Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
- He looks pretty clean and well kept for a street beggar.
- His shoes were in fairly decent shape which is odd.
- His clothing wasn't ripped nor earth stained, both of which are indicators of a homeless lifestyle.
- His skin looks so weathered and dried out.
- His walk shows a lopsided gait that favored one side.
- He had been crying and I saw the shame in his eyes.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
- The USDA does NOT protect the population with pure motives and is untrustworthy. "Many high-ranking staff members at the USDA were employed by, or are otherwise affiliated with, the meat and dairy industries. And if the group responsible for the safety of meat, poultry and egg products is run by people from the same industries they're supposed to be protecting us from...well, that would be a conflict of interest. And it is. An enormous, ridiculous, outrageous, catastrophic conflict of interest." (p93)
- The EPA is allowing us to eat an insecticidal protein deemed unsafe for human consumption. "But the Environmental Protection Agency allows the use of StarLink for livestock feed. Let humans eat the animals who ate the corn? That's safe? Duh." (p110)
- The meat we put on our table most likely came from a slaughterhouse. "Humane protocol calls for animals to be "stunned" before they are slaughtered. For cows, this means getting a metal bolt shot into the skull and then retracted. When done properly, using working equipment, this renders the cow unconscious. But time is money, and slaughterhouses operate at lighting speeds, some killing one animal every three seconds. Because thousands of frightened, struggling cows are not easy to stun, it is extremely common for a "stunner" to miss his mark. Panicked hogs, also difficult to "hit", are stunned with an electric device." (p66) The book goes on to explain the disturbing "bleed rail", hogs thrown into 140-degree scalding water to remove the hair from their bodies, and chickens with their beaks literally chopped off their faces so that won't peck each other and workers because of stress.
- You are what you eat. "Assuming you started with a healthy animal (highly unlikely), you've now eaten hormones, pesticides, steroids, antibiotics, fear, grief, and rage. You are what you eat." (P77)
- Antibiotics are not an appealing appetizer. "Half of the antibiotics made in the United States each year are administered to farm animals, causing antibiotic resistance in the humans who eat them. A study at the University of California-Berkely linked eating beef to urinary tract infections (UTIs) in women. It just so happens that the most common infectious disease in women is UTIs. You do the math. (p45)
Friday, May 22, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
- Real estate negotiator (we're in the final details of having a signed contract)
- Dog trainer (for the last time, Copernicus, leave the rug alone!)
- Contract bidder (how much will it cost to have a condensation drain line extended?)
- Mean mom (no, you may not wear "sag". I don't care if it's cool. NO!)
- Chef (vegetable soup and a loaf of homemade bread)
- Model (subject of an already-late photo project at school)
- Maid (dishes, laundry, floors...spotless!)
- Cheerleader (for my favorite on The Biggest Loser)
- Writer (stretching it a bit but maybe "blogger" would be more accurate)
- Scheduler (hair, guidance counselor, vet appointment, doctor appointment)
- Crawl space dweller (braving the environment to prevent standing water)
- Taxi (I know you're late...ok, I'll take you to school)
- Wife (loving Mr. Smart Guy from afar)
Friday, May 1, 2009
- being anti-social
- chewing the foyer rug
- taking toilet papers streams through the house
- not obeying simple commands on purpose
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
- Listening to the extremely loud woman who is talking on her cell phone and can be heard by everyone within a 4-block radius. And...she's totally oblivious to the fact that others may not want to here her conversation.
- The screech of the airline employee blasting something unintelligible over the loud speaker is minimized so that I won't require a visit to an audiologist afterward to get checked for permanent damage.
- Constantly scanning the overcrowded, not-enough-seats in the seating area to ensure that there are no elderly or physically challenged travelers who needs my seat more than I do. Maybe I could actually relax in my seat and not feel so guilty that I actually have a seat.
- Soothing aromas would immediately begin to push out the anxious thoughts of flying or being in a plane with a gabillion people or the swine flu and the bummer that no one is wearing masks.
- Earthy, world music would be settling weary hearts down instead of the hard rap music that's blasting distorted bass through that guy's headphones that he's sharing with a few of us that are seated around him.
- Inviting ergonomic chaise lounges with freshly laundered blankets so that you could stretch out before you get cramped into tiny, hard spaces on the plane that, more likely than not, have someone who will spill over onto my side and take the armrest plus a few more inches.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
By the way, Newton is laying on his just bought and now loves Molly Mutt dog duvet. Go check them out...perfect for a high quality doggie product that makes it easy to keep my old pillows, blankets and t-shirts out of landfills. ;)
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father [and the Son].
With the Father and the Son
he is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
~ AMEN ~