Thursday, December 3, 2009

Oven-Poached Salmon in Garlic Broth

The cabbage-and-carrot mixture adds a crispy contrast to this flavorful poached fish. The dish is best served in a large, shallow pasta bowl.

2 tablespoons lemon juice
5 garlic cloves, minced
2 (8-ounce) bottles clam juice
1 (16-ounce) bag coleslaw
4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets, skinned
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 375°.
Combine first 3 ingredients in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes. Place coleslaw in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish; arrange fish on top of coleslaw. Pour juice mixture over fish; sprinkle with cilantro and pepper. Bake at 375° for 12 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 salmon fillet and about 1 cup slaw mixture)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Seven Point Creed

John Wooden's Seven Point Creed, given to him by his father Joshua upon his graduation from grammar school:

  • Be true to yourself.
  • Make each day your masterpiece.
  • Help others.
  • Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible.
  • Make friendship a fine art.
  • Build a shelter against a rainy day.
  • Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.

Wooden’s maxims:

  • Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.
  • Flexibility is the key to stability.
  • Be quick, but don’t hurry.

Friday, October 9, 2009

'Best Come Back Line Ever"

The police arrested Patrick Lawrence, 22 year old white male, in a pumpkin patch 11:38 p.m. on Friday night. On Monday, at the Gwinnett County (GA) courthouse, Lawrence was charged with lewd and lascivious behaviour, public indecency, and public intoxication. The suspect explained that as he was passing a pumpkin patch on his way home from a drinking session when he decided to stop, 'You know how a pumpkin is soft and squishy inside, and there was no one around for miles or at least I thought there wasn't anyone around' he stated in a telephone interview.

Lawrence went on to say that he pulled over to the side of the road , picked out a pumpkin that he felt was appropriate to his purpose, cut a hole in it, and proceeded to satisfy his alleged need 'Guess I was really into it, you know?' he commented with evident embarrassment. In the process of doing the deed, Lawrence failed to notice an approaching police car and was unaware of his audience until Officer Brenda Taylor approached him. 'It was an unusual situation, that's for sure,' said Officer Taylor. 'I walked up to Lawrence and he's just banging away at this pumpkin.' Officer Taylor went on to describe what happened when she approached Lawrence.

'I said, 'Excuse me sir, but do you realize that you're having sex with a pumpkin? He froze and was clearly very surprised that I was there, and then he looked me straight in the face and said... 'A pumpkin? Shit... is it midnight already?'

This was in the Washington Post... the title of the article was 'Best Come Back Line Ever.'

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Love Recipe

in a soulful life style
add a soul sista
who is funky, eclectic, and feminine
easy to get along with
exotic with a good heart and kind spirit
mix in a soul brotha
who is a devout worshipper of said sista
romantic, passionate and caring
reinforced with a good heart and kind spirit
sent here to be the man he was suppose to be
so you will have no excuse for not being
the woman you were sent here to be
stir in the Most High, Family, Love, Romance
for a spiritual influence
simmer daily
served hot for a lifetime

NOTE: Handle the heart gently to avoid breaking.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Time to Move On

the time has come for me to move on
the sun is up and shining
as my wishes speed toward the sky
the seasons have turned, changing day by day
nothing stands still as time waits for no one
the past has left its mark on me
making me the person that i am
its difficult leaving the things that you know and understand
going on a journey of unfamiliarity
i dont know whats in store
as i walk the pathway of the future
but i do know
a change has come

Thursday, August 27, 2009

EQUIPMENT by Edgar A. Guest------------ Dr. George Washington Carver's Favorite Poem

Figure it out for yourself, my lad,
You've all that the greatest of men have had,
Two arms, two hands, two legs, two eyes
And a brain to use if you would be wise.
With this equipment they all began,
So start for the top and say, "I can."

Look them over, the wise and great
They take their food from a common plate,
And similar knives and forks they use,
With similar laces they tie their shoes.
The world considers them brave and smart,
But you've all they had when they made their start.

