Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Rats prefer Organic

I just read an interesting blurb in Mother Earth News. Evidently Swiss and Austrian scientists offered 40 lab rats biscuits made with organically grown wheat and ones with conventionally grown wheat. The rats preferred organic. If rats don't like chemicals in their food, we shouldn't either.

Earlier today I was thinking about the word organic. I wanted to order some organic berry bushes to plant in our yard. My first thought was about Organic Chemistry and all that meant was that you would be studying things with carbon. Applying the word to specific foods hadn't entered my mind. I then thought about how ridiculous it would seem to somebody in the 1800s to use this phrase. I would imagine that they would be thinking, "well, isn't it all organic?" We have come so far (too far?) in the name of food preservation and progress. It would be very hard for many in my generation to remember a time when you couldn't just buy mass produced bread, have rows upon rows of "snacks" on grocery shelves, or life without high fructose corn syrup. I wish I could say that I eat all the right foods and only buy organic. I don't. But, it is something I am slowly trying to achieve. I look at my children and I know I want them to really understand where there food comes from. I don't want them to think that you can just go to the store and buy whatever you want, when you want and that is ok. I want them to know seasonal cycles and that peaches arrive in Missouri in late summer, not early March. I really believe this plays into our belief of the interdependent web of life. Growing your own food (even just one plant) is an excellent way to begin to live this principle. I hope you all undertake this challenge.

Monday, March 24, 2008

To Start or not to Start

Do any of you have any experience in starting a congregation? I know that there are a lot of fellowships and emerging congregations, but I am interested in what motivated people to start them. I belong to a vibrant large congregation, but it isn't in my community. I love the people there, but find that most of their concerns (as they should be) for outreach involve the community in which the church is located. I sometimes look around and wish such outreach would also include the community in which I live. I would love to go to church and see my neighbors. The area in which I live is large and very diverse. I can't imagine that there aren't people who might be interested in Unitarianism, but really haven't been exposed to it. I would love to hear any thoughts people have on new congregations and experiences people might have had in starting them.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

36 Days and counting....

Way back in February, I issued a challenge to you all for Lent. The challenge was to spend the forty days of Lent developing a faith statement. It was to sacrifice a little time out of your busy lives to work on your spiritual development. I am sure you all got right on the task! Never fear though, you still have a few more days to work it out if you got a little distracted. If you care to share them, I would love to read what you all came up with.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Open Book

I was tagged by Montessori Mama for an Open Book meme and it sounded fun.

Here are the rules:

1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open it at page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence/ phrase.
4. Blog the next four sentences/ phrases together with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig your shelves for that very special or intellectual book.
6. Pass it forward to six friends
So, here goes:

As I'm a consistent radical I go in only for equality; I don't go in for the superiority of the younger brothers.' Two of his four sisters, the second and the fourth, were married, one of them having done very well, as they said, the other only so-so. The husband of the elder, Lord Haycock, was a very good fellow, but unfortunately a horrid Tory; and his wife, like all good English wives, was worse then her husband. The other espoused a smallish squire in Norfolk and, though married but the other day, had already five children.

Not everything I read is this heavy - but you caught me in the middle of "The Portrait of a Lady" by Henry James!

Since most of my friends have done this, I will tag Allinarrow!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Moment of Selfishness

I am indulging in a moment of pure selfishness and two-year old behavior. This year, my anniversary, by some wierd twist of fate, falls on Easter. Not only that, but my birthday falls on Mother's Day. Thus, I lose TWO days that should be specifically MINE!

I will now go back to being an adult.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Seeds of Salvation

It gives me great faith in humanity to realize that more than just a few of us are looking towards the future. My husband often accuses me of being a loner who thinks the world is out to get her. That isn't quite true. If I am not careful, I just completely lose my faith in the ability of the human race to work together and make a better future. Therefore, I often fantasize about running to Wyoming (I have family there) and living off the land with the hope that nobody would bother me or my children. Obviously, my husband tries to keep me a little grounded, hence I haven't fled yet!

What brought joy to me today was the fact that some determined people are really preparing for the future. I will always hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. I heard this segment on Science Friday (another favorite NPR show) and knew these people got it. They have just officially opened the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Svalbard (islands north of Norway). I have also heard of various other groups trying to collect and maintain heirloom seeds. I love this idea. While so many plants and animals go extinct daily, I appreciate the efforts of anyone trying to maintain the Earth's diversity. Living in farm country and seeing all the genetically modified seeds farmers so proudly display, makes my heart a little sick. We already make enough to feed the world, we don't need anymore engineered seeds. There are not enough long term studies to demonstrate the impact they will have on the environment. The available short term studies are scary enough. Just look at the disappearance of the honey bee. I would encourage all of you to plant a little garden (even one in pots) or support your local organic farmer to help maintain the use of mother nature made seeds!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Three is the Magic Number

How much do I love having three kids? I can not even describe. While I am STILL SICK and BARELY MOVING and with their dad OUT OF TOWN SINCE SATURDAY, they are joyfully playing super heroes and being very considerate of their cranky mother.