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FOOD FOR THOUGHT...CRANBERRY SALAD

I love have always loved the phrase, "food for thought."  I recently thought how nice it would be to offer food with  thought, so over the holiday season (maybe longer if it goes well) I will be posting a family recipe with most of my posts and reflecting on the ones that bring back happy memories in honor of my mother and the wonderful holiday traditions she created in the kitchen. The recipe that first comes to mind when I think of helping in the kitchen for the holidays is my mother's cranberry salad, made from fresh (Ocean Spray) whole cranberries.  I now live in an area that grows cranberries for Ocean Spray...such wonderful irony. Ingredients: 1 - 16 oz. can crushed pineapple 1 lb. marshmallows (cut into pieces and let stand overnight in ziploc bag) 1 lb. whole cranberries 2 cups sugar 2 cups whipping cream 1/2 Crushed walnuts (or your choice of nuts) Grind cranberries (we used to grind ours with an old turn-handle meat grinder but you can also use

HOLI-DAZE...

So many things about the holidays are loving and joyful and happy and filled with laughter and togetherness, but when you lose one or more people in your life who meant everything to you, the holidays can seem like nothing more than a daunting task to "make it through" from year to year.  These feelings can seem amplified to someone who suffers from chemical depression as my son and I do. For me, this year has proven much easier than those since my mother passed as I have made a very conscious effort to wrap my heart around the positive aspects and feelings she brought into my life, but the looming sadness is still in my heart. My son however, is having a really tough time this year and it breaks my heart because, hard as I try, I cannot help him through it.  It also breaks my heart that my friend who lost her son is having a hard time and I wish I could help her through as well because I know that she feels the loss so harshly this time of year. Because of how common

LET'S WRITE LETTERS...

While we still write letters to Santa, letters to senators, letters to soldiers, and letters to editors, the sad truth is that we seldom, if ever, write letters to each other anymore.  The art of letter-writing has fast become a dying art.   In this day of instant gratification people have lost patience and therefore things that take time, like sending letters and waiting for a response, are just not done anymore.  People either text or email one another, with the occasional phone call in between.  Sometimes I receive a letter in a Christmas card, however they are usually a "form" type of letter depicting the previous years' events and noteworthy news and, while I do appreciate receiving those, I still miss reading about it in handwritten ink.   From time to time I engage in a letter-writing campaign and send letters to all of my friends, but even then I receive text or email back at best.  If I had a Christmas wish this year it would be that I could receive a han

GIVING THANKS FOR ONE ANOTHER...

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! While Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks for the things that we have and are blessed with, it is most important for me to give thanks for the people in my life...past and present.  To my mother for who I am...to my father for my artistic side...to my son for bringing out the best in me, to the family who stuck by me and to the friends both near and far who stick with me through thick and thin and through all the hills and valleys.  I love and cherish each and every one of you and am so, so grateful for your presence in my life and for letting me be present in yours. Thank you for taking the time to stop and visit and please, if you like what you've read, leave a comment. Also, please respect the copyright/trademark rights of the artist's work. Copying and using any work posted here is forbidden without express permission. If you have a blog or website of your own I would love to visit it. After your comment, make sure to post your link an

ANOTHER SAPPHIC POEM...A GIRL TO A GIRL

A GIRL TO A GIRL You touch my life with the gift of your presence, I'm eternally whole because of your essence; You live in my heart, you color my world, A soul full of passion, a girl to a girl; If you need me I'm with you so never forget, You're a part of me now, I'll never regret; Never know guilt, never know fear, Trust in our faith, no need to shed tears; We have what we were, we have what we are, Our bond is unbroken, not near and not far; Break not the circle, we'll always be there, To lean on each other with love and with care. (c) Kimberly D Miller Thank you for taking the time to stop and visit and please, if you like what you've read, leave a comment. Also, please respect the copyright/trademark rights of the artist's work. Copying and using any work posted here is forbidden without express permission. If you have a blog or website of your own I would love to visit it. After your comment, ma

I HAVE A WEB STORE...

I now have a web store showcasing my crafts, jewelry, photographs, etc.  Click on the tab above labeled, "WEB STORE," and check them out!!! I'm so excited!!! Thank you for taking the time to stop and visit and please, if you like what you've read, leave a comment. Also, please respect the copyright/trademark rights of the artist's work. Copying and using any work posted here is forbidden without express permission. If you have a blog or website of your own I would love to visit it. After your comment, make sure to post your link and I will stop by and leave a comment as well. Happy blogging.

