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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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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.

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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Haiku My Heart ~ Water

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power of water
from the sky and from this wand
washes all anew


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I love gadgets and tools.
The farm girl in me never tires of physical labor
or getting dirty...

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So despite the unusually heavy Spring storms hitting our North Coast,
I can be found in the patches of sun peeking through,
or even when raining,
doing what seems improbable for a very wet day...
like power-washing the patio, the deck,
the front walk-way,
the fences...

And... here it is, day #82 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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Haiku My Heart ~ The Santa Rosa Labyrinth Turns Twenty-One Years!

 My original drawing before I discovered the heart-space...

My original drawing before I discovered the heart-space...

twenty-one years fly...
like the compass that spun you
from my hands and heart


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Yesterday, on March 15, 2018
the Santa Rosa Labyrinth turned twenty-one years.

And so I celebrate
all the twists and turns that have come since then,
the mystery yet to come,
and the joy this path has brought to me
through all the connections
and discoveries along the way...

 Daffodils waiting to burst into bloom in the heart-space of my Santa Rosa Labyrinth

Daffodils waiting to burst into bloom in the heart-space of my Santa Rosa Labyrinth

And today is day #75 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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Haiku My Heart ~ Palms

 Palm Tree - Phoenix, AZ

Palm Tree - Phoenix, AZ

rising to the sky
this tower, a light beacon
sounds around the world


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Day #68 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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Haiku My Heart ~ Color

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we think of the past
only in a marbled white
add back the color


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Day #61 of walking my Santa Rosa Labyrinth
every day for 108 days in-a-row this new year...
Finding wild beauty in unexpected places,
and this time in the pages of a book.

A recent ARTICLE from the online Atlas Obscura shared this new book,
Gods In Color: Polychromy In The Ancient World.
Using modern day technology, archeologists have discovered that the statues of
antiquity were actually painted. They also discuss why we were never taught this,
even though it has been known for hundreds of years that these statues,
and the buildings they lived in,
were vibrant with colors from natural pigments found in nature.

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What would happen if we were to add color
back into the sad, drab, black and white
areas of our modern life?

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Haiku My Heart ~ Promises

 Plum blossoms from my Santa Rosa Plum Trees

Plum blossoms from my Santa Rosa Plum Trees

a promise of spring
encoded in each petal
listen with your heart


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Day #54 (I'm half way!) 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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