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 I have been a member of Poetry soup since 2011. 


Though my forte is fiction, verse has always appealed to me. There is nothing like a play of words to rattle the ordinary, to tickle away the dust of stagnation. My favourite form is the contemporary sonnet, but I also enjoy free verse. Also, I love the zen experience of haiku, its seizure of a moment, how it can hold a universe in so few syllables. And I admit to a fondness for the Rondeau.




My life is simple, but busy. I’m a writer and stay at home mother. Days are full. 


Currently, I am working on a novel or ... ha ha... should I really say that the novel is working on me? Characters! They have a way of turning a world upside down.


There are some amazing poets on the soup. I am blessed to call many my friends ~~ Cyndi




Most Recent Blog Post


MERRY CHRISTMAS! NEW TRADITIONS. WHAT ARE YOURS?
Blog Posted:12/24/2012 1:16:00 PM

 

 

My family is creating new traditions each year. Oxymoron?

First Food Tradition:

Hubby worked for Sooters Photography for over 16 years. The owner and his family were from India. Every Christmas they would put on a huge Christmas party (though many in the plant celebrated Diwali.)

The spread would include the typical Canadian holiday fare: turkey and stuffing, a ham, potatoes and gravy, Christmas cakes. But it also had a large assortment of middle eastern delights! Samosas! Curries! Butter chicken and basmati rice... oh, yummmmmmmmm!

Well, its been years since Sooters closed. Yet I still crave what became a Christmas tradition. So every year I make sure to add spice to my holy-days.

This year my husband and I had our first date since our girl’s birth. We went to a shop which sells British meat pies. The place was recently bought by someone from India and she makes... oh Heaven!.... Butter Chicken Meat Pies. I have no idea what the fat/calorie intake is on one of these puppies, but needless to say, it would probably make a cheesecake look slimming! I almost had a when Sally Met Harry restaurant moment... if ya know what I mean (wink wink)


Second Food tradition:

When I was working, one of my co-workers told me she had pizza for Christmas dinner. I was shocked! I’d never heard of the such.

Well, it had taken her nine years to have her son. She said, “I’m not spending Christmas in the kitchen. I want to spend it with him, playing games, watching a movie, laughing, talking... we’re happy!”

Then, after 16 years of infertility, I had MY girl.

Now, I GET what she said.

So, low and behold, the Christmas Lasagna came to be!

 



On Christmas Eve (today) I cook non-stop. There is a ham in one slowcooker and a mashed potato casserole in another slowcooker. The lasagna takes me over two hours to make. Two pounds of meat! Copious amounts of cheese.

Tomorrow we have muffins for breakfast. Ham and cheese sandwiches for lunch (late) and our Christmas lasagna with a salad, dinner rolls and a cake. I cheat and use paper plates. I spend less than ½ an hour with meal prep on Christmas day. Another ½ an hour cleaning. That’s it. The rest is spent with my family.



A New Family Tradition

I play WITH my daughter. We go for a walk and bring Christmas to the animals (strung cereal, homemade bird feeders, nuts for squirrels)


  


We listen to music, read books, play games and talk...


What are YOUR holy-day tradition?

Are they new to your family or long held, passed down from generations to generation?

Also, I am planning to judge my contest on Dec 27th! Sorry for the delay... all those who wrote with my requests in mind, are guaranteed a placement :) I'm so delighted by what I'm reading, but like many, I am focusing on family right now.


Love sent to all my soup friends... may your celebrations be as simple or as extravagant as you wish, filled with either peaceful contemplation and spiritual moments or joyful noise, laughter and merriment!


XOX


Cyndi

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  1. Date: 12/26/2012 7:04:00 AM
    Merry, merry Christmas my dear Cyndi! love/hugs, Leonora

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  1. Date: 12/25/2012 10:13:00 AM
    For the past 26 years, we have had Christmas dinner on the 24th and bithday party on the 25th for my son James. He does not like cake, so we have a mint chocolate chip ice cream castle, with a little cake and ice cream cones for turrets. And a party with his friends in June for half-year. Christmas presents in the morning and his birthday presents in the evening.

