Why Me to Write/Speak on Heaven, Healing, and Angels?

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What are my credentials to write a book about Heaven, Healing, and Angels? What skills and expertise do I have? 

In addition to my confidence and the fact that I am the expert on myself (what happened to ME) here are some facts: (Posted on social media March 5)

1. I am trained in Biblical Theology. In fact, I delivered the valedictory address at graduation, the honour given to the student who scored the highest average mark. (I’m being presented with the trophy in the photo by Rev. Joseph.) 

2. I am a trained teacher with distinction in the Teaching of Social Sciences (grade A) from the University of the West Indies. I held a teaching certificate in Trinidad for secondary school and a Professional A teaching certificate in Saskatchewan for K-12. 

3. I have post-graduate education which establishes my ability to conduct research and communicate intelligently. I can reach educated people as peers.

4. I hold a B. Sc in Management Studies with honours from the University of the West Indies.

5. I hold a certificate in Human Resources & Industrial Relations from Athabasca University, and won the scholarship for the student with the highest scores (scored all A grades). 

6. I have a diploma in Writing from the Institute of Literature.

 7. I’ve written several books which have been successful, and host a show on cable televison entitled ETERNITY.

8. I have preached the gospel for three decades to all strata of society. I can meet the simple, the broken, and the flawed because I’ve been there.

9. I am empowered by the Holy Spirit, who has no favourites and will use anyone who makes themselves available. The Lord has opened doors in secular work and “religious” ministry alike that all equipped me for writing the book Touched By Eternity. I give the Father, Son and Holy Spirit the glory, and pray to draw many to Christ. 

 Pre-order PRINT book HERE

Ebook available for pre-order at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07P6DCGGW

Will You Pray for Rwanda?

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(Posted on social media on Feb 21 due to website being down. Posted on blog on March 6, 2019)

Will you pray for Rwanda?

  1. That those who have not heard the gospel that Jesus Christ saves from sin will hear it and respond.
  2. For the love of Jesus to drive out the hate and fear associated with the genocide.
  3. For the refugees who fear to return home due to retaliation, and for host countries to grant them protection.
  4. For the fertility rate to be contained so the population can access adequate food and drinking water.
  5. The natural hazards, for rain to fall and drought to abate.
  6. For environmental issues such as deforestation resulting from the uncontrolled cutting of trees for fuel; overgrazing by animals; land degradation; soil erosion; a decline in soil fertility (soil exhaustion); wetland degradation and loss of biodiversity; and widespread poaching.
  7. For improvement in the private sector impacted by energy shortages, instability in neighbouring states, and lack of adequate transportation linkages to other countries.
  8. For success of the government-led initiatives: to become a regional leader in information and communication technologies, and to reach middle-income status by 2020. Rwanda seeks to attract investment in all sectors, but specifically in agribusiness, information and communications, trade and logistics, mining, and construction.
  9. That the Burundi and Rwanda dispute over two sq km of Sabanerwa, a farmed area in the Rukurazi Valley would be settled peacefully and quickly. Agricultural land is at premium in this overpopulated country.
  10. For the success of the efforts to create civil societies among ethnic groups – loosely associated political rebels, armed gangs, and various government forces in Great Lakes region about boundaries for Burundi, Congo, Uganda.
  11. For continued compassion as Rwanda hosts almost 160,000 refugees as of 2017; nearly all of them escaping conflict from neighbouring Burundi and the Congo. This is a reversal of the culmination of the 1994 massacres, and shows the reciprocity of nations helping nations. How this must please God.

All facts and information about Rwanda are taken from the CIA World FactBook.
https://www.cia.gov/…/resou…/the-world-factbook/geos/rw.html

 

Intro Music for TV series ETERNITY hosted by Susan Harris

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(Posted on social media on Feb 6 due to website being down. Posted on blog on March 6)

Finding unique music that was mine alone for the intro of my show ETERNITY was quite the task. I’m a writer, a cook, a Scrabble player, kitten girl, but no musician, and especially not a singer. I never even led worship in all my years of Christianity.

That’s when the Holy Spirit brought to mind the music that some of you have now heard, released privately today. My oldest brother Ronald was a singer, songwriter, preacher, teacher and television host among other things. He was killed when a driver went through the red light at a traffic crossing on the Churchill Roosevelt Hwy in Trinidad in 1998. He created the tune to the the music I used for my Intro. He never recorded it but as a young teen I remembered the tune and the words.

