Wednesday, September 19, 2012

But I can write a song.

"I am searching for a stay-put serenity to replace my brash wanderer's self-satisfaction." - Vivian Swift, "September" chapter of When Wanderers Cease to Roam
"I was a terrible believer in things, but I was also a terrible nonbeliever in things.  I was as searching as I was skeptical.  I didn't know where to put my faith, or if there was such a place, or even precisely what the word faith meant, in all of its complexity.  Everything seemed to be possibly potent and possibly fake. 'You're a seeker,' my mother had said to me when she was in her last week, lying in bed in the hospital, 'like me.'" - Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From lost to found on the Pacific Coast Trail
I love when I read something that describes exactly how I feel, in a way I would never think to articulate.  I fail miserably at playing the role of both believer and nonbeliever.

Over the years, I've changed my opinion as to who is my favorite.  Stanley has taken top honors. I went through an Andy spell.  Michael and Holly together made me happy.
Ultimately, though, it has always been Jim. 


 Oatmeal-Apple Dog Treats
2 cups flour (whole wheat or all-purpose)
1 cup oats
2/3 c. water
1/8-1/4 c. minced apple
Spoonful of peanut butter
Spoonful of yogurt
1 1/2 tbsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tbsp. ground cloves
1 tbs. oil
1 1/2 tbs. honey
Mix all ingredients and roll dough to 1/4" thickness.  If you own one, use your dog bone cookie cutter; if not, use a small knife to hand-carve bone shapes.  Bake at 325 for 30 minutes. 
I'm just kidding about the hand-carving.


  1. It is often more times than not, in which, those who want these things most, cover them with things which give them temporary relief from the nagging nature of the lack thereof.Travels, adventure,and far way lands will always make for tales when we grow older,but freinds and family will always be calling us home..their is alot to be said for the feeling of fitting into a place which we can feel at ease.....

  2. Well-said. I've heard those voices calling me home every time I've been away so I know that there is something here that will always pull me back. Am I going to turn down travel and adventures when opportunities get thrown my way though? Absolutely not. I want both.