Nurturing Thursday: Be Stardust

We Are Made of Stardust

We Are  Stardust

What If

We are really made of of invisible particles
spinning around each other?
What if
We may not be as solid as we think?
What if
We are made of Peace,
Loving Kindness and
Knowledge that we are Stardust?

It seems like a good time to rework a post from last August. Perhaps an antidote this week’s news.
Who is ready to sparkle?

Go to whole song We Are Stardust.
When I get up and dance I feel sparkly How about you?

Happy Nurturing Thursday Go there to see  Cauldrons and Cupcakes six week Kindness Challenge

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Meg Evans
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Tuesday Tryout: Comic Truth Telling A Robin Williams Memory

 Rows I Sat In

I came in lateIMG_0978
Sat down on the back pew
Didn’t know what the sermon was about.

Watched the tiny girl in the next row
as she was lovingly tended
by both of her grandparents.

I came home satisfied
I’d heard the message.

Carol Carlisle


One Thanksgiving Night
After eating too much
A gang of us went to a SF Comedy Club.

The guy behinds us kept laughing
Too loud, heckling the comic on stage
I look around It was Robin Williams

He went on stage and did a set
Then sat back down

Carol Carlisle

Margo Rody Tuesday Tryout ask for Comic Relief “Comic strips are structured like poems. Each window is a stanza; they have a beginning a middle and an end; somewhere between the beginning and the end there is a turn towards the end.  More important, is that the good ones convey some truth about the world, or people, or life, in a very few words and images”

I had wanted to tell both of these stories  and today’s challenge gave me the forum. Thanks Margo.

Phoneography: Black and White Views of Point Reyes and Silhouettes

Not The Usual Views of Point Reyes

Cyprus Trees

1-Cyprus Trees Tule elk Preserve

Wind Swept tree

2-Wind-swept tree

Abandon Ship

3-Abandon Ship Tamales Bay

Tamales Bay

4-Abandon Ship Tamales

Spirit Matters with Chickens

5-Spirit Matters with Chickens

Pt. Rayes is in an other world all it’s own. It is on an other continent. Well another continental plate the Pacifica Plate same as Hawaii or Japan. The Earth Quack of 1908 was centered at what is now the Visitors center.

Earthquake epicenter

Earthquake epicenter

imagesWhich Photo Do you prefer?

Lens and Pens

I realize this post also qualifies for Weekly Photo Challenge so I’m double dipping today.

View other entries for this week’s challenge: Black and White





Weekly Photo Challenge Silhouette


Golden Gate from Albany Beach

Golden Gate from Albany Beach


Crow Tree

Crow Tree

Weekly Photo Challenge Silhouette

Do You have a favorite? Let me know.

Does anyone like the new posting format? I certainly don’t!  Even when I use the left Dashboard to post “classically, when I Preview it goes back to the “new” style.
Not whining, just complaining ;)  Maybe WP will hear me.

Happy Week End


Nurturing Thursday: Bee Bright


I’m forever fascinated
by how the brightest flowers
attract the most bees.

This is a Lemon Queen Sunflower that the native bees need to survives.


What wonders of nature do you need to survive?

Becca Givens wonders if you might Fly go visit her.

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Laurie’s Gentle Healing Notes
Jacqueline King
Meg Evans
Pocket Perspectives

Wonder Wednesday: Peace Cat


We All Are In Need!

I Have No Words of My Own
I”ll let the Poet Speak Today

“As anger, violence, greed, hatred, and fear seem to prevail.
But it is essential to see these aspects of human nature
as symptoms of a much deeper issue;
They are symptoms of separation.
When we believe that we are separate from each other
As well as separate from the world we share with all sentient beings,
We think we have a license to do harm because we do not realize
We are only harming ourselves.”

Ralfee Finn Aquarum Age

Evening Prayer
To be a lake, on which the overhanging pine,
the late-arriving stars, and all the news of men,
weigh as they will, are peacefully received,
to hear within the silence not quite silence
your prayer to us, Live kindly, live.
~ James Richardson ~

Phoneography: Time of Ripening for Sunflowers and Moon

Sunflower seeds almost

1-Sunflower seeds almost





4 Sunflower

4 Sunflower

Supper Full Moon in a Rabbit

Super Full Moon in a Rabbit

All Summer long absorbing sun flowers
Grow strong from seed to seed,
Ripe full moon waits Her turn
behind mist and fog,
Which Summer’s delights
Will you carry with you from light
into the dark?

