• Day at the beach
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    Crystalline currents pirouette feet from sand glossed with sea foam. Waves roll with eternal dedication, a lifetime commitment to shoreline glazing. In their deep mineral burrows, crabs dimple the sand with each swell of retreat. Porous cliffs stand tall against winds. Squalls. Time. They cast dawn shadows and bask in evening gold. Plants succulent with ...
  • A Bowl of Cold Gazpacho Soup
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    There is cool comfort In the coldness of gazpacho That during summer Fills burning mouths Made from the souls Of martyred tomatoes Brought forth by the Earth and sun This cold sweet blood Brings balance To carless, unbridled passions Cold tasty bloody gazpacho Leaves pleasantries and joy The only kind to drink Warm, metallic blood ...
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    The sun’s rays fire heat                                                 All through the southern town                                                 Steam begins to rise                                                 From the heating asphalt ground                                                 The sadistic sun targets Every person on the street To become the victims Of the southern summer heat                                                 Skin burns and flares                                                 While futile sweat beads fall                                                 And ...
  • Jar of fireflies
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    It’s Independence Day. I sit on a patio with a drink in my hand. Dusk sets in, and the breeze from it feels coolish on my body, still sticky from the heat of the afternoon. My niece runs over, breathless, grasping a small object. She pushes a mason jar into my hand. “Will you take ...
  • Sun rays shining on olive tree leaves
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    Sweet tastes of summer Butter rays feed silver leaves Cloudless skies prevail
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    Fireflies dance above the grass The sun sets in shimmering brass. Water drops trickle off the trees Leaves are crispy, flowing in the breeze.   Autumn is here, there’s nothing more Like rushing children out the door. To play in leaves within the breeze And hear the whispering of the trees.
  • Girl Reading
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    Warm summer sunKissing your skinToes buried in the sandReading a good book Summer is having funSpending timeWith family and friendsEating barbeque, fresh fruits Sweet treats duringFamily dinnersSummertime is relaxingAnd rejuvenating Breathing fresh airLetting all your worries escapeMaking memories thatWill last forever Rolling out cookie doughFlour all over the floor,Laughing with familyWhile eating berry pieRememberingFavorite moments.
  • Cicadas on Dark Sky photo by Jacob Potter
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    “Sometimes I reach out into the sky wishing that maybe just this once the laws of reality suspend and I finally touch a star,” the woman with thick glasses lazily sighed to herself in the back alley. Her arms displayed stories sketched with scar tissue; her features blurred her age to be somewhere between twenty-five ...
  • Chocolate Pieces
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    This past week, I had a craving for something sweet and chocolatey. I bought myself a bag of white chocolate peanut M &M’s, but it didn’t satisfy my need. Mom and I watched an episode of The Great British Baking Show on Netflix a couple of nights ago, and the idea of making a chocolate ...
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    As with most professional chefs, I could fill a room with pages full of wonderful stories. From washing dishes at a local diner to managing multi-million-dollar kitchens to cooking for 500 people on a giant charcoal grill on an airport runway, this career has fulfilled every culinary curiosity one could imagine. This summer will be ...