Is This Love?


Happy Bob Marley’s birthday, everyone!

I’ve been to Bob Marley’s hometown in St. Ann, Jamaica. I left a tribute at his tomb. Did you know that about me?

I went through a period of wanting dreadlocks and wore more than my fair share of tie-dyed shirts. My cat is named Marley, after Bob Marley. I’ve been known to call the cat Robert Nesta. I was and still am a Bob Marley fan. Don’t you go hatin’ on me. I don’t judge you your Lady GaGa loving. One love, mon.

In honor of Bob’s birthday, I share one of his love songs with you:

Is This Love

I wanna love ya and treat you right,

I wanna love ya every day and every night,

We’ll be together with a roof right over our heads,

We’ll share the shelter of my single bed,

We’ll share the same room, yeah! for Jah provide the bread.

Is this love, is this love, is this love,

Is this love that I’m feelin’?

Is this love, is this love, is this love,

Is this love that I’m feelin’?

I wanna know, wanna know, wanna know now!

I gotta know, gotta know, gotta know now!

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Love Song to Yourself!

“When I look in the mirror and the only one there is me

Every freckle on my face is where it’s supposed to be

And I know my creator didn’t make no mistakes on me

My feet, my thighs, my lips, my eyes; I’m lovin’ what I see

I’m not the average girl from your video and I ain’t built like a supermodel

But, I learned to love myself unconditionally

Because I am a queen”


True story!



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A Different Kind of Love Song

Love, sweet, sweet love. It doesn’t make the world go around, but it makes the ride worthwhile.

Today’s love song isn’t even a song, but it is a testament to love that is so amazing it will make your heart fill to bursting. And it’s a beautiful love story.

I’m thankful to my niece, Catherine, for sharing this with me. I love that girl!


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February: A Month of Love Songs

I’ll be back to go over the results of my “resolutions” for January, but for now, enjoy this beautiful love song. (BTW, my goal for February is to come here and post a love song/some kind of post every week day. Wish me luck with that!)

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Just a short post. Seems like the start of a new year is a good time to start blogging again. Si?


My only year-long resolution is to make a few specific monthly resolutions/goals each month. (Does that sentence even make sense?) So, with that thought in mind, here are my January resolutions:

1) Learn to knit. Simple, right? 

2) Work out for at least 30 minutes every day. This is part of a 100-day challenge, but let’s start with January, shall we?

3) Be completely wheat-free. This is part of moving toward a “primal-eating” way of life. But again, let’s start small and move from there. Baby steps, folks, baby steps.

4) Be less cynical/scornful. And this comes from just noticing the level of cynicism and scorn (that may be too harsh of a word, maybe it’s more of a smugness about my opinions) that had crept into my life lately. This may be the hardest, because it’s dificult to quantify and specify. Let’s say that the cynical bit will involve me being more open in my life to spiritual things and experiences, and the smugful (new word!) thing will involve me being less derisive about what others are doing/liking/thinking/eating/etc. You do/like/think/eat/etc. whatever makes you happy. What I do/think/like/eat/etc  is neither better nor worse than what you do/think/like, it’s just different. And vice-versa. Whatever blows your hair back.

5) Put more love out there into the world. That’s not specific enough for you? Ok, how about I say that I will find a charity or cause to support with my time. There’s also the whole walking-through-the-world-with-an-attitude-of-grace thing.


Ok, I think those 5 will do for the month. Ready, set, GO!



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Omnia vincit amor

may there always be someone who comes to your door with soup and tea

who drives you around back roads for hours and tells you over and over that it will be alright

who drops what they are doing and comes to find you when you are lost

may there always be someone who sends messages that remind you who you are

who sees you when others can’t

who stands by you when others turn away

may there always be someone who tells you that you never need to find out what you would do without them

who never freaks out when you ugly cry

who tells you that you can be better, do better than what has come before

may there always be someone who refuses to leave you

who keeps no record of wrongs

who loves you with a transforming grace

who loves you even when you don’t deserve it

especially when you don’t deserve it

may you know deep down that love never fails

and may you then give in abundance what you have been given






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Music Monday: another quick lesson

Yesterevening, I posted a lovely (wow, we like ourselves, don’t we?) blog post. It contained a recipe and a quick grammar lesson. Remember? I can remember it like it was yesterday-(Quick grammar lesson: It’s “Russ and me” because “me” works without the “Russ and”.  You wouldn’t say “about I”. Got it? Good!)

Well, after rereading that, I’d like to add another quick lesson. This time, it is a life lesson: It’s “Russ and me” because “me” does not work without the “Russ and”.  Amen. The end.

Because of today’s life lesson, the Music Monday post is a love song. I’m ALL ABOUT the love today, friends.

And here is the song that he says reminds him of us (he is a rock and roller through and through, folks. While I can come up with a bazillion love songs from just about every genre of music, he has a rock and roll heart. [oooo, Eric Clapton reference. Coincidence? I think not!]):


“The wonder of it all is that you just don’t realize how much I love you”

cue guitars and bring me a tissue!





