Friday, June 17, 2016

There Was A Time to 5 Ways to Pierogi 
The story of the spice in a couple's romaine 
How to (or not to) spice up peirogi 

There Was A Time (round) 

There was a time amid a Joyous flow
Where rainbow’s hopes each morning would bestow
And winds refreshed the air with season’s spice
Here lovers’ dreams had splendor’s fields to sew
A time when smiles and laughter were the price
When bitterness dark shadows would entice
Was nothing thought could turn us from our dance
Or melodies beyond a life so nice
But then one sunset met confusion’s trance
With promises perfection to enhance
We humans let our greed command our sight
And ways unknown we struggled to romance
It took some time to shine on us our plight
Deep crevasses of shadows marred our flight
Each day would spark new purpose for a tear
Our kisses were the worries hearts incite
Yet in our mind a memory stayed clear
It took us to a field which we held dear
Was there we found a flower set to grow
A chance familiar time may reappear 

There can be clouds even in a cycle of a poem. In this round the third line signals the rhyme of the stanza that follows it. The last stanza leads back to the first. A round is complete. If at times this round seemed a bit cloudy, this was done to imitate the cloudiness we sometimes experiences in life. 

Arlene and I were very lucky in life. We got to do many exciting things when we were young. We raised two lovely children with little to no problems. Our grandest gift was reliving our 20's in our 40's. This was done when I joined the Masons and was put in charge of parties and entertainment, at the Lodge. When I joined the Lodge it was old and dying. It was the dream of the then Master, Ernie Bleuer, to use all of the Lodge's finances (if we had to) to rebuild the Lodge, membership and direction. Four years later, Arlene and Martin hit the stage. 

It was our first dance at the Lodge. It was held at the Marriott near the San Francisco airport. The dance hall had a breath taking view of the bay. I hired a six piece band and a beautiful female singer, Allison. Ticket sales were somewhat disappointing. It was a dance and I was warned that dances, at my Lodge, were not that successful. Everyone liked the dinner Marriott had served and went with the dance. Everyone enjoyed the band and Allison. Arlene and I hit the dance floor which was pretty empty. Our guests were just not dancing. What guests didn't know was that Allison was also a dance instructor. Getting people on the dance floor was her specialty and what I had hired her for. Not only did she sing, she went out to teach people how to dance. She geared all the songs to make us look and feel good.  By the end of the evening Allison had almost everyone on the dance floor. For days after people were calling and asking, when's the next dance. Some of these people didn't even attend the dance. So the beginning would start. 

Life offers many opportunities. Maybe not the same as Arlene's and mine. But I believe, like waves of the ocean, many opportunities come our way. The trick is to believe and ride the waves. And when we reach the shore, it doesn't have to be the end. The waves are still there. The fields of flowers are still there, with or without us. And when you ride your waves, smell your flowers, take in the beauty, tell me it isn't for you. Tell me that these moments where not just for you. We are that special. And the great thing about life, I believe. As we ride our waves we create waves for others to ride. We become the flowers. And as we partake of our parts in this endless cycle, enjoy.

Now that we are motivated, can we find beauty in hopelessness: 
Lana Del Rey "Once Upon A Dream" 

Are we hungry yet 

Pierogi, also known as varenyky, are filled dumplings of East European origin. They are made by wrapping pockets of unleavened dough around a savory or sweet filling and cooking them in boiling water. Normally quite good tasting and easy to make, no one can mess them up quite like Gregg at You Suck At Cooking. He has gotten it into his head that there are up to 8 ways to prepare pierogi. He is going to attempt to show us 5 of those ways. 
If you are interested in making pierogi, after watching this video and stopped laughing, get an easy to follow recipe online. "5 Ways to Pierogi - You Suck at Cooking (episode 41)" 

If you enjoyed this video press this link to Choose Your Own Adventure Cookies - You Suck at Cooking (episode 40)

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  1. I love that your life has been full of happy dances. Real and metaphoric.

    1. I think I've told you this before. The reason I was so heavily into charity. I didn't want to take any chances. Pass the luck around.
      Thank you

  2. My son loves to eat Pierogies! Great post!

    1. So easy to make.
      Thank you for your compliment

  3. What a beautiful poem. I am glad you were able to spread the love of dancing with your love.

    1. Thank you for your kind comments.
      Looking forward to more of your art