You can triumph and come to skill,
You can be great if you only will.
You're well equipped for what fight you choose,
You have legs and arms and a brain to use,
And the man who has risen great deeds to do
Began his life with no more than you.

You are the handicap you must face,
You are the one who must choose your place,
You must say where you want to go,
How much you will study the truth to know.
God has equipped you for life, but He
Lets you decide what you want to be.

Courage must come from the soul within,
The man must furnish the will to win.
So figure it out for yourself, my lad.
You were born with all that the great have had,
With your equipment they all began,
Get hold of yourself and say: "I can."
~Edgar A. Guest~

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Cajun Shrimp Boil

1/2 lb. Large shrimp in shell (10 - 15 count)
12 Red Potatoes
1 Ear of corn per person Cut in half
2 medium lemons cut in eighths
1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp Cloves ground
1/2 clove Garlic
1/2 Bay Leaf
1/2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
1/2 tsp Black Pepper - coarse ground
2 dashes Tabasco as required
1 lb. Andouille Sausage sliced
2 Small onions

In a large boiling pot, bring a gallon of water, lemons, cayenne pepper, cloves, garlic, bay leaf, Old Bay Seasoning, Black Pepper, and Tabasco to a boil. Add potatoes and boil for 10 minutes. Add onions and sausage and boil for 5 minutes. Add shrimp and corn. Boil for 5 minutes more. Drain and serve with crusty bread.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Unconditional Love, Love Without Condition

I love you as you are, as you seek to find
your own special way to relate to the

I honour your choices to learn in the
way you feel is right for you.

I know it is important that you are the
person you want to be and not someone
that I or others think you "should" be. I
realize that I cannot know what is best
for you, although perhaps sometimes I
think I do.

I have not been where you have been,
viewing life from the angle you have. I
do not know what you have chosen to
learn, how you have chosen to learn it,
with whom or in what time period. I
have not walked life looking through
your eyes, so how can I know what you

I allow you to be in the world without a thought or word of judgement from
me about the deeds you undertake. I see no error in the things you say and do.
In this place where I am, I see that there are many ways to perceive and
experience the different facets of our world. I allow without reservation the
choices you make in each moment. I make no judgement of this, for if I would
deny your right to your evolution, then I would deny that right for myself and
all others.

To those who would choose a way I cannot walk, whilst I may
not choose to add my power and my energy to this way, I will
never deny you the gift of love that God has bestowed within
me, for all creation. As I love you, so I shall be loved. As I sow,
so shall I reap.

I allow you the Universal right of Free Will to walk your own path, creating
steps or to sit awhile if that is what is right for you. I will make no judgement
that these steps are large or small, nor light or heavy or that they lead up or
down, for this is just my viewpoint. I may see you do nothing and judge it to be
unworthy and yet it may be that you bring great healing as you stand blessed
the Light of God. I cannot always see the higher picture of Divine Order.

For it is the inalienable right of all life to choose their own
evolution and with great Love I acknowledge your right to
determine your future. In humility I bow to the realization that
the way I see as best for me does not have to mean it is also
right for you. I know that you are led as I am, following the
inner excitement to know your own path.

I know that the many races, religions, customs, nationalities and beliefs within
our world bring us great richness and allow us the benefit and teachings of
such diverseness. I know we each learn in our own unique way in order to
bring that Love and Wisdom back to the whole. I know that if there were only
one way to do something, there would need only be one person.

I will not only love you if you behave in a way I think you should, or believe in
those things I believe in. I understand you are truly my brother and my sister,
though you may have been born in a different place and believe in another
God than I.

The love I feel is for all of God's world. I know that every living thing
is a part of God and I feel a Love deep within for every
person, animal, tree and flower, every bird, river and ocean and
for all the creatures in all the world.

I live my life in loving service, being the best me I can, becoming wiser in the
perfection of Divine Truth, becoming happier in the joy of ...

