Sunday fun and a poem slipped my mind! Here’s the make-up.


I cannot imagine a world without you
Without your smile
Your glow, and your sense of style

I cannot imagine the world existing
If you would not be there to speak to it
To hold it, and care for it the way you do

I cannot even fathom the sadness
Of not waking to your gorgeous face and
Feeling your skin every morning

The Universe can’t imagine it either
Which is why It gave me you.


It’s Easy

Healing is easy
If you remember
That you’re perfect,
exactly as you are.

Copyright 2011 Heather Strang

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I always think I can’t fall more in love with Kinnikinnick Foods, but then, they do it again. This time it’s a spring seasonal donut – blueberry. Me and the man started our Sunday with this delish donut and coffee/tea (green for me!). And wow – we were speechless!

Order your package of blueberry donuts today. With only 140 calories, no gluten/dairy/soy and minimal sugar (for a donut), you cannot miss this deliciousness. My beau says he couldn’t even tell the difference between a gluten donut and this one.

BTW – I’ve tried almost all of the Kinnikinnick donuts and these are the BEST!

Bake in the oven at 350 for 10 minutes for absolute perfection. Do not microwave or eat cold – you’ll miss the full donut-delicious impact.

Happy Eating!

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09 Apr / NaPoWriMo: Day 9


Eyes lock
Memories engage
Lips lock
Lust ensues
Pure ecstasy
Takes over
Leaving nothing
Left to

Copyright 2011 Heather Strang

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08 Apr / NaPoWriMo: Day 8

Fantasy Meets Reality

In my fantasy,
You do everything I say.
You adore me,
Worship me
Are committed to what I want to create.

In reality,
It is nothing like this
And I think –
How could I be so wrong?

Except, I’m not wrong
It is all happening exactly as I intended it,
So very long ago.
You are playing your role and I am playing mine –

It is exactly what I need
Pure and simple
And I can never ask it to be more
Or less.

It isn’t worth it to question life,
it won’t ever be wrong.

Of this I can always be sure.

Copyright 2011 Heather Strang

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07 Apr / NaPoWriMo: Day 7

The Conversation

It has been a year since we last spoke.
Do you remember?
Today, finally, I felt brave enough.
Quite naturally,
we picked up right where we left off –
Polite. Quiet. Content.
I imagine this is how life works, in all regards
how the pain of lost love fades
Give it time, give it quiet, give it peace
Then it ceases to exist.
Before you know it, you’re having a conversation
with an old friend.

Copyright 2011 Heather Strang

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06 Apr / NaPoWriMo: Day 6


it is empty
in this silence
in this emptiness
where you once were
where i still hear the ringing of your voice
and feel your hand on my thigh
tea bags sit idly in the sink
dirt from your boots covers the worn, blue carpet
and tears fall, ever silently, down my reddened face
you said you would be back
you said you wouldn’t be gone long
but here i am,

Copyright 2011 Heather Strang

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05 Apr / NaPoWriMo: Day 5

Just the Facts, Ma’am

I am going to die someday,
it is, an undisputable fact.
It hits me as I walk along mossy Evergreens
feeling the warmth of lazy slits of sun
I take a deeper breath (to validate that I am, in fact, alive now)
and say it again, this time, out loud:

I am going to die someday.
There is no stopping this,
my youth will fade, disappear
like a popsicle left absently on a counter-top.

In this truth, certainty appears
How could I spend a day doing anything other than what I love,
with people I love, in a place that makes my heart full
and my eyes shine?
Why would I dare to share my space, my heart, my soul
with anyone other than he who adores my very presence?

This is life, and it is not to be taken for granted.
It is meant to be absorbed, loved and enveloped in every moment.
Choices are easier to make with this knowledge, with one’s
finger pressed firmly against this incredibly enlightening reality.

Every choice matters.
Every second is more important than the last.
Waste not,
Live much.
It is, after all
Exactly what we’ve got.

Copyright 2011 Heather Strang

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In honor of National Poetry Month, I’ll be writing one poem a day for all of April. Since I was without computer this weekend, below are my first four poems for the first four days of April. You may notice a theme of…remembering – as this is a general theme in my life right now. Please leave comments and links to your poetry as well!

With love,


Once upon a time
there lived a girl
who dreamed of a life
with more
than slamming doors,
angry words
and sadness.
One day, the girl
set out on her own
determined to do it
all differently
and far better.
Challenges befell her,
and many a night
she faced slamming doors,
angry words
and sadness.
But, she soldiered on
sure that she deserved
more and would one day
find it.
Then, one day, she did.
On a beach with water
spread out as far as she
could see.
Suddenly, she remembered.
Her dream life lived inside of her
beyond slamming doors,
angry words
and sadness.
The peaceful life she craved
was not to be sought
after and found,
it was to be allowed
out of her soul and
birthed into this life.
The girl sighed, and
smiled her biggest smile.
She was going to be okay.


