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Sing-along

Bouncing to the rhythm
A captive audience
Begging for participation
Waiting for their cue
The color changes
Urging boys and girls
All to sing along
A song to make you smile

“Crosswalks and Yoga Pants”

 

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2013 in poetry

 

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California Poppy

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Posted by on April 29, 2013 in photography

 

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Riverbed

Dry, cracked riverbed
And everybody knows
Water quickly fades away
When it begins to flow
But stays around to keep things wet
When given nice and slow

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2013 in poetry

 

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Spicy Asian-style Green Beans

I love to give pleasure to others. When you can fill their mouths, have them exclaim “oh my god, that’s good” or leave them licking their fingers afterwards, you can’t help but feel like you’ve done good. But enough about the bedroom, let’s get into the kitchen! One of my favorite categories of food is Asian. Not only do I enjoy eating it, I also like to cook it, and I’m quite good at it too. I like to joke around that I have a little bit of Asian in me… but just the tip. Seriously though, it’s good stuff, generally healthy and is often really easy to prepare. This recipe is no exception and makes a great snack or party/pot luck dish. You can thank me in the morning.

Spicy Asian-Style Green Beans make an excellent side dish whether they are hot from the pan or cold.

Spicy Asian-Style Green Beans make an excellent side dish whether they are hot from the pan or cold.

Spicy Asian-style Green Beans

1 lb Fresh Green Beans, ends removed
2 tbsp Dark (toasted) Sesame Oil
3 Cloves of Garlic, slivered
1 tbsp Reduced-sodium Soy Sauce
Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes
1 tbsp Hoisin Sauce

Always wear protection (when stir-frying*). Rinse green beans and pat dry. Heat oil in pan over med-high heat. Add green beans and sauté for a couple minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant. Add the soy sauce and red pepper flakes, cooking for a couple minutes until the green beans are coated then add the Hoisin. Continue to cook until the Hoisin has caramelized and green beans are to your desired doneness – I like mine to snap. Serve hot from the pan or cold.

After rinsing your green beans, pat them dry so that the oil won't spit when they are added to the pan.

After rinsing your green beans, pat them dry so that the oil won’t spit when they are added to the pan.

*I am in no way saying that cooking is the only time you should wear protection. Always practice safe cooking and safe sex, if that means using an apron and/or condom, then do it. Don’t take risks. We want to be able to enjoy you (and your cooking) for many years to come.

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2013 in Cooking, photography

 

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Apologies

My dear friends,

I must apologize to you. Perhaps you did not notice my absence, but I have been away for a time. I’ve been sulking and loathing. I’ve been denying myself and keeping myself from you.

Part of it I think is normal, at least for my kind. I’m an artist and I think it is natural for artists to be tortured and conflicted – it is through those struggles that we discover who we are, even just a little bit at a time. As we make those discoveries we often share those experiences with others. We announce “this is what I learned about my world/myself.” Sometimes those discoveries are kept to ourselves and are used in others journeys.

I’ve not been sharing any of my discoveries with you or myself. I’ve been denying myself the opportunity to discover. It’s been my choice to be mentally stagnant. Sure there have been moments of inspiration and a part of me said “oh! That’s good!” but then a loathing and spiteful voice inside my head (heart?) shut it down. I told myself that I didn’t deserve such things. Such inspirations. Such discoveries. THIS is who I am, nothing else. Just bone and flesh.

What I had forgotten was that in telling myself that I didn’t deserve these things I was also saying that you didn’t deserve it, and that I know to be wrong. You deserve every bit of me. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Only by having all of me will you know who I am. Same is to be said about myself. Only by accepting the good, the bad, and the ugly of myself can I know who I am.

I am NOT just flesh and bone. I am many things. I am an artist, a beatnik, a beer snob, a coffee whore, a derrière obsessor, a ginger admirer,a lover, a pervert, a tea drinker, and much more. I am everything and I am nothing. I am the wild. I am waiting to be discovered, conquered, cultivated, and burned by fire only to rise again from the ashes.

That poison inside my head needs an antidote so that I might continue my journey and that you might continue to share in my discoveries. I don’t really know what the antidote is or where to find it but I need to be willing to take it when it’s ready. I understand that.

I’m hoping that the antidote can be found through counseling. I’ve started going this past week and the first sip has made a noticeable difference. I hope you will continue to share me and share yourself. There’s so much to discover and we’ve such little time to do it. Let us go together into the wild.

Sincerely,

Beatnik du Jour

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2013 in Commentary

 

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Grape Hyacinth

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Posted by on April 26, 2013 in photography

 

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Bleeding Heart

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Posted by on April 26, 2013 in photography

 

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