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Haiku My Heart ~ Eclipse

The sun & moon in the heart-space of my Santa Rosa Labyrinth

The sun & moon in the heart-space of my Santa Rosa Labyrinth

The sun and the moon
spiral throughout the heavens,
dancing in our hearts

*****
  Many of you know that there will be
a total eclipse of the sun this Monday, August 21st.

Some other names for a total eclipse are:
"dragon swallows the sun," "snaring the sun,"
"black squirrel eats the sun, "
"sun got bit by a bear..."

If you are on the path of the eclipse and outside,
notice where there is shadow and light from trees and bushes.
When the eclipse begins you will see little half moons
in all those patches of light.
It is amazing.

(Here is a map of the Monday eclipse for the USA
and here is a map for the world for all eclipses from 2010-2024)

My dear friend and labyrinth colleague Marilyn Larson
wrote the song below for the Santa Rosa Labyrinth in 1999.
It was only last week that she realized that this song
that she and I have sung over the past eighteen years
is actually an eclipse song!

And even though it was written
for the Santa Rosa Labyrinth design and heart-space,
it can be sung in and for any labyrinth and at any time.
So if you are walking a labyrinth during the eclipse
on Monday the 21st you can sing this song if you like.
And, if you have others with you,
you can all sing together and then sing this song as a round,
which really makes it all the more meaningful and a lot of fun.
(Click HERE to find a labyrinth near you)

The Sun and The Moon ~ An Eclipse Song
by Marilyn Larson
for the Santa Rosa Labyrinth & Heart-Space

The sun and the moon
and the sun and the moon
shine on me as I walk
on my path to and fro...

Cheering my heart
as I change at each turn
with each step as I go
to and fro
to and fro...

The sun and the moon
side by side in my heart.

Here is a recording that I made of the song:

I am hoping that where ever you are
you can connect with this auspicious time
of the sun and the moon
being side by side in all of our hearts.

*****
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Haiku My Heart ~ Like Clockwork

Pink Ladies being chased by a metal garden snake by artist Tyson Barbera

Pink Ladies being chased by a metal garden snake by artist Tyson Barbera

Here they are once more
like clockwork, these pink ladies...
summer falling soon

*****
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Haiku My Heart ~ The Great Pacific North West

Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Washington

Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Washington

The top of the world
whispers a quiet secret
listen with your heart...

*****
I spent a week traversing the great Pacific North West
with my dear friend Diane.

Lea & Diane

Lea & Diane

We hiked at glacier level
and at sea level, up and down
until the sky and sea became one...
We road the waves out into the Puget Sound
in search of whales and wildlife and islands waiting to greet us.
We hiked into blue-green forests in search of waterfalls and deep lakes
and shared many a delicious meal that ended with lavender ice-cream
and conversations about all things great and small,
reveling in the deep peace and quiet of this
majestic and beautiful part of our planet.

I hope that some of these photos and words
whisper just the right thing for your heart,
with whatever it is that you most need to hear...

Mom, this one is for you!

Mom, this one is for you!

*****
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Hurricane Ridge

Hurricane Ridge

Haiku My Heart ~ Little Library

Little library...
open your doors like pages,
the world in a book

*****
I love my neighborhood.

Tom and Sue live just a block from me
and was I ever surprised to find this treasure
emerge that Tom has created in their front yard.

Such love, detail and delight
went into every facet of this little library as Tom explained
to me all the parts and pieces that make up this sweet exchange of books.

Happy reading everyone!

*****
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Haiku My Heart ~ Leaves

Nature's paintbrush found
along this curved river edge
takes our breath away

*****
Celebrating the birthday of our dear friend and neighbor
Valerie Shatto
along the Russian River this past weekend,
Lynnette Coster Scolari found
this beautiful piece
of art,
an exquisite gift from nature.

*****
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Haiku My Heart ~ Hannukah In June

Hannukah in June,
found beneath the yellow drawer,
one last gift to give

*****
In the midst of the hottest heat wave on record
here in Northern California,
I've been dismantling my home office,
which was originally my late husband's office seven years ago...

