Monthly Archives: June 2016

Please Read


Please read the following poem by Tosha Michelle at her website,

Hands of Gold

It really reminds me of Israel, and Jerusalem.

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Beyond the Wall


Beyond the Wall (Randyjw; June 30, 2016)


The most beautiful song of all

Is here in the city, beyond your wall


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Street Level

Street Level (Randyjw; June 27, 2016)


Can we kick them any lower than where they dwell, at street-level?


– Randyjw, June 27, 2016


To the caring people, who have become homeless, and to the sharing people, who offer hope and help.


Special thanks to Dennis Cardiff for making the effort his, and for sharing the experience in making it real.

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And With My Hand


And With My Hand (Randyjw; June 27, 2016)


Your little nails just cannot clasp

the width around my finger

If you would know, then you would grasp

How time can never linger


With fingered paints in egg-shell crates

Your tiny hands so small

impressions held in plaster plates

that hang still on the wall


Your shoelace long and dragged through dirt

Because they’ve come undone

The little bunny bows to learn

were still not yet begun


We’ll stop right here upon the lane

And stoop to get them tied

And swinging hands we’ll once again

Regain our faltered stride


I walked with you those first few times

and dropped you to the door

We crossed inside the wide white lines

The crossing guard was sure


The teacher folded each young rook

within her broad, wide care

Amongst the group I searched and looked

But you were not aware


I felt the loss so vividly

My baby growing up

Remembering, Oh, so tenderly

How precious was our love


And now your hand is calloused

caused by chores you do at home

Amongst the lost sweet ballads

Children now gone on their own


I feel each indentation

made by each sweet little hand

My life gave them formation

So that they would understand


To hold each hand with love that’s sown

And with it to make known

My hand that’s clasped inside their own

They now must let it go


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Chatter (Randyjw; June 26, 2016)



Blither and blather

Does what you say

even seem to matter?


Your words go out

to sacred space

From there they form

a second place


The world they make

could be your home

when back they come

to find their own


So, when you’re fast

and think you know

what someone’s last

intent could show


You may have been

too fast in haste

and thought that someone’s

words were waste


When what they rather

held above

Was judged as blather

but sent with love




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Be That Help-Meet


Be That Help-Meet (Randyjw; June 26, 2016)



1#: “Is being helpful the most important thing in the world?”


2#: “No, but it certainly helps!”


– Randyjw; June 26, 2016



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Randy’s Recipes: Lychee Iced Tea: Easy And Fresh Versions


Randy’s Recipes: Lychee Iced Tea: Easy and Fresh Versions (Randyjw; June 25, 2016)


Easy: Approx. 12 oz. (approx. one-half of 23 oz., tall, $0.99¢ can) AriZona Green Tea with Ginseng and Honey (adjust to taste)

Pour approximately one-half of liquid from tall can into a large container or pitcher.

Fresh: Fresh green tea leaves, packed into tea steeper, or placed into container (powdered green tea may be substituted); Approx. 2 small slices ginseng, thinly sliced; Approx. 1 or 2 tablespoons honey (fragrant kind, such as orange clover, etc., best) (All amounts adjusted to taste)

Heat water to before boiling, cool slightly, and pour over green tea leaves to steep (or, if using steeper, place tea leaves into steeper and place steeper into heated water and steep; green tea powder, adjusted to taste, may be substituted). Add two small, thin slices ginseng; Once steeped, add approx. 1 or 2 tablespoons honey, adjusting all amounts to taste.


Easy: Approx. 1/4 – to – 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom (or to taste)

Stir in cardamom to cold AriZona Green Tea with Ginseng and Honey, and whisk well to distribute.

Fresh: Approx. 3/4 tablespoon fresh cardamom (or to taste)

Rub cardamom slightly between hands and drop into tea mixture. Stir well.


Easy: Approx. 2 dashes cinammon (to taste)

Sprinkle a bit of cinammon into mixture and whisk well to dissolve.

Fresh: 1 cinammon stick

Put cinammon stick into mixture and allow to steep well.


Easy: Approx. 1/2 teaspoon dried chamomile (to taste)

Rub slightly between hands the dried chamomile and sprinkle onto tea mixture, allowing to infuse for several minutes.

Fresh: Approx. 1 teaspoon chamomile (to taste)

Rub slighly between hands the chamomile and sprinkle onto tea mixture, allowing to infuse for several minutes.


Easy: Pour into separate container, straining separated spices and removing large pieces.

Fresh: Pour into separate container, straining separated spices and removing large pieces.


Easy: Reserved liquid from 1 can lychees in syrup

Stir lychee syrup into tea mixture. Chill and serve (it’s nice over ice).

Fresh: Reserved liquid from 1 can lychees in syrup

Stir lychee syrup into tea mixture. Chill and serve (it’s nice over ice).



8.9 Yums Up

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