Wanderlust Box (Poem)

A soul wrapped in a countryside box,
Placed with a bow made of a map on top.
Open the box and you shall see,
The bits and pieces that have scattered about,
Leaving the soul wandering for the rest of its eternity.

Poke some holes into the box,
Let it breathe,
Send it off,
And let the world shape it into who it’s supposed to be.
That is the only way we will ever know,
Who it will be,
Once they’ve reached the ripe age of ninety.

A True Beauty (Poem)

He had a certain type of beauty to him,
Not the hollywood glitz and glamour,
But a beauty that came through years of torment that resided inside.
Roughed up,
Spit out,
Thrown out on the sidewalks,
With women and men walking by,
Without giving him a shot.
This society we live in is corrupt,
It tells women to be brainless,
Tells men to achieve a hollywood staus.
Who are we kidding,
No amount of twilight sparkle will ever catch my eye.
Give me a man that will speak his mind,
Express raw emotion,
And for God’s sake,
Make sure he doesn’t follow society’s stupid pride.
Photo Model: Henry Rollins 

White Lace (Poem)

I am here,
Waiting for you to come back,
Come back from the hallow halls,
Dressed in your three piece suit,
That you left in.

Not prepared,
Completely scared,
You left me at the altar,
Dressed in white lace,
With tears streaming down my face
As I waited for you.

Guess I’ll have to wait for you,
But not tonight,
While I’m dressed in white lace,
Certainly not with makeup smeared across,
Leaving the crowd with stunned faces.

You Went Along (Poem)

You went along with everyone,
To watch me on the floor,
To watch the glass shatter,
As I bled out the pain through my eyes,
While you began to slowly move towards the door.
You went along with everyone,
To dance the night away,
As you let me drown,
While you got wasted by the old memories,
As you danced till dawn.
You went along with everyone,
Sang the same damn song,
Mimicking them as you slowly disolved,
You went along.

Book Club: March

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Digging into the archives of all of the novels that have circulated around the globe, I had come across a novel that was published in 1987 by an author named Thomas Gallagher. I had read some of his work before, and was thoroughly impressed with his writing style and also with the way he told his stories. For they truly did capture me, and in a way, forced me to finish the novel right then and there; which there are no complaints coming from me.

Paddy’s Lament was just like every other book by Thomas Gallagher, a well-written, incredibly detailed, historic, and overall the type of story to draw one in, so that they could witness first hand and through the eyes of the character. The story takes place in the 1800’s in Ireland, during the time where all of the citizens were peasants and every one of them relied on one source of food to keep them alive into the next day, the potato. However in 1846, a disease had run rampant across Ireland, taking their only source of food and turned it inedible. Everyone was trying to figure out what they were going to do, what they were going to do for their families, and what else would they be able to eat without falling ill.

Without a doubt, you will enjoy this novel. After reading it, it will make you want to buy all of Mr. Gallagher’s novels.

The Minimalist Nomad: Traveling Lifestyle

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Recently, while I was working at the clinic today, a coworker of mine had asked me about my trip plans to Alaska (I am moving the first weekend of March). This had started a conversation that begun at 9 am and it is still proceeding. One of the questions had stuck out though.

** K: Are you flying or driving?
Me: I am flying.
**K: Nice. How many luggage’s are you taking with you?
Me: Just my backpack and my duffel bag.
**K: Wait…that is all? How much do you have?
Me: Not that much, actually. I travel light.
**K: What all do you own?
Me: A few outfits that I can mix and match, a set of pajamas my tennis shoes, winter boots, heavy jacket, a few books: 5 reading, 5 writing, some pens, feminine necessities, a deck of tarot cards, wallet, phone and laptop.
**K: Wait, that is it? I have a whole bunch of stuff in my house that I could never get rid of. How do you do it?
Me: I’ve never needed much. Just the necessities and a few things that I know I will definitely want to have on me.

(**Kept my coworkers name confidential for legal purposes.)

Traveling, for many seems like a daunting thing, due to the fact that you have to figure out what you are going to bring with you and what you are going to donate, throw away, or sell. Many times, people tend to develop attachments to inanimate objects and begin to feel as though they must save many things, making it hard for them to get rid of things down the road.

