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Your Perfection

No one makes you the victim
You, you choose it all on your own
Yet beautifully, you can also choose
To be the empowered, positive, delightful soul
You really and truly are.
Wipe your tears, stop telling the story
Of what has been done to you.
Instead, look in the mirror
Deep into your eyes and remember
Your perfection.
Nothing to be fixed or changed
Only an embracing of that which you already are.

It is that simple.
I promise.

-Heather Strang

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Tweed Cap

Your tweed cap
perched every so properly
on a tall, perfectly oval head
reached out to me tonight
amidst a sea of people it appeared
and instantly I thought it must be
you
I was sure it was
for who else wears a brown tweed cap
even in the spring?
for a moment the thought of you made
me smile and made me nervous all at
once
a second, maybe a millisecond later
I remembered
you crossed over
and the only place for me to see you
is in dreams or photographs
a moment later a lump entered my
throat
and a wave of nausea swept over me
I hadn’t realized I missed you
until now, until now that you’re gone
and I cannot smell your grandpa skin
or feel your itchy, beige wool cardigan
or see your caps, your tweed caps
except in a sea of people
who can never be
you.

-Heather Strang

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As a huge fan of Mr. Matt Love, I had to make you all aware of his latest book. It’s a must read! xoHeather 🙂

New Release: Gimme Refuge: The Education of a Caretaker

Nestucca Spit Press announces the release of Gimme Refuge: The Education of a Caretaker by Matt Love.

Frustrated with life, teaching, and the inability to become a writer, Matt Love escaped Portland in 1997 at 33 years of age and moved to the Oregon Coast. A year later he became caretaker of the 600-acre Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge. During his decade (1998-2008) as caretaker, he helped restore the grounds to fuller ecology, discovered a love for teaching, and reinvented himself as a writer and historian who established Nestucca Spit Press and eventually won the 2009 Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award from Oregon Literary Arts. Gimme Refuge is his passionate 177-page account of his teaching career, experience as caretaker, and awakening as an Oregonian. The book also includes 17 original illustrations by Cindy Popp.

“Becoming the caretaker of the refuge was the biggest break of my life,” said Love. “I sincerely doubt I would have found my voice as a writer or developed my unique love for Oregon without this incredible opportunity. It also helped me return to teaching and to embrace and love that profession.”

Gimme Refuge opens with Love’s first teaching day in 1989 and moves forward to 1998 when he taught at Neskowin Valley School and simultaneously assumed the duty as caretaker of the refuge, a former dairy farm in dire need of restoration. The book concludes ten years later when Love left the refuge after losing a public fight to limit public access to the grounds. “I consider my role as caretaker as the greatest one of my life. I had a direct hand in planting some 15,000 trees on the refuge and it’s awesome to think that they’ll long outlive anything I’ve ever written,” said Love.

Praise for Gimme Refuge:

Matt Love is one of my favorite Northwest writers. Gimme Refuge tells his story as a free-spirited teacher, writer and accidental caretaker of a wildlife refuge on the Oregon Coast. At times, this memoir reads like a hip, modern Walden. At other times, with all its literary and rock ‘n’ asides, it may remind you of The Dead Poets Society or School of Rock. By its final pages, this engaging and uninhibited book should inspire damn near anyone with a passion for anything. —Jim Lynch, author of The Highest Tide and Border Songs

Love is the author/editor of The Beaver State Trilogy, Citadel of the Spirit: Oregon’s Sesquicentennial Anthology, Super Sunday in Newport: Notes From My First Year in Town and Gimme Refuge: The Education of a Caretaker. He’s a regular contributor to the Oregonian, Oregon Coast Today and Bear Deluxe magazines, and writes the “On Oregon” blog for Powells.com. In 2009, Love won the Oregon Literary Arts’ Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award for his contributions to Oregon history and literature. He lives in South Beach with his dog and teaches English and journalism at Newport High School. He’s currently working on a book about the filming of Sometimes a Great Notion.

For more information about Gimme Refuge or to order the special edition, go to: www.nestuccaspitpress.com


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Day 3 – Condensed, as b-day activities interfered with my ability to post yesterday. 🙂 xo

Do It Now

Desire spurs our dreams
Our dreams occupy our mind
In between
Moments are lost, ignored, sidestepped.
A great man once said:
All we have is now.
So, dance with me
Look into my eyes
Feel your hand grip my waist
Taste the cherry balm on my lips
Listen as Etta James tells us our love will last.
Do it
now.

