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    Lentil & Pomegranate Salad

    This festive salad would be a wonderful addition to any holiday table this season.  The recipe came from Nevine Gargour a lady I worked with and she made this salad for an office holiday potluck party.  I immediately fell in love with it and now it has become a favorite of mine to serve for the holidays.  Not only does it look beautiful but it tastes amazing.  It is tart yet sweet and has a little kick from the jalapeno pepper.  The salad has Mediterranean or North African influences in its flavor profile.  I have included the full recipe below. You will need the following ingredients: 1 cup of lentils. …

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    Hammerjacks – A Poem

    Hammerjacks, a Baltimore club legend Discretion left at the door leading to confession Rock n’ Roll pulsing as the alcohol flowed Many great bands performing sold out shows Aqua Net, spandex and plenty of leather Drunken debauchery, people crowded together Dancers atop the bars vying for attention Secrets so juicy I dare not mention Hammerjacks holds many legendary truths Leaving indelible memories from my youth

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    Giving Tuesday

    Today is Giving Tuesday.  A day that we can all come together as one body for the simple purpose of doing good.  Doing good by showing acts of kindness, giving our time, our talents, our money and our support!  The opportunities are endless and I promise if you give with all your heart it will come full circle with your heart being fulfilled. Giving from the heart is a gift A blessing to those we choose to uplift Giving without receiving in return Something all should strive for and learn Giving your time, talents and kindness Will forever be a light to the world an infinite brightness No one has…

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    Manic Mondays 3 Way Prompt: Heart

    This poem is written for the Manic Mondays 3 Way Prompt from Laura M. Bailey see linkhttps://alltheshoesiwear.wordpress.com/2018/11/19/manic-mondays-3-way-prompt-heart/ A heart beat our lifeline so strong yet fragile For love unrequited we start to unravel Piercing pain, bitter tears, heart wrenching Lost in a moment of anger clenching Heartbreak sometimes never seems to end Slowly with time our heart starts to mend Releasing hurt, blood and oxygen can flow Living once again so our heart can grow

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    Birds – A Poem of Flight

    Birds of the air floating with the breeze passing the world the below Circling and spying, oh the beauty of your wings, the echo in your sound Songbirds, birds of prey all searching for survival, finding your way Existence through mastery in this harsh landing place, perching still Keen eyesight with a birds eye view, we are but specks from high above Peace and freedom, a higher perspective, discerning the whole picture Listening intently to your song, seeking your wisdom and truth Lovely gifts provided by God, both from light or the shadow of night

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    Last Resort Farm

    “I can express myself”  Amy Winehouse I met Lillian and Peggy Waters on what was a somber day.  I had just attended my uncle’s funeral in Middleburg, Virginia and after the burial on our way home, we decided to stop by the Last Resort Farm to check out their antique barn.  Lillian commented on how dressed up we were and I explained that we just attended the funeral for my uncle.  She replied “Oh, I’m sorry.  Well, it’s the circle of life.” How true!  We are born, live our lives to the best of our ability and then we die.  I felt a comfort in her comment, I can’t really…

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    Major Douglas Zembiec

    In honor of Veterans Day, I would like to recognize Major Douglas Zembiec.  Major Zembiec was a graduate of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD and went on to serve as an officer in the United States Marine Corps and was also a member of the CIA’s Special Activities Division’s Ground Branch.  Major Zembiec was killed in action by small arms fire when he led a raid in Baghdad.  While warning his troops to get down, he was hit by enemy fire.  He was known as the “Lion of Fallujah” Major Zembiec kept many personal writings, and to honor him, I am posting one of his poignant writings entitled “Principles…

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    Pony – Poem for Duke

    Duke, my pony from long ago, dark brown eyes, hair white as snow. Old in years, he smelled of barn and hay bareback I’d ride him, it really made my day. Duke was a wise and gentle soul, I’d give him a nudge and off we’d stroll. Occasionally a gallop holding tight to the reigns wind in my hair and his flowing mane. Arthritis set in, no longer could I ride so I fed him apples which he loved in that Ohio countryside. Eventually death took him, no more suffering or pain Sometimes in my dreams, I’m that young girl and we ride once again.

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    Maui’s Venus Pool

    If you decide to drive the Hana Highway while visiting Maui, there is a spectacular natural pool located at mile marker 48.1 on Hana Highway 31.  It is Waioka Pond aka (Venus Pool).  Access to the pool is a short hike from the road.  However, the trail is located on private land owned by Hana Ranch so please be respectful and note that they are NOT responsible for injuries so visit at your own risk. Venus Pool is stunning and the water in the pool is a mix of salt water and fresh water which makes it a gorgeous blue green color.  Proper hiking or water shoes are a must…

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    Manic Mondays 3 Way Prompt: Reverence

    This poem is written for the Manic Mondays 3 Way Prompt from Laura M. Bailey see link: https://alltheshoesiwear.wordpress.com/2018/11/05/manic-manic-mondays-3-way-prompt-reverence/ Reverence by its very nature is an honor to bestow Respect is not a futile word, but its definition we need to show Stillness in the chaos, humility of tongue Could be, should be, taught when young Admiration by others is an attribute to achieve Not by deceit, greed or power would we receive Kindness, gentleness, truthfulness, let’s not hasten Lest the pill we swallow be bitter from those who will chasten