Monday, January 30, 2012

Food Insecurity

I have become increasingly aware of the growing problem of food insecurity and hunger in America. "Food security" for a household means access by all members at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life. There are so many misconceptions about who goes hungry and why.  Hunger and food insecurity are more common than we think. One in five American children does not have access to enough food. Sixty-five percent of American adults report that they had been hungry but did not eat because they could not afford enough food. The US spends $90 billion a year to combat the effects of food insecurity. $10 billion could eliminate hunger in the US. It certainly makes you think.

  • Is there a time when you've gone without food (even just a meal) so that your kids won't go hungry?
  • Have you ever skipped a meal in order to make sure you have money to pay the bills?
  • How can we provide food to the people in our communities?
  • What can we do to help out?

Vegetarian or Just Queasy?

I don't ever want to be one of those people who eats meat day in and day out, but flips out at the sight of a bone. I have always said that if you can't handle the fact that it is meat (i.e., bones, butchering, etc.) then you shouldn't eat it. It is meat, people. There's no bones about it (haha, no pun intended!).  Lately I've found myself leaning farther and farther away from eating meat. Not so much out of ethical reasons (though there are plenty of those to go vegetarian), but mostly just because the thought of eating meat makes me queasy.

What's your favorite vegetarian meal (whether you are one or not)? What are your reasons to be or not to be a vegetarian? Is it a struggle or a breeze? 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

"Making Mirrors" by Gotye, Review

Review originally posted here.

Belgian-born Aussie Gotye (born Wouter de Backer), started his music career as the drummer of Downstares, a band formed with three of his friends during high school.  When his band broke up he started sampling old records as a musical outlet. I almost think that this is truly what makes him a great artist. He takes something old, odd, or even commonplace, and reforms it into something completely new and fresh.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Happy Birthday to Me!

In honor of this auspicious occasion, I'm posting an excerpt from my favorite birthday book of all time...

"Happy Birthday to You!" by Dr. Seuss.

Seriously. This is one of the best books ever written. Not only was Dr. Seuss whimsical and influential (teaching young children iambic pentameter is pretty good if you ask me), but his books are often based on real events or they have great messages to them.

One thing that I like about this bit from the book is that's it's not today's message of "everyone's the same, equal, winners, etc." it's more about celebrating individuality and that you are who you were meant to be. A great message to any young kid, and one that the adults need to remember as well. Thanks, Dr. Seuss!

If we didn't have birthdays, you wouldn't be you.
If you'd never been born, well then what would you do?
If you'd never been born, well then what would you be?
You might be a fish! Or a toad in a tree!
You might be a doorknob! Or three baked potatoes!
You might be a bag full of hard green tomatoes.
Or worse than all that... Why, you might be a WASN'T!
A Wasn't has no fun at all. No, he doesn't.
A Wasn't just isn't. He just isn't present.
But you... You ARE YOU! And, now isn't that pleasant!

Shout loud at the top of your voice, "I AM I!
I am I!
And I may not know why
But I know that I like it.
Three cheers! I AM I!