Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Galway Kinnell (1927 - 2014)

A great American poet has passed into ancestry.

Trust the Hours

Wait, for now.
Distrust everything, if you have to.
But trust the hours. Haven’t they
carried you everywhere, up to now?
Personal events will become interesting again.
Hair will become interesting.
Pain will become interesting.
Buds that open out of season will become lovely again.
Second-hand gloves will become lovely again,
their memories are what give them
the need for other hands. And the desolation
of lovers is the same: that enormous emptiness
carved out of such tiny beings as we are
asks to be filled; the need
for the new love is faithfulness to the old.
Don’t go too early.
You’re tired. But everyone’s tired.
But no one is tired enough.
Only wait a while and listen.
Music of hair,
Music of pain,
music of looms weaving all our loves again.
Be there to hear it, it will be the only time,
most of all to hear,
the flute of your whole existence,
rehearsed by the sorrows, play itself into total exhaustion.
–Galway Kinnell

Sweet Italian Sausage with Spinach, Portobello Mushrooms and Pasta in an Alfredo Sauce

Rainy Day Wednesday Walk Along Creek

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Stuffed Thick Pork Chops

 I'll confess, I'm flying by the seat of my culinary pants here! I bought these thick boneless pork chops (2 of them), and sliced them into fans with four divisions. Slathered them with Hunts Barbecue sauce and stuffed them with apples and pears. Then I surrounded them with bread stuffing and lined up fresh green beans along both ends of the casserole dish. Dropped the lid down and put the whole thing in the oven @350˚ for what I'm thinking will be an hour.

 Dinner part two--DELICIOUS! OMG, I'm a genius.

National Arboretum Big Day, part 1: Gardens of State Trees

 ARKANSAS: Loblolly Pine, Pinus palustris
 CALIFORNIA: Giant Sequoia, Sequoiadendron giganteum
 KANSAS: Cottonwood, Popular deltoides
 KENTUCKY: Kentucky Coffeetree, Gymnucladus dioicus
 MARYLAND: White Oak, Quercus alba
 Romeo checking out our state tree's trunk....sorry boy, no peeing on the trees.
 MAINE: Eastern White Pine, Pinus strobus
 NORTH DAKOTA: American Elm, Ulmus americana
 NEW HAMPSHIRE: Paper Birch, Betula Papyrifera
 NEW MEXICO: Pinion Pine, Pinus edulis
 Close up of NEW YORK's tree.
 NEW YORK: Sugar Maple, Acer saccharum
 OHIO: Ohio Buckeye, Aesculus glabra
 Close-up of WEST VIRGINIA's tree.
 WEST VIRGINIA: Sugar Maple, Acer saccharum
WYOMING: Plains Cottonwood, Popular sargentii

National Arboretum Big Day, part 2: Capitol Columns

 These restored columns from a renovation done on the US Capitol in 1958 are a highlight of the National Arboretum's sights.  And I've never seen them more stunningly beautiful.
 Purple asters.

 Romeo looking handsome!

 My third sighting of a Monarch this year--all have been after Labor Day.  They are disappearing.