Prelude to an Essay

When I’m tired, I just can’t get the words onto the “screen”…I almost typed “paper”….wow.

In my 55 years, many things have changed. Some, for the better, others, not so much. Life used to be simple. At least while I was growing up it was. I’m sure I speak for many of my generation when I say that we felt safe. More often than not, we brought the danger onto ourselves, while climbing trees, riding our bikes down hills at breakneck speed, and diving off cliffs into ponds with uncertain depths. Although we did these things, most of us came home unscathed. A skinned elbow here, a broken leg there, and life went on. There were no seat belts, elbow pads, or helmets. We had no need for “safe places”. Our safe place was home. Time flies huh?  Continue reading “Prelude to an Essay”

Soapbox Rant #2 – A History Lesson –

“To sit home, read one’s favorite paper, and scoff at the misdeeds of the men who do things is easy, but it is markedly ineffective. It is what evil men count upon the good men’s doing.” -Theodore Roosevelt –

Confession: I love Ken Burns’ Documentaries.  There are 31 in total, with 3 more in production. A fact I did not know until just now.

Last night, I watched “The Roosevelts“.  (Let’s talk about “Teddy”)

We, here now, did not live through Theodore Roosevelt’s Presidency, and later political adventures, so the most we got was a blurb about him in history class, which was totally meaningless. There is no reference point, nothing to clue us in on the “person” himself. (Understanding the man/woman’s roots in any situation is essential to understanding them, and their ideals.)

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name Roosevelt?

Have you even heard that name before now?

Teddy Roosevelt was born in 1858, to an affluent family in NYC. He was frail, and sickly in his youth, but spurred on by his father, (and against doctor’s advice) developed his strength through gymnastics, and weightlifting in during his teens.

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Teddy – age 11

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All moved in.

I am finally in my new place. The move didn’t quite go as planned, but we got most of it done. Luckily, the little bit that I have at my daughter’s, will come over in bits, and finally the left overs on Saturday.

It’s quiet here. Even Tino appreciates that. It’s only been 4 day, but I have slept well each night, and have been waking up nice and early. Every morning, Tino and I go for a long walk around the grounds, so he can do his biz.

Here’s a few pics of the grounds:

I will admit, all this walking is painful. I am hoping that my body will get used to it. I do the rounds 3 times a day with Tino.

I am interested to see if some of my “allergic reactions” stop now that I am not living in that old moldy house. I’ll let ya know, but even after only 4 days, I am less itchy, that’s for sure.

I still have unpacking, and organizing to do, but wanted to let you all know how it’s going.

How to save the planet.

Humans share the earth with an estimated 8.7 million different species. The number is probably much higher, considering that we have not studied every inch of the planet, but the operative word here is share. The planet Earth is basically a huge terrarium. Everything in it, on it, and around it, works together. It has for millennia. Throughout history, there have been natural events that have changed the face of the planet, but every time, the earth has bounced back, good as new, and life goes on.

Until now.

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My home is under attack!

World leaders, historically, have loved to destroy things in the name of progress. In the name of monetary gain. In the name of power.

…and so is yours.

I really enjoy documentaries. I have learned a lot from them. I wish there were more on Netflix…I think I have almost watched them all. Everything from A-Bombs to Zebra migration. They are wonderful.

When someone goes out into the field with a camera, and is filming, there is no director controlling the subjects. The gorillas do what they do. The indigenous people do what they do.

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Spread the word!

So…I am slowly trying to remove all of the bad stuff from my diet. Not an easy thing to do living with my daughter, and 3 grandchildren. Temptation is literally everywhere. There are Milano cookies in the house. MILANO.COOKIES…*sigh*

My goal is to be 100% Vegan at some point in the near future. Today, I saw a few yummy looking recipes here on WordPress, and am looking forward to trying them. My juicer, and the farmers market are waiting for me. The choice to go vegan, came over time. Having a chronic illness was an unfortunate starting point, but with all of this time on my hands, I was able to research, watch informative documentaries, and understand more about the benefits of eating the right foods.

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Proper Diet = Health, for you, & your pets.

For a good while now, I have been trying to take the crap out of my diet. By crap, I mean, sugars, excessive salt, preservatives, pesticides, GMO’s, and anything else I cannot pronounce. After watching a few documentaries, and researching online, it is very clear to me that not only can what we eat make us sick, but it can KEEP us sick.

The other night, I watched a documentary on Netflix called “Pet Fooled”. I really had never thought about my pet foods before. I don’t know why, because I always want my pets to be healthy, I love them. This is why I rarely give them people food. The pet food industry is not well regulated. It is a big business, with overflowing pockets, and great marketers. It has convinced us for years, that this kibble, or that canned food is nutritious, and good for our pets. It really isn’t.

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