I cleaned out and scrubbed for hours
the 60's-70's bright yellow filing cabinets
that had been Milt's...

Photo by Amy Fox

Photo by Amy Fox

For soon... they would be on their way
to their new home
of a friend and her boyfriend.
As we loaded up the cabinets into the back of their car,
I noticed some paper stuck beneath the bottom drawer...

I could not believe my eyes...
Milt's Hannukah wrapping paper.
This was so Milt and I was immediately flooded with memories
of gifts from his sweet heart large and small,
and now this one.

It was as if Milt was wrapping this last gift
and sending it on its way...

With help from my neighbor and his brother-in-law
we've sweated through this past week,
emptying, ripping out ancient carpet, cleaning, painting
and reassembling the jigsaw puzzle that is my new home office.

Once again...
complete and utter chaos reigns
throughout my entire house
from all the stuff in just one room!

When we carried out the last piece of furniture,
Matt found a photo fallen behind the desk...

It was a photo of me that Milt had taken
and framed twenty-years ago.

Of everything that was in this office,
all that is left,
is me...

and a full heart of many,
many gifts...

Photo of me in my then new labyrinth... taken by Milton Harris c. 1997

Photo of me in my then new labyrinth... taken by Milton Harris c. 1997

*****
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Fava Bean Hummus

Fava Bean season is almost over,
especially as Spring moves into Summer...
The fava beans from my garden are long gone,
but you can still find them fresh at the Farmer's Market.

Here is an easy and delicious way to use them.

Fava Bean Hummus
by Lea Goode-Harris
Multiple servings as a dip or spread

Ingredients:
Please use organic!

  • 1 lb. fresh fava beans (removed from pods)
  • 1-2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 2-3 Tbs lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbs fresh parsley chopped and a little extra for garnish
  • 2 tsp Tahini Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Dr. Cowan's Low Oxalate Powder (affiliate link)
  • 1 spring memory
  • Directions

  1. Blanch fava beans in boiling water for approx. 1 min.

  2. Place in ice bath.

  3. Remove outer skin.

  4. In a food processor, add favas, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, parsley, tahini, low oxalate powder if using, and 1 spring memory.

  5. Blend to desired consistency (you may need to add any of these liquids to adjust for taste and to achieve the desire consistency: water, olive oil, lemon juice).

  6. Garnish with chopped parsley and olive oil.

  7. Enjoy!

Vince Tristano with his organic produce and fava beans
of Triple T Farms at the Farmers Market!

Haiku My Heart ~ Wishes

Close your eyes and make
a wish come true for your heart...
wake to this wonder!

*****
Mandala and wonder-making in the sand
in the heart-space
of my backyard Santa Rosa Labyrinth

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Breakfast Salad Rainbow

Whenever you can...
eat the rainbow.

No recipe this time,
but hopefully some inspiration
for you to create your own rainbow meal!

This breakfast salad rainbow
is made up from ingredients that I had on hand
in my refrigerator:
Arugula, sprouts, roasted yam, braised cabbage, six-minute eggs,
all topped off with a garlic-tahini dressing and himalayan salt.

My rainbow-fridge ingredient resources!
Cabbage: from my neighbor's garden. Thank you Wilhelmina!
Arugula: Triple T Ranch & Farm
Sprouts: Leisen's Bridgeway Farm
Pasture raised eggs: Silver Sky Ranch
Garlic-Tahini Dressing: pp. 196-197 of Life-Changing Foods by Anthony Williams
Himalayan Salt: My pantry
Yams: Whole Foods Market

Haiku My Heart ~ More Books...

Letting go of books
is like losing an old friend...
new space emerges

*****
As of today,
120 boxes of books
have left my shelves to find new homes
over the past seven years...
If there are at least 15 books in a box,
then that makes at least 1,800 friends?
20 books in a box, maybe 2,400 friends?
Now someone else will get to love them
as much as I do...
and I can be curious
about all this space in my life...

