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You are an ancestor now Mom…
Your strong gnarled fingers no longer play the piano…
Yet your music lives in me, my sister and my brother.
Inside of me is etched the final memory of you bebopping to the
music of the piano–eighty pounds-can’t walk, can’t talk–but you
could bang out a tune—
Your spirit flying in joy!
“Failure to thrive” they say
But of course you did thrive…
And with such steady determination
And lots of dignity.
Our ordinary moments were so rich–
Sometimes laughing so hard we could barely stand up.
I have no regrets and I hope you haven’t either.
You said to me many times…”You were unexpected”.
Well I’m sure glad you let me into your life Mom.
And so where once you were like the
Birch tree to me– strong, lean, and bent over
with the weight of winter snow-
Now you are the red bud blooming in May….
(written May 8, 1999)
Happy Mother’s day….
For ”Chocolate Aficionados” ….
If you love chocolate and missed my interview with Candace McTwigan of organic McTwigan Spices..please listen in and learn how one of the world’s oldest centenarians ate 2 lbs of chocolate a week till her physician advised her to give up sweets at the age of 119! (click link below)
Candace shares a quick 5 min yummie chocolate mousse recipe from McTwigan Spices…(see with or without dairy recipe below)
1/2 c. any flavor McTwigan cocoa, (My favorite is Heavenly Cocoa naturally sweetened with xylitol) 1 c. heavy cream, 4 ramekins(chilled)
In a blender, place organic heavy cream and cocoa. Blend until cream has whipped. Spoon equal amounts of mousse into the ramekins. Top with sprig of mint or fresh raspberry if desired. Serve immediately.
Dairy free and vegan version….Try this instead:
If you want to spice up your chocolate experience…try McTwigan Aztec Cocoa….organic cocoa with chilies!
Many thanks to Candance for sharing her recipe and story…
Enjoy the holidays and of course enjoy spring!
February 24,2011 Late winter….
Towards the end of February I am as ready as anyone for spring to arrive in New England. Bone chilling cold weather and getting from one place to another during snowstorms is always a challenge. Yet over the months there is a part me that has slowed down, conserved my energy, and with a tugging ambivalence regrets the end of winter…if only because the sound of snow will be gone.
The sound of snow you ask? Yes. Snow falling has a particular sound but you must be away from traffic, conversations, cell phones, ipods, and bustle of everyday life to hear it. For me the best place to listen is in the woods when it begins to snow…
I remember when I first became aware there was a sound of snow. I had been hiking for some miles deep in the woods one cold afternoon with grey skies. It was a particularly wonderful hike because I was so in tune with my surroundings. I spotted the tracks of deer, rabbit, cat fisher, fox, turkey and coyotes as I rambled along often veering off the trail to look for more tracks. The frozen branches of trees above me sometimes cracked and swayed in the wind as the crunch of my boots on snow was the only other sound I could hear.
I started later than I had planned to hike that day and as I climbed to the top of a steep hill overlooking a valley, I sensed that darkness was moving in quickly. I needed to get back to the road where my car was parked. I knew the area well and wasn’t concerned about getting lost but the woods at night is harder to navigate.
I stopped to get my bearings when in the deep silence of the moment…a soft barely perceptible sound emerged which I realized was the sound of snow beginning to fall. I listened keenly, like a bird with its head to the ground listening for worms, and I could hear the snow. It was a lovely, soft, gentle sound, just a decibel above silence, barely audible yet distinctly there. As I listened, a deep intense joy flooded me and I felt divinely privileged that I was here to share in this moment. A profound feeling of being connected with The Source of All That Is… filled my heart and my inner most being. The darker it grew around me, the more light I felt inside. I don’t know how long I stayed in this reverie but eventually a practical voice inside urged me to move on…
As the snow grew heavier the trees quickly became a soft white blanket lighting up what was a frigid darkness as I made my way down the path. I was tired and cold and yet I felt a certain reluctance, a hesitation about leaving the woods as if there was something more to come, something unfinished. I wanted to feel that deep connection again…
Suddenly at that moment came the soft ‘’hoo hoo’’ of an owl off in the distance. It felt like an invitation so I waited…. and a few minutes later a distinct and louder hoot came forth. I paused for a second and then called out my own ”hoo hoo” grateful for this shared moment between us. I felt blessed and quietly complete.
As I turned and walked out of the woods, I smiled to myself knowing this was a special connection I had shared with the owl… it was clear we both loved the sound of snow.
February 14, 2011 HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!
Take a moment from your busy day and listen to this short, lively interview between Betsey Beaven and Candace McTwigin of McTwigin Spices. Learn how Organic Chocolate can extend your life! Click on link…
SEE RECIPE BELOW..
Try this quick, delicious organic cocoa recipe…if you are a Vegan use organic unsweetened almond milk or your dairy free beverage of choice. If you drink dairy use organic grass fed milk. I used the almond milk and savored every drop…it’s like a shot of expresso…
1. In a small pot add 1 c. organic unsweetened almond milk and bring to a simmer.
2. Add 1 heaping t. Heavenly Cocoa from McTwigin Spice and whisk thoroughly.
3. Enjoy! This dark cocoa mix is organic, sugar free, and guilt free. It’s sweetened naturally with xylitol and is gluten free.
Share this simple recipe with your family, friends, and loved ones. Enjoy a cup just before bed and have sweet dreams…
Persimmons are known to the ancient Greeks as “The fruit of the gods.” They are generally first available in November and are an often overlooked brightly colored orange fruit that are rich in fiber, minerals, and natural sugars. They must be fully ripe and soft to the touch to use or else they will taste quite puckery.
There’s nothing quite like biting into a fully ripe persimmon and letting it burst in your mouth with its sweet succulent flavor!