Saturday, January 19, 2019

Healthy Game Day Foods and a Tribute to Mary Oliver

Super Bowl Part Two Eat Healthier
No need to sacrifice anything in the way of flavor for game day party foods with these recipes. Only thing you will sacrifice are calories, carbs and fats.
Skinny Taco Dip
Light Crockpot Buffalo Turkey Meatballs
Black Bean Dip
Vegetarian Blue Corn Nachos
and Kevin from pulled out all the stops with his posting of 75 Healthy Game Day Foods complete with easy recipes
Spinach and Artichoke Hummus
Parmesan Cauliflower Bites

I would be remiss with my love of poetry not to comment on the recent death of esteemed poet, Mary Oliver. She was a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose work, with its plain language and intimate observation of the natural world drew many fans. She died of lymphoma on Thursday at her home in Hobe Sound, Fla. She was 83.

A prolific writer with more than 20 volumes of verse to her credit, Ms. Oliver received a Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for her collection “American Primitive,” published by Little, Brown & Company. She won a National Book Award in 1992 for “New and Selected Poems,” published by Beacon Press.
Ms. Oliver, whose work appeared often in The New Yorker and other magazines, was a phenomenon: a poet whose work sold strongly. Her books frequently appeared on the best-seller list of The Poetry Foundation.

Picking a favorite quote and/or poem is difficult. Ever Ready frequently has featured Mary Oliver's works on her birthday September 10th. Each link below has information about the poet and a selected piece of her work.

I like this photo of Mary Oliver who was always pictured with her favorite dog. 

It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.” 
― Mary Oliver

"Thirst: Poems" © Beacon Press, 2007.

Mary Oliver had an affinity for solitude and interior monologues. Her poetry combines dark introspection with a joyous release. In her poems Oliver finds the self is only strengthened through an immersion with nature. She will be missed.

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