DELEGATE, DELEGATE...

((c) Kimberly D Miller...This is a picture of a dilapidated house that I love in Smith River) DELEGATE, DELEGATE... With Thanksgiving right around the corner there are so many conversations in the air about family get-togethers and plans. Several people I know are hosting large gatherings, one in particular with more than 16 people...wow! For me it will be a very quiet day spent working on art projects (happily), but it got me thinking about something that can be applied to the preparation of these gatherings, as well as every other aspect of life... DELEGATION . To delegate work is to divide the project at hand into as many small parts as there are people available to handle each aspect. Potlucks are great examples of delegating a gathering, with each person attending being responsible for bringing an assigned dish...in this way the work load on the host is lessened greatly and everyone feels equally good about their contribution to the meal. The holiday meal is

KUDOS, KUDOS, ENCORE, ENCORE!!!

KUDOS, KUDOS, ENCORE, ENCORE!!! While we go on and on about improving ourselves, we often forget to stop along the way and pat ourselves on the back for our progress. Each day offers new challenges to surmount and overcome and new people to interact with in some way (or sometimes familiar people to interact with in a new way). Today I patted myself on the back, for not only did I manage to overcome several issues at work, I also did so after having been down for two days with a really bad cold and sinus infection. I am proud of myself for having the strength to stick to the new ways in which I told myself I would approach life now, in the positive ways and because of that I owe so much gratitude, not only to those people in my life who have helped and influenced me, but to the universe and to myself. You work hard everyday and I don't mean at your job (although I'm sure you do that as well). You work hard every time you try. Each time you try to do something,

GET OFF THE PHONE!!!

(c)Kimberly D Miller - Bastendorf Beach at Sunset I recently had the pleasure of engaging in an enlightening conversation with a woman who came into the store one weekend. She told me a sad but empowering story about her recent visit to see relatives in Washington state. She said she hadn't seen her sister and her family in over 2 years so she decided to make the 7-hour drive and stay a week with them to catch up and get reacquainted. The day she arrived she said that her sister and her husband and her niece and nephew were glad to see her and told her how much they had missed her. Everyone gathered round that night as dinner was prepared and chatted with one another, engaging in family banter and laughter...it was fulfilling and delightful for her in just that moment. Then it happened...they all retired to the living room to sit and talk after dinner, but as soon as everyone was seated, the son opened his laptop, the daughter began texting on her phone, the brother-in-

LOOKING FOR LOVE IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES...

LOOKING FOR LOVE IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES... While I am aware that this was an old song title, it is also a deep and profound observation for how we, as humans, live our lives.  So many of us actively seek love instead of letting it come into our lives as it may.  I was talking with a woman yesterday who kept using the phrase, "When I find love," and I asked her what she meant by that, although I was already certain of the answer. She stated that she had been looking for years for that special someone to love who would be "the one."  I asked her how she was "looking," and she said that she was online on several dating sites and joined several local singles groups and frequented bars.  As our conversation progressed she made many self-deprecating remarks about her looks and personality.  I then realized, even by the way she held herself, that this wonderful person had little to no self-esteem.  While I commended her efforts of getting out there and

SAPPHIC POEM #365...MY SISTER, MY FRIEND...

I am still writing poetry for my upcoming book and wanted to share this one: MY SISTER, MY FRIEND My sister, my friend, my lover, my vault, We're tied by design, we're on the same fault; Look deep in my eyes and feel my soul, The passion we share is what makes us whole; My hand on your breast surrounding your heart, It's where we begin, it's where we start; Slay your fears and find your strength, For we can go through any lengths; My sister, my friend, my lover, my heart, May we always be close, may our souls never part. (c) 2015 Kimberly D Miller Thank you for taking the time to stop and visit and please, if you like what you've read, leave a comment. Also, please respect the copyright/trademark rights of the artist's work. Copying and using any work posted here is forbidden without express permission. If you have a blog or website of your own I would love to visit it. After your comment, make sure to post your l

JUST SAY IT…

Did you ever want to just express yourself to someone but fear stopped you?  Fear of how they might react, fear of how they would interpret what you meant, fear of our feelings not being returned in the way we had hoped, fear of rejection, fear of the outcome in general?  Expression is everything…it’s how we relate to one another…how we become friends, lovers, partners, etc.  When fear stops us from communicating in the way our heart guides us to do, this unexpressed communication can build up inside of us and actually hinder the very relationship we wanted only to nurture in the first place.  We build up frustration and misery because we want to say something or tell someone how we feel about whatever subject may be on our minds, and then that frustration can turn into anger and that anger can be misdirected at the very person we were trying to express our feelings to.  For me it has always been a fear of rejection due to it happening to me almost every time I love someo

IT'S JUST FOR A TIME...

