This morning, my friend Eric asked me if I have a news years resolution. (Actually someone asked me for the first time the other night at a New Year’s Eve party, but he didn’t stick around to hear my answer when I told him that we had met before but he didn’t remember because he had been really drunk at the time).
Well, at first I thought I didn’t have a news years resolution… I kind of never really do.
But then I actually thought about, and realized that yes, I do have one.
That being said, I am always quietly setting goals to better myself and the way I interact with the world, and this is different only in that I am actually talking about it.
The other day, while I was making a parody collage of a Time Magazine cover for my own enjoyment, I had a realization of all the useful things I could be doing to better my life during that time, instead of pasting an American Spirit cigarette into Abraham Lincoln’s mouth.
So I decided to finish the collage, while resolving to start making better use of my time: to use my time pursuing things that will make my life more fulfilling, and inevitably seek to spread happiness to humanity (i.e. start with some volunteering, among other things).
Honestly, I’m probably still going to collage Time Magazine covers for my own enjoyment… Just not at 4:30 AM when the obvious choice is to go to sleep.
So what’s your New year’s resolution? What’s the goal you just happened to make at the turn of the year?
THE HURRICANE MIND
The gentle vibration of spring,
so easy to feign, if only for a moment.
The mind floats on infinity,
like the sound of a single
drop of water into a puddle.
But seasons change,
and what was once a tranquil shower,
quickly becomes a hurricane.
The quiet mind echoes
the cacophony of its surroundings.
And though anyone can be a monk
in the silence of a hermitage in spring,
few can keep their feet on the ground
once the hurricane comes.
Copyright 2013 Kelley Cosgrove
An unrelated eerie whimsy.
This is another song from “Misadventures in Wonderland” that I just finished re-recording. It’s called “The Best Way To Kill A Lobster,” and it is a little bit darker than the first one. This is about the pain of madness—whether brought on by biological processes, drugs, or life circumstances. Another theme that pervades this song is the desire to be truly understood by another human being (“You see me”), even despite your faults and madnesses.
By the way, the best way to kill a lobster is to take a big knife and cut it’s head in half length-wise, in case you were wondering. 2/37.
I am currently in the process of re-recording a group of 37 old tunes I made seven or eight years ago, just for fun. I decided to post them here as I finish them! Here is the first one. It’s about a dream I had when I was 18 about sitting beside someone silently and connecting on a deep and profound level through a single touch. I think it was the first of many dreams I have had like that over the years. I kept the original ending to the song, which is sort of abrupt, leaving me wanting to hear more… kind of like waking up from a dream. This song is called “One,” an appropriate first one to post. 1/37.
Yay! Thanksgiving is almost here! But if you are a vegan, gluten free, or, god forbid, both, you’re may feel kind of left out on this holiday of bread, gravy, stuffing, turkey, pie, and genocide.
So, here’s a very quick and easy recipe for a very tasty gluten free & vegan dessert that only takes 5-10 minutes to prepare. I hate to call it not-quite-homemade…. but that’s kind of what it is. If you have someone in your family with allergies, you could easily make this for them. It’s basically an ice-cream pie.
1 pint Coconut based vanilla “ice cream”
Peanut butter (Organic/natural)
GF vegan cookies - I used Glutino Chocolate Vanilla Creme sandwich cookies
Use a mini-loaf pan, or a ~6x9 pyrex or foil pan. Crush up about 7 cookies, and spread on the bottom of the pan. Spread peanut butter on top of the cookies (heat it up a little to make it slightly easier. However, this will take longer and you might have to put it in the freezer to set before adding the ice cream). Spread the “ice cream” on top of the peanut butter. You’re probably going to use the whole pint. Smooth it out, then put a thin layer of peanut butter on top of the ice cream, and cover it with pieces of cookie. Cover with foil and freeze until it’s time to eat it.
That’s it. Simple!
If you are allergic to peanut butter, almond butter or another nut butter will also work well. If neither work, just leave that bit out, or try sun butter. If there is a coconut issue, rice-based ice cream is a good bet.
This recipe could be adapted in many ways just by changing the type of ice cream or cookies. There is a vegan GF ice cream that is “carrot cake” flavor that is pretty darn good, which would probably go well with ginger snap type cookies (so would the “ginger snap” flavor coconut based ice cream that’s also out there). Also, chocolate ice cream would sub well into this recipe for vanilla.
Some other suggestions for GF and Vegan cookie brands: Lucy’s. Mary’s. Glutino.