rose poem

“The Rose”

Some say love, it is a river
That drowns the tender reed.
Some say love, it is a razor
That leaves your soul to bleed.
Some say love, it is a hunger,
An endless aching need.
I say love, it is a flower,
And you its only seed.

It’s the heart afraid of breaking
That never learns to dance.
It’s the dream afraid of waking
That never takes the chance.
It’s the one who won’t be taken,
Who cannot seem to give,
And the soul afraid of dyin’
That never learns to live.

When the night has been too lonely
And the road has been too long,
And you think that love is only
For the lucky and the strong,
Just remember in the winter
Far beneath the bitter snows
Lies the seed that with the sun’s love
In the spring becomes the rose.


Nice poem to go with this rose I took while walking around the park trail !

crying squirrel

This is what I heard as I was reading “In a Bosnian Trench.” So I got up to see what kind of bird was on our front porch, but it was a partly grown squirrel making a racket. I took a video with my phone, but can’t figure out how to put it on here. So I present a youtube video of a like-sounding squirrel.

I am trying to learn all about Bosnia and the war there in the early and mid ’90s (since we have a significant Bosnian population living among us presently). I wish I had known more when I met some of them at at the neighborhood/soccer game day over a week ago now. I read the Bosnian Anne Frank story, which was very good.

This is not the book I read, but I did read Nadja’s book, “My Childhood Under Fire.”

home activities

I fixed a pan handle that we’ve had since our wedding. 9-21-16-001

I also pulled up this avocado plant, not knowing what it was. There are 3 more growing also in the compost heap I was clearing out to make room for bunches of leaves. I may bring the 3 avocado plants in for the winter and see how they do. Also got 1 tomato from the garden🙂9-21-16-013


chicken roll-ups


2 (8-oz) packages cream cheese, softened
1 ½ cups shredded Mexican cheese
2 tablespoons taco seasoning
2 cups shredded chicken
1 (10-oz) can diced tomatoes with green chilies, well drained
1 teaspoon minced garlic
4 green onions sliced
½ cup chopped cilantro
8 burrito sized tortillas

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well blended. Spread the mixture evenly over the entire tortilla and roll it up tightly. Chill the rolls until ready to serve and then slice them up.


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