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NINA’S PEDICURE

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I let the nails grow and petrify
over the toes of an old lady.
Nina, whom I love to care for
says it takes podiatry now.
Using water will clean the tool
but cannot sharpen.
That takes metal-hard strength.
Water seams weak to me,
yet it is strong enough to soften and
make a file unneeded.
Her skin has wrinkled so it must be ready.
The water proves itself and
erodes neglect that stiffens nature.
Smoothes aging lines that go deep
like basement rock
Boars through without fizz or drill
And lets me trim and buff and
Polish eight – blood red.
I leave the big toes clean to see my work
And gain some balance.

Word Jones

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Most writers will relate to the compulsion that can occur when you are writing. It can be ceaseless, day or night, you think of a line and have to write it down before the idea escapes you. It’s our addiction of sorts…

Word Jones

Nose open inhaling time
Your head and hands make contact and
Ignite the smoking mind
With a need
You deal a line to whomever wants a hit

Waking words inject rhyme
Trip in waiting rooms where
Junkies have no sleep lines to trace
Thoughts will always find you-
They clasp creative veins and constrict
Normal flow outside the high place

That’s Me Out Of The Picture

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Sometimes you just have to take yourself out of the picture…

Out of the Picture

Transfusion

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Transfusion

What I wanted to say
About what I’m thinking
What I’m feeling
What I know, what I am afraid of now is you

Strange in too many ways
You don’t fit me
And makes me sadder
Than I ever want to be again

I’d like to have me back
Just as uncluttered and stoic
My heart needs no aerobics of emotion anymore
Jolting up and down
Leaves me tired for too long afterwards
And I won’t come back again
Because of burn-out

You remind me of offerings
That never replace themselves
But slowly drain
An uneven transfusion

German Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

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German Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars 1

German chocolate cake is one of my childhood loves. My mother used to make it for my birthday. And that was just fine with me. In the spirit of “absence makes the heart grow fonder,” I think I enjoy all that German chocolate-y goodness even more because I don’t have it very often.

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In this case, those nostalgic flavors are baked into pecan pie bars. If you’ve never made pecan pie bars, imagine those gooey filling and toasty pecans of pie fame filling a simple crust and baked in a big pan instead of a pie plate. Add to that a little cocoa in the crust, some melty chocolate on top of the crust, and stir in some coconut with the pecans. Now, we’re talking!

German Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars 3

These are, without a doubt, the best pecan pie bars ever. I am usually reluctant to throw out such accolades, but it is completely appropriate in this case. If you don’t like coconut, you can just leave that out and add more pecans or maybe some chocolate chips.

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 59 minutes

Yield: 24 bars (about 2-inch square)

Ingredients

3 cups pecan halves
1 & 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 & 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
3 large eggs
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°.

Arrange pecans in a single layer of a shallow baking pan. Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly toasted. Stir halfway through baking.

Line bottom and sides of a 9″x 13″ baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on two short sides. Grease foil.

Whisk together flour, confectioners’ sugar, and cocoa. Add cold butter, and combine with a pastry blender* until mixture resembles coarse meal. Press mixture into bottom and about 3/4-inch up sides of prepared pan.

Bake crust for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over crust. Allow to cool on a wire rack at least 30 minutes.

Place eggs in a large mixing bowl, and beat lightly. Add brown sugar, corn syrup, and melted butter. Whisk together until smooth. Stir in coconut and pecans. Pour evenly over partially baked crust.

Bake 28-34 minutes, or until edges are golden and filling has set. Cool completely on a wire rack. Then, refrigerate for an hour.

Using foil overhang, lift bars from pan and place on a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to cut into bars.

Note:
*You can also mix crust ingredients in a food processor, but I prefer mixing this way.

Today is Happiness Day!

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Today is #HAPPYDAY and thankfully the first day of spring!! There’s always time for more HAPPY!!

PHARRELL WILLIAMS + THE UNITED NATIONS FOUNDATION
IN SUPPORT OF HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS AROUND THE WORLD

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS
20 MARCH 2014 @ NOON

Go to http://24hoursofhappiness.com/ and join the United Nations Foundation.

TAKE ACTION TO CREATE A HAPPIER WORLD FOR PEOPLE EVERYWHERE.

Pentatonix is an American a cappella group of five vocalists, Scott Hoying, Kirstie Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola, originating from Arlington, Texas. Credit: Wikipedia

Hook’em Happy!

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I am enjoying collecting the creative ways that people are keeping #HAPPY!

Sunday Reflections

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Numbers 6:24-26

24 The Lord bless you and keep you; 25 the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; 26 the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

I Am In Charge of How I feel

THE MASCOT

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This morning I watched a Black woman cross the street
in a white dress
She was blue collar
We were problems for the other
Separated by class or degrees – –

And the books I’d complained were heavy
lightened with the weight I felt watching her
Young and tired of being yanked at by
men and kids who gave validity
and took away hope

We knew to speak
And she smiled with contempt for my freedom
She must be the strong one
For cementing households and raising the Black children
For putting up with the men and that little bit…

Her stamina moves her
Forward and out of sight
Between buildings that lose us

Seeking Execution

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Seeking Execution

Seeking execution is a man
Who wants to die again
Without consequence – does not consider
Pallbearers of his conscience

A fugitive of personal crimes
Runs from the man
He cannot be –
His front looks real
But it dilutes and cheats him of substance

The ordinary man turns himself in
Like a “latch key” abusing free time –
He will decline appeal and gamble
That the verdict brings him pleasure
His reflection shows the line-up
That looks back on him without live rounds
Ready to destroy his character