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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

My daughter is living with me while work is being done (largely by her) on her house. And now a good friend of hers has come to stay with us too. To be around young, active people is a new challenge for me. I plan to not complain about my own aches and pains, but just be pleasant and try to hold up my end of keeping the house neat. (Actually, most of the housework falls to me, but they are very good at "being my legs," doing things like taking out the compost, bringing onions in from the garden, filling up the birdbath.) Today they will be at my daughter's house working so I am going to cook a nice lunch in case they want to share it with me when they take a break. I am going to make "Chana Masaledar," a Middle Eastern chickpea dish and rice with raisens which a Persian friend made for me years ago. I found this recipe - of all places! - in an appendix in The Essential Rumi, translations by Coleman Barks. I have been reading Rumi for several days now. I copy out little snippets that I like, for instance, "Last year, I gazed at the fire. This year I'm burnt kabob."
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