By the Mighty Mumford

If I were a painter renowned

I’d follow you all over town…

Sketching your lines

Offering times

When you and I should sit down.

I’d offer a generous contract,

Half of the proceeds get back…

I may sound flighty

But you are Aphrodite,

Please answer in the positive track!

I’d paint you all sorts of ways,

Critics will sing your praise…

If only allow

A portrait now,

But I’d paint you the rest of my days!

–Jonathan Caswell

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Broken Dreams

The Lonely Author


Broken Dreams

Emily packed her broken
dreams into a suitcase she
hid In the back of the closet
as if they were treasured
memorabilia from a show

She knew they would be
safe there from intruders
and any pest who would
want to rekindle memories
of her lost life of the past

Her unfulfilled dreams will
be stored forever and a day
so she’d never be nostalgic
so she could forget them and
perhaps never dream again

I dedicate this to all the mothers out there who packed their dreams away.

Photo taken from Google Images

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Robert Parry | Democrats March Toward Cliff


Barack Obama once called Hillary Clinton “likable enough,” but a new poll raises doubts about that, as the Democratic frontrunner’s net-negative has nearly doubled to 24 points, reports Robert Parry.

s Democratic-insider “super-delegates” give Hillary Clinton a seemingly insurmountable lead for the presidential nomination, the former Secretary of State’s negative ratings continue to soar to stunning levels, hitting a net 24-point unfavorable in the new NBC-Wall Street Journal poll.

It is hard to imagine someone who is viewed unfavorably by a clear majority of voters (56 percent) and with a net-negative of 24 points winning the White House, except that most voters also don’t like the top Republican choices either. Donald Trump sports a 41-point net-negative and Sen. Ted Cruz is at minus-23 points. (By contrast, of the two trailing candidates, Sen. Bernie Sanders gets a net-positive 9 points and Gov. John Kasich a net-positive 12 points.)

But a…

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50 Things That Make Me Happy!

How To Get Things Done in 10 Ways

It’s pretty intimidating to sit down and write down 50 things that make you happy. Especially when Karen from Life with Karen calls you out! 🙂 It almost felt too hard! But then I sat down and I did it! And I probably could have kept going on and on. So glad she suggested it! And be sure to check out her blog! She’s absolutely fabulous.

Here’s my list of some of the things that came to mind first!

  1. Clean sheets
  2. The perfect avocado
  3. That moment your scissors glide across the wrapping paper
  4. Wiping down counters
  5. Fresh towels
  6. Popcorn
  7. Funny/clever T-shirts
  8. Eating terribly bad for you food
  9. Lifting weights
  10. Petting any animal!
  11. Driving the boyfriend’s Jeepimg_8222
  12. Hot showers
  13. Receiving packages in the mail/at my door from all my online shopping
  14. Being with the boyfriendimg_2231
  15. Cheese! – Cheetos, Cheez-its, Mac ‘n Cheese, Pizza
  16. Clean socks
  17. Having the most pointless conversations with…

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Buttermilk Birthday Cake with Malted Chocolate Frosting

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For the Best-Ever Buttermilk Cake layers:
  • 3 cups (345 g) cake flour
  • 2 cups (410 g) superfine sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (200 g) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cups (300 ml) buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste or pure vanilla extract
  • 5 large eggs, room temperature
For the Malted Chocolate Frosting:
  • 2 1/4 cups (510 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups (500 g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup Ovaltine or malted milk powder
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • 9 ounces (265 g) premium dark chocolate, chopped or callets
  • White nonpareils for decorating, optional
You will also need:
  • Large pastry bag
  • Decorating tip Ateco #887


For the…

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