs in the bath. Let them cool down for five to 10 minutes.

  2. I then cracked these eggs. leaving the shells on at this point, and soaked them in three different colors: 1- water and turmeric powder 2- water and a half a cup of blueberries 3- water and half a cup of dark red cherries. I wanted to make the whites mottled with color. The turmeric worked, but not the other colors. You might want to skip this step!

  3. Carefully peel the boiled eggs. Gently slice in half, lengthwise—the sharper the knife the better.

  4. Scoop out the yolks and place them in a mixing bowl. I then run each yolk through my hand grater so that there are no lumps. Set the egg whites onto your serving platter.

  5. Add the remaining ingredients, including your 1 holiday memory (this is truly a secret ingredient you don't want to forget!). Mix all together with a fork. Find the desired consistency by adding additional mayo and fill the egg whites with your mixture.

  6. Top each egg with a fresh cut dill (or you can use dried dill)

  7. Enjoy this delicious lemony twist on deviled eggs!

 My attempt, failed, to make pretty mottled whites!

My attempt, failed, to make pretty mottled whites!

 These yolks are almost orange, they are so full of Spring nutrients and new green grass!

These yolks are almost orange, they are so full of Spring nutrients and new green grass!

 Shredded and homemade mayo added

Shredded and homemade mayo added