Thank you Ceres of Marin!

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On Feb 13, my first meal was delivered from Ceres Project who delivers free weekly meals for people with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses for three months. This profound kindness is only one of the important ways Ceres Project is improving the world and individual’s lives. They also take recipient’s dietary requirements into account (gluten-free, for example); and use whole, health-promoting, organic, seasonal food, sourced from local farms, farmer’s markets and Whole Foods Market; and teach teens, who prepare the food, how to cook delicious nutritious meals.

Even kindergarteners are involved by making inspiring cards for clients. Mine was from Max. Thank you, Max! It’s on our refrigerator and makes us all smile.

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Cancer and it’s treatment is challenging for anyone as well as a person’s family so I wish I’d taken a picture of my brother’s face when the food arrived after we got home from radiation and a walk. I didn’t know my three month period was beginning last night so, though bone tired, he was about to start dinner and was even happier than me the restaurant-quality meal arrived since he could take a break from his daily grind of support and relax rather than prepare yet another meal for our family, in which two of us are disabled.

Valentine’s Day inspired the presentation of last night’s meal for one of the most loving valentines ever created or received. In addition to the pureed beet soup we received:

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CIMG0597 - Version 2 (heart-shaped turkey meatloaves with unsweetened tomato jam)

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and as a special Valentine’s Day treat

CIMG0588 - Version 2 (dairy- and gluten-free chocolate cranberry bread pudding sweetened with a touch of maple syrup)

Every bite was delicious! Our bodies were nourished with the healthiest of foods, our spirits raised and we were able to relax for the night, a rare and needed treat.

I hope people will consider supporting the Ceres Project since they make an enormous effort to benefit more lives than one can imagine. If you know someone in Sonoma or Marin who is being treated for cancer or another life-threatening illness, please let them know about Ceres Project. And hopefully people in other areas will be inspired to create similar services in their communities.

For more information or to volunteer or provide a tax-deductible donation to this remarkable organization:

Ceres Community Project of Marin
P.O. Box 151049
San Rafael, CA 94915-1049

5 deserted island essentials

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The classic list that no one would have at the time needed since we don’t plan to be alone on a deserted island. However, I thrive on creativity and expression, but I’m a soft-skinned animal so I would want:

1. A deep well that desalinates the sea;

2.  Identification guide for land and sea flora & fauna to identify edibles and the like;

3. Everlasting all-UV protective sunglasses;

4. Clothing made from fabric like tencil or multilayered silk* to last for decades;

5. A first aid kit that could supply a hospital, including morphine for a comfortable transition at life’s end;

A list I hope no one would ever need…except as an outward bound experience in which case I’d want:

a camera with a long battery and lots of memory; a journal; a space pen with refills; a knife; three glass bottles for water desalination.

* (Silk is so strong that it is used as body armor…as I remember, it takes 50 layers to stop a bullet)

5 haiku

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Waiting crazes when

cancer’s in lymph’s slow slide like

fish about to spawn.

*

LISTEN–I thought for

words; instead, for music in

voices, steps, breath–now.

*

Pinch me, I’m happy!

Chemo’s eclipsing our lives

yet sky’s blue, birds sing.

*

Outside eight bluebirds:

two too young for blue learning

from blues bright as sun.

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Your soft snore shores my

sleep and my wake, reassures

me we’re here, alive.

~

haiku catchoo!