Waves as painted by Pauline Harris

These waves are part of a painting...I just love the movement they express.

These waves are part of a painting…I just love the movement they express.

Vibrant Colourful Clouds

Vibrant Array of Colourful Clouds as taken by Pauline Harris

Vibrant Array of Colourful Clouds as taken by Pauline Harris

A Simple Breathing Meditation

A Breathing Meditation…

Find a quiet place to be still for a little while.
Sit or lie down. Have all limbs uncrossed to allow the flow to resonate.

Slowly, Come to a place of stillness…focus your mind and body on breathing…breathing in peace…breathing out joy and love…breathing in…breathing out…focusing on bringing in the breath to reach in as a bubble…tracing the bubble inside the body…beginning with each of the toe…see the toes begin to feel relaxed…onto the bottom n top of each foot…the bubble is travelling up the ankles and they become relaxed…the legs n knees n hips are next…all the lower limbs are at peace…the bubble travels to the bottom n tummy n chest are breathing the relaxation…the fingers n arms n elbows are relaxed…breathing in n breathing out…the shoulders are relaxed…the neck is relaxed…the mouth n nose is relaxed…the eyes n ears are relaxed…peaceful bubbling vibrations reach around the body and now it is relaxed…calmness envelopes the body…let the body rest for a few moments in this feeling of pure joy and peace.

Slowly, bring the body back to life…bringing with you the sense of joy and peace. Thanking the body for all it endures and presenting the body with the newness of vitality awakened.
~(a rendition of many meditations I have learned over the many years of studying meditation…thank you teachers)~pharris

Polly’s Pumpkin Lasagna

Warm the oven at 375 degrees. Grease cooking pan, set aside.

In a saute pan, saute onions (one sweet and one yellow) with 1 Tbsp butter and a lil bit of grapeseed oil or olive oil. Add spices (nutmeg, oregeno, basil, garlic, rosemary, pepper, salt, parsley, thyme, etc.) Add meat (I have used different variations of sausage, hamburger, and turkey). Cook until meat is cooked thoroughly, stirring occasionally.

While the meat is cooking, in a mixing bowl: put in a whole container of ricotta cheese, about a cup of grated parmesean cheese, about a cup of mozerella cheese (grated), tub of phillidelphia cream cheese (garlic one is great, have used the italian herb one too). Mix the cheeses well, set aside.

When meat is cooked thoroughly through, add a can of pumpkin puree. Mix together and turn off heat.

Get the egg roll wrappers out. Divide in half, cut one half in half.

Begin to layer the lasagna with the egg roll wrappers as the noodles. Then pumpkin meat. Then cheese mixture. Repeat until pan is full…top with some mozerella cheese and parmesean cheese.

Cook for about 45 minutes to an hour. If the cheese on top gets brown before done put some aluminum foil on top.
Let cool for a few minutes before eating.

btw. I did not put measurements of meat, as some like more meat and others less meat. It is good with spinach in the meat mixture, too. Also great for using up leftovers from the holidays.

looking for a book home

There is a place
I once used to go to with my parents,
well, my mother mostly…
it was a big room full of books.

So many books could be found here.
They held such wonders…
sometimes to scare…
sometimes to delight,
but always to take us somewhere
or to enrich our minds
with ideas long since gone,
but not forgotten.

For in these books though
not mine to have or write in.
They were for everyone to use, to read, to enjoy.
Here I learned how to take care of books.
To repair them. To find out where the new
ones belonged. and some-days I even got to read some of them.

Reading had challenges. Pages appeared with words seeming like rivers
or even word-traffic jams in the pages I was so gallantly trying to read.
Even reading the words was hard at times, because I had to
know what the word meant to understand the passage.

One day in high school, we were reading Shakespeare outloud in class.
There I was, knowing my time was soon. I began to breathe heavy
as my name was called. Words came out of my mouth of what
was written on the page…until
that one word…what is that word
be-a-u-ti-ful…no that is not the word
what is that word…how do you say it
what does it mean
the teacher yells out beautiful
and then lets the next person read.

There is a world out there for us to understand.
Books bring to life
so much more than just the mind.

If books do somehow not have a home to
call their own, where does this leave writers
and readers alike.

Maybe as one writer has put it…the books will
be downloaded into our brains automatically.

Libraries and bookstores need us to carry on
Carry on reading books…enjoy your next adventure
inside a book.
By Pauline Harris

Cloudwaves

Photo was taken by Pauline Harris with digital camera around the time of stormy weather.

Photo was taken by Pauline Harris with digital camera around the time of stormy weather.

Velveeta/Spam Hamburger Bun

A recipe from my grandparents time was using velveeta cheese, spam and hamburger buns. With a meat grinder (or blender) grind the cheese and spam together…small cubes of each at a time. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. On a sheet pan prepared for the oven, place the half buns and a big spoonful of cheese/spam mixture. Place in oven for about 20 minutes until the cheese mix is browned.

Note…I have used turkey spam, as well as, traditional spam. They are really good.

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