Peace in the Holiday Bustling

 

This holiday season is different for me.

Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years.

If you celebrate something different than Christmas, no exclusion here. This includes you too.

 

Difference of perspective is what I wish we would all accumulate this year.

Peace instead of rat racing about, hurrying for this sale or that. Running to this relative’s house with every present we can find, ignoring sneers and petty comments because that’s what we’re supposed to do. Love instead of yelling and snapping when someone drops a feather on top of the stress-filled weekend because that’s what family does. Respect instead of ramming shopping carts into toddlers so that one sale doesn’t evade. Hope instead of miserating over aloneness.

Peace. Love. Respect. Hope.

Let’s go with those.

Instead of “shoulds”. Instead of “because that’s what family does”.

Should is a quick fix if you want suffering.

And for the record, family is respectful. Genetic donors are not. Family is understanding, forgiving, and will allow you to hold your boundaries without childish or spiteful vitriol. Genetically related individuals don’t’ make those loving choices.

Because let’s get honest. It’s a choice. Every moment is a choice.

We each have a choice.

Holiday spirit is real. If we chose to feel it. To make room in ourselves for it to enter.

To make room, we must cut some things out. Like hate. Resentment. Bitterness. Doubt. Rigidity. The belief that we have no control over ourselves, our lives, or the treatment we receive from others.

 

Peace. Love. Respect. Hope.

That’s my goal for this holiday season.

My hope for you, is the same.

 

 

I’ll just leave these thoughts here for you…. (they’re really resonating with me right now)

 

“Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.”

 

“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.”

 

“Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.”

 

Rumi

 

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Like Clockwork

I wish I could

Reach into your chest

Hold your heart

And breathe life

Into your skin

 

If only my tongue

Told stories with

Answers instead of

Questions

 

Maybe if I used the

Whispers hiding inside…

 

But they don’t want

To show themselves

Outside my skin.

 

I keep forgetting…

 

But I cannot

Remember

 

Sometimes I wish

So deeply that I forget

It’s a wish

 

And then I forget

It’s there at all

 

 

By Daphne Shadows

fighting self

i had a dream

the other night

helped me understand

part of who i hide

 

i ran

hurt

now know why

 

when i woke up

i knew

why i hurt myself

with arrows i sharpen

aim for my heart

pulling my

skin from muscles

veins from about bones

yanking my rib cage free

clawing until i can reach

my soul

casting it aside

like so little trash

 

lying in a dream state

trying to decide

how to change

the truth

i know

 

 

by Daphne Shadows

I, Wishes

I wish my soul

Spoke as poignantly

As yours

 

I wish colors

Became tapestries

In my eyes

As they do

For you

 

I wish I spoke

With a velvet tongue

Like you

 

I wish the skin

I’ve lived in

Wore so poised

As yours does

 

But under the weight

Of scars

My skin has grown

Tougher, thicker

Too worn and rebuilt

To flesh out

Such lovely silk

As yours

 

I wish I knew

More than I do

About life

 

I wish my fingertips

Brushed delicate thoughts

 

Slipping down

Strands of hair

Ever so purposefully

Highlighting insights

That speak

To my bones

Warm the hollows

Behind my hips

 

Connect so fully

To my soul

 

So beautiful

So vital

My shadow weeps

 

I wish

 

But I am clumsily

Navigating life

 

Plucking at truth

Before falling headfirst

Into it

 

Wobbling on baby deer legs

Running to learn to walk

 

Chest throbbing

With the fire

Others set Aside

 

I wish I knew how

To Suffer Well

 

 

by Daphne Shadows

 

 

3 Strange Recipes Spawned by Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is soaked in traditions, historical debates, and gravy.

Let’s focus on the gravy. Most of our traditions surrounding Thanksgiving are kind of wonky. And every family has the odd relative with the questionable food choices.

That relative? She’s been breeding. So have her children and her children’s children. And it’s ended us up with an interesting arrangement of Thanksgiving food options.

Strap in kiddies, it’s going to get stranger, the farther down the rabbit hole we go.

And no, I’m not going to include the turkey stuffed with an octopus. Because.

Just no.

 

 

Ice Cream

How about some Thanksgiving flavored ice cream? Skeptical? Me too.

A San Francisco ice cream shop called Salt & Stew, have made five different Thanksgiving flavored ice creams. And people actually seem to like them. So, what’s on the menu?

Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple Pecans uses marshmallows, caramel, and pecans in their sweet potato ice cream.

Persimmon Walnut Stuffing is literally made with walnuts, persimmons, and stuffing, along with a few other ingredients.

Salted Caramel Thanksgiving Turkey is forged with turkey stock and candy-coated turkey skins.

Spiced Goat Cheese & Pumpkin Pie is goat cheese ice cream made with mashed pumpkin and pumpkin spices.

Last but not least, we have Buttered Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, which has a gravy fudge mixed in.

Anyone want to drop by San Francisco and grab me a pint? Or ten?

Actually, I’d just prefer Cold Stone Creamery would move back to town, but whatever.

New ice cream flavors are never a bad thing. At worst, we get to watch someone’s face move into hilarity.

 

Turkey Cake

If that doesn’t jingle your disturbing bells, don’t worry, there are more oddities out there just waiting to tantalize your taste buds.

Take turkey cake for instance. The name pretty much says it all. Check out some differing recipes to appeal to your particular taste buds, sure. But they all have pieces of turkey in the actual cake.

TURKEY in CAKE.

Can’t wrap my head around that one.

Some even include stuffing. The recipe centers on pumpkin flavors, adding spices and sometimes actual pumpkin puree.

 

 

Moist Maker (a.k.a. “The One with Ross’s Sandwich”)

Why not go Hollywood and make the famous Moist Maker?

First cooked up by Ross, a fictional character from a popular television show, F.R.I.E.N.D.S., which follows a group of friends through their comedic personal and professional lives in Manhattan, this sandwich has grown to become quite loved among fans and non-fans alike.

Ross Geller loved his Moist Maker. And I mean, really loved it. When his boss stole his (obviously labeled) lunch from the office refrigerator, Ross lost his mind.

Then his job.

Plus, he scared some pigeons (poor pigeons).

And to add insult to injury, his boss didn’t even eat all of the Moist Maker. He threw it away! Who does that to Thanksgiving leftovers? We can all agree; leftovers are important.

How to make this delicious oddity? If we want to keep to Ross Geller’s original recipe, we’re going to need leftover gravy, cranberries, stuffing, and turkey. And, you know, bread. Three pieces to be exact.

If we want to redo the recipe to fit more with our tastes – which I definitely would need to do – all we really need are our favorite leftovers. Stuff them in between some bread and there you go. But don’t forget, the middle piece of bread must be soaked in gravy for it to be a Moist Maker.

And don’t let anyone steal it. Bad things happen when Moist Makers are stolen.

 

I don’t know man. This holiday creates some strange foods. Did you know there are gravy and turkey flavored potato chips??

 

What strange Thanksgiving recipes did you guys make and/or eat this year?

Heard of any stranger recipes?