Poem: Trace Elements

where your
atomic signature
clings to
my skin.

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Poem: Conclusion

things begin with anticipation
and ever growing expectation
then meet the stark realization
of being me

the problem isn’t you
you never were to blame
all that ever was wrong
is caught inside the frame
of being me

things implode in great frustration
and ever building aggravation
only to be stuck in evasions
of being me

the problem is so clear
the solution simple
there remains no sense
in the continuation
of being me.

The End.

Hand-crafted One-of-a-Kind Jewelry

A friend of mine has just launched a Tictail online store for her hand-made one-of-a-kind jewelry and I helping promote her efforts. Please go take a look – and pass on the link to anyone that you think might be interested in her creations!

She writes:

Okay, beautiful people of facebook. It’s that time of year – I need support. If you were thinking of sprucing up your jewelry closet, now is the time. Do you have a special event to go to? Perhaps you have a date coming up. Or you have a job and want to look prettier than your co-workers. Or there is a girl you’re trying to impress. (you could always win a girl’s heart with lovely jewelry.) Or you know someone who needs your support as she tries to get her little teeny weeny business off the ground. (Me! ) Whatever the case, I would really appreciate your help. And that’s that. Happy Thursday to all!



Orange Cranberry Drop Cookies

2/3 cup butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
2 tablespoons frozen orange juice
1/3 cup milk
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup chopped pecans
2-1/2 cups dried cranberries coarsely chopped
OPTIONAL: Add some orange zest to give tangy orange flavor.

Preheat oven to 375 F.
Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Beat together butter and sugars until creamy.
Stir in milk, orange juice and egg.
Mix in dry ingredients until well blended
Stir in nuts and cranberries.
If the cookie dough seems too dry add a couple of teaspoons of water – this may vary depending on the moisture in the “dried cranberries.”

Drop dough by tablespoons about 2″ apart on prepared baking sheet.
Bake 10-15 minutes. Allow to cool for 2 minutes on baking sheet, then remove to wire cooling racks to cool completely.

Chernobyl Years Later

Pripyat - Ukraine

Pripyat - Ukraine (Photo credit: nertog - Walk With Me)

On April 26, 1986 a nuclear accident occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukraine. There was an explosion  and the graphite moderator was exposed to the air. The moderator caught fire and large amounts of radioactive materials were released into the atmosphere.

Thousands of people were relocated because of the radiation – and entire towns and cities were abandoned. The city of  Pripyat was built to house the Chernobyl workers and their families. I was randomly browsing when I came across a website dedicated to the city – and to the virtual community of the residents in exile. Their homes forbidden to them.

Prypiat School

Prypiat School (Photo credit: Blacklili)

http://pripyat.com/en is the site. There are galleries of the town in the past and as it is now. There is a strange beauty to the abandoned buildings and empty streets.

http://pripyat.com/en/monitor displays the current radiation levels in areas around Chernobyl – and compares to some other major urban centres. Pripyat has more than double the normal levels of radiation.

Chernobyl radiation map from CIA handbook, svg...

Chernobyl radiation map from CIA handbook, (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What is rather fascinating is  the fact that one can actually book a tour of the area: http://stayinkiev.com/en/Chernobyl-Tour . There are some incredible photos in this site – not my kind of tour with those levels of radiation.


Prypiat (Photo credit: Blacklili)


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