27 July 2009


Time curves into the ripples of the lake
swirled into the depths by canoe paddles ;
dips into the touch of your fingertips on mine ;
& in the dance of sparks,
time waltzes with rustles of birches ;
into the warm breeze between gray skies and sunshine ;
and time is frozen forever in a quiet corner of my mind
where I save contentment, ectasy, peace
and the simple joy of sharing time ... with you

July 20, 2009

25 July 2009

Rhubarb Bread

This recipe is great with peanut butter or just plain

From a long ago Canadian Living magazine with the caption :

"I am an 89-year-old great-grandmother who still loves to bake. I've been making this quick bread for family, friends and bake sales for 35 years. - Alice Collins, Ajax, ON"

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp each baking powder and baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp grated orange rind
3/4 cup orange juice
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups finely chopped rhubarb (I whizz it up in the food processor)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

* Line 8 x 4-inch loaf pan with parchment paper, set aside
* In bowl, whisk together whole wheat and all-purpose flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt
* In separate bowl, whisk together orange rind and juice, egg and oil; add to flour mixture. Sprinkle with rhubarb, and walnuts (if using); stir until moist but still lumpy. Scrape into prepared pan.
* Bake in centre of 350 F oven until tester inserted in centre comes out clean, about 1 hour. Let cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan; let cool on rack. Serve within 24 hours or freeze for up to a month.

Makes 10 to 12 servings

20 July 2009

And while I'm writing my bucket list too :)

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

What a busy, popular month ahead! Everyone wants to see your face; meanwhile, you also have plans to see friends and join classes or groups. Warning: you might spread yourself too thin keeping everybody happy, and still doing what you want to do, plus honour obligations, duties and work. Sheesh! You're also putting out energy in publishing, media, higher education, medicine and the law. Some of you are also excited about travel plans. But the thing you must do in the next few weeks is this: define (at least to yourself) your long-term goals. (Just do it.) Once you know what you really want tomorrow (at home, or in your career, or in your family) then you know what to do today.