Unconditional Love

by Sandy Stevenson

Saturday, July 11, 2009


the dream that i dream is only being dreamed by me
the characters are the different aspects of myself
it is my dream, therefore; i can change it at any time
should it become a nightmare, i can wake up realizing it is only a dream

i dream i am rich and famous; that i am healthy and fit;
that i am surrounded by a kind and loving family
i dream that i am a teacher, a musician, or any infinite possibility

since it is my dream, i can awaken from it any time i choose;
or fall into a slumber of forgetfulness, mistaking the dream as reality

so i ask myself concerning this dream called Life, "is it that which i desire for myself? "the reality of my being is that i am Spirit, dreaming that i am having a human experience i review the scenes of my life with detached observation to grow in spiritual understanding and to come to know fully:
I Am that I Am.

"Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, said the Lord."
Jeremiah 23:32

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Greatest Performer Ever.

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009).
What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch, we may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Steamed Blue Crabs

Place the live crabs in an ice water bath before cooking. This icing process numbs the crabs, making them easier to handle, keeps the crabs from losing their claws during the steaming process, and helps the seasonings stick to the shells.

2 cans (12 ounces each) flat beer (see below)
2 cups distilled white vinegar
Ice water (optional)
24 live large male blue crabs(jimmies)
3/4 cup Old Bay seasoning
6 tablespoons kosher salt

Pour the beer and vinegar into a steamer pot or a large heavy pot with a tight-fitting lid. Put a round raised rack that is tall enough to clear the liquid into the pot. Bring the liquid to a boil.
While the pot is coming to a boil, fill a tub with ice water, if desired, and put the crabs in it for 3 minutes or so.
Mix the Old Bay seasoning and salt together in a small bowl. Place a layer of crabs on the rack in the pot. Sprinkle with a generous coating of the seasoning. Working quickly, continue layering and seasoning the crabs until all the blues are in the pot and you have used up all the seasoning. Put on the lid and steam over medium-high heat until the crabs are bright red, about 25 to 30 minutes. Remove the crabs with tongs.
Serve hot. Leftover crabs may be refrigerated and either eaten cold the next day or picked for crabmeat to use in your favorite recipe.

NOTE: Flat beer does not impart the harsh, almost metallic taste that fresh beer does. To flatten beer, simply pour it into a bowl and leave it at room temperature for an hour or two. A trick used to hasten the flattening process is to sprinkle a little salt into the beer--it flattens the beer quicker.

Monday, June 8, 2009


None of us wants to admit that we hate someone...When we deny our hate we detour around the crisis of forgiveness. We suppress our spite, make adjustments, and make believe we are too good to be hateful. But the truth is that we do not dare to risk admitting the hate we feel because we do not dare to risk forgiving the person we hate.

We attach our feelings to the moment when we were hurt, endowing it with immortality. And we let it assault us every time it comes to mind. It travels with us, sleeps with us, hovers over us while we make love, and broods over us while we die. Our hate does not even have the decency to die when those we hate die--for it is a parasite sucking OUR blood, not theirs. There is only one remedy for it. Forgiveness.

Forgiveness begins when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

CVS Still Locking Condoms, Selling Expired Products

CVS Caremark Corp.’s pattern of locking condoms and selling expired baby formula, medications and other products came under fresh scrutiny recently at a town hall meeting in San Diego attended by more than 100 consumer advocates, community activists and faith leaders from Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties.

The town hall was organized by Planned Parenthood of Riverside and San Diego Counties and the activist group Cure CVS in response to a new survey showing CVS stores repeatedly selling products past their expiration dates and locking up condoms in communities of color.

Cure CVS surveyors found that condoms were only locked up in stores located in communities of color. “All we are asking for is equal access to these products for customers no matter where they live,” said Olivia Olusegun who protested outside a CVS Pharmacy in Rialto Saturday.

Demonstrators outside CVS stores throughout Southern California and across the nation, called on the drug retailer to unlock condoms and stop selling expired products.
Critics claim keeping condoms under lock and key stigmatizes condom use by forcing customers to ask store employees for help.

CVS competitors Walgreens and Rite-Aid have policies prohibiting condom lock up.