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  1. Date: 12/24/2012 9:33:00 PM
    thank you...pd

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  1. Date: 12/24/2012 8:55:00 PM
    Merry Christmas Cyndi, have a wonderful time with family

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  1. Date: 12/24/2012 8:54:00 PM
    Quiche, one of us makes quiche. When it was my turn to have everyone over my youngest daughter made the quiche since I was baking both the turkey and the ham. This year she is making the turkey and the Ham and I have just finished making quiche to take to her house tomorrow.Ever since she was 14 and it was just she and I , we always cooked a ham and we made quiche for Christmas, neither one of us is that fond of Turkey. Now that her family is larger we need both ham and turkey.... and quiche

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  1. Date: 12/24/2012 4:05:00 PM
    gosh, I forgot you had a contest to judge. I wonder which it was. well, Cyndi, depending on who is visiting, I do elaborate or very simple. tomorrow is just my daughter's little family coming at noon. I have no presents to open. My cat and new TV for Black Friday were my presents this year. I adore opening gifts but I guess I will forgo it this year. I also enjoy seeing everyone open gifts when my daughter's family shows up. and at least I have a few little things to look forward to from my daughter. This year's dinner will be very easy. Hawaiian haystacks. just a chicken mixture over rice and smothered with cheese, veggies, rice noodles and pineapple chunks, and sesveral bought desserts.

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  1. Date: 12/24/2012 1:44:00 PM
    Yo Cynster, Still stick with relative traditional fare, roast beast and ham (no turkey it was just Thanksgiving!) But after reading yours, if I leave now, should be able to be there by mealtime so set an extra plate--not to worry, I entertain myself easily--til tomorrow love!!

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My Past Blog Posts

 
SONNET TITLE FOUND..THANKS TO CHARMAINE... MINDING MANNERS
Date Posted: 6/11/2014 6:17:00 PM
THANK YOU FOR THE SONNET ENTRIES...short short blog
Date Posted: 6/9/2014 3:27:00 PM
TORRENT: A CONTEMPORARY SONNET, example for my contest
Date Posted: 6/7/2014 6:56:00 AM
NEW CONTEST- Garden Party: VERB-alized NOUN-sense with FLORAL accents. Hungry for summer!!!!
Date Posted: 6/4/2014 10:19:00 PM
UPDATE ON THE HELPLESS CONTEST-- My apologies to all. Exhaustion has hit the household- possible heat exhaustion
Date Posted: 5/29/2014 1:40:00 PM
GENITALS in PRINT, AN OPEN DIALOGUE
Date Posted: 5/27/2014 3:20:00 PM
CONTEMPORARY PUBLISHED HAI_KU TO SHARE
Date Posted: 5/21/2014 2:24:00 PM
UPDATE ON THE HELPLESS/KYRIELLE CONTEST - please check your entries
Date Posted: 5/16/2014 8:47:00 PM
A CARD FOR FRANCINE ROBERTS, who is recovering from a car accident!
Date Posted: 5/9/2014 8:10:00 PM
A WORD PAIRING POEM- THE CLEARING, PAIRINGS BY CARRIE, AE RIVENBANK, CALEB, RUBEN & ANDREA
Date Posted: 5/8/2014 10:21:00 PM
PROMPS FOR WORD PAIRINGS 2 - COME AND PLAY
Date Posted: 5/7/2014 8:50:00 PM
********PLAY WITH ORIGINAL WORD PAIRING***POEMS BUILT BY SOUPERS #1, 3 and 4
Date Posted: 5/6/2014 9:04:00 AM
THE BEST HOW TO WRITE POETRY ADVICE I'VE EVER HEARD. WORTH 20 of YOUR MINUTES. FANTASTIC!!!!!!
Date Posted: 5/5/2014 9:13:00 AM
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PROSE AND POETRY. One piece of writing, three ways
Date Posted: 5/4/2014 12:50:00 PM
TRADITIONAL POETRY MARKETS FOR EILEEN AND OTHERS WHO LOVE RHYME
Date Posted: 5/3/2014 8:14:00 AM
A LOOK AT A LITERARY JOURNAL CONTEST, RULES and the WINNERS POEMS
Date Posted: 4/29/2014 8:37:00 PM
POP QUIZ HOT SHOTS... C'MON... LOVE 'EM, DISS 'EM, JUDGE 'EM, PLACE 'EM!!!
Date Posted: 4/28/2014 3:47:00 PM
SOMETHING FOR EILEEN... and OTHERS WHO TAKE RISKS
Date Posted: 4/26/2014 5:54:00 AM
HELPLESS, A KYRIELLE. NEW CONTEST WITH TIM RYERSON AS CO PILOT! WAHOO!
Date Posted: 4/14/2014 9:24:00 PM
ROLL CALL.... HERE, KINDA HERE, NEVER HERE, LEAVING HERE, RETURNING HERE?
Date Posted: 4/14/2014 6:16:00 PM
LIKE THE BEATLES SAID, LET IT BE... A NICE QUOTE I FOUND
Date Posted: 4/14/2014 9:00:00 AM
ROBERT KEIM, BLITZ INVENTOR, LEFT COMMENTS ON SOUP! Please read what positive energy can do...
Date Posted: 4/7/2014 10:11:00 AM
WE STAND WITH YOU, A RONDEAU FOR FLO AND ILYEZA, PLEASE STAY
Date Posted: 4/6/2014 7:48:00 PM
PHOTOS TO INSPIRE HAIKU.. Haiku prompt
Date Posted: 4/5/2014 10:43:00 PM
GINGHAM AND LACE, ANOTHER BLITZ... GUYS TRY THIS FORM. IT IS FUN AND FAST
Date Posted: 4/4/2014 9:32:00 PM

