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Translating Prévert: Le bon jeune temps

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.


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


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

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. :))


Steeping: Lemongrass-Juniper Berry Tea

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 + transfer tea into a roomy infuser and fit into teapot  + cover teapot and have it seat on low heat for about two minutes without wate…