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Haiku My Heart ~ Promises

Plum blossoms from my Santa Rosa Plum Trees

Plum blossoms from my Santa Rosa Plum Trees

a promise of spring
encoded in each petal
listen with your heart


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Day #54 (I'm half way!) of walking my Santa Rosa Labyrinth
every day for 108 days in-a-row this new year...
Finding wild beauty in unexpected places.

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Haiku My Heart ~ Last Leaves

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The last leaves to fall...
are like days in this past year,
gone, not forgottenn...

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  This past year challenged me to stay in the moment,
time and time again...

I am glad to let it go and take what I learned
into this new year to come.

If I were to wish for something for myself or for you in these days to come...
it is that we learn about the heart in more gentle ways,
with support from those we love
and even from those we don't yet know...

That we be open to differences,
listen a little bit more,

be curious about everything around us
and within us
and find beauty and wonder in the simplest of places...

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Twelve Days of Mary Love

A print that belonged to the grandmother of a friend of mine...

A print that belonged to the grandmother of a friend of mine...

Prayer
“Divine Mother, Mary the Queen of the Angels,
Thank you for bestowing your blessings upon my life,
I open my heart to your nurturing light and energy,
Thank you for lovingly directing me forward,
So I can serve humanity just like you.
I feel whole, strong and centred, with deep inner peace,
Knowing you and your Angels are with me.
And so it is!”

-Kyle Gray

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Haiku My Heart ~ Phoenix Rising

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Magic in the ash
watch the phoenix rise again...
Sorrow holds her cup

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These melted shards of glass,
caught in the late afternoon sun,
were in the flower pots on the front porch
of the home of dear friends that no longer exists.

Navigating paths
Unknown. Unspeakable. Unfathomable.

One foot in front of the other...

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Hot Crab Dip

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It is Dungeness Crab season here in Northern California.

I just happen to have wonderful neighbors
who share the bounty of their Pacific Ocean catches.
I love getting a text that says, "Lea, have any need for a crab 🦀"

The answer is always yes!

There are hardly ever leftovers, but when there is,
a hot crab dip hits the spot on these chilly days and nights.

There are lots of variations that you can find online,
but here is an adaptation that is my favorite so far.

Hot Crab Dip
by Lea Goode-Harris
Makes approximately 2.5 - 3 cups of dip

Ingredients:
Please use organic!

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise (I use my homemade mayo)
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (Parmesan or cheddar) I used Parmesan
  • 2 (6 ounce) cans crab-meat or 12 oz of fresh crab-meat
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  •  tablespoons Worcestershire sauce or coconut aminos
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 1 small onion finely grated, juice and all
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 holiday memory

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese, mayonnaise, cheese, crabmeat, lemon juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce or cocnut aminos, grated onion, garlic, and one holiday memory.

  2. Transfer to a shallow baking dish. Garnish with paprika.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly.

  4. Serve with crackers of your choice. I love to use Mary's Super Seed GF crackers.

  5. Enjoy!

 

Haiku My Heart ~ Giving Thanks

Gratitude Journal next to my pumpkin carriage...   

Gratitude Journal next to my pumpkin carriage...   

Thanksgiving is more
than a single day a year...
its a way of life

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  Eleven, almost twelve, years ago...
I started a grateful journal.

It was a prompt from Oprah that said,
"Gratitude...
Keep a grateful journal.
Every night list five things that you are grateful for.
What it will do is change your perception of your day and your life."

All these years later, I know this to be true.
Oh, there have been days where I actually had to make stuff up,
or comment on the sky color...
but I've done it through happy times, death, loss,
fire, travel, all with or without my journal.

Writing it down is truly the best,
as it makes the body, mind and heart connection. And truly in my fashion,
I've come up with ways to make it simple for me, like writing down just five words to represent the things I'm grateful for. It looks something like this...

you ~ haiku ~ dance ~ friends ~ writing

each word has a story, tucked deep into my heart....
And these are all things I'm grateful for at the start of my day!
There will be so much more by tonight!

What, dear reader,
are you grateful for?

