Thursday, May 28, 2009

Le Tourment Vert Mojito from Mango Mango New Orleans

Le Tourment Vert Mojito
1) put a little ice in an unbreakable glass.
2) add 1 shot of bacardi silver and 1 shot of absinthe (you can also just use 2 shots of bacardi instead of absinthe).
3) add a generous pinch of fresh mint leaves
4) squeeze about 5 lime wedges into mixture
5) take a mortor or some sort of smashing device and grind the mint, lime, and alcohol
6) pour mixture into a glass and add more ice.
7) add about 1/2 a shot of simple syrup (to sweeten to your liking) and top off glass w/soda water
8) pour drink back into mixing cup then back into your glass

Ths is my favorite drink!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Hello Everyone,
Three great nights of Denver art, history and performance begin in ten days.
On Thursday, June 4th, the Emmauel Gallery on the Auraria Campus
in downtown Denver hosts the Steve Wilson Exhibition.
Steve has been our friend and fellow artist for thirty years.
In fact, Steve did the artwork for our Marriage Ceremony program back in 1979.
We own a number of Steve’s paintings and collages, some of which are part of this exhibition. At the opening which runs from 4 to 7 PM, Ed will be performing his creative non fiction monologue, Billy Burroughs’ Prediction, the opening scene of which takes place in Steve Wilson and Larry Lake’s Bowery Books on old South Pearl Street in 1980. A piece I wrote, How I Meet Steve Wilson, is part of the Steve Wilson catalogue that the Emmanuel Gallery is publishing.On Friday, June 5th, an exhibition entitled, Mile High and Underground, opens at The Byers-Evans House Gallery, on the northeast corner of 13th Avenue and Bannock Street. Steve Wilson is the curator of this display of art and published materials from the years 1967 through 1987 that highlight the connection between the worlds of publishing, poetry, and art of the era. At this Colorado Historical Society opening, our son Passion will be fronting on baritone saxophone a trio that will entertain in the courtyard of the Mansion. As part of the brochure that catalogues this exhibition Ed has written an examination of many of the artifacts to be displayed, something akin to an oral history of the era as reflected in the materials published by many of the small presses of the time.On Saturday, June 6th, we (Passion Press/the Image Maker) are hosting an evening entitled A Bohemian Extravaganza in the Jungle Room of The Mercury Café, a major player/site in Denver’s Mile High Underground the last thirty years. This is literally an evening of music, film, friends, poetry and theater. Kicking things off at six, Julie Monley will sing and Frederic DesMoulins will work the ivories for the 6 PM dinner hour. Julie is a most intimate and dynamic singer with whom we have worked many times over the years. The Mercury Café serves local and organic food, and my favorite chef, Gypsy, has returned after a long hiatus in the mountains. We recommend all to make dinner part of your evening. Reservations are suggested as there is limited seating in the Jungle Room. Call 303 322 9324 for reservations.At 7 PM we will be turning on the projectors to showcase the work of Michael Klein and Gwylym Cano. Michael was the man with a motion picture camera in the Sixties and he documented much of what was happening and he created scores of wonderful short films.Gwylym Cano is a filmmaker who has stood on the shoulders of the principals of the past, and continues the tradition of Bohemian filmmaking that began with Stan Brakhage.Among other poetic shorts, Gwylym will be showing To Write, a short piece showcasing the late comedian Don Becker.At 8 PM, our Theater Hour will kick off with Richard Collier’s one-man play, Wild. Richard literally gave birth to underground theater in the early Sixties with his Trident Theater on South Gaylord Street. His new work, Wild, is extremely poetic and sheds light on the what drove artists in the Sixties and Seventies to establish themselves a mile high and underground. Following Richard there will be a musical interlude as Bob Peek will invoke Alfred Dietrich Kleyhauer III. Bob and Alfred were the musical duo, The Whatnots. Alfred died years ago – he was the first victim of Denver’s Light Rail – but his musical compositions are as timeless as they are contemporary. And the third part of our Theater Hour presents the world premiere of Passion Press’ docu-drama, James Ryan Morris Reads for the Last Time Mano Mano with Larry Lake at Denver Poets Day 1978. The play features the acting of Richard Collier, James Frisbee and ourselves. The Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver features, among others, the image of James Ryan Morris, as one of one hundred men considered to have been major players in shaping Colorado culture. Over the last thirty years in Denver, we have attended hundreds of poetry readings, and Jimmy and Larry reading that day ranks as one of the two best (the other was Tony Scibella reading The Kid in America in 1979 at Café Nepenthes).And beginning sometime after 9 PM, five of our favorite poets will take the stage. Kate Makkai, whose first book, Pink, Passion Press published, will kick off the reading. She will be followed by LA poets, SA Griffin and Larry Lake’s son, Yama Lake. Lucy Mc Grath whose been writing poetry and living a mile high and underground since the Sixties will follow the West Coasters. And closing out the evening will be John Macker, a Denver native who now lives in Las Vegas New Mexico. We could not name any better living poets.There is a ten dollar cover for all or any part of the evening and, again, reservations are highly recommended. 303 322 9324Thanks for everyone’s support of Passion Press and Passion Productions over the last thirty years and I hope you can attend.Ed and Marcia Ward, Passion Press/the Image Maker
***For those of my friends who haven't known me long it will probably be a shock to find that at one time I was a noted Poet on the literary scene in Denver. I have several published pieces, and its a hidden dream of mine to publish a book of my works some day. Ed and Marcia Ward were some of my good friends and it makes me proud that they are still carrying on with what they love, long after I lost my own muse. "Long Live the Church of Poets"

