Archive | October 2007

October 28, 2007

Test blog for background colours Testing a new effect Why I got inspired to do this as it looks like 360 is disintegrating, I don’t know. But I am not ready for multiply, it doesn’t have the same amount of privacy as far as I can tell.

Picture Perfect – Collective

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Photo taken on October 24, 2007 with Canon Powershot A510 at the entrance to my home, showing savory (satureja montana), honey, and bee. Second image is a part of the main one, cut and zoomed, so that hopefully you can see the bee.

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An edifying example of collective is the bee.

Busy as a bee, not to be confused with being a busybody.

In the hive, each individual works and performs his/her task for the good of the whole community.

The properties of the honey depend on the properties of the collective whole of the flowers whose nectar compose it.

Nature, put into place by The Creator, and Mankind work together, enabling us to gather the honey the bees have manufactured. (Or should I say proboscis-factured?)

“Along My Paths toward My Heights bees work hard for all men.” The Revelation of Arés 28:26a

The whole being the sum of its parts, the collective identity depends on the individuals that compose it. The more people who decide to be good, the better the world will be. One person cannot save the world, we must work at it collectively.

“How could a one man and even a thousand men recover the Spring buried under the stamping of battles, under the steps of merchants ‘ caravans, under the processions of priests, under the loins of prostitutes, under the Wind of the Anger of God ?
Many repenting generations will pitch camp on that desert in order to sift its sand, excavate it as a mine to recover Life.” The Revelation of Arés 24:4-5

October 23, 2007

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What to my wondering eyes should appear
When I was digging out weeds from here

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Even though my boys are in their late twenties, I am still finding things that were “lost” in the garden.

Entry for October 21, 2007

Undeniably, the season has changed. Photos from my garden this morning.





Picture Perfect – Unusual


Unusually hot!

Unusually concentrated!

Not usually sold in very many stores!

A friend gave us two of these Scotch Bonnet peppers. I put one in a dish of chicken with vegetables, a cous cous preparation. I thought putting in one whole one without cutting it would give flavour without too much fire. I was wrong. This was the first time I can remember my husband finding a dish too hot.

So this week’s adventure was how to downspice until palatable.

I took a can of tomatoes and added only a few elements of the original dish. That helped. I boiled some potatoes and carrots and then added just a ladle of the original dish to make a soup. That was better.

I added another can of tomatoes and about double the vegetables to what was left of the original dish. Finally it’s getting there.

Next we will try the leftovers with pasta.

Usually since there are only two of us, a chicken lasts for several meals, but this is getting ridiculous!

On the Scoville scale of 1 to 15,000,000, the Scotch Bonnet pepper is evaluated at 325,000. For more on this, go to:

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-scoville-heat-unit.htm

Conclusion: One Scotch Bonnet easily serves 12 who like it hot.

For those who like it cold, skip the Bonnet.

For more entries on this theme, go to Picture Perfect.

October 18, 2007

For some results of the Blog Action Day for the environment:

http://blogactionday.org/

This of course does not measure the change in people’s attitudes and behaviour that may stem from reading the blogs.

After Ramadan

A couple is two people but it is also a unit. Sometimes even as a couple, we can feel alone. My husband and I were feeling a bit alone in our Ramadan fasting. We wanted to share this effort in some way with others who were also making it.

We looked on the internet and found what seems to be the closest mosque, deciding to try to join in some way for the holiday that ends the fasting. There was no telephone number so we couldn’t find out in advance how the group would be celebrating the Eid al Fitr, the end of the fast. It was a bit difficult to find as the directions referred to things spelled phonetically. No signs, but we asked some people and then my husband had the courage to knock on the doors (we could hear voices). It was late afternoon by this time, but there were two men there and they bade us enter. They sat us down and served us mint tea and offered platters of pastries that had been made by the women of the group. We talked about respect for the beliefs of all. We said that we had done the fasting. “The whole month?” one man asked. “Yes,” we answered. A bit later in the conversation, he asked if we had offered alms. We said no, how does one usually do? I had seen something about 2.5kg of rice, but I didn’t know if this was done everywhere or if people adapted, I mean, not everyone eats quantities of rice. He said there aren’t really any poor people around here, so he sends money to a person in Maroc and then it goes to people who need it for food. The recommended amount is 5 euros per person. So we were very glad to give him our alms and he will send them on to a person in need. They kept saying have another cake, have another cake, then they fixed a plate for us to take home. It really filled me with joy. I know, I am a greedy pig, but I also appreciated all the hands that had worked to form these beautiful pastries and their warm hearts in sharing them with us.

My husband and I are very glad we did this fasting. It was a different kind of effort than when one does a complete fast for several days. In that case, the body settles into a fasting mode, whereas in this case, the effort must be made anew each day. A month starts to seem like a long time. Generally a three week period is sufficient to create a new habit, but I was still hungry at noon, right down to the last day.

I think it was a very good exercise in perseverance and self-discipline. Now if I can apply this training to other levels, I will have succeeded. The first thing I thought of was, OK, now I can refrain from reflexively putting food in my mouth, how about the things that pop out of it?

I lost a little bit of weight, but will I be able to keep it off? The body says oh, but I like being a little bit round and content (image of a bean bag). The head says oh, but lithe and lean is so lovely and it feels good to be active, taut. The body and the head are meant to be used to develop the soul, they are not meant to be in charge. We are encouraged to find a middle way, to not go to extremes. So if I define the middle as from size 10 to size 16, what difference does it make if I am a size 12 or a 14? A question of balance I guess I will have to decide for myself.

I may see benefits on other levels with time; I’m not very good at instant analysis. At one time during the fast, I didn’t think I would ever do it again. I had to be very firm with myself, reminding me that I said I would do it. Now I think there is a possibility I would do it again.

Sorry, no photo, we ate all the pastries.