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Haiku My Heart ~ The Heart of Music

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Has the music left?
It still sings in the heart of
every person met

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On Saturday, November 25, 2017
I will have the honor of assisting Dr. Kayleen Asbo of Mythica
with an evening of healing music, poetry, and a labyrinth walk
to benefit those in our community affected by the October Firestorm.

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The remains of the grand piano featured in this blog post comes from the front yard of one of my neighbors who's home I've walked by for over thirty-years, without ever knowing the owners. That is until last week. As I turned the corner, there it was. I have no words for what I felt in that moment, however it is a feeling that I will never forget. The next day I knocked on their door and a whole new connection between us has blossomed. I am honored to share their story here, as  it has become a touchstone for me as I prepare the memorial altar with the help of friends for this music and poetry event. 

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This is not all that remains of the Charp family grand piano. Though destroyed when our son Adam's home burned down, along with his entire Larkfield neighborhood, its beautiful music lives on in the memories of Gail and David and children Erik, Kimberly and Adam. With that piano, Erik and Adam became jazz musicians, Erik on piano since his teens in the 1980's, younger Adam mentored by Erik to play jazz drums and upright bass. That piano was the center piece of family gatherings, the brothers improvising music into late night jam sessions, Kimberly adding modern dance improvisation.

Though heartbroken, we are eternally grateful for those memories and of course most importantly, that Adam, his wife, two small girls and their two dogs escaped alive. Without warning and from a darkened house, only in their nightclothes, they fled. The frame of the piano was pulled from the ashes, a reminder to us of its beautiful memories and the Oct. 9th night of terror, never to be forgotten.

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  This week and last week's Friday haiku my heart
is being hosted by our amazing Magical Mystical Teacher
for Rebecca at recuerda mi corazon who is adventuring in
San Miguel de Allende.
So for more Friday haiku my heart
please visit MMT and other poets
at Magical Mystical Teacher: Tales from a Sonoran Desert Classroom

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A New Thanksgiving In A Pot

Needlepoint Thanksgiving decorations created by my mother.  

Needlepoint Thanksgiving decorations created by my mother.  

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays.

If you've been to one of my meals, you know that they can be epic,
especially with me combining new culinary finds with age-old, tried and true dishes handed down through my family for generations.

This year...
I just don't have it in me to cook like I have in the past.
I want ease and as little effort as possible.
I want to focus on relationships, conversations
and savor every thing that this year has to offer in gratitude,
especially given what we have all been through in the past five weeks.

So here is what I am making.
A recipe that I found last year and was loved by everyone who tried it.
I also made a vegetarian version of this and share the modified recipe below as well!

Photos; My table - Turkey Version - Prep for Turkey and Veg/Veg Versions - Veg/Veg with Tofu leaves

Turkey Thanksgiving In A Pot
from the Curious Coconut

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 2 Mandarin oranges, separated into wedges
  • 4 TB dark robust maple syrup
  • 1 TB pumpkin pie spice
  • 1-1/2 cups bone broth
  • one 3 lb chicken (or chicken parts or turkey parts)
  • 2 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 1 memory of a Thanksgiving past

Directions: For both an Instant Pot & a Slow Cooker

1. Peel and chop sweet potatoes, slice onion, and peel oranges then separate into wedges. Add to the bottom of the pot.

2. Add cranberries, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, and bone broth.

3. Add your memory of a Thanksgiving past

4. Rub chicken (or turkey parts) with salt and place on top of your medley.

Instant Pot Instructions:

5. Close Instant Pot, ensure the vent is CLOSED, and press "poultry", then the + until display reads 30.
    
6. Allow about 60 minutes from start to finish for this recipe to cook. Use the quick release method for the steam.
    
7. Meat will be falling apart tender - be careful of bones falling off. Lift out the meat and strain the sweet potato mixture. Reserve excess broth for another use (would be a great soup base!)
    
8. Serve and enjoy!

Slow Cooker Instructions:

To cook this in a slow cooker, allow 4 to 8 hours for the chicken to cook through on low (cooking times can vary widely depending on your model).