I then wrote my own lyrics for Eternity, and sang it (as much as could be considered singing by me , taping a little video for music teacher Barbara Waldbauer of Melville to transcribe into notes. She did an amazing job.

I sent the Intro to my siblings just now. My oldest sister wrote back that she remembered Ronald singing and playing it on his guitar. She wondered how I got it into music.

The photo of us is the last one I had of Ronald. It’s taken at Piarco airport as he dropped me off to fly back to Canada in July 1998. At the end of August a phone call announced his death.

 Ronald told me several times that my speaking ministry had an international flavour. In fact, I dedicated my first book Golden Apples in Silver Settings to him with that reminder, for I wrote the book in Canada in 2011- international as he had prophesied. Ronald sometimes drove me to speak in Trinidad, and he often remarked how non-churched people would approach the churches and remain on the curb and listen to me. Other stayed on their porches. He waited on the outskirts praying a barrier around me, and would hear the conversations of people about the little preacher lady. All wonderful comments that I would not have known otherwise. (It’s three decades since I’ve been teaching/preaching God’s word.)

Eternity takes on a new meaning as I tie Ronald’s gifting to mine’s, all for the glory of God. How humbling, how honourable to have this legacy of my brother Ronald who waits in Eternity for us. Though he is gone he lives through the music that will announce the show Eternity, which I always end with an invitation/prayer to Eternity before the same music closes it.

I can’t wrap my mind around the enormity of the impact of the what the show and the book will have, but it will be good, just as God is good, because I do this for HIM.

A 50-second unlisted clip of the music and intro to my show ETERNITY is found HERE

Review of “Becoming by Michelle Obama”

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I like US leaders first and foremost as people, even if I don’t subscribe to their politics, and I like Michelle and Barack Obama, and their children. I went to “An Evening With Michelle O” in Saskatoon in March 2017 when she was on tour promoting her book, and I’ve just finished reading it. I’ve expressed my opinion below.

 

Michelle Obama is honest and raw in recounting details of her life, personal and public. I feel a lot of sympathy for her. Her reality is her own, and her perceptions form that reality even if others perceive things differently. It must have been difficult to write about the discrimination, pickings on her appearance and dress, the comparisons that were made. She is educated and can speak well, which makes me wonder about speech writers during her public life and a research team for the book. How much writing do they in fact do? Her story is hers, she underwent the experiences, but how much of the phrasing is hers (which is the writing process) and how much did other people write (this intrigued me as a writer)?

 

She was successful at several initiatives she undertook as First Lady. She gives details of life in the White House and Secret Service that other First Ladies have not given, and the book held my interest from start to finish over the three weeks I read it (as time allowed, not because it was boring). 

 

The book is easy to read. The first part is entitled Becoming Me, and tells of Michelle’s childhood, schooling, and singleness. The second part is called Becoming Us, and focuses on meeting President Obama (as an intern then), and her struggles with his political ambition. The Obama’s marriage is admirable throughout, counseling and all. The third part is Becoming More, the public focus, and the stress that comes with it. There’s responsibility in being the focus, but there’s greater platform and possibilities, which in my opinion, outweighs the negative. Forget the WH- just getting Random House to publish “Becoming” is due to being in the WH. Barack Obama’s book “Dreams of My Father” didn’t make it until he became President. As a writer myself who do not have a team of researchers or speech writers, this intrigues me. (I wrote my 125,000 word manuscript myself and it was shortlisted in a contest.) The benefits of being First Lady do outweigh the drawbacks, especially for someone who was already civic-minded.

 

 Some aspects caused me to shake my head. Secret Service is there for a reason…don’t break the rules and flaunt it in a book afterwards. Encouraging a teenage daughter to join in disregarding the SS only sends the wrong message. Raising daughters in the White House is a privilege, not a scarring process (and mother Robinson was there full time! Such a lovely, rock-solid woman.). Contrast the safety of the daughters under SS protection to the risks that Michelle faced growing up in Chicago’s South Side – which is preferable? Then why run for a second term if the life was too restrictive for her and them?

 

I like President Trump but I feel Michelle’s pain when she speaks of the humiliation cast on her husband and family in birther debates. I too would feel incensed if groups were questioning the truth of my husband. She says she could never forgive Trump, and I pray that God will comfort her and turn the pain into forgiveness one day so she can be free, and not in bondage by her experience.  

