Puzzle

Uncharted paths-

do those words

go together?

It’s as if

our eyes must need to be in the

back of our heads

so we can see

where we’re going.

If we walked

backward,

would we then

see the

path ahead?

Life-

looked at

in reverse-

may show us

what we need

to find the place

where we are now.

Those steps

that seemed like

zigs and zags

at the time

can,

in retrospect,

reveal

that we took

the most direct

path after all.

Or are we?

Each of us

is experiencing

the Pandemic

individually.

Yet

it is becoming

clearer that

we are so interrelated

beyond

what could have been

imagined.

Years,

Decades,

Maybe

centuries

may

only give

glimmers

of what is

happening.

And,

did we do

the best we can.

Will it be enough?

 

In Each Moment

How are YOU?

How are you getting through this?

I remember

when you ask

A Mantra

from another time.

I

no longer

make

a plan

for myself

But

respond to the things

in my life

that are part of a

pattern or a

plan

I cannot see.

Always

Kindness and Patience

for myself

and You

and You

and You.

Bread, The Staff of Life

Bread

can be precious.

Counting out

each piece,

how long will

it last

to provide

sustenance?

Every culture

has some form.

This recipe

uses

5 ingredients.

I think there

might be all

tucked into

the back of my

refrigerator.

Probably

past their

USE BY

Dates.

Saving

for a rainy day.

Or whenever.

NOW.

Bread Shortage? This is the easiest kind of bread you can make

Navajo Flatbread: Makes 6

2 cups all purpose flour
1  1/4 cups of lukewarm water
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons oil (canola oil, vegetable oil, or shortening work best)
… Additional 1-2 Tablespoons oil (for frying)

Mix flour, salt, baking powder & 2 tsp. canola oil together in a mixing bowl and add most of the water. Continue mixing and adding water until it has the consistency of tacky pizza dough.
Knead for a few minutes.
Let rest in greased bowl for 30- 60 minutes.
Divide into 6 pieces and roll out very thin (tortilla thickness) onto a floured surface.
Heat cast iron skillet or griddle to 350F & add 1 T. canola oil. Heat oil til hot but not smoky hot.
Cook until golden brown spots appear on one side.. then flip and cook the other side until done.

Smiling

Smiles are free,

there can be

an endless supply.

Scientists

tell us

smiling

can improve

our mood.

There is a chemistry

which changes.

Smiling

spontaneously

can make us

feel well.

Smiling deliberately

can improve our mood.

This morning,

I realized

that the myriad

of photographs

in unmatched frames

on every shelf

in my bedroom,

my office,

my kitchen,

living room,

in no particular order

are each framing

a smiling face.

Grandchildren

at every age,

first smiles,

toothless grins,

a first bath in the kitchen sink.

Every stage

school photos,

life events.

Some capture one face smiling.

Others are one, two, three, four

Together.

Their parents,

our children

remembered too.

A granddaughter

in a ballet tutu,

next to a picture

of her mother,

my daughter

in a tutu.

Our wedding,

family weddings,

graduations.

Different ones

catch my eye

as I pass by

or stop to spend

a moment.

Each smiles

I smile.

Blessings

Each One.

 

 

 

 

 

Moment by Moment

Inundated

moment by moment

is the recommendation

All you can do

say the experts

is

Wash your Hands,

as long as

it takes

to sing

Happy Birthday

Twice!

Soap and water

are best

each finger,

between fingers.

Don’t forget your thumbs!

Sneeze,

or Cough,

If you must

into your elbow.

Elbow bump,

don’t shake hands!

Stand six feet

away from others.

All over the world,

a common threat,

Unseen

with the Naked Eye.

Isolation

you must,

if you don’t feel well.

Schools closing,

Events being cancelled

No one

can see

into tomorrow,

next week,

a month from now.

Olympics,

Elections,

All kinds of gatherings.

Shortages of test to confirm,

masks

handcleaners.

Live in the moment,

Be aware.

Don’t panic.

Nobody knows

Do they?

All Thing Considered

How are you?

A friend replied

All Things Considered. . .

It might be easier

to list

a litany of things,

concerns, observations

about the present

state of affairs

in his health,

in the family,

the neighborhood,

the country,

the world.

The words

All Things Considered

Stayed with me.

Sometimes

sharing the specifics

can invite

more preoccupation

with the difficulties

at hand.

Many reply that

there is a level

of unease with

the endless current affairs,

with Washington,

constitutional interpretations,

election candidates,

face masks,

washing hands to prevent

the virus epidemic.

Words, just words,

I am weary of it all.

Adding the challenges

of the moment

or ever-present

personally,

may not offer relief

but more stress.

Can we somehow

find more ways

to offer

kindness,

gratitude for what

is new and good today.

I share

these words

for your consideration.

All things considered,

I am blessed

And appreciate ways

to be myself

and honor others

with a

smile,

a nod,

or a light touch on the shoulder.

I am grateful

if you read this,

perhaps share.

FULLNESS

The world is so empty

if one thinks only of mountains,

rivers and cities in it;

but

to know someone

here and there

who sympathizes

with us,

with whom we also

in silent agreement,

continue to live on,

only this

turns the earth

into an inhabited

garden for us.

Johann Wolfgang Goethe