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Desperate Housewives Wild Berry Cordial Liquore Recipe "Housewife Hooch"

House Wife Hooch Recipe
12 c. Dewberries (any berry you want)
6C. Sugar
8C. Rum (white Rum)
1/4 C Brandy
50ml Le Tourment Vert Absinthe
*may add 1 can Pure Cane Syrup
Wash & Stem berries.
add remaining ingredients to your container
Stir gently to dissolve sugar
May add Pure Cane syrup to taste
*Let steep 14 days, in cool dark place
*Bottle Liquore.
*Its very strong. Use small bottles and serve in Shot or Cordial Glasses
*The fruit may be put in small jars and kept in the freezer to use on Ice Cream, Crepes ,Cheesecakes, or in Rich Chocolate Cakes etc.

Desperate Housewives of Borondo Pines-Wild Berry Picking Adventure

The Desperate Housewives of Borondo Pines
made an outing to Jack Brooks Park
for a nature hike and some wild Dewberry picking.

We had a wonderful time despite the
thorn pricks and chigger bites.
I dressed in layers of protective clothing
to no avail.
The chiggers even got
into my boot.

Gayle is our Nature girl with a green thumb.
She has the most beautiful garden and flowers
bloom when she smiles.
She found the Secret Berry path and shared
it with us.
Alma is our cheerleader,
she keeps us all going and
is always spontanious

This is our haul.

Dewberries are a small variation of Blackberries.

We could have made a cobbler but we decided to take it up a notch and do something Diva with them.

Our Fantastic Wild Berry Cordial Recipe is in the next post,

better known as Housewife Hooch.

"The World is a much brighter place when you actually live in it."

Sunday, May 24, 2009


Going to the Farmers Market is one of my favorite things. I love the beauty and the color of these glorious vegetables . The picking out the perfect specimen to bring home and deciding on just the right recipe to use them in, make me happy.

For me food is about Sharing.
My Aunt Lee always taught me that it was a sin
to ever let somone go hungry.
It is one of my beliefs til this day.
This looks like vegetable Soup, Casseroles,
Stir Frys, Fresh Salads
The little Gems will become
Sweet Potatoes with Candied Ginger and Honey Butter
Russet Potato Wedges with Italian Herbs and Parmesean

These ears of corn have already been slathered with herb butter wrapped back in their husks and are ready or the grill or oven

I love eggplant this one will make a nice Baba Ghanoush
or perhaps a Feta and Venison Casserole

Green Beans New Potatoes with a nice Salty Sweet Ham
and potato salad is perfection

Roma Tomatoes with Basil and Balsamic Vinegar

This melange of squashes will make a wonderful
Squash and Rice Casserole

I love butter beans but I had never seen speckled ones before,
So this was definitely a must try for me.
They will be wonderful served with some Sweet Cornbread
Farm Fresh Eggs
Frittata's and Crepes coming up

Memorial Field The Real Meaning of Memorial Day

Memorial Field

To honor a fallen soldier or loved one, come to the Memorial Field, Tuesday, May 19, through Saturday, May 23 between the hours of 8:30 am and 7:00 pm. You will be given a ribbon with your loved one's name on it, then you may select a cross to dedicate to them. You may honor as many friends and family as needed. The Memorial Field will display will be open through Monday, May 25.

Memorial Day
Memorial Day is much more than a three-day weekend that marks the beginning of summer. To many people, especially the nation's thousands of combat veterans, this day, which has a history stretching back all the way to the Civil War, is an important reminder of those who died in the service of their country.

We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.

In Loving Memory of Richard Joseph Herrin Sr.
He received two purple hearts for his service in WWII.

In loving Memory of Anthony Alafonso ,USMC

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Memento Mori

This is 7 tiny cemeteries all together located on Broadway in Galveston. These cemeteries date back to before the 1900 storm. The cemeteries have been covered over 3 times. Meaning that as the island was raised if families had the money to exhume their loved one then their grave would be raised if not someone else would have been buried over them. So in fact there are 3 levels of graves there . I have often wondered how many forgotten souls lay beneath the yellow flowers that bloom for a season each year. The yellow flowers never forget. Memento Mori

by: Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)
PILE the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo,
Shovel them under and let me work--
I am the grass; I cover all.

