Monday, September 19, 2011



Too many exits
unplanned unresolved,
no answers,
no cure
to the anguish involved,
the pathways
still waiting to know
the boundaries
and thorns of
the ways that we go,
and all of the pieces,
the patches
and lace,
the guessing,
the quaking,
the hoping for grace,
the magic,
it fell in
the angles of night,
the veils
and the blight,
so seeping about
in the ripples of mirrors,
a thousand
deep oceans
we made of our tears,
and whispers will
reveal to this pain,
or flow in the alleys
and hours they stain,
no ribbons
no trophies
rewarding our cries,
just shadows
and dreams
caught in
translucent lies,
the aching
too heavy,
the questions
too deep,
they poison
the sun
and they stipple
our sleep,
all satin
and greening,
they tempt ever on,
we lay them,
their stoning,
where wishes have gone.
JMS ~ 5/12/2011

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I am aware that this may be a repeat of this image here, but it melds with my day and pulls at me to consider it a bit more.  I see flags and birds in it.   Fall has begun poking at us, pushing into the summer we have yet to get here in MN.  Is it (Fall) mocking us?  

This vivid and speckled, with delicate mystery, image seems a metaphor of things of late.  Lots of things, issues and vivid stuff flitting about and into the ionosphere of daily winds. For some reason I have yet to figure out, it has beckoned at me for several days now. It makes me want to just hold still and meditate, feel its power and message, whatever that is. It feels so good, so robust and lively, yet elusively mystical and provocative. 'Nuff said.

Monday, August 8, 2011


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On the Move to Dayton's Bluff ~ April 2010


I remember ~ 8/8/11

Still the blackness,
gone delight,
velvet missing,
tender, slight,
where have you,
my gentle friend,
faded on,
tho' I’d pretend
that night and night
and aching day
now to know
you’ve gone away –
No more snuggle,
sweetest bliss,
your sparing kiss,
gentle, gentle,
waking to
this velvet thing.
JMS ~ 2010


August 2011 ~ 8/6/11 ~ Tapestry

Through the fabric
needles flow,
forming patterns,
slow by slow,
golden, flashing,
aching hue,
colors streaming
as they do,
weaving stories,
edging there,
gloss and graces
skim the air,
sharp and glinting
diamonds dance,
all askance,
forming patterns,
slow by slow,
piercing through
each velvet flow,
telling so -
JMS ~ 2010

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Some allergen free ideas ~ 2/26/2011

Want a quick pizza crust.   Make a batch of your favorite pancake batter.   Oil a sheet cake pan or a round 12+ " nonstick pan (I use Cooks' Essentials from QVC - - their 12" hardcoat enamel everyday pan) - - Pour enough batter to make a 1/4" pancake. using a spatula to level and spread the dough.   Bake in 350 degree oven until top appears dry.   (If desired, at this point you can flip this over or just put your pizza sauce on top.  Sprinkle "cheese" of your choice - - I recommend Lisanatti Mozzarella (almond) cheese.  Then bake another 15-20 minutes.  

For "Upside Down Pizza" make the pizza sauce in a large round pan - - again I suggest  Cooks' Essentials from QVC - - their 12" hardvcoat enamel everyday pan/ or a hardcoat enamel one - - When the sauce is ready, sprinkle with cheese.  Pour a thin layer of the pancake batter over all, spread, and bake 350 degrees, 20 min or until the crust is done. 

Make your pizza sauce.  Toast slices of allergen free bread - - I recommend Ener-G Foods Tapioca Bread - - then lay slices of cheese on the hot toast and top with the prepared pizza sauce.

Pizza sauce w/or w/o meat:
1/2-1 # ground beef
3 T. ground Italian Seasoning
1/2 tsp EACH onion powder, garlic powder, salt,
1/4 tsp EACH cayenne, black pepper
1/3 C. water. 

Put the meat, seasonings and water in a large (3 at. pan.) break up the meat and mix in the spices.   Cook and stir over med heat until the meat is just cooked.

1 (12 oz.) can tomato paste
1 can green ripe olives AND juice

Stir in to  mix well, then cover. bring to bubbling and then lower the heat and simmer on LOW for 20 mins.  After ten minutes, add 2 T. basil. Stir in and continue cooking.

To make meatless:
put the tomato sauce and olives in a pan and add the spices.  Bring to bubbling, then lower heat and simmer 20 mins.  After ten minutes, add 2 T. basil.  Stir in and continue cooking.

Don't be afraid to experiment.   Think in terms of what do you want and how can you get that using allergen free ingredients. 

I use Hellman's Canola Mayo for sour cream,. sour milk (mix a little 2 T or so to 1/2 C. Mayo) almond or coconut milk in with it for that and 1/2 tsp AC vinegar) buttermilk, etc.