Antidote to Evil–Responsibility

Pregnant with triplets, week 31.
Thirty one weeks pregnant with triplets.
Triplets at 12 weeks.
Triplets at 12 weeks.

What are “antidotes to evil?”  As I learn of the world’s tragedies, horrors–unthinkable and senseless acts all–inflicted on people by other people, I wonder how to regain faith in humanity, how to feel sadness without letting it seep into my pores and effect my outlook.

My personal “antidotes to evil” include:  sweetness as in kindness, generosity and caring; the family we grew up with and the family we create; and faith, whatever religion you are and whatever that means to you.

Another word keeps circling overhead like the red-tailed hawk that rings the tall pine trees surrounding my house–responsibility.

On a small, personal scale, I was responsible for staying as healthy as I could in order to care for my unborn children.  As any parent can attest, taking care of newborns is an immense responsibility.

We have so much to teach our children.  Empathy, respect, the ability to determine right from wrong, recognizing beauty in people and the world around us, understanding the effect of our actions, and learning how to love and laugh top the list of the many things we have the responsibility to mean…to model…and to pass on.

I realize my view might be perceived as Polyannaish and doesn’t  take into account sociological and societal factors.  Still.  I can only hope that by being responsible, we can transform horrifying to happy, enmity to amity, and hatred to harmony.

Namaste.

Antidote to Evil–Faith

A view of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Israel.
A view of the Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem, Israel.
The Abuhav Synagogue, Tzfat, Israel.
The Abuhav Synagogue, Tzfat, Israel.

As “antidotes to evil,” sweetness and family started Bmore’s week of inspirational words and images.

I hope the places and symbols of faith in this post are a salve for the psychic wounds we all share. I am inspired in many different places of worship.  Sitting in a hallowed hall, I feel faith envelope me.  I concentrate on absorbing the aura of holiness created by the religious symbols, the people and the prayer.  But, I don’t have to be in a place of worship to pray.  The edge of the ocean and the blue sky invite me to look inward and then upward.

Where does faith find you?

Native American Indian, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Native American Indian, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Buddha, Port St. Lucie, Florida
Buddha, Port St. Lucie, Florida
Saint-Chapelle, Paris, France
Saint-Chapelle, Paris, France

Antidote to Evil–Family

Lean on me.
Lean on me.

This week’s posts will be my take on “Antidotes to Evil.”  The phrase popped in my head last week after news of the Boston Marathon bombing.  My youngest daughter expressed concern about not being safe at a marathon, movies, mall or in school.  I told her when I was her age, we didn’t worry (or even think) about the horrific things she sees in the news. Then I gave her a hug.

Family is one of the most important “Antidotes to Evil,” and one facet of family is siblings. My father took and developed the photo above in his darkroom. In this picture taken at the Maryland shore, I am standing in the middle while my sister and brother are on either side of me. Hon, this photo of us is one of my favorites!

Now that we are grown up, my sister, brother and I don’t slam each other’s bedroom doors, play tricks on each other, push and shove each other in the backseat of our parents’ cars, spy on each other when we have friends over or whine that, “It’s not fair…!”  As adults, my siblings and I support each other.

What word describes your relationship with your siblings?  How are they and your family your “Antidote to Evil?”

My sister and her youngest daughter.
My sister and her youngest daughter.
My brother on his wedding day.
My brother and his beautiful bride on their wedding day.  (disclaimer, I didn’t take this photo.)
Triplets plus one.
Triplets plus one, the next generation.
My immediate family.
My immediate family.

Antidote to Evil–Sweetness (Chocolate Chip Cookies)

milk and cookies featured on a handbuilt ceramic tray
milk and cookies featured on a handbuilt ceramic tray
cookie dough batter
flour mixture  combined with sugar mixture to form cookie dough
chocolate chips added to cookie dough
chocolate chips added to cookie dough

IMG_0562After I posted “Boston Bound,” the phrase “Antidote to Evil” popped into my head.  Words and images eddied around me like the tide surrounding my sand-covered feet.  They buoyed my heavy heart and spirit.  For the next week, all of my posts will carry the “Antidote to Evil” theme.

Sweetness means many things.  I’ll leave you with…

Sweet to meet, such delight.  Sweet to eat, take a bite.

What word or phrase is your remedy for this modern madness?

Tate’s Bake Shop Chocolate Chip Cookies (thin and crisp)

I once commented to a friend how much I like Tate’s cookies and she promptly sent me this recipe.  I haven’t used another one since because these chocolate chip cookies are always delicious!  I usually double the recipe, bake a bunch and freeze the extra dough. Happy baking, hon.

Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour (I used 1 cup unbleached flour, 1 cup whole wheat flour)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup salted butter or margarine, softened

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar

1 teaspoon water

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 large eggs

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Either grease two cookie sheets or line them with parchment paper.

2.  In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda and salt.

3.  In another large bowl, cream the butter and sugars.  Add the water and vanilla.  Mix the ingredients until they are just combined.

4.  Add the eggs and mix them lightly.  Stir in the flour mixture.  Fold in the chocolate chips.  Don’t overmix the dough.

5.  Drop the cookies 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.

6.  Bake for 12 minutes or until the edges and centers are brown.  Remove the cookies to a wire rack to cool.

Yield:  4 1/2 dozen three-inch cookies.

Unbaked cookie dough may be left in fridge for a few days and freezer for over a month.

Boston Bound

Qunicy Market, Boston, MA
Qunicy Market, Boston, MA
Triplets, age 10, about to go on a Boston Duck Tour (land and water tour)
Triplets, age 10, about to go on a Boston Duck Tour (land and water tour)
street performers
street performers
Quincy Market, Boston, MA
Quincy Market, Boston, MA

This is how I am bound to Boston.

Fall semester, senior year of college I lived in Brookline while I interned as an assistant buyer at Filene’s.  My husband went to MIT.  My brother got married in Boston and lives right outside of the city now.  An emergency room doctor, he and his family happened to be in Manhattan yesterday.  My sister attended Boston University and my niece graduated from B.U. a year ago.  My college age triplets have friends who attend universities in Boston. Our dear friends were watching the marathon two floors up from the bombing.

And I just read L.A. Byrne’s blog post, “Running For Boston” about her daughter who runs and her son who attends Boston College.

The horror. The unspeakable.

Tragedy.