A Shopping List

Thoughts while shopping…

Bakery and bread…
Whole wheat bread,
Pita pockets,
English muffins
Whole-grain flour tortillas…
As I shop,
I remember my friends from all over the world.images.png

Meat and Seafood
Skinless chicken and turkey breasts
Ground turkey and chicken
I think of my father,
Who introduced me to the sea and its treasures,
And has an amazing talent for cooking meats.

Pasta and Rice….
Brown rice
Squash for making pasta…
I think of my mother,
And her inspirational way,
Of making even the simplest foods a success.

Oils, Sauces, Salad Dressings, and Condiments…
Tomato sauce,
Barbecue saucem
Red-wine vinegar,
Extra virgin olive oil,
canola oil,
Jarred capers and olives,
Hot pepper sauce,
I think of my brother in law,
And how he includes sauces with all foods.

Cereals and Breakfast Foods
Whole-grain cereal bars,
I think of my sister and her love of breakfast.

Soups and Canned Goods…
Diced or whole peeled tomatoes,
Tuna and salmon packed in water
Low-sodium soups and broths,
Black, kidney, soy, and garbanzo beans;
split peas
Diced green chilies..
I remember my grandma,
And her amazing ability to can…

Frozen Foods…

On Your List:
Frozen vegetables: broccoli, spinach, peas, and carrots (no sauce),
Frozen fruit: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries (without added sugar),
Frozen shrimp,
Low-fat ice cream,
Frozen yogurt,
Whole grain veggie pizza,
frozen yogurt,
I think of my resourceful friends with young children.

Dairy and cheeses…
Skim or low-fat milk or soymilk,
Fat-free yogurt,
Low-fat cottage cheese
Low-fat cheese or string cheese snacks
Goat Cheese
[Why can’t we get cheese here for a reasonable price?]
I think of my friends and family,
Who made me a natural food nerd.

Snacks and Crackers…
Whole-grain crackers
Dried fruit: apricots, figs, prunes, raisins, cranberries
Nuts: almonds, cashews, walnuts, peanuts, pecans, pistachios (roasted and unsalted)
Seeds: sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, whole or ground flaxseeds
Peanut butter, almond, or soy butter
Dark chocolate pieces (containing more than 70% cocoa),
I remember long hikes in the woods,
With my closest companions.

Fruit: bananas, apples, oranges, mangoes, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries
Vegetables: sweet potatoes, baby spinach, broccoli, carrot sticks
Locally grown…
I am reminded of my roots.

Unsweetened green and flavored teas
Calcium-fortified orange juice and other juices
Sparkling water
I remember that life is a gift,
And to take it one step at a time.


Guest Poet: Salvador Díaz Mirón

Ojos Verdes

Ojos que nunca me veis,
por recelo o por decoro,
ojos de esmeralda y oro,
fuerza es que me contempléis;
quiero que me consoléis
hermosos ojos que adoro;
¡estoy triste y os imploro
puesta en tierra la rodilla!
¡Piedad para el que se humilla,
ojos de esmeralda y oro!

Ojos en que reverbera
la estrella crepuscular,
ojos verdes como el mar,
como el mar por la ribera,
ojos de lumbre hechicera
que ignoráis lo que es llorar,
¡glorificad mi penar!
¡No me desoléis así!
¡Tened compasión de mí!
¡Ojos verdes como el mar!

Ojos cuyo amor anhelo
porque alegra cuanto alcanza,
ojos color de esperanza,
con lejanías de cielo:
ojos que a través del velo
radian bienaventuranza,
mi alma a vosotros se lanza
en alas de la embriaguez,
miradme una sola vez,
ojos color de esperanza.

Cese ya vuestro desvío,
ojos que me dais congojas;
ojos con aspecto de hojas
empapadas de rocío.
Húmedo esplendor de río
que por esquivo me enojas.
Luz que la del sol sonrojas
y cuyos toques son besos,
derrámate en mí por esos
ojos con aspecto de hojas.

Salvador Díaz Mirón


If I Could Jam One Day With a Band…

I read a writing prompt recently that asked me which band I’d like to join if I could join any band, past or present. Firstly, I have to say that I would prefer to avoid joining ANY band for a long period of time, but instead have a cameo appearance to jam with a band for one night. If I could jam with a band for one night, I think I’d have to think for quite some time about it. I like a lot of bands, but some of them are wild in concert, and would be much more chill in the studio.

With that in mind, I think I’d like to jam with Imogen Heap. She is an amazing songstress and fantastic audio engineer. Also, I love her sound, which is like none other. Also, her sets are pretty fun.

Here’s an example of  a song from one of her concerts: