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No, That's Not Christian [Jul. 20th, 2016|11:45 pm]
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So Pence said today on television--I saw it, unfortunately (I was looking for local weather and got this instead) that he was a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order.

Wrong.  Pence is a Republican, yes, but he's neither a Christian, nor a conservative: he's a Republican extremist.   I have posted before about the curious theology that calls itself Christian but doesn't do what Jesus said to do, and instead does things Jesus said not to do.  And the political philosophy that calls itself "conservative" but doesn't actually "conserve" (or even try to conserve)  anything but the privilege of rich white guys, is not, in fact conservative.  It's wasteful, destructive, the very opposite of what "conservative" means. Read more...Collapse )
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Simple Food [Jul. 20th, 2016|01:40 pm]
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Part of the process of getting healthier after hitting The Wall is trying to eat better.  Having been eating on the run and grab-and-go even with foods in the house for too long, this is getting back to my kitchen roots, with some enhancements learned from cooking shows on PBS.   I used to be able to throw together whatever was in the fridge to make a satisfying hot meal (with weekly additions to the fridge, of course) with things I called "concoctions" that were never quite the same twice.   And I'm working on that model again.
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Well, yes. Then again, no. [Jul. 18th, 2016|06:47 pm]
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Two things from Sunday's Twitter stream left me somewhat frustrated, as
I agreed a lot with one part of a discussion, and disagreed a lot with another.

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Police Behavior & Response to Criticism [Jul. 14th, 2016|10:53 pm]
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In the aftermath of several police killings of black men in questionable circumstances, the overreaction to peaceful protests against same (in Baton Rouge and other localities) and the subsequent widespread public criticism (including on social media), and the shooting of several police officers in Dallas after a peaceful demonstration,  many police departments have begun arresting people who post anti-police comments on social media.  Others (including a NYC police commissioner) have called for "dialling down the rhetoric" of criticism of police.  These are tactics that will not succeed in lowering the tension between police and those who criticize them (black OR white) and will instead make an already bad situation worse.  Here's why.Read more...Collapse )
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A few cooking bits... [Jul. 13th, 2016|10:14 pm]
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This is a scattershot sort of post, because we had a wonderful Houseguest for 10 days (she's been gone over a week now, but the 10 days were memorable) who cooked, and then I cooked, and then we cooked, and  lot of cooking-type stuff happened.  She wanted to watch me make chili, and chicken stock, and apple bread pudding, and bean soup.  I wanted to learn more about Italian cooking, at which she is excellent (OMG her chicken piccata!  My mouth was dancing in the streets with glee!)  Then there was the after-cooking with the leftovers after she left.  The only picture I have of the whole cooking extravaganza is the bread pudding one she took.
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That's right before half of it disappeared
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Your Morning Laugh: Factoid v. Fact [Jun. 22nd, 2016|09:12 am]
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According to someone with inadequate internet research skills, who published a post on Ten Things You Didn't Know About Gordon Lightfoot, I was his second wife.   He married his second wife (I looked it up in several places) in 1989 (when I'd been married to my actual husband for 20 years) separated from her in 2003, and divorced in 2011.

It would have been an interesting exercise in bigamy if I had managed to marry someone I'd never met in 1989.   I think my husband and son and mother would have noticed if I'd run off to marry a musician/songwriter.   My mother was beginning her final decline, our son was in the most difficult (for me) period of his childhood as an autist,  and I was writing as fast as I could in the midst of everything else.  I didn't have time or energy for a clandestine romance.

But since everything on the internet lives forever, I'm sure that this will make its way into multiple other sites before it can be corrected other than by my stating plainly in every venue every time that I was never married to Gordon Lightfoot, was married only once, in 1969, and someone just mistook me for someone else. I filled out the "responses" form on the Fraze Pavilion site, but have no idea if they even look at their mail, let alone correct their errors.  It's funny (R- and I laughed over it this morning) but it's also another proof that not everything on the internet is true.
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80 Acres: New plant for the list, June 18 [Jun. 19th, 2016|12:07 pm]
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R- found a tall blooming plant Saturday, June 18, that he didn't recognize: a colony growing  in the creek woods, in the 'swamp' area, now very wet again.  There's a kind of "sandbar" (except it's not sand, but alluvial mix from flash floods including black clay)  that gets midday sun.  He found a colony of these, 4 feet and more tall, and pulled the shortest one to bring back and show me.  It was about four feet.  By the time it got back to the house, it was fairly limp, the main stalk actually broken.  I snipped it short enough to fit in a pitcher, hoping it would perk up.  Some of the pictures were taken shortly after that; over time it did regain turgor so this morning I set it outside for a bit and took more pictures.

