paranoid much?

while surfing the interwebs today i found the "perfect holiday gift".
*eyes rolling*
just what a person needs in case of a complete and total food shortage! it will save you from starvation!
if only you have a one acre backyard (which i don't)! and you know how to garden! and you can store a years worth of food! and you don't live on the seashore! or a desert!
and, of course, you have $97 plus $14 shipping.
"no discounts… even to FEMA or military personnel. Take it or leave it."

mmmm...

so, i finally decided what to make with my birthday gift from corin at a walk in the park.
she generously gave me some honey from the bounty of her family's beekeeping efforts.

some jazzed up apple crisp was in order, especially considering we have quite a few apples still remaining from our trip to hick's orchard.

thanks again corin!

local pride?

dear post star,

please stop focusing on stories like this.
otherwise, people may start getting the wrong idea about us.
aren't there good things...intelligent things to document?

sincerely,
an embarrassed citizen

know your pigeonhole.

find it here.























apparently i correctly identify myself, as the result of my typology survey was 'liberal'.

partisan black hole.

i have been thinking quite a bit about politics for the last few months. my feelings have bordered on anxiety at many times. i do not feel well represented by the current government. that is not because it has been Republican dominated for the last eight years (although this has not helped). it is because i believe our democracy has some pretty big flaws.

one problem is that too many citizens do not participate in our democracy. there are many reasons for this, which will need to be parked for another post.

another overwhelming issue is the dominance of partisanship that serves to completely destroy the possibility of thoughtful and evolutionary debates and policies. a two party system ultimately swings people to the far left or far right and creates antagonism.

this all came to a head for me this morning while reading one of my favorite blogs, urostream. keagirl's last two posts had generated so much feedback, much of it ugly, that i couldn't help but post my thoughts.

i voted for barack obama. i am proud of my vote, but i do not believe that obama will "save the world". i do not agree with all of his positions, but i do believe he is the right person to lead our country forward. i do not know what ultimately what will come out of his presidency and feel that it is wasteful to debate this.

if we place all of our hopes in one person, we will always be disappointed.
barack obama will be our president, but we will still need to be active in our democracy.
if citizens only participate on election day by pushing a lever then nothing will ever change. partisanship will abide as the rule and the media will follow. some people will hold fast to their party affiliation just as blindly as they would their baseball/football/hockey team. if we do not educate ourselves this pattern will repeat over and over and over.

there is a difference between debate and verbal warfare. we must be cautious to not believe that "all people" of "that" category can be summed up in any one way.
are all liberals pro-choice?
are all conservatives pro-war?

if we do truely love our country, we will find a way to use our differences to become stronger as a people. there is no irony in the fact that a 'partisan' is also a weapon.

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"change is inevitable. change is constant." benjamin disraeli

"mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. the foundation of such a method is love." martin luther king, jr

mix tape.


i forgot how much fun it is to put together a music compilation. i haven't done it since i listened to cassettes.
remember those?
so this morning, while adam has been flailing around on the floor in the kitchen trying to install our new dishwasher, i thoughtfully created two playlists. i burned them and they will soon be in the mail and off to virginia. dad and karen (purely coincidentally~today is her birthday!) are the lucky winners of my morning efforts. it is important, after all, to have your recipient in mind when creating a mix...it's almost like a letter to them.
crap, that's pretty emo, huh?
so enough of that...
maybe i had better see if adam needs some help in there.