Telling the Truth

connecting the dots of my life


consumes me
parches my soul
throttles energy
makes me wary
lest I lose
one precious drop

sets in like drought
grows and multiplies
invades every
vein in my body
sucks me dry
prepares me
for death

I refuse
to relinquish
what is mine
by right and law
wrung from
this earth by
my own hands

I rush headlong
into a desert
of my making

No one
looks my way
or offers
one precious drop


Here’s another option from the prophet Isaiah:

Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.

Why spend money on what is not bread,
your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me,
and eat what is good,

and you will delight in the richest of fare.

Isaiah 55:1-2 (New International Version)

I’ve been thinking about the way we seem to be turning inward. Supposedly protecting ourselves and our own, lest something terrible happens and we’re left high, dry and more vulnerable than ever. But I wonder.

Ironically, the best way to ensure disaster may well be to shut down our hearts and hang onto our assets, however meager they may be.

This isn’t about political parties, racial identity or religious beliefs. It’s about our common humanity. The capacity in each of us that’s capable of welcoming and providing hospitality to strangers. And the capacity to receive this from others.

It isn’t easy. We’re never promised success, safety or survival for ourselves or others. We are, however, promised the satisfaction of receiving and passing on small bits of grace and gratitude. Some of those tiny drought-proof seeds that grow only when they’re given away.

© Elouise Renich Fraser, 5 August 2017
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Curried Red Lentil Soup | Recipe

Time to share another frugal favorite. Once again, it’s a tasty, jaw-friendly, non-dairy, high protein recipe. I made it this past week. Enough for 3 or 4 single servings, and, in my unbiased opinion, fit for a Queen! Also in its favor, you don’t need to be a master chef to make this come out right.

Seriously, this is as casual and easy it as gets. Years ago I copied the recipe from the back page of a Nutrition Action Healthletter. Enjoy it as is, or dress it up with simple additions. You can also double the recipe (though not the curry unless you love the heat). I consider it a main protein dish, not a light soup.

1 diced onion (small or medium)

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon curry powder (more or less)

1 cup red lentils, rinsed

2 ½ cups water – more as needed

1. Sauté diced onion in oil until browned.
2. Stir in curry powder and lentils.
3. Add water.
4. Simmer uncovered 10-12 minutes (or longer—up to half an hour) – until most liquid is absorbed and lentils have formed a thick sauce.
5. Salt if desired.

Here are several add-in ideas, though it tastes fabulous without them. Whatever you add, less is better.

  • cooked quinoa — leftover, not too much; soft, blends right in, easy to digest, high protein
  • cooked brown rice — not too much; can be chewy and overpowering
  • chopped frozen spinach
  • green peas – fresh or frozen
  • garbanzos (chick peas)
  • bite-size pieces of leftover asparagus
  • fresh cilantro, parsley or a squeeze of lemon juice
  • Greek yogurt on top if you do dairy.

Happy relaxed, Queenly casual cooking!


© Elouise Renich Fraser, 4 August 2017
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