 

“Becoming” is inspirational in building dreams for those who face barriers. The Obamas overcame and so too can you. And this is the primary message I took away. Four stars for Becoming.

 Susan Harris’s book TOUCHED BY ETERNITY: A TRUE STORY OF HEAVEN, HEALING, AND ANGELS will be released in May 2019.

Chocolate-Beet Whole Wheat Muffins

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 I always make something special for my husband when I’m going away. This time it’s beet- chocolate muffins, a recipe from my gal pal Rachel Dancsok. I tweaked to make it my own using whole wheat. The beets are from the ones my husband planted for the jackrabbit. Little Dusty was spooked by the car coming down the driveway and he left our property. The beets were therefore available to use.

What I used:

2 cups grated beets (2 medium beets)

1 ½ cups whole wheat flour

2 tablespoon cocoa powder (unsweetened)

1 ½ teaspoon baking powder 

1/3 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

2/3 cup milk

½ cup sugar (any kind)

¼ cup margarine

¼ cup oil

¾ cups chocolate chipits (I used white and brown but any would work)

 

What I did: 

  1. Wash and peel the beets. Grate on the large side of the grater.
  2. Mix dry ingredients together – flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, sugar and salt.
  3. Add to beets.
  4. Toss in half of the chipits.
  5.  In a bowl use hand blender to blend eggs, milk, margarine and oil.
  6. Add to beet mixture and  fold in with a wooden spoon.
  7. Line muffin tin with baking cups and fill. (Makes a dozen). Sprinkle remaining chipits on top of each muffin.
  8. Bake at 350 degree for 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Cauliflower Pizza

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I eat as much of this recipe and don’t worry about carbs and calories. 

First, prepare the crust using the ingredients and instructions below. I did mine in the food processor but you can buy them already “riced”. I found that most dried seasoning s can be used, so flavour yours to taste.

What I used:

  1. 1 medium head of cauliflower
  2. 2 small ones (1 large one is fine)
  3. 1 teaspoon each of Italian seasoning, oregano, parsley, thyme
  4. 1 teaspoon dry mustard (wet mustard is okay)
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  7. 1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese, coarsely grated (Grate 1 cup for topping below)
  8. 1 teaspoon oil
  9. Wax paper

What I did:

  1. Wash and dry cauliflower. Cut into tiny florets
  2. Pulse in processor for until it’s riced. I did two sets.
  3. Squeeze out excess water.
  4. Add all the ingredients above and mix well.
  5. Lightly oil pizza tray and line with wax paper.
  6. Layer cauliflower evenly on paper. Don’t layer it too thin else it would cook unevenly and stick to the paper.
  7. Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes.
  8. The grasp the wax paper and flip over the crust. Peel off the paper and bake for another 10 minutes. 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh, Oh…the crust did not flip well so I had a partial pizza.

 

 

 

 

Toppings:

 

 

 

Add favourite toppings (I made it vegetarian with tomatoes, red onion, pineapple, peppers, green onions)

½ cup tomato paste

1 cup cheese

 

Partial pizza. The shape does not affect the taste. Yummm.

Bake at 400 until cheese is melted (about 20 minutes).

Avocado Taco Bowls

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Susan Cooks 

Avocados contains the good kind of fat. Scoop out the seed and fill it like a taco for a tasty and filling meal anytime.

 Preparation time: 20 mins

 What you need:

2 avocados halved

½ minced meat (I used beef)

1 tsp oil

Seasonings – Dash of oregano, black pepper, salt to taste, my fresh seasoning blend of cilantro, green onions and garlic (packaged dried seasonings will do)

4 tbs tomato or pasta sauce

1 tbs lemon juice

 ¾ c grated cheese

1 medium tomato cubed

½ cup salad mix (or plain lettuce)

1 sprig green onion chopped

Sour cream (optional)

What you do:

1. Saute beef in oil in pan on medium heat. Add lemon juice and cook until all pink colour is gone.

2. Drain any excess grease from the meat then add the seasonings, tomato sauce, and salt to taste. Stir, and let cook for about 5 more minutes. 

