Do you celebrate Solstice?

From #PerlesAerie
Do you celebrate Solstice? I do. We do. We gather with friends for the annual Solstice @ 3024.  The tables in every room are laden with all manner of food. My favorites were the Caviar pie, calamata tapanade, swedish meatballs to name a few. The kitchen counters and table overflowed with all the shared byobs of wine, liquors, beer and a little of the hard stuff.

This is without a doubt the best candles 5.jpgparty of the year. An eclectic mix of people young and old; from the arts (theater actors, directors, managers, etc. working artists, writers, journalists); and various mainstream professions. The conversations were the kind that wake up you brain and bring a alertness to the days that follow.

I got home around 2am and briefly visited my altar before heading to bed. Earlier that evening I posted this on Instagram:

Sun has set and before heading out to a Winter Solstice @ 3024 party, I’ve lit the candles on my altar as well as one in every room. That done I recite my annual invocation and release it to the ether**

Winter Solstice is my time to contemplate the past year; celebrate my successes; glean a lessons from my failures; and set a few goals, née, resolutions, for the year ahead.

I am one with the uni verse – See me.
Let me slip easily into the stream of time – Hear me.
Let me acknowledge my past, and accept my now – Help me.
Let me see in dream a little of my path ahead – Grant me.
That given time to contemplate, I may make better choices – Guide me.
As I give myself up to the ‘I am’ and slip into dream. Protect me.
So mote it be.
Later y’all.

**’…ether or spirit. Spirit is the fifth element, and the most ethereal of all the elements, it is a mystical and magical force that can neither be categorised nor explained. When spell casting or magic making…’

Sunday’s in the Kitchen

I spent Sunday in the Kitchen prepping things for the week.

Squeeze all the lemons; freeze in ice cube tray; put in Ziploc bags and store for fresh lemons whenever I need them for tea or water or a  cook-tuna-salad-3recipe.

I ran the Jalapenos thru the food processor; put them in a ziplock bag; press them flat (about 1/8th inch); seal and freeze. I break off a piece to make fresh salsa whenever I need it.

The 3 tomatoes that were too soft for much of anything, I through into a ziplock bag; sealed and threw into the freezer. I’ll pull them out for a sauce or soup some day. Frozen tomatoes are easy to peel and taste good in various recipes (not salsa).

Then, as I’ve too much to do the rest of the week, I made a double can tuna salad and stored it in a mason jar.  Recipe below.  I love tuna salad. I can put it on a cracker for a quick snack; make a sandwich with lettuce, tomatoes; put a scoop atop a salad for extra protein.  I’ve also take a cup and mix in some kind of binder like panko, ground oatmeal or flax (grind them in a coffee grinder); quinoa flakes.etc.; form into patties and fry in olive oil.  Oh, The salad lasts about a week, but it also freezes well which when thawed is good to make patties not as a salad. Yum.

I also put some navy beans in the crock pot to cook.  They are so handy for an impromptu humus, a pureed soup, chicken chili, mashed for a quesadillas, scattered atop a salad.  They also freeze well, although then they are only good for soup or to mash.

Tuna Salad

2 Cans Water packed Albacore Tuna well drained
2 Stalks Celery finely minced
3 small dill pickles minced
1 cup or minced bell peppers any and all colors (green, red, yellow…)
1 medium carrot (optional – I like lots of veggies) minced.
dash of cayenne (optional – I like spicy)
2 Tbs Mayonnaise
2 Tbs spicy mustard

Mix well; store firmly packed in tall mason jar. Lasts about a week.


How do I pick up the pieces?

I realized I’ve been absent from this Blog since August. Wow! I’ve been on social media, but mostly on my Iphone.  That said, I have been micro blogging via Instagram. Although I still write in my journal, I ‘ve somehow grown accustomed to typing quickly with a finger or two or a thumb in my phone’s Notes pad.

I then cut and paste into Instagram with a photo and voila, I’ve p
osted tgoddess-windowshere along with Facebook, Twitter and Tumbler.  Color me lazy. Haven’t figured out how to get it to post to either of my Blogs yet.

I’ve also been in my studio painting.  But with that too, it’s easier to take a quick Iphone pic and upload on Instagram with a mini Bloggy post. The painting on the right sold almost as soon as I posted it. Loved it so much I’m going to do a series on the theme of alternative windows.