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Clearly Mint Family--square stem, opposite leaves, flower shape.
Now IDed as Teucrium canadense
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80 Acres: June 16, 2006 [Jun. 16th, 2016|03:42 pm]
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The rain stopped a week ago; the winter grasses are brown or browning, the early wildflowers have gone to seed.  But soil moisture is still good. The tallgrasses (switchgrass, Eastern gama, Indiangrass, big bluestem) are doing very well (switchgrass in the secondary drainage is taller than we are.)   There's an area in the east grass we call "The Bowl" because it's a roundish area that seeps in wet weather as it slopes down to the old drainage line.  It stays green longer.  When we got the place, it was covered with broomweed (non-native), bare under the broomweed with a few scattered grass plants, not doing well because of the chemical defense of the broomweek.  Today it looks like this:

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You can see the upslope edge (pale beige of dry grass)
Every different shade of green, every native plant, reveals something about the soil where it is.
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Things Jesus Didn't Say: "Hate Gays and Be Glad When Someone Kills Them." [Jun. 14th, 2016|10:18 pm]
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Just to be perfectly clear about this, and the easiest way to check up on what I'm saying:  Read the Gospels, in a good translation (avoid the so-called "Conservative Bibles" that are not accurate to the existing oldest texts.)  King James is OK, not the best, but OK.  My desk Bble is The New English Bible, the New Testament part coming out first in 1961, benefitting from additional scholarly study and the discovery of older texts than were available to those working in the 17th century.

Jesus did not say (or, if you're not convinced the Gospels come remotely close to what the historical Jesus said, Jesus has not been claimed to say) that homosexuals were sinful and deserved death.  Jesus did not say to hate homosexuals.  Jesus did not say to attack homosexuals.  Jesus did not mention homosexuals male or female.  The only types of people whose sexual behavior Jesus commented on were 1) men who divorced their wives, and 2) men and women who committed adultery (that is, they were married and they willingly had sex with someone other than their spouse.   And that is why I think so-called Christians (individuals, church leaders, entire congregations) who say that some sexual identities (gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, whatever) are totally evil and deserve death and it's OK to rejoice at a massacre in a nightclub...are wrong, and not acting as  Christians at all.  Because the essence of Christianity is following Christ and that's not where Christ went.

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Purity Politics--Making a Religion of Opinion [Jun. 7th, 2016|10:21 pm]
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This year's political campaigns have offered many examples of Purity Politics, with multiple candidates claiming that they are "against the system,"  and their fans determined that they won't compromise on any point, and hate the candidates who have, or say they will.   They want *their* values/thoughts/opinions/ideals to be carried through--100%, no compromises.

And that's a bad thing.  Purity Politics is exactly akin--in the claim of Rightness, moral superiority--to the narrowest of religions, where there is only One Right Way to think and act.  And that's a bad thing.  No single human individual is entirely right, and the claim of being, the belief in being right, means that individual cannot learn, cannot compromise, cannot cooperate with anyone else who does not hold exactly the same opinions and beliefs.  As a result, that individual cannot cope with the inevitable change that comes to us all, because he or she insists that change can only be met with rigid resistance or active conflict.  As such individuals aggregate into defined groups, groups that demand purity of opinon and belief,  they feel strong bonds between them (the more alike they are, the more the bonds feel strong) and are more likely to restrict their opinions and define themselves by what they are against, creating an ever deeper gap between themselves and others.  Fear of the outsiders, fear of outside ideas, is typical of Purity Politics as it is of many religions.  A group of any kind that believes it is entirely right can only rule as a tyranny (if it has the power) or endure as an obstruction to everyone else (if it's not in power)   and its apparent strength is brittle--not tough and resilient--because of the inability to recognize that it lacks perfection. 
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