What’s Up

I managed to write one poem a day for the first three weeks of NaPoWriMo but I think I’m done. Yesterday I had no time to write as I was at the Puyallup Fair for nine hours in the cold and rain. I logged 17,000 steps which I think is a record for me.

I was at the Fair to support my daughter’s step team, Northside, which took 1st place in the Step Show competition this year.

Now this week, I’m going to be busy helping out at Sakya Monastery for Tibetan Buddhism, as there is a week long event for the anniversary of H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Dorje Chang’s parinirvana.

Busy times!

#NaPoWriMo 2017, poem 22

I tried a variant on the haiku form…multiple haiku with the same first two lines and different third lines.

Koi pond full of fish

Cute flippers, whiskers, mustache

I want to taste them

Koi pond full of fish

Cute flippers, whiskers, mustache

They sure look meaty

Koi pond full of fish

Cute flippers, whiskers, mustache

Google: no recipes

Koi pond full of fish

Cute flippers, whiskers, mustache

Seems they taste real bad

Koi pond full of fish

Cute flippers, whiskers, mustache

So nice to look at

Koi pond full of fish

Cute flippers, whiskers, mustache

Pretty, lovely fish

30 Days of New Foods: Day 22: Papaya









I’ve had papaya juice before but never eaten the actual fruit. Someone suggested I try it with lime juice, so I tried it both with and without. Plain, I found the papaya tasted and smelled purfumey. The lime added an additional dimension but I can’t say for sure if it was actually an improvement. As always, I cannot be sure if the ripeness was optimal, but I tried my best to get a yellow one and then gave it a few more days on my counter. Have you had papaya? What did you think?

Baby boomers are awesome

Baby boomers are awesome. Here’s why:

  • They grew up without the Internet, NetFlix and smart phones, so they know how to focus on a task without being distracted
  • They were there during the civil rights and anti-war movements and have the experience to mobilize for any threats they see on the horizon
  • They remember what it was like before safe abortion was legal
  • Most are retired but still active and have plenty of time for meeting, marching, educating
  • Healthcare is very important to them, as it could be the deciding factor on whether they die in poverty or have something to leave behind for their children

Baby boomers are ready to lead the resistance. Let’s learn from them.

30 Days of New Foods: Day 21: Sweeten Radish

It’s probably supposed to be “sweetened radish” but just roll with it. I was introduced to this one via a shared recipe for Pad Thai, and actually managed to find this product at Central Market. It’s chock full of scary ingredients like food coloring and preservatives, but I chose to ignore that. Even cooked, this tastes kind of rubbery. It was decent in pad thai, but I’m not sure I can come up with another use for it. You?

NaPoWriMo 2017, poem 19

When people don’t reply

to email, texts, messages, calls,

I begin to write fiction

in my mind.

They must be busy

They must not care

They must hate me

They must be sick

They must be dead

Do I try again to rouse a response?

If I do, will it wake up

the dearly departed

or am I merely kicking someone

when they are down?

There is never a right answer

to the questions I ask myself

or others.

People were designed for face to face.

But here we are, so many miles

apart so I keep on pinging, nagging,

digging up daisies

until it kills me.