CVS officials say the condoms are locked up on a store by store basis as a means to prevent shoplifting. In March the chain reversed its controversial policy in some of its Philadelphia and Boston stores after a coalition of civil rights leaders, health advocates and local residents protested. “The number of thefts at a given store determines which locations have condoms locked up, not the ethnicity of customers,” said CVS spokesman Michael DeAngelis.

“It’s really embarrassing to ask for help,” said a 17-year-old male protester in Rialto. His name is withheld because he is a minor.

An assistant manager at the Rialto store who would only identify herself as “Jessica” because she was not authorized to make a statement on company policy, said the Baseline Road location does not have a locked condom display but would not say whether the store had such a policy in the past.

“We are not going to stand by and allow CVS to use shoplifting as a reason to perpetuate a practice that increases the risks of HIV/AIDS in our communities,” said Marilyn Randolph protesting in Rialto.

Randolph who surveyed CVS stores in San Bernardino and Riverside and San Diego Counties said Cure CVS members found locked condoms at (9 of 27 stores) in the region. She said in each of the stores all of the condoms are inaccessible without staff assistance, despite CVS’s claim that all stores visited have some unlocked packages available.

Gary J. Bell, executive director of Blacks Educating Blacks About Sexual Health Issues, says the CVS practice puts communities of color at great risk for spreading sexually transmitted disease. “The practice is both short-sighted and dangerous. Teen boys in particular, already struggling with their sexuality are more prone to avoid the stigma of asking a sales clerk to unlock a display case. We recognize the right of the retailer to determine how to showcase and protect their merchandise, but they also have a responsibility to be ‘good’ neighbors in the community.”

CVS has no plans to change it’s policy of keeping prophylactics locked up in stores with a history of high condom thefts DeAngelis said. Cure CVS is demanding that CVS Pharmacy parent Caremark Corp. adopt permanent company wide policy governing condom displays and stop what it calls the company’s “shameless” pattern of selling expired products. Surveyors recently visited 310 CVS stores operating in 9 states including California and found expired infant formula, child and adult medication for sale at over 50% of CVS stores visited. Standing before a display of expired infant formula, baby food, medications and other products purchased at area CVS stores, community leaders attending the town hall meeting called the practice a public health risk and insisted the drug retailer remove all expired products.

Members of the group highlighted ‘a quart of Enfamil A.R. Lipil, a brand of infant formula one year past its expiration date’ bought in a CVS store. This is not the first time expired products have been found at CVS. Last year surveyors found expired infant formula, milk or eggs in 666 CVS stores across the country representing more than 42 percent of the stores surveyed, according to Cure CVS.

In June 2008 California Attorney General Jerry Brown criticized CVS for selling expired products at dozens of stores in Southern California, saying the practice violated laws against deceptive advertising and unfair business practices. Although California law does not explicitly prohibit the sale of certain expired products, federal laws require that all products contain expiration dates.

Customers outside the Rialto CVS store say they haven’t had problems with items purchased at the store. “I haven’t had a problem, but I must admit I don’t check the expiration date. I trust them,” said Edna Fenny.

CVS released this statement: “We have a clear product removal policy to ensure items are removed from shelves before their expiration date. No process is immune from error we strive to achieve 100 percent compliance.” CVS claims behind the condom, expired goods dust up may be some union politics. Spokesman DeAngelis told the L.A. Weekly, the campaign “is being waged by a labor union that had threatened to ‘expose’ us in the press if we refused to violate our employee’s rights by having union elections that weren’t fair and secret.”

Friday, June 5, 2009

A Moment Lived

when you are near, i am breathless
my voice is speechless
in the middle of my ordinary fairy tale life
you reach out, showing attention and admiration
promising eternal passion
your breath, honey spiced with a hint of clove
your mouth is delicious
my disciplined heart is burning, unquenchable
the colors of life pass through, designed by nature
there is no remedy
your smile invites my imagination to go wild
in my wildest dreams, soft moonlight and love harmonize
you rescue me and seduce my mind
you find my soul and save my life
i am yours forever

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Little Boy Checks out Obama’s Haircut.

The youngster wanted to see if the President’s
haircut felt like his own.