It’s been a long day

spaghetti-pasta-cheese-dinner

If one day you become sick of words, as happens to us all, and you grow tired of hearing them, of saying them; if whichever you choose seems worn out, dull, disabled; if you feel nauseated when you hear ‘horrible’ or ‘divine’ for some everyday occurrence – you’ll not be cured, obviously, by alphabet soup.

You must do the following: cook a plate of al dente spaghetti dressed with the simplest seasoning – garlic, oil and chili. Over the pasta toss in this mixture, grate a layer of Parmesan cheese. To the right of the deep plate full of the spaghetti thus prepared, place an open book. To the left, place an open book. In front of it a full glass of red wine. Any other company is not recommended. Turn the pages of each book at random, but they must both be poetry. Only good poets cure us of an overindulgence in words. Only simple essential food cures us of gluttony.”

Héctor Abad Faciolince, from Recipes for Sad Women


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  1. That looks and sounds so perfect…and since I haven’t had dinner yet, I think I’ll make that right now. Just have to go grab a couple poetry books..

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  2. And it becomes more so tiring when one is hit by the writer’s block. But the cure would be the same!

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  3. Now, that is when the word Divine simply fits.

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  4. I must have been sick since last night. Cooked a pot full of this with meatballs. Will be sick for the rest of a week.

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  5. Sounds like a plan to me. :o)

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  6. I was thinking the other day of just such a curative power in poetry. Not expressed this eloquently, of course.

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  7. How grounding! So welcome in these days of anxiety!

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  8. ooh, yes

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  9. I’m not saying anything. 😉

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  10. I usually watch some inspirational videos on youtube to recover from a long day. Never occurred to me that a good book could do it too! Great idea. Thanks for posting this.

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  11. Creative Meditation! And tastes very yummy too. 🍝🍜🍝🍜

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  12. There’s nothing like comfort food…

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  13. You, sir, are a genius! This. Sounds. Perfect.

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  14. Perfect!

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  15. Sometimes I feel this way about food. I get sick of thinking about it, worrying about the next binge, sick of the one I’m in. I wonder if poetry can cure that, too, cuz the yummy pasta sure wouldn’t.

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  16. Not to be argumentative, but this is how I like my pasta, and you wouldn’t believe how much of it I can eat.
    A friend called me last night, asked what I was doing.
    “I’m about to eat this Tufu Soup I went and got at the Papaya Garden”
    “Tofu soup? Man, thats out there” he says.
    “I know, I got to do something. I been feeling like crap, my blood sugar is through the roof these days. I’m upping my medicine every day, but cant seem to get caught up.”
    My friend offers some advice.
    ‘You should change your diet. Its one of the hardest things to change. My doctor (blah, blah, blah) and my sister (blah, blah, blah) and so I switched to having just fruit for breakfast and I’m eating a lot of weird salads now”
    I let there be a good 6-8 second pause, and let him have it, very softly:
    “Well, my friend, what do you think is up with me and the Tofu Soup?”

    Oh yeah, a little cracked black pepper on that pasta is…um…divine.

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  17. Amen, to that plate!!
    -Alan

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  18. How perfect this is, David. As my wise husband has been know to say, “sometimes it’s just too people-y.”

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  19. I agree. Great food cures just about anything. Proven many times over this week.

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  20. “Recipes for sad women” … makes me wonder what sad men yearn for … or perhaps we are yearning for the same thing. 💛

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