treks of this distance
take a lifetime
not always a straight line
or one foot in front of the other
sometimes hopping on a broken leg
many times crawling
perhaps at times robust enough to run

living doesn’t carry with it
a formula for success
determination, a will to thrive and action
all prerequisites
a dash of luck thrown in
success not always achieved

i will not give up
i love myself too much

“My muse is not a god.” Susi Bocks


Thanks to Joelcy Kay | Editor  & Curator at Edge of Humanity for sharing this family favorite recipe.
My culinary specialty is going global! 🙂

Susi’s “AWESOME” Italian Pasta Salad

Salad Ingredients
*⅛ “ sliced from the deli, use your favorite brand”

*½ lb. salami
*½ lb. pepperoni
*1 lb. provolone
*1 lb. ham
1 each – green, yellow & red pepper (chopped)
16 oz. tri-color Rotini pasta (cooked)
2 stalks celery
1 can jumbo or colossal olives – pitted (reserve juice)
2 medium onions
3 tomatoes

Dressing Ingredients

2/3 cup olive oil
¼ tsp. red pepper
¾ tsp. mustard, dry or a big squirt of yellow mustard (a bit tastier, IMO)
½ cup white vinegar
¼ tsp. white pepper
¾ tsp. oregano
¾ tsp. paprika
¾ tsp. garlic powder
¾ tsp. minced garlic
½ tsp. salt
¾ tsp. curry powder
¾ tsp. Italian seasoning
olive juice from the can


Prepare pasta while chopping up all salad ingredients. Place the ingredients into a large bowl or quart pot. Combine cooled, cooked pasta with those ingredients. Pour the oil, vinegar, and olive juice into a glass shaker, then add each spice. Shake the container vigorously. Taste to see if it is to your liking and make any adjustments. When completely mixed, pour over the salad ingredients. Dig hands deep into the salad and thoroughly mix all ingredients together! For best results, refrigerate overnight. It will continue to get even tastier over the next couple of days as the dressing ingredients soak in. Enjoy!

If you do decide to make it, please DO share your thoughts about it!
Either comment here or email me at

Happy Eating!!

Reblog – Even the Old Oak by Byung A. Fallgren

I commented that this piece captures the feeling that we are limited at times even when we have great aspirations. Byung matched her beautiful words with a most appropriate image. Enjoy!

Nick Della 400 yearold Angel Oak, in a park in Charleston South Carolina.

Four hundred years old Angel Oak in Charleston Carolina. 
Photo by Nick Della Volpe–

Even the Old Oak

her desire 
to be the vein
of the sky
a dream

©Byung A. Fallgren 

Childhood Daze

Andrew Morris – Unsplash

Inspired by VJ’s Weekly Challenge – The Chase & Sadje’s – What do you see #77

the gleeful children
with imaginative friends
had the fairies dancing around them

laughing without care
and the sunlight fading into dark
the young minds began the chase

with enthusiasm and joy
one by one
little lights filled the jar

held brightly captive
these grantors of wishes
small eyes closed into slumber

Heart Beats Contributing Authors Poetry Readings

Take some time to meet the poets and listen to some of the great works in Heart Beats!

On Saturday, April 10 we met for a virtual poetry reading by the Contributing Authors to the Heart Beats Anthology of Poetry. Each poet read poetry from their contributions and many read additional works. We has a morning and evening sessions with two separate groups of poets. Sit back and enjoy these beautiful words.

Morning Session:

Evening Session:

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Reblog – Tanka: Black & White Memory

This piece has me coming back again and again. I can find many sentiments expressed in this. How about you?

The Twisting Tail

defy the long sleep

dark circles shadow your eyes
bear the weight of life

brutal ignorance becomes
a black and white memory


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Being a superstitious person, I thought it must be a sign of things to come. Plus, me tripping then my lame hand knocking down the wind chime tethered to the porch frame; they felt like omens. Regardless, I shut those thoughts down.

I put on a big smile; it was my time to shine. With the game starting, my bet placed, only good fortune was coming my way. Yeah! 

This beautiful woman, erotic and enchanting, handed me her business card. Her soft hand intentionally caressing mine, like she was trying to tame me. I do believe I have found love!

Coffee Table Talk & The Sound Of Brilliance

For those of you who wanted to attend the Coffee Table Talk but couldn’t make it, here you go!

I want to thank Lisa for allowing me to talk about the upcoming anthology (VERY SOON – I Promise!!) and have four of our poets featured in the anthology – Lisa being one of them and Marisela Brazfield, Joni Caggiano, Marjorie Maddox – read one of their poems from the book! In addition, it was a wonderful opportunity to listen to other works and the discussion by the participants on the topic of social justice. I got a lot out of it, hope you will too!