———————————————–
Day 4:

You Are More

Carry these words with you for all eternity:

You are more than you realize.
You’re not this job, this house or this lover
And you’re certainly not your possessions –
the clothes, gadgets, technology, automobiles.
You are pure love
You are deeper than you imagine
You care far less about things and
far more about everyone around you
You came here to remember
and to enjoy the hell out of your experience.

Carry this. It will lighten your soul.

-Heather Strang

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You were waiting to die
alone, placed carefully on a small bed

Your lovely white hair
sprouting off your head

Your eyes closed peacefully
signaling to all; it was time

We gathered around
whispering gently in your ear

Sharing love, sharing secrets
granting you permission

To drift far, far away
To return to whence you came

With promises of visiting
us in our dreams

Your lips moved
slowly, as if through molasses

You had so much to say
much love to confirm

But, we all agreed
it was better if you slept

Slept until you could
float away to the place we all long for

Back to your truth
Back home.

-Heather Strang

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You will love this recipe – the lamb is a lovely touch. And it makes excellent leftovers. Enjoy!

Lamb Shepherd’s Pie
1 lb lean ground lamb
1 large red onion, sliced
1 medium carrot, chopped
1 stick celery, chopped
1 c frozen peas
1 c frozen corn
1 t salt
1 t pepper
3 to 4 T gluten-free flour blend
2 lbs sweet potatoes, quartered
2T non-dairy butter

Cook lamb, much like you would ground turkey or beef, until brown. Saute vegetables on medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Combine vegetables and lamb, add in gluten-free flour to thicken the mixture. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. While veggies are sauteing, boil sweet potatoes. Drain and mash with 2 T of butter (feel free to add almond/soy or other non-dairy milk, although you don’t want potatoes to be creamy, more on the lumpy side). In a 9×13 pan, pour lamb and vegetable mixture into bottom of pan. Then, layer sweet potatoes on top, using a fork to create an even, smooth layer. Bake for 30-45 minutes, until potatoes are crispy on top.

Happy Eating!
xoHeather 🙂

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NaPoWriMo begins as April 1st marks the start of National Poetry Month. Woohoo! Below is my first entry, inspired by the vineyards of the Willamette Valley and the delicious people I spent a lovely afternoon with:

The Witness Tree

The witness tree witnessed
in all its glory, the glory of us
holding secrets we could not fathom
we paraded under its glorious limbs
danced around its trunk
giggled over our impending journey
drunk on wine poured from
ever full, ever present glass jugs
we paid no mind, no attention to the witness tree
as it witnessed, the glory of us.

-Heather Strang

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Drinking gluten-free can be a bit tricky. Potato vodka is a-okay (and I love it with some club soda and lime), but unfortunately, not all bars/restaurants carry it. Which is why it’s always a good idea to have some at home, so you aren’t left drinking club soda all night long.

I recently discovered Cold River Potato Vodka. It’s crystal clear and totally smooth. Watch out for their blueberry flavored vodka though – you won’t want to drink it by itself like you will the regular flavor. It’s best paired with an all natural juice or iced green tea (my favorite option). Add some lime and you’re good to go!

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So while I typically eat gluten-free, this pizza dough was too amazing to resist. Besides, my man and I made this together – it was a lot of fun and was seriously the best pizza we’ve ever had.

Enjoy!

Wheat-Free & Dairy-Free Pizza

  • 3 cups spelt flour
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 T dry yeast
  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 t Himalayan pink sea salt

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add 2 cups flour and mix thoroughly. Add olive oil and salt. Pour in rest of flour and knead until dough is no longer sticky. Remove dough. Add olive oil to bowl, place dough back in until covered in oil. Keep dough in bowl, cover with kitchen or paper towel and let rise for 1 hour in a warm location.

In the meantime…

  • Pan bake 2 chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces (I season with garlic salt and a spice mix – Trader Joes has great chicken seasonings).
  • Dice 1/2 a red onion.
  • Grate almond (or other non-dairy) cheese, get approximately 2 cups.
  • Quarter 1 can of artichoke hearts.
  • Dice 1 green pepper.
  • Use one can of organic tomato sauce for the pizza sauce. (Spice it up by adding in a can of diced tomatoes as well. Heat them both together on the stovetop.)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake pizza alone for 10 minutes. Then, add tomato sauce, onion, pepper, artichokes, cheese and chicken. Top again with cheese. Bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until bottom is golden brown. Let cool for 2-5 minutes and slice.

P.S. Amazingly delish reheated in the toaster oven the next day.

Happy Eating!
Heather 🙂

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