Today I share the poem, Desiderata. This poem was really big back in the 70’s, even though it was written in 1927.

It simply states a philosophy of how to live life well; the desired life.  Desiderata is Latin for  “desired things”, the plural of desideratum.  (Source Wikipedia.)

The poem simply states things we too often forget in the daily hustle and bustle of our often over crowded lives. It offers up a bigger picture of what life is and ought to be.

The poem was written by Max Ehrmann (1872-1945), a lawyer in Terra Haute, Indiana. The poem was largely unknown in his life time.

According to the website Fleur-de-lis Designs there is some confusion about both the history of the poem as well as if it is copyrighted or not. At one point in time it was thought to have been found in Saint Paul’s Church in Baltimore, Maryland and that it had been written in 1692, the year St. Paul’s was found. The author was thought to be anonymous. But this turned out to be innacurate.

There is also controvery about copyright and there have been court decisions saying it is in the public domaim. But not everyone agrees with that.

Several artists have recorded the poem including Richard Burton and Leonard Nimoy. But the most popular and well known reecording is by Les Crane in the early 1970’s which reached  #8 on the Billboard charts and #6 on the Melody Maker. (Source Wikipedia) I found a YouTube video of the song and you can view after the poem.

During these hard times for so many people and with the recession affecting all of us I find the words of this poem some how comforting. I hope you find them so as well.


Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexatious to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.    




Featured Recipe            Super Bowl Chili

Let’s recap here. So far I have shared two salad recipes and two chicken wing recipes that are great for your Super Bowl party. Today I am sharing another Super Bowl table staple – Chili.

OK. So I shared this recipe with you back in October too. That was a long time ago. I mean there was no snow on the ground them. A lot has happened since then. So it is worth a repeat for Super Bowl.

Plus chili is just such a perfect snowy, cold, blustery January meal. Isn’t it?

Here is what you will need for at least 4 people:

It can easily serve 6 people.

You can double the recipe as well.

1-2 tablespoons lard or oil

1 medium onion chopped

2 or 3 large cloves garlic chopped

1 pound ground chuck

2 – 16 ounce cans diced or whole tomatoes

2 – 8 ounce cans tomato sauce

3-4 teaspoons chili powder

Dash paprika

2 – 8 ounce cans kidney beans

Salt and pepper to taste

Optional toppings

Green onions

Cheddar cheese shredded

You may be able to tell, the cheese is left overs from my fridge.

NOTES ON INGREDIENTS: I use a mixture of canned tomatoes; from petit diced to medium diced, and/or whole tomatoes. Depends on my mood, what is already in my pantry, or what is on sale. 

Same for the kidney beans. I use a mixture of dark and light red, or white kidney (also known as cannellini beans) beans. It makes the chili more colorful and interesting. My chili is a fiesta of color. Yipee!!!!!

If you like spicy and heat add some chilies or jalapeños and/or use cayenne red pepper.

Here is what you do:

Melt the lard or heat the oil.

Add the chopped onions and sauté until nicely browned. I added some left over onions from the fridge in here too. Gotta use up those left overs. Waste not, want not.

Add the garlic and sauté until soft.

Add some of the ground chuck and cook until browned.

Add the rest of the ground beef and cook until all the meat until all the pink is gone.

Drain excess fat. Then stir in the tomatoes with their juices, and the tomato sauce.

I also added some chopped up left over tomatoes I had in the fridge. Chili is a great way to use up left over veggies in your fridge, like carrots and celery. So if you have any, you can add them now.

At this time also add the chili powder, salt and pepper, and the paprika. If you are adding the hot spicy ingredients add them now.

Heat to boiling. Then reduce the heat and cook uncovered 30 minutes. Then stir in the beans with their liquid.

Heat until beans are heated through and the chili is bubbly.

Don’t forget to shred some cheese and slice some green onions to scatter on top.

Serve in a bowl and top with some shredded cheddar cheese and some chopped green onions.

Bon Appetit and may your favorite team win the Super Bowl!!!


1-2 tablespoons lard or oil                          $0.14

1 medium onion chopped                            $0.51

2 or 3 large cloves garlic                            $0.24

1 pound ground chuck                                $3.59

2 – 16 ounce cans tomatoes                       $1.89

2 – 8 ounce cans tomato sauce                   $1.00

3-4 teaspoons chili powder                         $0.20

Dash paprika                                             $0.06

2 – 8 ounce cans kidney beans                   $1.90

Salt and pepper to taste

Total Cost = $9.53
Cost per person for 4 = $2.38
Cost per person for 6 = $1.59

Bon Appetit and may your favorite team win the Super Bowl!!!

Quote of the Day

Character is not made in a crisis. It is only exhibited.

Robert Freeman

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