Love Asks

Love does not ask me to run
It does not ask me to hide.
Love wants my soul,
100 percent of who I really am.

But, I am scared.

Smiling bright, I
pretend that I don’t know
what it is love requires.

But, I do.

Love is asking me for surrender
For total, gut-wrenching honesty
Love wants me down on my knees
Begging for the light, yearning for all I am.

And then, I remember.

I was given this gift.
This man, this opportunity to love
And love is not asking for me to play
the same, old, tired games.

Love is demanding my full participation
On every level – mind, body, soul.

And so, I do.


I Am Here

I am not good enough
for your program,
your magazine, or
your publishing house.

I won’t follow the rules
or bend to regulations of which
I find lacking and irrelevant
not to mention terribly uncreative.

I am here to write
And some days, it is wretched
But, I cannot care
I must do what I came here to do.

I didn’t come here to write for
your program,
your magazine,
or your publishing house.

I came to write my truth
I came to shine it so brightly
For all who resonated and
were drawn.

Somehow, some way it would matter
Somehow it would find its way
Into the right hands
Of my perfect people.

I thought you would understand.
Instead you bore me with
meters and rhymes and
statutes that say poetry can only look like _______.

I smile, though,
remembering that I did
not come here
for you.



My safety does not lie within you
It lies, within me.
It is buried deep.
You see, I put it somewhere so I
wouldn’t forget.
Although, like those pesky car keys,
I often do forget.
But now, now I am remembering:
It is me
I am me
It all adds up to one – me.

Copyright 2011 Heather Strang

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We have great news! This blog has been re-created as The Metaphysical Menu. You can catch all of the amazing recipes here. We can’t wait to see you there! Xo

While I reserve the right to add to this list at any given time (whenever a food adventure allows me to!), I have to share with you some of my top picks right now for eating gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and low sugar in Portland, Ore. I feel so grateful to live in such a creative culinary place – filled with delicious, healthy food. Check it out!

Best Coffee House
Bean & Tree: Try their decaf hemp lattes, caffeine-free chai tea with almond/hemp milk or try coconut milk steamed. Wheat-free, vegan blueberry muffin is great as well. Skip the gluten-free chocolate chips – unless you can tolerate dairy.

Best Patisserie
Jade Teahouse: You have got to try their white chocolate with sea salt macaroon. It’s pure ectasy. Everything on the menu is gluten-free and their pastries are incredible in all ways. Also try out their curry. They have a full dinner menu with eclectic, tasty offerings.

Best Food Cart
Buddha Bites at the PSU carts: Their gluten-free bread is like REAL sandwich bread. Try their turkey, avocado, bacon panini (with gf bread!) and you will be in heaven. Everything on the menu is good, but the sandwich wins!

Best Burger
Dick’s Kitchen: The Elk burger is amazing and it’s from local farmers on a sustainable farm. I got mine on a bed of lettuce, but Dick’s offers a gluten-free bun. The fries are incredible – and are baked. Everything on the menu is geared towards a low-inflammation diet, so plenty of gluten-free and dairy-free offerings. They even have diet gingerale, which is delish in Maker’s Mark (if you can tolerate Whiskey) or potato vodka.

Best Pizza
Mississppi Pizza: I love pizza and so, I have eaten my way through PDX looking for the perfect gluten-free pizza. I found it here! Now, if you need it to be vegan and egg-free you can call ahead to have them prepare the dough. I can tolerate a little bit of dairy over soy, so I went with light mozzarella cheese, the red marinara sauce, chicken, spinach, red onions and sundried tomatoes. I was in pure heaven. The crust is thicker than most GF crusts and tastes absolutely delicious. It’s a must try! They also offer GF cookies.

Best Steak & Potatoes
Clyde Common: Not a traditional gluten-free establishment, but their grilled steak and potatoes (and harissa fries) were so orgasmic (and gf/df/soy-free), I had to include them here. The service is fantastic and the food is made primarily local and fresh to order.

Best Sustainable Sushi
Bamboo Sushi: Sustainable fish and practices make this the best sushi you will find. The fish is the freshest I’ve ever tried. While their prices aren’t cheap, you will feel so good inside and outside you’ll be thrilled you indulged in this naturally gluten/dairy/sugar-free food. Let them know you have a soy allergy to stay away from any potential allergens.

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Anatomy of the Heart: Love Poems on Display at New Ren in NW Portland

Happy Valentine’s Day!

If you’re looking for a last-minute V-day gift that will make your lover smile, consider purchasing autographed copes of Anatomy of the Heart: Love Poems.

You can purchase an autographed copy from New Renassiance on NW 23rd & Pettygrove or Powell’s in downtown Portland.

Do so today!

Happy Love,

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