When it comes to traveling, you need to think about many different scenarios from flying to sailing to luggage prices and about what you actually need with you. You also need to think about the others that are coming with you, if you have children, and try to figure out exactly what they need to bring as well. With this much going on in one persons head, it can make you go crazy, and in the end, you wind up with a headache or a migraine over this whole thing.

Minimalism is a Zen-living style where you own less materials and objects, and focus more on yourself, family, and living life. As a society, everyone has been creating attachments to inanimate objects, making them seem like they are a big thing, and in which they are not. When you release the objects that you do not need, you begin to feel better, you begin to eliminate any discontent you have, you are able to live in the moment, able to focus on your health, pursue your passions, and you’ll be able to rid yourself of any excess stuff. Doesn’t that sound grand?

Living the minimalist lifestyle, especially while traveling, makes things a lot easier. From relieving yourself from excess objects, you will be able to enjoy life more, and focus on everything around you, instead of accumulating things.

Simple Life, Simple You: Middle Eastern Pizza

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Everyone around the world loves pizza, they cannot get enough of it, in fact, all over the world there are Pizza Huts in different countries and in so many airports. A nice dough that has the right amount of crunch to it, a delicious sauce that creates a barrier between the toppings and the dough, and the copious amounts of toppings that are available, what’s not to love about pizza? Although pizza is delicious, in the end however, it is not all that healthy, especially when you look at the region of the world it is coming from. However, you can make the pizza healthier from top to bottom, when you make it from scratch at home.

That being said, this recipe is lighter, healthier, yet at the same time, indulgent. The dough is very easy to make, for it is known in the Middle East as lavash bread, and it only requires three ingredients. The sauce is made from scratch as well, and it consists of very few ingredients as well. This leaves the topping choice to you to make it completely individual and to your liking.

LAVASH MIDDLE EASTERN PIZZA:

Lavash (Dough):
1 1/2 cups flour (I use gluten free)
1 1/2 tsp. Salt
2 tbsp. Olive oil
3/4 cup warm water

Sauce (prepared this a couple of days before, to have on hand):
4 lbs. Tomatoes (ripe)
4 large Garlic cloves
1 bunch of herbs (Thyme, Oregano, Rosemary)
1 Black pepper, Freshly ground
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 tbsp. Sugar
1 tbsp. Olive Oil

Toppings (as seen in photograph):
2 small bell peppers (with the multi-colored ones)
2 tbsp. chopped onion
Grated cheddar cheese (make it as cheesy as you like)
2 tsp. peppered flakes (I like a nice kick)

Making the Dough:

In a medium sized bowl, mix the flour and the salt together first, working it through. Then add the olive oil, then slowly add the water in at first. After mixing for a few seconds, add all of the water into the bowl, continue mixing until formed into a ball. ** If needed, add 4 tbsp. water more in to mix it up more.

Separate the dough into small balls, sprinkle some flour onto a flat surface, then start flattening it out. You can use a rolling pin. Once flattened, put the lavash onto a pan that is laced with parchment, throw it into the oven at 400 degrees, for 15 to 20 minutes, or at until the lavash is golden brown.

** Makes 10

Making the sauce:

Take the four garlic cloves, chop them, and toss them into the pot to sauté. Cut your tomatoes into dices, then toss into the pot(blender is a great alternative for those who wish to make this a little faster), and smash them with the masher. Have the pot on medium heat as you begin, bring to a simmer, adding the herbs on top. Place the salt, black pepper, sugar, and olive into pot, place a lid on top, turn the heat down on low, and let it simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. **Add onions or pepper flakes if desired.

If not using right away, let the sauce cool, then place into a jar, and place in the refrigerator.

Putting the pizza together:

After the dough and sauce are done, take one of the lavash breads, and put the amount of sauce you want on it, sprinkle some of the cheese, then add the toppings you desire. Before throwing the pizza into the oven, sprinkle some more cheese on top, then put it into the oven at 350 degrees, for 7 to 10 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.

Sprinkle some pepper flakes on top, and serve.

 

**Photo Credit: Loni Hoots