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Thursday, March 6th, 2014


Suppose you’d never cooked for yourself
or others, you just microwaved your meals

And then suddenly, you had an epiphany
and opened a book or someone
taught you some things

And there you are making
all manners of good stuff

That’s like being lifted onto
a new, better plateau
all of a sudden

And suppose by some grace of God
like a reprieve, you found yourself delivered
to a park with your partner or family member
or friend and out of their pocket
comes a fruit in sections
for sharing

And the wind, be it
gentle or something to
be endured–it’s a delight
because you are finding your
animal self again outside and
remembering to breathe
maybe even sudden
gusts like some hand
priming the fire of your
lungs with bellows

And what it was like to
be a kid in outdoor rawness

You learn this recipe
and you put it in your book
one of many delights in your

“Recipe for Enjoying Each Other
and Oneself Outdoors with
Fruit in Park and Wind.”

~ Lady



Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013


I deliver myself
into place

I regard levels
saw deliberate, tender
hammer the malleable
within thresholds
that make sense

I clean, polish,
learn, apply

I do it again

~ Lady



Monday, October 21st, 2013


Someone prepares the soil
compost, aeration,
vitamins for baby plants
someone plants the seeds
lettuce, pepper, tomato, radish, onion
whatever people want

Time passes

You can see the time-lapse film
sun goes down, moon comes up
sprouts come up and follow the light rotations
little leaves quiver, shake themselves open,
unfurl and pulse in larger and longer
bunchings of themselves

Baby plants grow
rain waters, sun coaxes
warm humidity encouraging
wonderfully monstrous growth spurts
vegetable nutrition from fecund soil

Hands come to collect lettuce leaves
turned over in the unique fingerprints, palms
soil shook loose
the resistance of clinging

Bundles taken to middlepeople
or sold directly in farmer’s markets, farm shares
so pretty on the tables

We come with our french basket
and our bikes, a fair way to spend an evening

For cultivation
of delightful lives
this is one way salad
starts to arrive

~ Lady


Lenore’s Homemade Cookie Doo

Friday, December 14th, 2012

I’m grieving a bit this morning. I miss my grandmother tremendously. We were going to get together to make cookies this year as we had for the past couple of years. She amazed me with her energy in making hundreds, maybe more than a thousand of cookies with me, standing in the kitchen, mixing dough, and her being over eighty years old.

I’m listening to Thich Nhat Hanh while writing this. He’s lecturing on loneliness, and says that we can build a home within ourselves, that we don’t really need to have another person around in order to feel at home. It helps me feel a little better.

Every year, I make this recipe of Grandma’s, “Lenore’s Homemade Cookie Doo.” Grandma actually sold this dough to Heinen’s (a grocery store chain in Ohio) at one point–an original freezer roll cookie.

Lenore’s Homemade Cookie Dough

1/2 C. shortening
1/2 C. butter
2 C. sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
3 C. flour
1/2 tsp. soda
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix together. Wrap in wax paper. Chill, slice, decorate with sprinkles, bake 350 degrees 12 min. Also good with 1/2 brown sugar.

~ Lady


Community Supported Agriculture

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

CSA veggies

Week 7 of our CSA haul – GFF serves Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula Counties

The jam & honey were ordered outside of the week’s share


Dear God-It-Ess-Universe

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Dear God-It-Ess-Universe,

Of immediate concern in the vicinity is the flooding that’s happening in the U.S.

And of course, the tornadoes.

I am writing to let you know that I am concerned. I do not wish suffering for people. But of course I choose biosphere over people, if that choice has to be made in that way.

Perhaps extreme weather events are the only way we’re going to change, and perhaps people in the U.S. in particular need to be awakened to extreme weather events and their cause.

I think the best thing we can do is stop driving cars unless necessary, stop eating meat, unplug everything we can, and live within the rhythm of sun, moon and birdsong.

It’s reputed that meat, the desire for meat, is the cause of much suffering on this planet, both to our biosphere and to massive amounts of people and animals.

It takes so much more water, fertilizer, land space, vegetable matter to raise a pound of beef than, say, an equivalent amount, calorie-wise, of asparagus.

Forests are being clearcut in the Amazon to grow things to feed cows and to grow biofuel so that people can have luxurious lifestyles. The Amazon is the greatest area of lung on this planet. Please help us cease this clear-cutting by making wiser choices as ethical people and by creating better, more ethical opportunities for the people doing the clear-cutting as a vocation.

I am making incremental changes in my lifestyle to try to consume less, eat more locally, eat less meat, etc. Three weeks ago I bought four bags of magic beans. Two weeks ago I cooked two different things in the oven at the same time to save on energy consumption. The week before I learned how to make a healthy, inexpensive and tasty variant of hummus. This past week I’ve started to make my own bread.

