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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 + 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…