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Apr. 5th, 2012 | 06:43 pm

Facebook is a wasteland of drivel that looks more and more like MySpace.
G+ is a ghost town.

Why did we all leave this space again?

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If you must play

Apr. 26th, 2011 | 11:59 am

If you must play, decide on three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and quitting time.

-Chinese proverb
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Food, Inc

Nov. 9th, 2010 | 01:37 pm

Food, Inc: not as gross and scary as I expected. But gross and scary enough to intensify my long-standing crush on vegetarianism and organic living.

For dinner last night we had marinated, baked tofu, a brown and wild rice blend, and stir-fried CSA veggies (kohlrabi, japanese eggplant, garlic and green beans *drool*). For dinner tonight, I'm likely to make a lentil-butternut squash soup.
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Sep. 18th, 2010 | 08:21 pm

We all know what it’s like to get trapped in dark, constricting states of mind—and how useless it is, in terms of awakening, to dwell there. That is exactly what the Buddha taught: we don’t need to stay stuck in greed, hatred, and delusion. Life can be lighter, more workable, even when it’s challenging. This lightening up, which I see as an aspect of joy, is the fruit of insight into anatta, the selfless nature of reality, and anicca, the truth of impermanence. When we are not attached to who we think we are, life can move through us, playing us like an instrument. Understanding how everything is in continual transformation, we release our futile attempts to control circumstances. When we live in this easy connection with life, we live in joy.

James Baraz, "Lighten Up!" in Tricycle

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Am I the only one?

Dec. 30th, 2009 | 04:42 pm

Who finds it incredibly difficult to clear out the junk of the holidays? All kinds of junk, both material and spiritual. Ugh.

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on my mind lately

Dec. 23rd, 2009 | 12:24 am

"Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without!"

-a Depression-era slogan, a recipe for cognitive dissonance during the season.
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Change

Nov. 6th, 2008 | 05:21 pm

It's been nearly two days since Barack Obama gave his victory speech, and I think I'm finally starting to re-emerge from the post-election afterglow I've felt since then. Yes we did! I'll avoid rehashing what others have already stated more elequently elsewhere. Suffice it to say that I believe Obama will do everything in his power to begin addressing our economic problems, our broken healthcare system, and our damaged reputation abroad. How exciting, to see people around the globe celebrating his election as a symbol of hope for America and a sign of better things to come!

I'm proud that we're going to have an intelligent, forward-looking man in the White House, and I can't remember the last time I felt so patriotic. The first president my children will remember will be a black man--that's amazing, given that just a couple of generations ago many parts of this country were still segregated. I know I'm just one of many who see Obama's election as a very tangible sign that hope, change, and acceptance are real, are still alive in the hearts and minds of most Americans. What a delicious, heady brew that is.

And now the Work begins: http://change.gov/

(x-posted to Sunrise Ruby)
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okra

Aug. 20th, 2008 | 08:38 pm

I made this for dinner tonight, substituting fresh tomatoes for one of the cans.

In a word, yum. Would definitely make again. :)
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a lesson in patience and humility

Jun. 25th, 2008 | 10:02 am

I can't wait to find out what sort of amazing people my children will become. I observe Ben's developing interests, and I imagine him one day becoming a musician, an ornithologist, a surgeon...

This morning I'm reminded that before we reach that point, I likely have several more years of cleaning up massive shit slides off of the high chair.

*noted*

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let's all eat potatoes

Jun. 4th, 2008 | 10:15 am

I only just found out that 2008 is the United Nations International Year of the Potato. (*nods to coreblue *) Feed us, oh tasty potassium- and vitamin C-filled starchy tubers. While I'll likely be skipping the Belarussian potatoes stuffed with liver, some of the other recipes they share on the site sound absolutely yummy.

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