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A match made in heaven

No, I’m not talking about Russ and me. (Quick grammar lesson: It’s “Russ and me” because “me” works without the “Russ and”.  You wouldn’t say “about I”. Got it? Good!) Although that would be true too. (All together now, awwwwwww!) I’m talking about black beans and sweet potatoes. Mmmm. Hmmmm!

I’ve made black bean and sweet potato chili and black bean and sweet potato enchiladas . So the jump to a southwestern calzone filled with sweet potatoes and black beans wasn’t that far.

By the way, have I mentioned that I’ve given up sugar and alcohol for Lent? It’s making me a little crazy. Just letting you know that as a warning. The Communion assistants at church keep their eyes on me now. They don’t like me taking that extra long drink from the common cup. I also spend lots of time perusing recipes for sweet baked goods. And I keep opening the pantry just to gaze at the box of Samoas sitting there on the shelf. Food porn! (I just mentioned Communion and porn in the same paragraph. I am doomed. Step back from the screen in case the lightning should travel through the interwebs!) I’ve been joking that Easter breakfast is going to be Samoas, jelly beans and bourbon. Only lately, it’s been less about joking and more about planning out how to make that actually happen…

Anywho. Sorry. Awkward.

When I took the calzone dough out of the freezer this afternoon, I wasn’t all that excited about plain old pizza calzones for dinner. Then I had a revelation! Why not make a southwestern calzone with sweet potatoes and black beans as the filling? Why not indeed!

The calzone dough is Mark Bittman’s pizza dough recipe. Such a great and easy recipe. I’ve made it multiple times and it turns out great every time. Sometimes I make it with the cornmeal and sometimes I make it with whole wheat flour and sometimes it’s all white flour. I really like the crunch of the cornmeal. Today’s dough was an all white flour batch. (mostly because I forgot to substitute cornmeal for part of the flour. Lack of sugar in my bloodstream makes me forgetful.)

The calzones just sitting there waiting for their turn in the oven.

And here is my calzone just sitting there waiting to get in my belly!

The recipe is not a real recipe, more just a mishmash of what I had here. Next time, I will make sure to have cilantro on hand and maybe a nice roasted poblano. I didn’t have either, so this is the bare bones recipe. But not half bad, if I say so myself!

Here ’tis:
One recipe of Bittman’s pizza dough, cut into four pieces after it has finished rising
1 cup cooked, mashed sweet potato
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
half an onion
cumin, few shakes
chipotle chili powder, about 2 teaspoons
pinch of cinnamon (secret ingredient!)
salsa (I used some Frontera salsa. I love it!)
oil to saute the onions
shredded cheese (I used cheddar jack)
Preheat oven to 350.

Microwave the sweet potatoes. Let cool a bit and mash with a fork; set aside. Heat oil in a skillet, add the onion and season with a bit of salt. When the onions begin to soften, add the cumin, cinnamon and chili powder. Let them bloom in the oil. Add the black beans and let them cook in the spices for a bit. Add the mashed sweet potatoes, stir to mix. I added a touch of chicken broth here to help make the mixing easier. Taste the mixture and adjust the seasonings.  I had to add a bit more cumin and some salt. Set aside.

Roll out one of the balls of dough into a big oval-y shape and add the black bean/sweet potato mixture to desired fullness on one side of the dough; make sure to leave room at the edges to close the calzone. Top with salsa, if you like, and cheese. Fold dough over itself and add a bit of water to the edge of the dough. Seal the calzone by folding the edge over on itself, pinch together.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes.
Serve with extra salsa and sour cream, plain greek yogurt or crema.

The filling made more than enough for 2 calzones. I plan to eat the rest for lunch tomorrow! It would easily fill all 4 calzones.

Hope you enjoy!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I hear the Samoas calling my name. I’m just going to go do some heavy petting with them. Nothing below the boxtop.


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FATT Tuesday

So, I just spent about 2o minutes or so writing a post about this video. And then, I hit the publish and the post flew off into the interwebs-never to be seen again.

Suffice it to say this whole cd rocks my frickin’ socks off and if you happened to be trapped next to me when I’m singing to this at the top of my voice, I apologize.

Listen to it, love it and then buy the cd for yourself! Do eeet. No arguments!


Cuz I been runnin’ now for days, pickin’ up the pieces of love…



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Music Monday-Happy Anniversary edition

Music Monday is dedicated to my brother and his wife, who are celebrating their 31st anniversary! For some reason, when I hear this song, it reminds me of them. Probably because they always seem to enjoy each other’s company and have fun together.

Happy anniversary, Mike and Jamie! I wish you many, many more happy years together!



P.S. The lead singer of Orleans, John Hall, was later elected to the U.S. Congress. He served two terms.

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