I’m buying cage-free eggs from local farmers. The vendor at the West Side Market showed us pictures of the chickens. They are beautiful. They laze about in tall beautiful expanses of green grass. The egg yolks are bright, rich yellow, and I swear they taste extra fine.

I am soon getting half a share of produce from Geauga Family Farms. Pick up points are not limited to Geauga. There are points in Cuyahoga and Lake County as well.

I have doubled up duty on car rides. The two days I commute to work, I also do something special with Grandma. And I’m doubling and tripling up other car trips as well. I’ve started to consider only going to entertainment and poetry events in my local community as much as possible. My near goal is to commute with friends to get to events that are further out to minimize our impact on the environment and pocketbook. I aim to do everything I can do, within reason, yes, yet stretching my idea of reason to something that can effect change and help me live in a more joyful and reverent manner.

So what I’m asking you is to ease up on the floods and tornadoes, Universe. Have some faith in us and help us keep the faith by making immediate changes where we can perceive possibility for change.

Other prayers of note:

I pray for moderation, yet I pray to be possessed when I should be possessed.

I pray that I am ethical, calm, joyous, productive, and the same for Smith.

I pray that a certain family member starts writing a poem every day.

I pray that I finish my commitments so that I can feel more free to follow through on commitments to myself.

Thank you for the many, many blessings and miracles I receive daily from you-me-It-Universe.

Some private thoughts, hopes, thanks, prayers as well…

Love, Awomen and Amen,



1# chickpeas, soaked overnight, rinsed, boiled in lightly salted water 1-2 hours until soft.
2 heads of garlic, roasted at 350 degree Fahrenheit 1/2 hour.
1/4 – 1/2 cup of your favorite vegetable oil (olive oil is a hoax perpetrated on the masses)
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Squeeze roasted garlic out of its skin and mash in large bowl with fork, then blender. Squeeze cooked chickpeas between fingers as much as possible and put in the bowl as well. Add the other ingredients. Mix as much as desired (I like little chickpea bits left in mine.)


On Libya: Let the amount of deaths be minimal. Let it be so.

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

We are changing perspective and recognizing that air strikes are not humanitarian aid.

The UN is going to investigate the violence in Libya (, and it seems possible that Muammar Gaddafi (alternate spelling Moammar Gadhafi) will step down.

I say this because the opposition in Libya seems to be having some success. Take a look at this article:

It is possible, based on the information I’ve read of the opposition so far, that Gaddafi will step down from internal pressure. It will be interesting to learn more about El-Senussi and his perspective, and the history of Libya and social movements in Libya.

According to the article, Pro-Gaddafi militiammen were repelled by the opposition supporters when they tried to overtake Zawiya on March 1st. The article also says, “The cities of Misrata east of the capital and Gherian to its south also appeared to remain in opposition hands, as was virtually all of the east of the country, including several key oil fields.”

I spent some time trying to learn more about the opposition forces, and who they really are. Marc Ginsberg, the former ambassador to Morocco (appointed by Clinton), wrote an article on the subject. He says that there’s a fear the fighting could revert into a “Spanish Civil War” stalemate with Libya disintegrating into factions and tribal regions divorced from a central government. I disagree with his assessment ( based on the fact that he was appointed by Clinton, has contributed to Fox News, and is very business oriented. (

There IS one part of the opposition movement that gives me hope, and with which I can agree fairly fully. The group’s name is “The Libyan Islamic Movement for Change.” What I really like about this group is that it is unarmed, and is composed of “communists, socialists, liberals and partisans of democracy in the country and civil societies making various activities.” This group aims to change Libya by peaceful means. Let it be so.

The movement, which includes members of religious movements and members of previously arrested Islamic groups, is calling on the Libyan people to join them, peacefully. Let it be so. (

The exiled crown prince of Libya, Mohammed El-Senussi, who seems to have some stake in the situation (and sympathy from the West as he’s been living in London since 1988), says that military intervention should NOT happen. I agree very strongly. Let it be so.

“Let me be clear. There is a difference between a no-fly zone and military intervention and the Libyan people do not seek external military involvement on the ground. That will not bring about the peace and freedom that we crave,” said El-Senussi.

Let the amount of deaths be minimal. Let it be so.

Not only is the UN planning to investigate, but EU leaders are going to gather on March 11 in Brussels for a summit to deliver a response to the crisis in Libya and the Arab world. However, the EU might have an economic stake in the outcome. So a resolution provided solely by the EU is not sufficient for action. A resolution provided by the UN, if supported by a lot of the Arab nations, might be sufficient for a better course of action. And please remember to take into account Libya’s own crown prince’s words–that he feels military intervention should NOT happen. I agree, and I also want Gaddafi and Gaddafi’s forces to cease killing people immediately, and I do not want foreign (US) intervention in Libya at this point, save for possibly, UN peacekeepers.

