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Squash Casserole and Peace on Earth

I wanted to post a recipe, one of my favorite summer eats. It’s easy and healthy and inexpensive. I served it for dinner last night. Prepared it in 10 minutes. I let it cook while I transplanted sunflower seedlings into containers to take to the Farmers Market Saturday.

Yes, I’ve signed on for a season at the Farmer’s Market at the Bluegrass Stock Yards. I sell several varieties of micro greens and the extra produce that will come from my garden. Plus a few extras. I’ve made some unique and fun shopping bags. I’ve made some glass flowers. A Pinterest project. No watering required.

And as I work to put all of this together, it all this seems so everyday. Such a “normal” existence when at the border of my country and so many other countries there are hungry, frightened displaced people knocking. Real people with families.

I have no reference to how desperate I’d need to be, how frightened and strong I’d need to be to leave my country and go to a place with a different language with nothing but the clothes on my back.

And then to find no respite? To fall again into more political entanglement and anger and become again the victim of the cruelties of man’s inhumanities? Where do they go? What do they do? Ugly. It’s ugly.

So how do I go on with my daily life? Living in safety, eating local food, grown in abundance with love and kindness while being justifiably appalled at the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers across the globe. I sign petitions and I pray a lot. But how is that enough?

I raise micro greens, super food for a healthier body. Broccoli, radish, sunflowers, a salad mix, peas.

I raise flowers which I sell and gift to delight the yard owners for a season. I send some money to grass roots organizations. I made an effort be as kind and compassionate to others when I am out and about. I call my Congressmen and I leave messages, when the phone lines are available. I find them mostly busy these days.

And I can be truly grateful for my situation in life. I am grateful that I have enough. I am safe and healthy. And I will be more aware of being the best person I can be in my own space in the world wherever I am in the world. And all this sounds very trivial next to the refugee/immigrant chaos but…I don’t know what else to do.

So, here is the recipe. I hope you will try it and enjoy it. And I ask you to bless all of we humans struggling to figure out how to live on the same planet together.

Aunt Janet’s Squash Casserole

Slice yellow squash and/or zucchini, onions, and tomatoes. Layer them in a greased pan. Add banana peppers for some heat as desired. Douse heavily with Parmesan cheese. Cook uncovered for 1 hour at 350.

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What if there are no limits?

Doll series - created by Susan Rea Caldwell


In my meditation class last week I was given the message – There are no limits.
Consider that.
So in my ruminations about that I came up with a prayer.  Let me say that I like to be all inclusive in my prayers!  Once while driving a friend and I played prayer!  We blessed things like everyone in the world who was wearing blue jeans – and everyone who was not.  We blessed everyone who was born in January and everyone who was not.  It went on and on for miles!  (This may be a statement that gives me points in the, “You are so weird,” category.  And you are posting this for the world to see!!! Oh, well.)
So, in my journaling, I asked that all the gloves in the world brought warm, healing power.
And that every time someone donned a hat they felt spiritual connection.
So then, what if all the shoes put on this morning brought connection with the earth and awareness of the life, beauty and living relationship with her?
What if everyone’s clothing brought with it a sense of protection and supported a strong knowing of the true self?
But I quickly realized this material aspect of this endeavor created an outside need.  A need for gloves, hats, shoes and/or clothing which would create limits because one person would have a silver hat and another a ball cap. And then, consider the issues of so many kinds of shoes!! One of my particular joys.
So, it all comes down to what I/we create inside, without anything outside of ourselves. How do our thoughts support our physical, emotional and spiritual self? And from which area do I listen and follow? The spiritual? The emotional? Or do I keep a nice balance.
So what if there are no limits? What can I accomplish if my mind, body, emotion, spirit connection works in sync to bring to me what I truly desire?
Which brings me to: “What do I truly desire?”
What do you truly desire?

Blessed is one of a series of dolls I am creating out of fabric, trim, yarn, earrings, bracelet pieces, and on and on!  I aspire to creating 20 of them.  And since there are no limits, I guess I can make an infinite number!!! Because there are no limits as to time or pieces of stuff to work with or ideas.  Hummm.  Let’s make some dolls today!

Blessed is 8″ x 11 1/2″ wall hanging, created from a piece of vintage wool, trim, yarn, pins, earrings, beads and bracelet pieces.  $50.