Thursday, December 7, 2023

Of Books and Blooms

not-quite Journaling, 62

My autumns are wild
magic, uncanny prose
and storms,
storms of dark poetry.

11/21/2023: Chilly fall(ing) months are for delighting in hot coffee and creepy bits by some of my favorite word weavers--Edgar Allan Poe, Shirley Jackson, Stephen King, Poppy Z. Brite… And I just picked up “Monstrosity”, a short story collection by Laura Diaz de Arce. I was seduced by the cover… 😏📚


11/28/2023: One of my radiation therapists traveled to the Dominican Republic (the island of my birth) and brought me back an avocado the size of my head. Fine, I might be exaggerating--I have an enormous skull--still, the thing was huge. I planted the seed. And I’ve been harvesting (and eating) the leaves--which happen to be yummy (and grow as ginormous as the seed that sprouted them).  Click HERE for photos of the growing process.


12/1/2023: If the sight of my cactus’s growing erections didn’t make you chuckle or giggle a bit, then your sense of humor is a lot more grownup than mine--which doesn’t say much, so stop gloating--my sense of humor has been stuck at the hormonal teenage phase for a few decades.


When the universe told my kabocha squash soup that she could be whatever she wanted, she bloomed nuttily. 🤭

Poets and Storytellers United--Friday Writings #106: Seasonal Readings.


  1. I would like to have seen that avocado. Was it woody or pihy?
    Thanks for the prompt. I mivht not read the entire book, I have a Mark Twain book that i have been trying to finish since the 1980s. I finally bought the book.
    Jim her

  2. The soup looks yummmm... (had to look up kabocha) Please drop the recipe too!

  3. Lovely, Lovely Magaly.... And Yup, I'm also still an adolescent at heart! So knobbly little bits at the end are always good, the ladies always tell me... Have a GREAT Christmas

  4. Thanks for reminding us how funny cacti are...and a squash could hardly do much better than become a squash soup. Happy holidays...all of them!

  5. Storms of dark poetry sounds thrilling. Happy reading.

  6. I'd love to have seen that avocado and the cactus...oh baby by so prickly! I too am a fan of those spooky word weavers and Shirley Jackson is up there with the best.

  7. I couldn't see the picture of the cactus because I'm blind, but your comment was definitely funny. So was your comment about the avocado. I'd never known one could eat avocado leaves though.

  8. Love the avocado...I have a magnificent cactus growing on my kitchen window sill...Sorry mine is bigger and better than yours:)....Rall

  9. Thank you for reminding me of beloved Poppy Z Brite. I must revisit her! This was all fun and affirming – and I love where your 'Click HERE' led me.

  10. I would be seduced by that cover as well. You like all of the authors I do. Wow that is awesome on the avocado. I didn't know the leaves were eatable. I am cracking up at your cactus. We don't even have kabocha squash here. Maybe I will try to get seeds for next year and grow some. The soup looks good. Hope you are feeling well. Much love my friend.

  11. So do you eat the leaves salad-like with tomatoes, mushrooms, red onion and balsamic dressing? This is one of my favorite Magaly posts. The poetry, the photos, the cactus erections, the book cover!!

  12. That avocado bonsai is brilliant :)

    All the best Jan

  13. That read would be thrilling. Happy reading and hope you are doing fine

  14. Love your choices of authors. That cover is intriguing.
    That cactus elicits more than a giggle!


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