February 16th, 2008

cirque du soleil trapeze

The Grocery Store -

I woke this morning, thinking of the grocery store and how amazing it is.  I have a variety from which to choose, and I do, but let me just walk through the outside aisles of Whole Foods, with its flowers at the entry, then, fresh juices, vegetables, fruits, organic, and non, and a note on  where they come from, so if produce from Chile doesn't suit me, I can choose to move on.

Then, there is yogurt, guacamole, salsas, more juices, milk, low fat, non fat, whole, half and half, local Strauss, and fish, meats,  wines, cheeses, and then, already prepared convenience food.

It is mind-boggling to think about it.   One could stand and look at the desserts as exhibits in an art gallery.   It is something I don't always appreciate, but today,  I do.   Most of us have access to a staggering array of comfort in food.

With all the talk about overweight in America, it is amazing we do as well as we do.   We do pick and choose, and we have some amazing choices to make.

Happy February Saturday and choosing what makes your tummy jump, nourish, and rest in delight.

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Angie's List -

We subscribe to Angie's List, a place to get recommendations on ethical businesses in our area.

One article in the latest publication is on Starbucks, and headlines,  "Would you drink a Big Mac?"   "Is your coffee making you fat?"

An "iced white chocolate mocha" has 610 calories.  A Big Mac has 540 calories.   Most of us would never think of eating a Big Mac in the middle of the afternoon, or perhaps would never think of it at all, but we might be tempted by a frappacino.   A frappacino is not the same as drinking a cup of coffee. 

n decks and porches:

The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan has the longest porch in the world.  It is more than 600 feet long.

In Hebron, Nebraska is the world's largest porch swing.  It can hold about 18 adults or 25 children. 

One can now have a part-time pet through FlexPetz.com.  You can check it out at:


It is a new way to timeshare.  It is not cheap, but means you have access to a pet when you want it, and without the hassle.  Groups like the American Society for the Prevention of Animals have criticized it, saying the program undermines human-animal bonds.  Stephen Zawistowski, Executive Vice President of ASPCA says, "Consistency will help ensure that a dog's behavior is appropriate.  Everybody who brings the dog home will be treating it differently and have different expectations."

At first I thought it seemed like a good idea, but then, I realized how stressful it could be for the pet.  Most of us would not want to be passed around like a hot potato, and not have a permanent home and family.  The owner of FlexPetz says they are giving dogs fantastic lives.  They live in doggy day care when they are not with a member.    One thing that is for sure is that the owner is making good money at it.  It is not cheap, and is a rapidly expanding enterprise.   You can rent for a few hours or several days.

I suppose next you can rent out your child.   Jonathan Swift and "A Modest Proposal" comes to mind, though I suppose it is not as dramatic as all that.  

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meeting the world new -

Watching Bella is a lovely lesson in Sensory Awareness.  She only licks what she needs from the spoon.  She explores slowly, aware, and approaches everything as though it is new.  We let her out on the deck in the sun, and at first she just stood there, sniffing the air and letting the wind ruffle her fur.   Now, she is again in, on the chair next to me, asleep.  She knows what she needs and appreciates as she moves slowly through what seems new to her.  I am grateful to have her here.

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Emerson -

"The faith that stands on authority is not faith.  The reliance on authority measures the decline of religion, the withdrawal of the soul."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The Over-Soul."

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Words -

Hillary Clinton has made many mistakes, but when she says this,

"Some people may think words are change. You and I know better. Words are cheap,"

she makes a huge mistake, and shows that history is not her subject.   People are swayed with words and inspired to action.  I am also reminded of Jane's poem that she wrote when she was at the Search Engine Conference in New York City in 2006.   People gathered to find "the word," the one would take their product to the top of the search engine list.

February 27, 2006

    Blackberry Poem from the Search Engine Conference

                                          - Jane Flint

                A thousand people
                who spend millions on one word.
                Never tell a poet
                Words are cheap.

        — Jane Flint


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Dr. Seuss

You have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

             - Dr. Seuss

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Words are expensive, and Hillary knows it first-hand!

I take this from Razorwire:

Hillary Clinton Campaign Speech:

“Over the years you’ve heard plenty of promises from plenty of people and plenty of speeches. And some of those speeches were probably pretty good. But speeches don’t put food on the table. Speeches don’t fill up your tank. Speeches don’t fill your prescriptions.  My opponent makes speeches. I offer solutions. It’s one thing to get people excited. I want to empower you.”

Bill Clinton earned $31 million in speaking fees between 2001 and 2005, as disclosed in his wife’s Senate ethics reports.

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Words -

Norman Fischer begins his poetry book, Precisely the Point Being Made, with these words.  I love his words, though I'm not always sure I know what he means, and, yet, I do.


Not about anything at all yet you
Render me hopeless useless to defend
My self as if this were a fact
So I put on my shirt
Not feeling I've found you finally rather
That you found me.  When I am here
I remember you it reminds me of before

- Norman Fischer

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Bill Maher -

There is one TV show I enjoy and that is Bill Maher.  I stuck with him through the writer's strike but there was definitely no hand-clapping of agreement or spontaneous shouts of joy.   Well, clearly, the writers were in the stable waiting for the signing because he had some very good lines last night, watched tonight by us, and the New Rules are back.

It's amazing what a crew of writers and a good panel can do.  :)