Always Carry Flowers

As I was walking through town to the library, I passed a young man and woman on the sidewalk. The gal asked if I would like a flower, and held out a handful of small, colorful blossoms. Well, of course I would, so I took one, thanked her, and wished them a good day. It…

Steam (Poem)

This was one of those "works in progress" that I decided was never going to progress. I started it while in an airplane, and since I've landed I'm unable to get back the inspiration (is that what this is??) of that moment. Enjoy! The wind is faster every time it passes; It hisses as the…

Thoughts: Taking a Creative Break

A concept that's been pinging around my mind lately is that art, as a creative process, is a leisure activity. A meta example would be this blog, which I started in a moment of bored free time, and is something I keep up when a moment of inactivity causes me to recall its existence. Another…

Lemon Brownies Recipe

My sister-in-law had her birthday a couple weeks ago, and I got volunteered to make three types of dessert -- blondies, regular chocolate brownies, and lemon brownies. I had fun with it, and decided the best recipe was this one. I meant to take better pictures, but the guests were eager to eat, so... Enjoy!…

Matzah Brickle Recipe

If you know what matzah is, chances are it's because you've eaten it. When you ate matzah, you probably wondered if it could ever be delicious. Wondering if matzah can taste delicious brings you to the recipe below (the result of which is a crunchy dessert with significant levels of fat and sugar). You'll probably…

Poem: You Are Little Lights I Love

"Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun." Ecclesiastes 11:7 This poem is to no one specific, I just liked the idea of comparing my appreciation for lights to a person. Enjoy! You are the city lights when I face the night: Every tiny bulb, little…

Rock and Ice (Part 3/3)

I meant to have this published a week or two ago, but here we are now. Alex Honnold’s “Antarctica” was nowhere near the South Pole. Instead of the “frore moor” that the polar explorers confronted, Honnold chose to challenge himself in the balmy Yosemite National Park in California, USA. Honnold himself said he likes to…

Rock and Ice (Part 2/3)

All striving done and “life’s set prize” attained: Not geographic goals, but greater far The pinnacles of leadership you gained.          -William Shakespeare This is part 2 of a 3-part series about contemporary solo-explorers. Our most recent heroes come into the limelight in late 2018. At that time, those who were keeping…

Rock and Ice (Part 1/3)

Remember the poem I wrote about helping penguins? Well, I seriously do love Antarctica. After being intrigued by the semi-recent tale of Henry Worsley, I discovered a host of frozen lore and legend centered on one mighty continent. The history of Antarctica is truly inspiring, but what's more amazing to me is that there are people…