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Cottage Cheese Cookies

My friend Sharon brought these as part of our dessert on Easter.  They are one of the best chocolate cookies I have ever had.  You can get the recipe here:

http://www.food.com/recipe/chocolate-cottage-cheese-cookies-212364

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“Great Happiness” is a Yellow Lab

WP_20170219_002Allow me to introduce Alissa.

Among other things, her name means, “Great happiness.”

She is almost 16 weeks of age now and already has a number of commands under her belt.

She is a very sunny little girl with that sweet Labrador demeaner.  Even when she is being a bit of a dickens, she is cute.

I think she’ll be a big girl:  She was 18 pounds at 10 weeks of age and has doubled in size since then.  Her vet says he thinks she’ll be somewhere in the 60-70 pound range.

It is hard for me to imagine that she’ll ever be anything other than a puppy.

Community

o-talking-to-kids-about-race-facebookIf you read through my blogs, it might become evident that I have a passion for building community.  Strong towns and neighborhoods are crucial for our well being, especially now, when prejudice, threat of deportation and the possibility of having vital services cut loom so darkly.  That has inspired the following:

Coming together as citizens;
Overcoming differences and fear;
Making friends out of strangers
Moves us to be more clear:
Unity builds strength and safety;
No one can bully us then.
It truly is impossible
To turn against the one
You have come to know and love as a friend.

THINGS THAT INSPIRE

The soothing warmth of sunshine;
Music that fills my soul;
Interesting conversation
That leaves me happy and full.

 

Caresses of affection,
Tangibly and in word;
One who carefully listens,
So that I know I am heard.

 

Mysterious adventure;
Unanswered questions tease;
Call me to deeper places;
Such things inspire me as these.

HAPPINESS INSIDE

When it gets cold,
We need ways to get warm;
That make us feel cozy
And safe from a storm,

 
With sweaters and blankets,
Hot coffee and such;
Conversation and stories;
A friendly touch.

 
When the wind howls
Piling snow into drifts,
We’ll seek refuge inside,
With mugs that we lift,

 

Buttered rums and coffee
Fill us up with their cheer;
Happiness inside while
Winter is here.

COMFORT FOOD

Hamburger gravy
Over mashed potatoes;
A green salad on the side
And peach crisp for dessert.

Those who share this meal,
Seated at the table,
Are sharing news and stories;
comfort is friendship, too.