Radiate and Flicker and Glow

Archived | June 9, 2009 | By

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. It had been cloudy and gray all day, and raining on and off, so instead of sun, I had a lot of lights on. I know it might seem wasteful, but I like a lot of light. I like to see what I’m doing, if nothing else, but if there’s any warmth to be had, I like that, too. I like words like “glow” and “bask” and “illuminate” and if I can get a vitamin from being in the light, well, light up the ultraviolet bulb.
Don’t get me wrong. A good candle or two certainly can do the trick, especially on a dreary day. And there are certain days which call for candlelight. I light one up on days when the house smells musty after a long winter. I light a candle on days when someone I love is far away or struggling or having surgery. I light a candle on days when I’m remembering something significant to me alone, and I might not even explain it to anyone. (I light a candle every year on the date of my conception, and that’s all I’ll say about that except that it’s in December and I was born nine months to the day later.) Some days I light a candle simply because I’m feeling crappy and a flickering flame is enough to distract me into feeling better.
They say each of us has an aura about us, a kind of field of energy that reacts and expands in light and color. I don’t know for sure about this, but I swear I’ve met people who are lit up and shine, who radiate and flicker and glow, and I also know people who are burnt out and dull and, well, kind of dead. You know? ‘Minds me of a song I love. “This Little Light of Mine, / I’m Gonna Let It Shine…” Let it shine? Heck. Light up the whole prairie, Honey. For as long as ever you can.
German Potato Salad with Garlic
Twice a year I crave German food: October and June. Here’s light and tangy potato salad for a picnic hike. Enjoy with a bottle of locally brewed beer and some
Kielbasa from the butcher shop.
10 boiled potatoes, sliced (Yukon Gold or Idaho Red)
5 T oil
5 T cider vinegar
5 T water
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 c. chopped onions
5 cloves of garlic, smashed
1 tsp. sugar
Layer the potatoes and dressing in a bowl. Avoid stirring. This salad goes great with smoked sausage or Kielbasa.