Saturday, September 13, 2008

I Believe...............

I was roaming around reading blogs this morning and ran across this question: What do you believe? An interesting question and one I feel like answering. The question was not faith directed or any other kind of directed for that matter, just………what do you believe?

1. I believe that two people who truly love each other and want to care for each other for the rest of their lives have the right to get married, legally. Doesn’t matter about the gender, the ethnicity, the race, the religion, none of it. It doesn’t matter. It’s about two hearts and love.

2. I believe that dogs truly are human kind’s best friend. Nobody else in my life will ever love me with such complete and total devotion, with no regard for how I look, how I smell, what I think or how I feel. There is nothing I could do to make these two, currently lying at my feet, stop loving me. Nothing. That’s pretty special and cannot be duplicated by any other creature that I know of.

3. I believe that it is incredibly unfair that my two nieces, both of whom will be exceptional, wonderful, sensitive, talented and understanding mothers, are struggling with infertility and adoption issues. And yet, right here in the city where I live there are women giving up babies, throwing away babies, mistreating babies and I am unable to get the two sides together.

4. I believe that the public school system in our country is failing our children and that the “dumbing down” of the system is causing them to go backwards rather than forward. My Dad learned more in a tiny, one room, country schoolhouse 75 years ago than too many of today’s students are learning in the beautifully built and air conditioned schools of today. Let’s go back to the three ‘R’s and to heck with political correctness. Those kids NEED geography and history and physical education and music as well as many other subjects that have been dropped from curriculums in too many schools. They should memorize multiplication tables and diagram sentences. Too bad if it’s hard. That’s how you learn! And you don’t get to the next grade unless you know the material from the current grade. No kid left behind is BS. If you can’t do the work, you should be left behind until you can.

5. I believe the majority of American women take their right to vote for granted. You don’t appreciate the blood and suffering that occurred to make it a reality. Put “Iron Jawed Angels” in your Netflix Queue. You’ll never miss another election.

6. I’ve come to believe that teaching is the best job in the world. Unfortunately, I came to this realization late in life and so will not reap the true benefits that can be gained from a lifetime career. Where else can you work 9 months a year and get paid for 12? Get all summer off from work? Have 4-6 weeks off work over the holidays? Get a week off every Spring? Only have to physically show up at work 2-3 days a week for a few hours (college level teaching)? Etc. etc. etc.

7. I believe that each of us will have dozens, maybe hundreds, of acquaintances as we go through our lives. However, the numbers of TRUE friends, REAL friends that we meet and go through life with can be counted on your fingers. If you’re really lucky, those few are not only friends, they are family members.

8. I believe the life our parents led and the ways in which they raised us has a dramatic impact on the adults we are today. If you are one of the lucky ones whose parents were together as a loving married couple for their entire lives, count your blessings. If your Dad was a strong, good man who was always there for his children, count your blessings. If your parents loved you and wanted you, count your blessings. If drugs or alcohol or violence were never a part of your childhood, count your blessings. There are way too few of us.

9. I believe that one decision can change your entire life. The Road of Life offers us many choices, but the path we choose to take is the one that determines our fate. Think about it. One decision.

10. I believe that our sexuality exists on a continuum. At one end is extreme and exclusive heterosexuality, at the other end is extreme and exclusive homosexuality. The vast majority of people are in the middle. So much depends on #9.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - Almost

One of the winning photos from The American Humane Society's 2008 photo contest

"Just One of the Many Reasons We Voluneer!" by Ingrid Brustad

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Animal Lovers Unite!! Dangerous Pet Toy & A Lying Company That Doesn't Care

Follow this link: When you do, you'll read a story about a dog tragedy caused by a toy. This sweet and innocent pup was playing with his ball and ended up losing his tongue. What a nightmare for the dog and the owner!

We, dog lovers of the world, must unite and run this company out of business. Clearly, "Four Paws" cares about nothing but money. They certainly don't care about animals.

Follow the link, read the story and become an activist!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Adventures in Fruitiness

As a chronic Weight Watcher I eat a great deal of fruit. I should eat a lot of fruits and veges anyway, whether I’m a Weight Watcher or not, but the truth is, when I think dessert, I’d usually much rather have ice cream or a cookie or a piece of cake. However, I try to be good, so I eat a lot of fruit. I like the fresh, frozen and canned varieties so I think I can rightly be considered a “connoisseur” in the world of fruits.

The other day, while shopping, I decided to venture outside my usual apple, orange, banana, watermelon, pineapple et al varieties and try something different. Maybe y’all have already tried Asian Apple Pears and I’m way behind on my fruit coolness factor. However, I have just never gotten around to checking them out for no particular reason. But this week, I decided to give them a shot.

I’m a pretty adventuresome eater so I’m usually willing to try new things at least once, and if it doesn’t kill me or make me sick, I may be back for more. Therefore, when I saw apple pears in the market, I thought I’d give them a try. What the heck! I like apples and I like pears, so how bad could they be?

Well, they are not bad at all. In fact, they are downright delicious. They are extremely crisp which, in my book, is a big plus for fruit. I hate mushy fruit. They are sweet and tangy combining the best attributes of both the apple and the pear. The only thing I would recommend to those growers who are busily cross-pollinating different fruits is this: work on the color thing. Apples and pears are various lovely shades of green or red. This apple pear fruit is a rather strange looking tan-brown on the outside. Not overly appetizing to look at but very delicious to eat. Inside it is white just like an apple or a pear. Try them. If you like apples or pears, you will like this combo fruit. Expand your horizons!!

Here’s a “formal” description of this very tasty fruit: “Also called Apple Pear, Chinese Pear, Sand Pear or Nashi. Asian Pear is the generic name for over 25 different varieties of this "true pear." Although the outside appearance of each Asian Pear may differ, all Asian Pears are crunchy, juicy and sweet. Thought to originally come to the United States via Chinese immigrants, most Asian Pears are now grown in California, Oregon, and Washington. Depending on the variety, Asian Pears may be considerably large or somewhat small. Their color may vary from yellow to brown, and their skin may be smooth or speckled. Some of the most popular varieties generally can be described as: Hosui (Golden Russet Brown), Kosui (Golden Russet), Nijiseiki or Twentieth Century (Yellow-Green), Shinseiki (Yellow), Shinsui (Russet Brown). Chilled or cooked, Asian Pears from always make a wonderful addition to any meal!”