*****
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Cup of Sunshine

How could something taste so good?

Rich and smooth.
Delicious and satiating.
How I love finding new tastes that tickles my palate.

The recipe for this powerful anti-inflammatory drink was inspired
 by the recipe page of Dr. Cowan's Garden Powders (affiliate link) for turmeric powder.

Cup of Sunshine
by Lea Goode-Harris (adapted from Dr. Cowan's Garden Powders)
Makes 1 Servings

Ingredients:
Please use organic!

  • 1/2 lemon, squeezed
  • 1/2 tsp Dr. Cowan's Garden Turmeric Powder
  • 1/4 cup full-fat coconut milk (bpa free can)
  • 1/2 tsp raw honey
  • 1 small pinch of Himalayan salt
  • 1 pinch (1/8 tsp) of fresh ground pepper
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups of warm water

Optional Toppings:

  • sprinkle of cinnamon or...
  • sprinkle of Dr. Cowan's Garden Turmeric Powder

Directions

  1. Squeeze a half a lemon into a glass or mug. Stir in ½ tsp Dr. Cowan’s Garden Turmeric Powder, ¼ cup full-fat coconut milk, pinch of salt, pinch of pepper, and ½ tsp raw honey.

  2. Add 1 or 1 ½ cups warm water to your glass or mug. You can do one of two things at this point. 1) stir the contents well by hand, or 2) pour the contents into a blender* (I use my bullet blender) and blend for 30 seconds. Once emulsified, return to your glass or mug.

  3. Sprinkle with either a pinch of cinnamon or the turmeric powder.

  4. Enjoy!

*Note: I found that blending the ingredients helps keep them from separating. If you stir by hand you will need to stir as you drink to keep the turmeric from sinking to bottom.

Fried Plantain Hash, Local Grown Swiss Chard & Ground Pork, & Dr. Cowan’s Garden Powders

This is one of my favorite breakfasts. And all the more so because of the ingredients, and the farmers and ranchers who raise and grow the plants and animals that feed me. Dr. Cowan's powders come from the next county over, but that is close enough for me! And of course, the plantains come from very far away... but how fortunate are we to have the ability to add these staples to our diet?

I hope you enjoy sourcing, making and eating this meal as much as I do.

Fried Plantain Hash, Local Grown Swiss Chard & Ground Pork, & Dr. Cowan’s Garden Powders

Serves 1 (double, triple, etc., the amounts for each additional person)

Ingredients:
Please use organic and local if possible!

1 tbls of lard (butter, ghee, or coconut oil)

1 green plantain

2 cups of fresh Swiss Chard, shredded

4 oz of pasture raised ground pork
1/2 tsp of ground fennel seeds
1 tsp of Dr. Cowan’s Garden Threefold Blend Powder (or any other favorite DCGPs that you have on hand and wish to use)
1/4 tsp of Dr. Cowan’s Garden Leek Salt (and a bit more to sprinkle on plantains and Swiss Chard when ready to serve)

  1. Heat the fat in a cast iron or stainless steel skillet over med-high heat.
  2. Shred the plantain on a cheese grater and add to the heated fat. Allow one side to crisp before turning with a spatula.
  3. While the plantains are cooking mix the fennel and DCGPs into the pork sausage and make two small patties about 1/4 inch thick.
  4. When both sides of the plantains are crispy brown, move them to the side of the pan and add the sausage patties, 3 to 5 minutes per side until meat is well done.
  5. At the very end, add in the Swiss Chard and stir well into the remaining fat and juices to wilt the Swiss Chard.
  6. When done, remove all three and put on your plate, sprinkling the chard and plantain hash with some of DCG Leek Salt.
  7. Enjoy!

Here are the links to those who provided me with these wonderful staples to start my day!

Heather, of Heather's Custom Meats is hosting a Ranch Tour on Sunday, May 28th that includes a catered dinner by Local Dish! You can reserve your ticket for what I know will be a delightful event HERE!