My Poems

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6/9/2014THE RETURNSonnetdepression,giving,life,lo
6/7/2014TORRENTSonnetcelebration,life,women,
4/21/2014LA MARQUISEFree versepsychological,
4/8/2014BUKOWSKI CONTESTFree versemoving on,power,teenage,
4/4/2014GINGHAM AND LACE, A BLITZ POEMVersedaughter,love,
4/4/2014NUDE, THIRTY DOLLARS, A BLITZVerseart,imagination,lost love
3/24/201450 GODSFree versegod,peace,philosophy,
3/15/2014WINTER IN PORTLANDFree versedepression,winter,
3/11/2014FREEDOM BLUESTail-rhymefreedom,
2/28/2014WELCOME TO THE BLUENOSEAcrosticfish,history,journey,sea,
2/25/2014PITY THE PIRANHAFree verseintrospection,people,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY, LINDA MARIE, EASTER WALK, 7th REPOSTRhymefamily,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 6- DEDICATED TO LINDA MARIE, REPOSTRondeaufaith,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 5 - FAMILY TREE, REPOST FOR LINDA MARIEVersefamily,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 4- A REPOST DEDICATED TO LINDA MARIERhymefaith,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 3- EASTER LILY, A REPOST FOR LINDA MARIEVerseeaster,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 2-- A REPOST AND TRIBUTE TO LINDA MARIESestinaheaven,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY-- A REPOST FOR LINDA MARIE- WE MISS YOUVersefaith,
2/13/2014DOUBLE OH, A BOND CROWN, EXAMPLE FOR CONTESTCrown of Sonnetsfilm,sexy,
2/13/2014DOUBLE OH, A JAMES BOND CROWN OF SONNETS - 6 down 1 to go- SAMPLE FOR CONTESTCrown of Sonnetsadventure,film,sexy,
2/11/2014ORION: A PERSPECTIVE for third to tenthSonnetmythology,star,
2/10/2014TARTANS, A SONNET FOR FRANCINESonnetfriend,patriotic,places,p
2/9/2014TESTIMONIALS, A SONNET FOR BRIANSonnetfaith,friend,nature,
2/7/2014Double Oh-- A JAMES BOND CROWN, BUILDING IT UP SECOND SONNET POSTED--Crown of Sonnetsgames,passion,
2/5/2014ON THE FRINGE, A SONNET FOR MARLONSonnetafrica,allegory,culture,f
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Beaucoup BloomsTerza Rimanature,spring,spring,
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WALKING ON FAITHVersefaith,for children,
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