This is Lens and Pens macro photography challenge but I suspect this is as close to the moon I will get so please indulge me for including the one shot I’m happy to have captured of last nights Super Full Moon before she was engulfed in clouds.

Which Photo do you prefer?

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Endearing Kitties Fill My Backyard and My Heart

Backyard Cat Update

Where’s My Backpack had the prompt “Endearing” so I’m using this as chance to update the story of Daffodil-Archie-Sardine. She is the kitty that showed up in my backyard in the Spring and took over the space and our hearts. She so wanted to come in and live with us however I’m too allergic for that to ever happen :(  I put out water and a few treats but she had a collar so I knew she had a home. I found her owner through the neighborhood Email tree and discovered they were looking for a home for her because she was being abused by her brother. Oh and that they called her Sardine. Last week they called and said a new home had been found and she would be called Sushi.
I barely had time to miss her sweet face at my back door when Turk showed up. This gals very shy, thinks she’s camouflaged herself next to the planter but we know she’s there. And of course she has quickly worked her way into our hearts and is ever so endearing

At the back door

Sweet face at the back door

Two reasons for the name Turk. One-I use to have a cat named Turk who looks just like her. Two-She shares the yard with the local feral, not so endearing, turkeys. See my last weeks Phoneograph post for more turkeys.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture X Three

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Weekly Photo Challenge suggested: “This week, share a texture found in an unexpected place. It’s a great opportunity to look at the world in a slightly different way.”
I’m always tipping my camera at odd angles so I have many textured photos today I stared with these three and surprised myself with the way the looked together and will leave it at that for today but
Now you get to guess what they are.

  1. Roiling volcano?
  2. bacon strips?
  3. artichoke?
  4. sea anemone?
  5. ocean waves?
  6. meringue?

Let me know your guesses and
Happy Weekend

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Nurturing Thursday: Make Yourself A Cake: A Clementine Cake!

Enjoying Clementine cake

My Friend Lee with Clementine cake

Last Week on Nurturing Thursday I suggested Celebrate what you’ve harvested. This is how I celebrated with a Clementine Cake. Why Clementine cake? We had watched Secret Life of Walter Mitty the week before where Clementine cake made by Shirley McClain plays a pivotal role in the plot so I had to find out if there was such a thing. Turns out, not only there is, but there is even a Walter Mitty Clementine cake.  It’s easy to make and even gluten-free because it’s made with almond flour. It seemed so special I invited a few friends over to help eat it and watch and watch the movie. It turned out to be a festive harvest of friends, food and laughter.
Clementine cake is now my new favorite summer cake.

What’s your favorite summer dessert to share? Now make one and share it. :)

FYI Clementines are a variety of small seedless tangerines.

Trader Joe’s has all the ingredientsIMG_2423

Walter Mitty CLEMENTINE CAKE (feel free to cut and paste this)

  • 375 grams clementines (approximately 5 small)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup (225 grams) white sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups (250 grams) ground almonds
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF.  Butter and line an 8 or 9 inch springform pan with parchment.
  2. Poke each clementine 3 or 4 times with a knife.   Put the clementines in a bowl with a microwave safe cover or plastic wrap.  Cook on high for 3-4 minutes. Cool slightly then dump the clementines (whole) in a food processor and process until smooth.
  3. In large bowl beat eggs and sugar until light colored and doubled in volume (about 5 minutes)
  4. Add in chopped clementines and mix well.  Then add ground almonds and baking power and mix until combined.
  5. Pour mixture into pan and bake for about 45 minutes (when a skewer will come out clean).
  6. Cool in the pan on a rack.   Once cake is cold, remove from pan and pull off any parchment.
  7. Glaze and add candied clementines to decorate.

GLAZE ( I used less sugar)

  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 3 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1/2 cup clementine juice
  1. Mix everything in a bowl adjusting clementine juice and sugar to make a loose but thick glaze