In the Beginning: Before Nightmares and Dreams

In her dream, Lindy Lewis felt the warmth of her home, in her cozy kitchen with the round oak table and chairs by the wide windows. A pot of stew simmered on the stove awaiting her husband’s arrival home from work, after a quick stop at their clinic for his customary yearly x-ray. She took a deep breath in her sleep relishing the zesty aroma.

Oh that house!  In her dream it stood proudly atop the hill and the years spread before her in a panoramic flow. It was a seventy-five year old mansion surrounded by rolling hills. A veranda ran along the front and the minute Lindy and her husband walked in, she had felt warmth amongst the faded walls and creaking floors. This was what she wanted!

Years went by then as they renovated and their bodies ached, their hands bled, but finally it was done. Their palatial house stood finished in all its glory.

Now a moan escaped her lips as she dreamed, as she remembered.

“It’s cancer!” The doctor had told her husband. Then, Lindy remembered the inevitable silence in the house after he was gone, that never, ever went away.

A prelude to Nightmares and Dreams, by Lyn Miller LaCoursiere

Zesty Beef Stew


1 pound beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes, browned

1 can (
15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained

1-1/2 cups water

1 can (8 ounces) pizza sauce

2 tablespoons medium Pearl barley

1 tablespoon dried minced onion

2teaspoons beef bouillon granules

¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine all the ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 hours or until meat is tender. 6 servings.


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