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Winter Diary: Until Soon

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There's always so much one could say,
but I've begun to practice with
those who feel less is good, too.

Let me simply say then:
I need a minute & a year might suffice.
I hope I can continue my efforts here
on Jane through the seasons in 2021.

I pray 2020 would gift us all
courage and wisdom to practice
happiness in the moments.

May your Christmas be merry &
your holidays brilliant! ^_^

XX
J. A. Odartey

Photography: Slow Stitches

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From Amiel's Journal(9th December 1877): Composition is a process of combination, in which thought puts together complementary truths, and talent fuses into harmony the most contrary qualities of style. So that there is no composition without effort, without pain even, as in all bringing forth. The reward is the giving birth to something living––something, that is to say, which, by a kind of magic, makes a living unity out of such opposed attributes as orderliness and spontaneity, thought and imagination, solidity and charm. --Henri-Frédéric Amiel --- JAO 

Translating Prévert: Le bon jeune temps

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Le bon jeune temps
Par Jacques Prévert

Les rivières étaient claires 

la mer était propre
le pain était bon
les saisons saisonnières
les guerres oubliées
et l’amour aimé.

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The good old days
(Trans. J. A. Odartey)

The rivers were clear
the sea clean
bread was good
seasons, seasoned  

wars forgotten
and love loved

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New Published Images from "The Whirling Heart Series" in Duende #7

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I've been working on The Whirling Heart Series for a few years now.
So it's good to have some of these abstract photographs in Duende's issue #7.
Please take a look. Perhaps it would make your heart skip a bit. :))

Xx
JAO

Steeping: Lemongrass-Juniper Berry Tea

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I graduated to a Japanese cast-iron teapot which unlike my old pot, works directly on a stovetop and keeps my tea hot for as long as it rests on a lit tea warmer. It is gifting me richer tea experiences and I am enjoying experimenting with different ways of making tea. The lemongrass-juniper berry tea  relies as much on its ingredients as on its process for best results. The caffeine-less tea should look golden-brownish when made well and taste slightly lemony, peppery, a touch flowery and minty. Here's how you make it:  You will need:  + 1 tbs lemongrass  + 3/4 tbs chamomile  + 1/2 tsp crushed dried ginger  + 1/4 tsp juniper berries  + 1/4 tsp spearmint  + 1/4 osmanthus flower + crushed cinnamon sticks + about 8 green peppercorns  + a dash of cumin Prep:  + crush ginger, cinnamon and pepper together for a fused taste   + mix in other ingredients + Put tea into a roomy infuser, slightly coat inside of teapot with 1 tsp of water and fit infuser into pot  + cover teapot and have it…