It can be daunting to think of things in terms of “forever,” but certain things we do in life have our heads turned in that direction i.e., relationships, weddings, buying a house or a business, etc. It can also mean the difference in how we approach things and subsequently deal with them. There are people who never marry for the very reason that it is “forever,” so they approach relationships with a defeatist attitude because then, if things take a turn for the serious, they feel justified in running. There are people who never buy a house or even plant roots in one place for very long for fear they may be there “forever,” so they create temporary situations in their life so that things won't seem so dull and hum drum because if that should happen...they would run. There are people who refuse to diet because they think they have to give up certain foods “forever,” and I could go on. The word “forever” is defined as “for all time,” meaning for the remaining time you have

TRUST ME...TRUST ME...

This is April...at least that's the name I gave her and she seems to like it.  I came home from work and there she was, sitting on the bench on the back deck, making herself at home. We have many stray cats that roam our neighborhood but none that have been brave enough to hang out so closely when we are home.  I love angora Siamese.  I knew she would be skittish but I had to try.  I slowly opened the door and, as suspected, every little movement and noise I made put her on instant guard.  I began talking to her in my "animal voice" which is similar to the ones we use when we talk to babies, and she would come forward and then back up for quite some time.  At one point I left the back door open and told her to hold on as I would go and get her a can of tuna.  She came a little closer to the door when she heard the can opener and then I sat in the doorway on the floor, put the can out on the deck in front of me and talked to her gently until she was brave enough to com

AFFIRM, AFFIRM, AFFIRM...

Affirmations are by far one of the most important tools you can use to change your life around to a positive and excitingly abundant adventure.  I have lately been reading many articles on the subject and came across this one one by Caroline Rushforth at Mindbodygreen.com.  It is entitled, 10 Affirmations to Boost Your Self-Esteem: Self-esteem is a belief system that we create as we grow older. It is interchangeable with confidence, self-worth, self-belief and self-love. Although some people may portray themselves as being confident, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they have an abundance of self esteem. Particular circumstances that happen to us at an early age have an effect on how we feel about ourselves and our perception of who we are. Comments people say to us, the experiences we have, and the learning’s we gain from our environment, all impact on our belief system and personal development. It’s important to remember that we are all unique in our own ways. No one is th

IT'S ALMOST TIME..

My book of sapphic poetry is drawing ever near to completion.  I wrote yet another poem to include today: IT'S ALMOST TIME... Our bond cannot be broken,  it spans both space and time, Two souls split apart, for no reason, for no rhyme; They set us free, on our own, to roam the earth alone, For centuries we yearned and searched, for our kindred home; If we're not meant to live as one, we'll search the future from the past, We'll search for lifetimes yet to come, to break the spell as it was cast; When we break through and finally know, I'll take you by the hand, I'll lead you home, through my heart, our souls will understand; We'll live our lives with truth and trust, the spell will come undone, We'll be together out and proud, we'll finally live as one. Thank you for taking the time to stop and visit and please, if you like what you've read, leave a comment. Also, please respect the copyright/trademar

MUSINGS OF A DAY...

(c) 2015 Kimberly D Miller Photography The other day I went to the beach, as I do at least two or three times a week, and these are the musings that escaped from my heart, onto my journal page: Sitting on the sand, propped up against a log, the slightest breeze wafting over my skin as I gaze out upon the horizon across the beautiful, blue sea I know in this moment that I am happy. A pelican soars above the surf searching for its afternoon meal as the fish below scatter for their lives. The sound of the waves as they crash to the shore lull my senses to serenity and my being to inner peace. A few people walk the beach, couples hand in hand, they know as I know, they see the truth, they understand. My restlessness is at peace as the sun begins to set, signaling the evening, giving it permission to ascend and take its rightful turn. Thank you for taking the time to stop and visit and please, if you like what you've read, leave a comment. Also, please respect the co