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Issue 7 December  2000
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Season's Warmth

Season are determined
we are certainly told
by the warmth of the weather 
or the outside cold.

The warmth inside,
Sometimes I believe
is directly in opposition
to what the thermometer reads.

Summer's are selfish 
seasons of pleasure
spending money for 
tans, popsicle and treasure.

Spring is a bit warmer,
with bustling here and there
feeding the seeds
to the earth's muddy care.

Autumn bring smiles 
and thoughts of families
gathering food for 
those necessities.

But winter is the season
where hearts turn outward
leaving selfish desires
to encircling unmeasured. 

I like the differences
and the contrast without
but the souls that balance
are what warmth is about.

---<--{© Chantaclair Rose 12/12/98 ©  Marsha Steed

""A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first thought of." 
* Burt Bacharach (b. 1929) U.S. composer 
Link for the Week
Florence's Candies
The link for this month is for those who enjoy chocolate.  There are arguably the best chocolates I've ever had, bar none.  Order a sample and let me know if I am right. 

Chantaclair's Musings
Most people enjoy the season.  You ask a child what is their favourite holiday and nine times out of ten you'll get' Christmas!'.  Some folks though, like Scrooge, find that the cheeriness of others at this time of year only accentuates their own misery.  I heard a bit of a different rendering of the Christmas tale the other night, and would like to retell it as I recall. 
The question placed was, 'What do we call the person who turned away the holy couple as they prepared to bring the child into the world?' 
Our answer of course is "The Innkeeper".  What then, was the role of this person?  Someone who was barring the door, a 'Keeper" from allowing the holy one 'In'.  I've heard other renditions of this thought process, but to consider it once again was thought provoking to me.  I know that in my life I have many 'things'... even people, who 'keep' holiness out of my life.  Busyness and simple neglect, forgetting to remember.  Perhaps from this reminder, I can search for the people who are 'keepers' of my own personal doorways to holiness and inspiration and find ways to circumvent their influence.  I can look for places where the blossoming of spirit can be allowed 'in', instead of 'kept' out of my life. 
May we each at this season consider our own lives, and where we can rest our weariness in the humble stables of holiness. @ 2k Marsha Steed

Tip for the Month

  Liquid Detergent 
Liquid Bleach 

Mix in Equal Parts in a spray bottle.  Spray on and let set 10-15 
minutes. Wipe off then rinse. 

or (More Expensive, but Easier) 

3 Tablespoons Jet Dry 
1 Quart Water 

Put in a spray bottle.  Just spray after the last shower. 

Your Money
More Money effective on Schools?

A little boy opened the big and old family Bible with
fascination, and looked at the old pages as he turned them.
Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible, and he picked it up and
looked at it closely. It was an old leaf from a tree that had been
pressed in between the pages. "Momma, look what I found," the
boy called out. "What have you got there, dear?" his mother
asked. With astonishment in the young boy's voice, he answered:
"I think it's Adam's suit!"

Quick and Easy
 Quick Apple Crisp

 This dessert can be made  ahead and reheated just before
 serving. Great with a scoop of frozen yoghurt or ice cream.

Est. preparation time:10 mins
  Est. cooking time:8  mins 


4  medium apples, cored and sliced
 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 
1/4 cup golden or dark raisins
1/4 cup chopped nuts
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 
 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
4 oatmeal raisin cookies

 Place apple slices in individual-size casseroles; set aside.
   Combine brown sugar, raisins, nuts, cinnamon and nutmeg;
  sprinkle over apples. Dot with butter. Cover with waxed paper or
 plastic wrap; microwave at HIGH 4 to 8 minutes or until apple
 slices are tender. Stir. Top with crumbled oatmeal cookies.
 Serve warm.

 Recipe source: Reynolds Metals Company

                                 ~Thanks to

Quote for the Month
"I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for
which we are ready, and which have gone a little further down our
particular path than we have gone ourselves."
-E. M. Forster, on Reading 

Notes - The background was created by Chantaclair's Designs
---<--{@ Marsha Rose

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