The Man who Grins

Pitted against each other

Sister and a Brother

By a man you took in

Who only sat back and grinned


Said you didn’t know

How my mind it would go

In and out of love

Still, looking up above


Things looked pretty and nice

Though, they came with a price

What made him so mad

When we all should have been glad


Time hasn’t changed a thing

With that voice, you could sing

It hurt me that you kept it in

Because of a man who sat back and grinned


We were supposed to be close

Who took the overdose?

No one did care

Just headed on to the State Fair


Remembering the beatings

You were absent for the greetings

Could a child fight the sins

From your man who sits back and grins?




My window breaks

as I stare out

What I see won’t

look back at me

The air is dry

through all the cracks

What is there left

on the side I can’t see?

Even the clouds

fail to appear

the closer I pull my chair near

No birds do sing

Awakening heart-strings

Yet, while I stand for this

it pains me to see nothingness


There go the lies



Is there someone

something willing

to draw my shade

so I can be

what I can be

though I can’t believe

the color of my sleeve

after I grieve?

My window breaks

when I look out

And I can’t tell

what’s looking back at me

Lou Ball’s Best Pizza Ever


Best Pizza

Lou Ball’s Best Pizza Ever


1. Flat Bread Pizza Crust

2. 1 Onion sauted (25 min.)

3. 12 Pepperonis slightly fried

4. 2 MILD or HOT Sausage Patties

5. 6 Green Olives

6. 1 Red Pepper sliced (HOT)

7. 1 Package of Mini Mozzarella Balls

8. 1 Package Grated (FANCY) Mozzarella

9. 1 Gina Rispoli Marinara Sauce

10. Olive Oil

11. Crushed Red Pepper

12. Black Pepper


· Slice 1 large sweet onion and sauté with butter 30 minutes (on LOW)

· Remove onion and set aside

· Preheat oven at 425

· Using Pizza Dough, generally brush with Olive Oil

· In same pan as onion, cook 2 sausage patties until almost done – set  aside

· Cut 12 Pepperonis and sauté in same pan for 5 minutes on HIGH – set aside

· Green Olives stuffed with Garlic (optional)

· In same pan, sauté 10 sliced Mushrooms

· Slice 4 Roasted Peppers; sauté and then remove

· Slather Gina Rispoli Marinara on Pizza Dough

· Sprinkle all other ingredients on Pizza

· Spread Shredded Mozzarella Cheese generously

· Bake for 16 minutes

· Remove and allow to sit 8 minutes

· Slice/Portion off and Serve