December 2, 2011

"What of It"

"What of It" by Nesimi

I myself took up the cloak of blame
I smashed the bottle of honor and virtue on a stone.
What of it?

Sometimes I rise up and watch the universe from above.
Sometimes I go down to earth and loose myself in love.
What of it?

Sometimes I study life's meaning in the holy books.
Sometimes I go to the tavern and get drunk.
What of it?

The wine of this love is a sin, the orthodox think ~
The sin is mine. I fill my glass and drink,
What of it?

The pious bow to the niche in the mosque.
I bow at the beloved doorstep, pressing my face up close.
What of it?

They ask Nesimi,
are you and your Beloved getting along?
Whether we get along or not, my Beloved is mine.
What of it?

November 13, 2011

Don't let yesterday take up too much of today.

~Will Rogers~

November 8, 2011

puukko knife rack

cypress wood from old industrial water towers built at the turn of the 20th century ~ great match for our 100+ year counter made of oak flooring boards

November 2, 2011

November 1, 2011


shungiku ~ edible chrysanthemum

blueberry leaves changing colors

overwintering a few garden beds with rye, white clover and fava bell

October 27, 2011

Tumalo falls

warm and beautiful ... 10 miles outside of Bend!

Koosah Falls

one of the most enjoyable hikes in years. old growth forest ... lifted our spirits to just "be" their.

October 25, 2011


Butterscotch Calypso ~ beautiful beans from one of our local farmers

October 16, 2011

quinoa/bean patties

sunday's lunch ~ left over quinoa and pinto bean with grated carrot, onion, garlic and kale. whole wheat bread crumbs and baked in oven ~ no added oil. gravy made with flour, nutritional yeast, hemp milk, water, soy sauce and shiitake mushrooms ... spiced with salt and lots of pepper.

October 14, 2011

honey watercolors

a gift ... watercolors from M. Graham ... made with blackberry honey. looking forward to using these in my daily journals.

October 6, 2011

fall light

every life needs a little space. it leaves room for good things to enter it.
~ Sarah Addison Allen

September 28, 2011


I want to be where
your bare foot walks,

because maybe before you step,
you'll look at the ground.
I want that blessing.

( from "mary's hiding")

September 25, 2011

sunday color

yellow persimmon tomato

orange chinese lanterns

rain today ~ 60'
plans for the upcoming weeks ~ planting fall greens and soaking garlic cloves in baking soda and liquid seaweed before planting. too bad the slugs took out ALL of the carrots David and the grandgirls planted ~ to late for replanting this season. replant ground cover on south side of house ... enjoy a few fall hikes before the rains set in.

September 14, 2011


pinto bean tempeh wraps

marinating pinto bean tempeh

red lentils soaking for soup

August 18, 2011

the color of healing

the power of green juice ... when feeling low energy this does the trick!
wheatgrass, kale, celery, cucumber, apple and lime

August 15, 2011

the color of calm

I have nothing to do in this moment but breathe

June 28, 2011

foxtail lilly

Malheur Wildlife Refuge

we spent a couple of days birding on the refuge. most of the large water foul were long gone ... we were pleased with the white faced ibis, black necked stilts and american avocets!

it was beautiful and remote. the incredible blue skies were a treat after a long grey, wet spring

the steens mountains

May 4, 2011

pasque flowers

clear skies, spring breeze and beautiful red pasque flowers

February 24, 2011

February 12, 2011

I know what freedom is

(german poem)

I know what freedom is
Walk straight along the road
Stay away from the deep ocean
I left your words behind
The moon will bathe my path with light
The fish in the darkness are the diamonds
Someone called me human by coincidence, so here I am
What was I afraid of?
What was I fighting?
It's about time for me to drop my heavy load.
Give me more strength,
strength to be kind.

I know what freedom is
I know what freedom is