St. Patrick’s Day Beers And Recipes

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Good news everyone! St. Patrick’s Day is almost upon us and you know what that means. Especially if you looked at the picture first.

It’s Irish-inspired recipe time. You may find something you want to experiment with before the big day.

The first recipe is beer jello shots using Guinness and Bailey’s Irish Cream. Does it get any more Irish than that? If you’re not a fan of Guinness, there are also instructions using different beers.

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Here’s 5 beer cocktails for St. Patrick’s Day using Irish beer.

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But what is beer if you can’t enjoy some food with it. This collection of 10 sweet and savory recipes also offers beer choices to go with each recipe and a brief description of each beer.

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A wonderful and easy main course dish to make could be Guinness & honey glazed pork loin.

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Sometimes you would rather have your Black Velvet in edible form, such as these Black Velvet baby cakes.

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And if you would like the recipes for some traditional fare such as soda bread, Irish stew and Irish coffee, have a peek at my post from last year.

Wabi-Sabi And The One Year Anniversary Of The Japanese Earthquake And Tsunami

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Living things have been doing just that for a long, long time. Through every kind of disaster and setback and catastrophe. We are survivors.

Robert Fulghum

On March 11, 2011, a devastating earthquake and tsunami rocked Japan’s east coast. One month later, among the ruins and debris, cherry blossoms began to bloom. Cherry blossoms, Japan’s most beloved flower, also illustrated the concept of wabi-sabi. According to ALTA Language Services, a language service company, they describe wabi-sabi as the following:

It’s a concept, an aesthetic, and a worldview. It’s also a phrase that doesn’t translate directly from Japanese into English, and the ideas behind it may not immediately translate in the minds of those who haven’t encountered it before. Put simply, it’s an intuitive way of living that emphasizes finding beauty in imperfection, and accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay. The best way to learn about wabi-sabi is just to accept that it’s there – and to begin noticing examples of it in one’s daily life.

The following video is a trailer for the documentary The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom. Amazing stills from the film are also found here. They show how the people of the hardest hit regions of Japan drew a measure of hope from the annual cherry blossom season and they illustrate the beauty in the imperfection of wabi-sabi that the Japanese found in their beloved flower.

I’ve Signed Up For The Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge

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ETA: You’re not going crazy if you think you read this post before. For some reason, WordPress decided to unpublish this post. I blame the full moon.

And, just because, all those “Twilight Moon People”.



I have a plan.

This April, WEGO Health will have a Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge. I know, I know. I said I probably would not do something like this again. I did all 30 prompts last November but found it stressful to do all 30, I didn’t have as much time to check out the writings of others and it burnt me out.

My plan is to do a couple of posts a week. The remaining prompts I will save for throughout the year. I haven’t been writing much about my illness, especially since the last writing challenge. I like having these prompts because they will have me thinking and writing about my chronic illness, which is why I started this blog.

If you would like to join me next month, you can sign up by going to

Let’s write. Even if it’s only a post or two a week.

Sunday Quotes – Mae West

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Men? Sure, I’ve known lots of them. But I never found one I liked well enough to marry. Besides, I’ve always been busy with my work. Marriage is a career in itself and to make a success of it you’ve got to keep working at it. So until I can give the proper amount of time to marriage, I’ll stay single.

Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.

You’re never too old to become younger.

It’s not the men in my life that count, it’s the life in my men.

Don’t cry for a man who’s left you–the next one may fall for your smile.

I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it.

I only read biographies, metaphysics and psychology. I can dream up my own fiction.

No one can have everything, so you have to try for what you want most.