I’ve also been cooking and sharing pictures and recipes of the result, but and again instead of Blogging it as I used to do, it goes straight to Instagram. And as always, Jazzmine expects a bite of whatever I’m eating.img_3835

Now with a new year before me, and this most contested election behind me, I’ve decided to actually sit at my actual PC or alternately my Surface Tablet and post here at least once a week for starters.

Pretty much everywhere on social media I am Perle Champion.  But on Instagram I went with Perlesrose if anyone wants to follow me there.There’s an inside story to that handle. It is shortening of Perle alias Rose. Maybe I’ll tell it some day. ( )




Art – Goddess Series

Been fiddling with my WP Website this morning. Uploaded 3 paintings to a new page, but I can’t figure how to do a stacked menu for other categories. So wish I could afford a webmaster, and I am so struggling. Happy Monday y’all 

Source: Art – Goddess Series

Summer has arrived

Well hell; I will miss nature coming thru my open window. The day has arrived. The temperature has reached summer. Up til now, the open doors and windows have kept my apt cool and comfy. But today I came home to a sauna.

Much as I hate to close it up and close out the sounds of the birds and breezes in the trees it’s time.

I closed all my windows, balcony and kitchen doors and turned on the ancient central air conditioners in this old place. Hate the droning hum of it, but I hate to be hot and sweaty more.

I’ll sleep in comfort, but no longer hear the distant sound of passing trains nor wake to birdsong right out side my bedroom window or the errant rainstorm when it comes or much of anything from the outside world.

I’ve reminded Jazzmine where her kitty door is in the window of my studio. Probably unnecessary, but she is older and hasn’t needed it in some time.
Summer is not my favorite season. Give me Fall, Winter and Spring. After y’all.


Genie – Until Next Time


miles and miles i’ve
some walked
many run
alone and not too
and with you i’d walked
but just a few
but there was something
familiar in the pace
my mind recalls that
gentle face
somewhere, somewhen
my friend
we’d walked in step
and somewhere, somewhen
we’ll fall in step again
and share a few
miles more

© Perle Champion

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Oddly Opalescent Opaleye

It’s national poetry month, and as I’m too busy on other projects just now to write new poems. I’m posting some from past years. #‪#‎NationalPoetryMonth‬

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Day 17 of Blogging from A to Z.  Today’s letter is O

Oddly Opalescent Opaleye

opalescent eyes
reflect fresh blood stains upon
nature’s own buffet

© Perle Champion

So many of todragon 22day’s myths were once legend, and I wonder if they have a basis in some ancient past.  I wonder if real dragons once roamed the earth.  Did the story of dragons begin with the sighting of dinosaurs? Did the story get passed down through oral history through the generations?  We’ll never know for sure, but I choose to believe that in some way they once shared our earth.

The Opaleye is a medium-sized dragon, often weighing 2-3 tonnes. It was iridescent, pearly scales and pupil-less eyes that match, making it widely known as the most beautiful dragon around. It is not incredibly aggressive and produces a scarlet flame. Opaleyes prefer to eat sheep.*

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Walkabout Fringe Benefits

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“Why are there trees I never walk under but large and melodious thoughts descend upon me?” – Whitman

Most of my friends know I try to go Walkabout every morning at or a little before sunrise. It’s an unplugged walk of 3-5 miles.  The above quote by Whitman is as true for me as it was for him, but I don’t think anyone would hear those ‘melodious thoughts’ with the interference of earphones.  There’s enough noise in the world.

My personal fringe benefit list.Hazy urban sunrise

Nature is all around. As I live in an old neighborhood, there are trees everywhere inhabited by all manner of creature. There are old houses (the once gated Glen Iris Park’s homes date from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s); old and new apartments (my 4-plex dates to 1938); various chain and local stores (I love the old Wilson’s now run by a lovely Indian family…

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Why, why, why…

This is from an old journal entry as valid today as on that other sad day.
Sad commentary that I have occasion to ask the same question time and again,  year after year. “We always ask why. There is no answer good enough. There is no reasonable, rational reason for the events of this day.”  hands on face drawing
I want to know what madness is,
and where its edges and beginnings are.
what path does a twisted mind travel
that can explain taking pride
in the slaying of innocents
what slight was so great that
it warrants wanton murder…



Wrote this poem when I celebrated my first quarter century birthday in 1974. The drawing came later.  Although  I’ll be celebrating all week, today’s the actual day and I’m enjoying an Irish coffee of sorts at my desk watching the steady rain outside my window.   pic passages

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