Lana Rose

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The Tortilla Makers Prayer

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in words | 1 comment

The Tortilla Makers Prayer

I’ll admit, I’ve been on a bit of a mission. I’m not quite sure where it started, but one day a few years ago I woke up with the unshakeable desire to make soft, fresh, homemade corn tortillas from scratch. Granted, I have absolutely zero experience in this venture aside from being an avid lover of tacos. And not even tacos on soft, fresh, homemade corn tortillas… I’ll eat them, but I much rather prefer my tasty fillings in a flour tortilla or crunchy shell. Gastronomical preferences aside, the mission was set and my determination was rigid so off to the store I went to buy some masa and a tortilla press. The sterling, authentic-looking tortilla press sat brilliantly on my countertop for over a year, proclaiming my corn flour pressing prowess that I did not yet actually possess. The masa, on the otherhand, went from the store into the fridge and actually came along with me on three different moves. Yes, I packed and moved the masa with me on multiple occasions but never actually opened up the package to give it a try. Finally I just threw the package out and stored the tortilla press away with my other ne’er used kitchen gadgets. Whenever the hankering to press out some tortillas really took hold again, I figured, I could spring another $1.99 for a new package. Well my friends… that day was today. Fresh (unexpired) bag of masa in hand, tortilla press out and ready to go, 5-year-old child at the ready to make some sweet mother/daughter kitchen memories, I mixed up some (surprisingly easy to make) dough and began the process. It was fabulous… a fabulous, fabulous mess. From the tortillas being way too small, perhaps too dry, to a questionable cooking process and dough sticking on everything (whoever is creating the new & improved tortilla press, please note that it should have a non-stick mechanism that does not require the addition of plastic wrap or waxed paper). The five-year-old quite promptly – and understandably – abandoned ship. No seriously, what are these things?! Though I knew there would be some kind of learning curve, I guess I did have some oddly placed dream in the back of my mind that my my skills may be so good that friends would soon joke at parties about how I should give up writing and just make hand...

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Embracing The ‘No Mas’ Moments in Life

Posted by on Sep 10, 2016 in words | 1 comment

Embracing The ‘No Mas’ Moments in Life

Roberto Duran, famed Panamanian pugilist and arguably one of the best boxers of all time, is widely known for his “Manos de Piedra” or “Hands of Stone” and intense brawling skills. But what he became most famous for, in the boxing world and beyond, was the fight he bowed out of before it even finished. In a move that would ultimately ostracize him from fans, colleagues, and his own countrymen, Duran made history on November 25, 1980 by turning away from his opponent after the eighth round in a 15-round fight and walking out of the ring. Not because he was hurt. It’s been said it was because of pride. But I’d like to posit the theory that walking out of a fight he shouldn’t have taken on in the first place is perhaps the best thing he could have done – for himself, his family, and his career. And we could all learn a little something from this for the prize bouts in our own life. While Duran maintains he never actually uttered the words he became famous for, “No More” is still essentially the attitude that his actions conveyed as he ceased fighting during the much insisted upon rematch with Sugar Ray Leonard. And recently, as I watched the notorious moment play out in the movie Hands of Stone, I couldn’t help but to think – “Good for you, Roberto. You’re right… ‘No Mas.’” We all reach those moments in our lives. Pushed to the limits. Spinning out in our own galaxy. Galloping from one achievement to the next, grasping for the next goal before we’ve even had a moment to savor the one in our hands. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype of our own lives. And it’s heavily frowned upon to take a break at any time, let alone walk out of the middle of a competition to do so. But sometimes, perhaps that’s exactly what we need to do. To say “No Mas” to the infinite loop of goal getting. To say “No Mas” of constantly replying yes to things that we’re not really sure we want to do. To say “No Mas” to being the puppet in someone else’s show. There is no harm in taking a moment to center ourselves. There is no danger in taking our time to plan the next goal or challenge. There is no shame...

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The Word Shop is Open!

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in words | 0 comments

The Word Shop is Open!

My “Word Shop” has officially been updated with all currently available books, art, and more. I’m proud to present these wordy goodies to you, especially on behalf of my 10-year-old self who first picked up the pen to write short stories amidst a world she couldn’t comprehend. Little by little, dreams get built. And dream by dream, little girls learn that it’s okay to be just who they are. Thank you to all who have supported me and continue to support me along the way… For your words, your ears, and your...

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NaPoWriMo 2016 #fin

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Poetry | 2 comments

NaPoWriMo 2016 #fin

As National Poetry Month 2016 draws to a close, I finish out my personal National Poetry *Writing* Month challenge… 30 haikus in 30 days. Although I tend to always look back on goals or challenges like these and think, “I could have done more, I could have done differently,” this time around I’m going to say: I completed the challenge I set for myself – and that alone is just fine. On to the next one.   waiting is never as hard as it is when you’re sitting in traffic ‪#‎lanarosewords‬ 23/30 a moment of peace could change the world if we try taking time to pray ‪#‎lanarosewords‬ 24/30 he was my release inside a befuddled world that held me captive ‪#‎lanarosewords‬ 25/30 don’t look for truth here inspiration should come from someone less human ‪#‎lanarosewords‬ 26/30 businesses have changed gone are the days of mom, pop we’re all orphans now ‪#‎lanarosewords‬ 27/30 wake me up before life slides by, speed of sound – WHAM! before you go go ‪#‎lanarosewords‬ 28/30 it’s a thing, you know staring blankly into time smartphone addiction ‪#‎lanarosewords‬ 29/30 in the end we need a reason to rise in rain must be the sun… shine....

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