 

Vegan/Vegetarian Thanksgiving In A Pot
adapted by Lea Goode-Harris

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 2 Mandarin oranges, separated into wedges
  • 4 TB dark robust maple syrup
  • 1 TB pumpkin pie spice
  • 1-1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 pound block of extra firm organic tofu
  • 2 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 1 memory of a Thanksgiving past

Directions: For Instant Pot Version

1. Peel and chop sweet potatoes, slice onion, and peel oranges then separate into wedges. Add to the bottom of the pot.

2. Add cranberries, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, and vegetable broth. (don't add the tofu at this time or you run the risk of it disintegrating)

3. Be sure to add your memory of a Thanksgiving past

4. Close Instant Pot, ensure the vent is CLOSED, and press "manual", then the + or - button until the display reads 3 minutes. Yes. You read that correctly three minutes cooking time for the vegan/vegetarian version!
    
5. While your pot is building up steam to cook for those 3 minutes. Slice your tofu into 1/4 inch slices and then cut into a desired shape with a cookie cutter. I used leaves, but you could do a pumpkin or any shape you desire.
    
6. Once your cooking time is finished, transfer to a serving dish and place the tofu shapes on the top. Cover with a bit of the sauce.

7. Serve and enjoy!

 

 

 

Haiku My Heart ~ Mountain Sun

Vulture Mine Mountain, Wickenberg Arizona

Vulture Mine Mountain, Wickenberg Arizona

Mountain sun rises
this world begins a new day
I bow to this path

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  This haiku my heart is dedicated to my Friday haiku circle
and the five and twelve men and women
who came together to initiate the Ryzio Institute Retreat Center
held at the beautiful Rancho de los Caballeros
in Wickenberg, Arizona,
October 27th through November 4th, 2017

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  This and next week's Friday haiku my heart
is being hosted by our amazing Magical Mystical Teacher
for Rebecca at recuerda mi corazon who is adventuring in
San Miguel de Allende.
So for more Friday haiku my heart
please visit MMT and other poets
at Magical Mystical Teacher: Tales from a Sonoran Desert Classroom

Haiku My Heart ~ California

7" X 24" collage of our Sonoma County, California hills...

7" X 24" collage of our Sonoma County, California hills...

California,
your golden rolling hills are
a prayer to the world

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There are many who are suffering,
those of us in the middle of natural and man-made disasters
and those of you who are witnessing it all.

I am hearing stories
of greed and ill-will and taking advantage of others.
But I can count those on my fingers.

All the good stories? The miracles? The love and kindness?
I can't even begin to count, they are so many.
For the love keeps rising,
more than the smoke that lingers here still.

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Haiku My Heart ~ Kindness

Smoke filled Sonoma County skies seen through the long ago gift of a friend...

Smoke filled Sonoma County skies seen through the long ago gift of a friend...

Small acts of kindness
makes strangers into kin and
helps us find our way

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  Over 100 years ago, horticulturist Luther Burbank said that Sonoma County was,
"the chosen spot of all the earth as far as nature is concerned."

I awoke this past Sunday night to the thick smell of smoke and the sound of explosions.
My beautiful city and surrounding countryside was going up in a firestorm,
fueled by unprecedented gale winds.

Hundreds of people are missing.
Entire neighborhoods and communities are decimated.
Thousands are without homes, many of them friends and family.
Today as I write, it is most likely that I will not be evacuated
even though the fires continue to rage out of control
around me and with little to no containment.

And I am so aware of those right now
who are still fleeing for their very lives,
or coming to the reality that their lives are changed forever
by unspeakable loss.

Yet... everywhere I go, every note I receive, every person I interact with,
there are acts of kindness, compassion,
and people doing whatever they can to make a difference.

Shakespear said, "one touch of nature makes the whole world kin."

We are touched.

We are all kin.

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Former Petaluma Argus Editor E.S. Lippitt said in the 1800s, "In all my wanderings upon this earth I had never before traversed so Eden-like a vale as that between Santa Rosa and Mark West. It was nature's own park. Wild oats, clover and other indegenous grasses intermingled with a profusion of widlflowers of every shade and hue bedecked the broad expanse of plains..."

This quote is dedicated to my dear friends who lost their home Sunday night,
where I had had dinner just two nights before...
looking out to the glory of the Mark West area into Santa Rosa.

Eastern skies over Santa Rosa, CA at my downtown home. Monday, October 9th, 2017

Eastern skies over Santa Rosa, CA at my downtown home. Monday, October 9th, 2017