This Be The Verse

Found this while researching Cathleen Schine’s new book – They May Not Mean to, But They Do – and did not want to lose it.

THIS BE THE VERSE
    by Philip Larkin 

They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.

But they were fucked up in their turn
By fools in old-style hats and coats,
Who half the time were soppy-stern
And half at one another’s throats.

Man hands on misery to man.
It deepens like a coastal shelf.
Get out as early as you can,
And don’t have any kids yourself.

Scents for Healthy Living

lavender-flower-clip-art-8096518-branch-of-lavender-violet-scented-beautiful-plant When a well-dressed woman entered the elevator, I was enveloped in a delicious scent.  Asking her what it was, she replied – vanilla – she had been baking and the scent had lingered on her clothes.  I remembered my experience when I read Jan Moran’s (author of Fabulous Fragrances) list of aromatherapy solutions to common problems.

Try the complementary scent to solve the appropriate problem:

  • Anxiety: vanilla, lavender, basil, rose, chamomile
  • Depression:  rose, lavender
  • Fatigue: lemon, peppermint, lily of the valley
  • Headache: lavender, eucalyptus, ginger, peppermint
  • High blood pressure: lavender,sage
  • Insomnia: lavender, basil, vanilla
  • Stress: lavender, rose, vanilla

Time to get some lavender and bake some cookies with vanilla.

 

 

Watermelon Salad

watermelon-salad-with-feta-and-cucumber-5      A small restaurant no longer in business had a luncheon offering I’ve often thought of replicating.  When I saw this recipe in a local newspaper, I decided to try it.  As good as the dish I remembered, the taste has the sweetness of watermelon and the tartness of cheese, with the complement of cucumber and mint.

Watermelon Salad with Cucumber, Feta, and Mint

  • 3 1/2 cups chilled, seedless watermelon cubes (cut into bite-size pieces)
  • 1 medium English cucumber, peeled and diced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons crumbles feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic glaze (found in the vinegar aisle of the grocery store)

Scatter watermelon on a medium platter.  Top with cucumber and mint.  Sprinkle with cheese.  Drizzle with glaze and serve immediately.

Chef Jacques Pépin adds kalamata olives – maybe next time I will too.

 

The Versatility of Coffee

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“…coffee can energize the industrious at dawn, calm the reflective at noon, or raise the spirits of the beleaguered in the middle of the night.”

Count Alexander Rostov, A Gentleman in Moscow

Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms

Found this quote from a fellow reader, prompting me to look for the book…9781442490628_p0_v3_s192x300

Will, I think you’re too brave to be a runaway.”

That wasn’t what Will had expected. She said, “I — what?”

“It is real life that takes the real courage, little wildcat. School is very difficult. But that’s because it takes toughness and patience. It’s what life is, my love. Although life is very beautiful, it is also very difficult.”

—Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms, Katherine Rundell

from the Cakes, Tea, and Dreams site