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Tomato Sauce Challenge 2: Homemade Pizza

by marilynk

I’m sort of terrible for double-booking myself if I don’t write things down. In this case, I didn’t write down my plans with my mom so I forgot she was taking me to Langano Skies and then Michael Ondaatje’s reading at the Winspear Centre Tuesday night. So the challenge will be extended through Sunday.

The other wrench that’s been thrown in the  works of this challenge is a new symptom from the Crohn’s: a complete lack of appetite. Yesterday was the first time I’ve experienced it and I’m hoping it doesn’t last, but I just couldn’t bring myself to make anything for dinner last night. So this is what I’d planned to make rather than what I actually ate, but still think it sounds great and I will still make it.

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Lest We Forget

by marilynk

This day is an important one. It marks the end of WW1 – the war that people described as the war to end all wars. Our species isn’t very good at giving up war and that is a sad thing. Some of the most moving experiences I have had were my visits to the D-Day beaches in Normandy and Flanders Fields in Belgium where so many Canadian soldiers lost their lives as well as the Holocaust commemoration sites in Germany and the Killing Fields in Cambodia where so many others lost their lives. I think it is important to visit these places and remember the people who died. War is a terrible thing and I hope someday we stop participating in it.

I’ll leave you with two poems that speak to the devastation of war better than I ever could. Thank you all for reading.

In Flanders Fields (by John McCrae)

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Dulce et Decorum Est (by Wilfred Owen)

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.

Gas! Gas! Quick, boys!-An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime…
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,-
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori.


Unintentional Hiatus

by marilynk

Hi everyone! I’m sorry for the unexplained gap in posts. Life got very busy and my procrastination gene kicked in and I think most of you can relate to how that goes. All this to say that I apologize for the hiatus, but I have a number of posts that are being typed up today and tomorrow, so be ready for a number of updates in the next few days. I’ve also refined a few things on the site, so you might notice some minor changes. There will likely be more of those as I figure out what I’m doing and how I want this blog to work. I hope you’re all enjoying what I’m putting out there and I thank you for taking the time to read my ramblings.

If I ever disappear again and you’re wondering what’s happened, please feel free to tweet at me or send me an email (marilyn at marilynk dot com). Or be like my friend Mike and use every form of contact you have for me to harass me into blogging again. I kid, I kid, I know he does it out of love…but I don’t need anyone else loving me that much!



by marilynk

June/July 2011 brought a lot of change into my life. I lost my job (which was a good thing for all concerned) and a month later got a confirmed diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease. I am currently figuring out the health stuff (will have more to say after I meet with a specialist in August), looking for a new job, trying to write more, and trying to start a business with a friend (more on that when we’re farther along in the process). This blog will be a place for me to talk about all of those things and anything else that comes up as I go along.

What kinds of posts can you expect from me? Updates on all of the things listed above, rants about urban planning and active transportation options in my city (Edmonton, Canada), recipes that I’m making, reviews of books that I’m reading, some creative pieces, and anything else that comes to mind.

So…I don’t know exactly where this is going to go, but I hope you’ll come along for the ride!