Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude. ~Voltaire

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Swans a swimmingThe water is your friend. You don't have to fight with water, just share the same spirit as the water, and it will help you move. ~Aleksandr Popov

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Zen of walking
Nothing like a nighttime stroll to give you ideas. ~J.K. Rowling

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Holiday in motion
Christ climbed down
from His bare Tree
this year
and ran away to where
no fat handshaking stranger
in a red flannel suit
and a fake white beard
went around passing himself off
as some sort of North Pole saint
crossing the desert to Bethlehem
in a Volkswagen sled
drawn by rollicking Adirondack reindeer
and German names
and bearing sacks of Humble Gifts
from Saks Fifth Avenue
for everybody's imagined Christ child
~ Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

We are the same as plants, as trees, as other people, as the rain that falls. We consist of that which is around us, we are the same as everything.
Gautama Buddha

Friday, October 24, 2008

Fred Winston's Chili
2 Tbl ground Ancho Chili’s or chili powder

1 Tbl paprika

1 tsp Greek oregano

1 tsp ground cumin

1/8 tsp hot pepper (optional)

1 large onion chopped

1 green pepper chopped

3 cloves garlic smashed and minced

1 stalk celery chopped (optional)

1or2 Jalapeno peppers chopped (optional/will make dish very hot)

1 Tbl Worcester sauce

1 dash hot sauce

2 cans beer (Winter lager or Oktoberfest)

1 large can (28oz) chopped tomatoes (drained)

4oz beef stock

1/4 cup peanut oil

2 cans beans (red or black) Kunner's brand - SW style, or your choice.

2 lbs ground chuck, round, turkey, or meat of your choice. (Seasoned over night with Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Poultry Magic)


Blend spice mixture and set aside. Preheat Dutch oven and add oil.
Add chopped vegetables and saute over high heat adding garlic last so that it will not burn, about ten minutes.

Sprinkle spice mixture on top of vegetables and stir in until it
appears to be pasty. Deglaze with about half a can/bottle of beer so that the mixture won’t stick. Add more beer if necessary.
Add tomatoes. Then add the Worcester sauce, hot sauce, and beef stock.
Stir, bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover.

In another pan, brown the seasoned meat in small batches. Drain and add to chili mixture in the Dutch oven.
When all the meat is added, stir, add the beans, the remaining beer (reserving the other can for later if needed), stir again, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook covered for one hour stirring occasionally.
Open the cover a bit, stir, and add more beer if it needs more liquid, and simmer for another hour or hour and a half. You may serve it at that time, but it is recommended that you let it cool and refrigerate overnight.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

It is sweet to let the mind unbend on occasion. ~ Horace

Madness is confusion of levels of fact... Madness is not seeing visions but confusing levels. ~ William S. Burroughs

Sunday, October 19, 2008


Perhaps all pleasure is only relief - William Burroughs

Friday, October 17, 2008

Who are you?
There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive, and it comes as a complete forgetfulness that one is alive.
Jack London

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Spring has its hundred flowers, Autumn its moon, Summer has its cooling breezes, Winter its snow. If you allow no idle concerns To weight on your heart, Your whole life will be one Perennial good season.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Still life
Youth is like spring, an over praised season more remarkable for biting winds than genial breezes. Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits. ~Samuel Butler

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Divine vines
Wine is sunlight, held together by water. ~Galileo

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Flowers that are so pathetic in their beauty, frail as the clouds, and in their coloring as gorgeous as the heavens, had through thousands of years been the heritage of children - honored as the jewelry of God.... ~Thomas De Quincey

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sun bathing
From within or from behind, a light shines through us upon things, and makes us aware that we are nothing, but the light is all. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, September 12, 2008

The key of life
Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence. ~Robert Fripp

Thursday, September 4, 2008

A harvest toast
Music is the wine which inspires one to new generative processes, and I am Bacchus who presses out this glorious wine for mankind and makes them spiritually drunken. ~Ludwig van Beethoven

Monday, September 1, 2008

Nice Tomato's
As she has planted, so does she harvest; such is the field of karma. ~Sri Guru Granth Sahib

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Sotto Voce
A profusion of pink roses bending ragged in the rain speaks to me of all gentleness and its enduring. ~The Collected Later Poems of William Carlos Williams

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of their character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning. ~Lydia M. Child

Monday, August 11, 2008

MagneticI believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright. ~Henry David Thoreau

Friday, August 8, 2008

A reason to live
Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it. ~Alice Walker

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Crazed flowers
Bring me then the plant that points to those bright Lucidites swirling up from the earth,

And life itself exhaling that central breath!

Bring me the sunflower crazed with the love of light. ~Eugenio Montale

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication ~ Leonardo DaVinci

Monday, July 28, 2008

The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us. ~Bill Watterson

Friday, July 25, 2008

As The Poems Go
as the poems go into the thousands you
realize that you've created very
it comes down to the rain, the sunlight,
the traffic, the nights and the days of the
years, the faces.
leaving this will be easier than living
it, typing one more line now as
a man plays a piano through the radio,
the best writers have said very
and the worst,
far too much.
~ Charles Bukowski 1992

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The poetry of the earth is never dead. ~John Keats

Monday, July 21, 2008

Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way.
~Florence Scovel Shinn

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Stunning beauty
We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has no superfluous parts;

which exactly answers its end; which stands related to all things;

which is the mean of many extremes. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, July 18, 2008

Beauty is a form of genius - is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts in the world like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon.
~ Oscar Wilde

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Everything is determined, the beginning as well as the end, by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for insects as well as for the stars. Human beings, vegetables or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance. ~Albert Einstein

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Looking back
Pleasure is spread through the earth
In stray gifts to be claimed by whoever shall find.
~William Wordsworth 1806

Monday, July 14, 2008

Frozen in time
Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting perfume.
~Jean de Boufflers

Saturday, July 12, 2008

What is Life
It is the flash of a firefly in the night.
It is the breath of a buffalo in the winter time.
It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the Sunset." - Crowfoot. . .1890

Friday, July 11, 2008

PerfectionA flower's appeal is in its contradictions - so delicate in form yet strong in fragrance, so small in size yet big in beauty, so short in life yet long on effect. ~Adabella Radici

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Here the quiet
Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world. ~Hans Margolis

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Another lie
We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies. ~Pablo Picasso

Friday, July 4, 2008

Joyous cosmology
Of course, to say that life is just a gesture, an action without agent, recipient, or purpose, sounds much more empty and futile than joyous.
In the contrast world of ordinary consciousness man feels himself, as will, to be something in nature but not of it.
Sometimes the image of the physical world is not so much a dance of gestures as a woven texture. Light, sound, touch, taste, and smell become a continuous warp, with the feeling that the whole dimension of sensation is a single continuum or field. - Alan Watts

Thursday, July 3, 2008

American beauty
The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life. ~Jean Giraudoux