Also, we must take into account the relatively higher standard of living Libyans enjoy and the relatively high life expectancy. The information we’d been receiving in popular media outlets in the West about Libya and Muammar Gaddafi (a.k.a. Moammar Gadhafi) was incomplete.

By the way, I find this wikipedia article very interesting: Here is the list of recipients:

1989 Nelson Mandela
1990 “The children of Palestine”
1991 The indigenous peoples of the Americas
1992 The African Centre for Combating Aids
1993 “The children of Bosnia and Herzegovina”
1994 The Union of Human Rights Societies and Peoples in Africa
1995 Ahmed Ben Bella, Francisco da Costa Gomes
1996 Louis Farrakhan
1997 Gracelyn Smallwood, Melchior Ndadaye, Melba Hernandez, Manal Younes Abdul-Razzak, Doreen McNally
1998 Fidel Castro
1999 “The children of Iraq”
2000 Souha Bechara, Joseph Ki-Zerbo, Evo Morales, the Movement of September, the Third World Center
2002 Mamado Diaye, Roger Garaudy, Ibrahim Alkonie, Jean Ziegler, Nadeem Albetar, Ali M. Almosrati, Khaifa M. Attelisie, Mohamed A. Alsherif, Ali Fahmi Khshiem, Rajab Muftah Abodabos, Mohamed Moftah Elfitori, Ali Sodgy Abdulgader, Ahmed Ibrahim Elfagieh
2003 Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria
2004 Hugo Chávez
2005 Mahathir bin Mohamad
2006 ?
2007 Libraries of Timbuktu.
2008 Dom Mintoff
2009 Daniel Ortega
2010 Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan



Lady’s Thanksgiving Recovery Plan Soup

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Lady’s Thanksgiving Recovery Plan Soup
Celery Root & Lentil Soup

1 large celery root
1 C lentils
1/4 head garlic (2 large cloves)
2 red peppers (optional, seeded)
1# carrots
1 large onion (preferably red)
4-8 T olive oil
1-2 bouillon cubes (I used beef, but you could use vegetable or chicken boullion as well, or even miso)
dash celery seed (optional)
1/2 t dried basil flakes (optional)
2-3 bay leaves (optional)

Soak lentils in approximately 3-4 C water overnight.

Chop garlic and onion. Heat olive oil in a large, heavy bottomed pot and saute the garlic and onion. Then chop the carrots and peppers (I prefer large pieces) and throw them in the pan.

If the celery root has come with stalks and leaves, cut them off, wash them, chop them up and throw them into the pot & stir.

Skin the celery root and chop the root up into 1/2″ chunks, and throw them in and stir. Salt the veggies a little bit and stir.

Saute until the celery root is slightly aromatic, about five minutes. Keep stirring the ingredients over medium heat so that they don’t stick to the bottom.

Add the lentils and enough water to cover the veggie mixture with about an extra half inch or so at the top. Add the celery seed, bay leaves, basil and bouillon and put on a high flame bring to a boil, then simmer, about 30-40 minutes until vegetables are nice and tender and water is somewhat reduced. You might need to add seasoning to taste (I use adobo powder.)


Kale Minestrone Zuppa

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

1/4 head garlic, peeled & chopped
32 oz can whole tomatoes
1 large red onion, chopped
1# carrots, chopped
4 T fresh parsley, chopped
1 can dark kidney beans, drained
1 can canellini beans, drained
4 large kale leafs, shredded
1/3 C macaroni noodles (uncooked)
2 cubes chicken boullion or other salty seasoning
1/3 C olive oil

In heavy-bottomed pot, saute onion, garlic and carrots until onions semi-translucent (about five minutes on medium heat.)

Add rest of ingredients, except for the macaroni, plus about six cups of water. Go ahead and dump in the entire contents of the can of tomatoes, including the juice. Chop up the tomatoes into large pieces in the pot. Bring to a boil, then simmer on low heat, covered, until carrots are cooked through (about twenty minutes.)

Add macaroni and simmer for ten more minutes. Good served with sprinkles of parmesan cheese. 8-10 servings.


Lady’s Frigging Awesome Halloween Banana Bread

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Why Halloween? Cuz I made it on Halloween. That’s why.

Loaded with fruit (including apples!), this gooey mass bakes into one hell of a hallowed treat:


1/2 C butter
1 C brown sugar
2 eggs
2 C flour
3 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
3 enormous bananas
1/2 C raisins
1/4 C dried cranberries
1/2 C apple sauce
1 large apple, peeled & cut into various sized chunks

Preheat oven to 325 F. Mash bananas and reserve. Cream butter and sugar. Blend in eggs. Add bananas and applesauce to butter/sugar/egg mixture and blend. Add dry ingredients. Blend. Add raisins, cranberries and apple, and blend by hand. Pour into loaf pan and bake approximately 60-80 minutes, until knife inserted into center comes out without any ectoplasm attached.

The slices taste really good with butter.


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