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The Lancaster County trio behind The Stray Birds is one of the finest young bands on the folk circuit. Watch Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven and Charles Muench perform their hit single, “Dream in Blue,” for Folk Alley.

The Waking

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I have to go.

We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Of those so close beside me, which are you?
God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.

Light takes the Tree; but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Great Nature has another thing to do
To you and me; so take the lively air,
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn by going where I have to go.

- Theodore Roethke

Christmas was cancelled this year

(at least the fun part) and no one told me. So I will be swiping MasterCards to my death at the bookstore. 

I guess there are worse ways to die.

Lord, I found love in Waterloo this week.
I never ever thought I’d say this, but maybe I can stay here for a while.

I add my breath to your breath

that our days be long on the Earth,

that the days of our people may be long,

that we shall be as one person,

that we may finish our road together.

- Laguna Pueblo Prayer



I Ran Out Naked In The Sun

I ran out naked
in the sun
and who could blame me
who could blame

the day was warm

I ran out naked
in the rain
and who could blame me
who could blame

the storm

I leaned toward sixty
that day almost done
it thundered
then

I wanted more I
shouted More
and who could blame me
who could blame

had been before

could blame me
that I wanted more

- Jane Hirschfield

This is a beautiful world, this is.  And I feel so lucky to have been able to explore a lesser-known corner of it this summer, the Bas-St-Laurent and La Gaspésie.  This landscape never gets old—the cool green of the campagne, the bright yellow canola fields, and the thousand shades of blue that stretch across the sky on a sunny day.

And I’ve fallen in love cent fois with the Québécois and with travellers from all across the world over shared drinks, stories, and songs at the hostel where I’ve lived and worked these past few months. 

But this summer has passed by as quickly as they have, and I have just three more days left in this place.  As usual, I am not ready to leave, but I am taking comfort in the words of Mary Oliver: “Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?  Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”  This summer was a beautiful answer to that question, and I have faith that the waters of the St-Laurent will carry me gracefully into the next stage of life, whatever that may be. 

Wish you were here

Salut (amour de ma vie) Philippe,

Ça m’a fait plaisir de te connaître (merde, I’m awkward in French) et c’est dommage qu’il n’y avait pas plus de temps.  Merci pour me faire sourire toute la journée hier. 

(I just wish that it didn’t mean that my heart felt heavy all day today.)

(Tu me manques beaucoup)

Laura

(P.S. Next time we meet, I swear that I will speak perfect French. And be older.)

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A Palestinian boy in Gaza City plays with fireworks to celebrate the beginning of Ramadan [Ali Ali/EPA]

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A Palestinian boy in Gaza City plays with fireworks to celebrate the beginning of Ramadan [Ali Ali/EPA]

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Gâteau au sucre à la crème

{www.recettes.qc.ca}

Préparation: 10 min

Cuisson: 20 min

Portions: 6

Ingrédients:

1/4 tasse (65 ml) beurre

1 tasse (250 ml) cassonade

1 oeuf

1 tasse (250 ml) farine

1 c. à thé (5 ml) poudre à pâte

1/2 tasse (125 ml) lait

1 tasse (250 ml) cassonade

1/2 tasse (125 ml) beurre

1/4 tasse (65 ml) lait

1 tasse (250 ml) sucre en poudre

  1. Pour le gâteau: Mélanger ensemble les 6 premiers ingrédients.  Verser dans un moule rond de 8 pouces (20 cm) graissé au préalable.
  2. Cuire au four ~20 min. à 350 degrees F (180 C), ou jusqu’à ce qu’un cure-dent inseré en ressorte sec.
  3. Pendant ce temps, mélanger ensemble les 3 autres ingrédients (cassonade, beurre, et le lait).  Mettre dans un chaudron.  Bouillir sur la cuisinière doucement pour faire fondre le sucre brun (2-3 min)
  4. Retirer du feu et laisser refroidir complètement, ajouter le sucre en poudre et étendre immédiatement sur le gâteau refroidi.
  5. Servir avec de la crème.
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