3. Cut avocados in half and remove the seed by spearing it with a sharp knife. Peel off skin or leave it in.

4. Fill the hollow in the avocado halves with the meat, them layer with tomatoes, salad mix/lettuce and cheese.

I made this for our wedding anniversary prior to leaving for the day. My husband’s plate (below left) was decorative but everything was spilling from mine so I simply sprinkled the layers and it was just as delicious. And it looked great too. It’s a foolproof winner for sure!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Trinidad-Canadian Kale Callaloo

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A Trinidadian dish with a Canadian twist, kale callalloo is my most favourite meal. And given that kale ranks as the  “superest” of super food, I am doubly excited to share it with you. And this has been responsible for my hair filling in the bare spot and the reversal of greying roots back to black.

The creamy deliciousness of  green leaves (be they dasheen bush, spinach, kale or other) is only topped by its convenience of cooking in one pot. It’s that simple – all you do is layer the ingredients and take pictures as the conversion occurs through heat.

This dish is a vegetarian one (without the crab) and is as healthy as ___________ (fill in the blank).  I use ingredients I get in my area but the beauty of this dish is that it is versatile and you can add or omit ingredients and still end up with a tasty blend that is filling and yummy.

 

INGREDIENTS:

2 bunches kale (You can substitute spinach, dasheen bush, etc) 

2 small carrots (you can use pumpkin or squash)

½ bell pepper (called sweet pepper to Trinidadians to distinguish from hot pepper)

½ onion chopped

4 cloves garlic chopped

1 sprig green onion

½ teaspoon dried thyme

salt to taste, black pepper to taste

1 tablespoon butter (I use salted)

1 packet coconut milk powder to be mixed to 2.5 cups hot water, or 1 can coconut milk

1 small tin crab meat (omit if vegetarian)

6 ochroes – (I don’t get ochroes where I live so I leave them out.)

 

METHOD: 

In a medium sized pot (about 6 quarts), layer the onion, garlic, thyme, green onion, carrots, bell pepper and crab meat. Pour coconut milk over the ingredients. Add 2.5 cups water to powder coconut milk and add to pot. (If using a can of coconut milk, add milk then fill the can with hot water and add to pot.) Then place the kale (last).

Place lid on pot and let simmer on low to medium heat.

The kale will boil down quickly and the milk will bubble up. Stir the kale mixture every 15 minutes. After about 40 minutes, turn off the heat and blend with an immersion (hand) blender.  Turn the heat on again and add butter. Stir. Taste and add salt and black pepper as needed.

Cautionary Tip: You can add a hot pepper to the simmering pot but REMOVE HOT PEPPER BEFORE BLENDING. I don’t have hot peppers so I simply add hot sauce to my serving.

Serve as a soup, or over rice, or with roti. 

And watch that hair regrow and the grey go!

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Cornbread & Stew

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What’s for supper? Don’t know? 

Here’s a simple, quick and delicious meal that can be ready in 59 minutes. I used the cornbread recipe found in the Naparima Girls’ cookbook.

Can you read it in the picture?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the beef is stewed like any regular stew: Add some oil to the pot. Put in a tablespoon of brown sugar in the oil and wait until the sugar melts and rises a bit. Toss in the seasoned meat and turn a few times. Keep the heat on medium. Turn every minutes for 3 minutes to ensure meat does not stick to pot. Add a cup of hot water to the stew, and two tablespoons of ketchup. Cook for approx. 40 minutes. 

 

 

Garden Gift

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After vowing never to plant a garden again I have a garden, and still kept my vow. You see, I did not plant it, my husband did.  Still new at the acreage after 15 months, the landscaping and deck are projects not yet tackled. Instead, a few old planters on lopsided crates form the “garden” on the location of the future deck.  This was lovingly started on July 1st, a bit late in the season.

And the crates? To keep off the rabbits. Well sort of, as I secretly hope they will hop on and sneak the bounty so I can enjoy their presence. Long ears, white tails, cheeky faces, the jackrabbits are my favourite wild animal.

But here’s a secret. He sowed beets for the hares. In the little black pot with the flag? That’s beet all right, a leaf high on the rabbits’ menu. But shhhh, there’s more…the entire perimeter of the crates are seeded with beets.

I can’t wait for the red-stemmed beets to shoot up and call the hares. They come to our yard to nibble on dandelions, but we don’t have dandelions anymore, and I’m not keen on the lovely yellows taking over my yard anyway.

So here’s hoping that beets, and crunchy greens from spinach, kale, mustard, peas and Swiss Chard ring in a happy summer for the rabbits and me.

A garden gift. I didn’t ask for it and couldn’t have imagine a lovelier surprise. Except for the animals it will attract.