And pile them high at Gettysburg
And pile them high at Ypres and Verdun.
Shovel them under and let me work.
Two years, ten years, and passengers ask the conductor:
What place is this?
Where are we now?

I am the grass.
Let me work.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Add some Glam to the Morning Oatmeal

Oatmeal with Sweetened Ricotta and Brandy Soaked Raisins
Oatmeal of your choice (Prepared)
* I use French Vanilla or Walnut,date & Raisin Oatmeal
Ricotta (1 small container)
1 Tb Vanilla
1/4 C Sugar1/4 C Raisins Soaked in
(Brandy, rum, peach schnaps, your choice)
Overnight or longer.

Mix Ricotta with ingredients and let chill in fridge.

Add a dollop to the top of your morning Oatmeal
for a Glam morning Starter

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Bathing Beauties of the 1920's Revived on Galveston Island

Beach bathing beauty contest reborn Dana Blue of Houston twirls her umbrella for the judges during the vintage-inspired swimwear competition of the Galveston Island Beach Revue on the beach at 33rd Street on Saturday afternoon. She won second place.

Isle bathing beauty tradition reborn
By Bridget Brown Correspondent

Published May 17, 2009
GALVESTON — In pin curls, polka dots, leopard prints and knee socks, the bathing beauties of the 1920s resurfaced Saturday to parade their style and reinstate a long-ago beach tradition.Eighty years ago, the Pageant of Pulchritude, which later became the Miss America pageant, drew a crowd three times the size of Galveston’s population.On Saturday, fans of pinup style lined the seawall, supporting the resurgence of the retro Galveston Island Beach Revue that was coordinated by Islander By Choice, a retail apparel business.Twelve women competed in a modern bikini contest, while 28 women and two men competed in the vintage round.“This is focusing on Galveston’s history,” said Adrienne Culpepper, a partner in Islander By Choice. “A few years ago, we saw a pamphlet with the bathing beauties, and we thought, ‘why don’t we do this?’”While contestants mingled and quintessential surf-pop, beach-party music blared over the loudspeakers, antiqued photos showed the lineup of the pageant girls from the ’20s and ’30s, when onlookers traveled nationwide to attend the festivities.On Saturday, many of those in attendance recognized their relatives’ smiling faces in the vintage photos.Second in both the modern and vintage divisions, Dana Blue said she remembered looking at her aunt in similar Galveston lineups.“Retro trends are coming back in fashion, and it’s a return to old values,” Blue, who made her own leopard print two-piece, said. “Leaving a little to the imagination is just as beautiful.”The men in the crowd seemed to concur.“It’s classy — it’s fun,” Neil Golemo said. “It’s less about looking at women’s outfits and more an excuse to look at their costumes and say ‘nice gams.’”+++

By Joe Cempa
Published April 24, 2009

GALVESTON — A group called Islanders By Choice wants to resurrect pageants featuring “bathing beauties” that 80 years ago brought as many as 200,000 people to the city.The pageants ran from 1920 to 1932 and nearly tripled the population of the island. Contestants and onlookers attended from all over the country and Mexico via automobile, train and horse.According to Daily News accounts of a 1926 pageant, provided by the Rosenberg Library, first prize was $2,000. Original pageant’s were dubbed, “The Pageant of Pulchritude,” by 1920s promoter, C.E. Barfield.The contemporary event, which keeps the traditional name is set for at 2 p.m. May 16, at Seawall Boulevard and 33rd Street.It will feature contestants in 1920s swimwear and also the current styles, organizers said. “I don’t think we’ll get 200,000 people to this one,” Michael Culpepper said.“But it’ll be fun.” Contestants will compete for more than $1,300 in prizes.“We’ll have two categories vintage inspired and contemporary,” said Adrienne Culpepper, IBC member and organizer of the event. “We also have a silent auction and an after-party at the Float Bar.First prize for vintage-era entries will be $500, while more modern-and more revealing-contestants will receive $200. The 21st century version will feature a panel of judges that include, Tom Schwenk, president of the Galveston Historical Foundation; Betty Massey, chairwoman of the Galveston Community Recovery Committee; and John Nova Lomax, staff writer for the Houston Press.Next year’s pageant may also include a children’s vintage category, Adrienne Culpepper said.IBC was started on July 4 by several island friends who are interested in the history and uniqueness of living here and to promote Galveston and the lifestyle.For more information and registration forms, visit the pageant website at

Friday, May 15, 2009

Hail Mary

Hail, Mary! Full of Grace!! The Lord is with Thee:
Blessed art Thou among women,
and Blessed is the Fruit of Thy womb, Jesus!
Holy Mary, Mother of God:
Pray for us sinners,
now, and at the hour of our death.

Monday, May 11, 2009



Sunday, May 10, 2009



SUNDAY MAY 10,2009