Sunday, May 28, 2017

Memorial Days to come

On this Memorial Day let us pause to think of those who are still living but will be maimed or killed in the coming years and decades in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, et al. Let us think of all the children who will spend their lives without that parent so that the government in Afghanistan stays in power. Let us think of the widows and widowers who lost the love of their life so that Libya and Somalia are free of despotism. Let us think of the parents who will bury a child in pursuit of democracy in Iraq.  Let us carefully consider and count the cost of what we are doing. 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

May Thoughts

People use drugs, legal and illegal, because their lives are intolerably painful or dull. They hate their work and find no rest in their leisure. They are estranged from their families and their neighbors. It should tell us something that in healthy societies drug use is celcbrative, convivial and occasional, whereas among us, it is lonely, shameful, and addictive. We need drugs, apparently, because we have lost each other. 

Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Around OakMeadows

Around OakMeadows 

We have a new family member. She is a little 8.8 pound part Maltese who (I believe) was dumped in our subdivision. She was dirty and in need of a haircut but very friendly and very people oriented. I found her in the street by the mailbox and she willingly came inside for food, water, and a bath. We took her to the vet the next day and found that she has been spayed and has a chip. We contacted the chip company's register and got 2 phone numbers and an address. All attempts to contact them failed as the phones were not working and the house was empty. She is a sweet, happy little girl and we are so pleased to have found her. The cats...are not so pleased...

Last night we had a bad storm move through. Although we didn't lose any shingles off the roof, we had quite a bit of tree damage. JMM has been out all morning with the power saw cutting up broken limbs. The huge acacia and one of the elms were badly damaged. The big oaks were not harmed.  The wind was as bad and maybe a bit worse than during Hurricane Ike. And we had some pea sized hail. But all is well and just a bit of cleanup is needed. 

That's about all the news from OakMeadows where the people are happy with the new dog and the cats are thoroughly p.o.

Monday, May 22, 2017

May Cooking - Salad

Shaved Asparagus with Burrata, Radish, and Cucumber
(Serves 2)

8 ounces asparagus 
6 ounces radishes, thinly sliced
6 ounces cucumber, finely diced 
4 ounces Burrata
Microgreens for the top
Crusty bread, for serving

Lime vinaigrette 
1 tablespoon White balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice, plus more if needed
1/2 teaspoon grated lime zest
5 tablespoons olive oil
3 stalks garlic ramps, minced  
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Snap off the bottoms and tips of the asparagus. Using a vegetable peeler, shave the spears lengthwise. 

2. To make the vinaigrette, in a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, lime juice, and lime zest. Gradually whisk in the olive oil until smooth. Stir in the green garlic and season with salt and pepper. 

3. Divide the asparagus, radishes, and cucumber between two plates. Dollop the Burrata, drizzle the vinaigrette, and scatter the microgreens. Serve with crusty bread. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

May Thoughts

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr., A Testament of Hope

Resistance. Every. Day.


Email to Senators Cornyn and Cruz: Please sign the FY 2018 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) Dear Appropriator letters. These programs amount to more than $210 million in federal funding for libraries and protecting them has never been more necessary.

Thank you note to Senator John McCain for opposing the firing of James Comey and for advocating for a select committee to investigate 45. 

Thank you note to Senator Patty Murray for stating the obvious: It matters to have women at the table regarding healthcare. 

Called Rep. Olson, Senators Cruz and Cornyn opposing the new, federal Commission on Election Integrity as an unnecessary huge waste of taxpayer money. 

Wrote note to Senator Mitch McConnell reminding him that 51% of the population is female, 37% is non-white,19% has a disability, and 3% is LGBT. A healthcare committee of all white males could harm those excluded from the conversation. 

Wrote a thank you note to Senator Susan Collins thanking her for her work on alternate healthcare plans and for reaching out to moderate Democrats. 

Registered my opposition at the EPA website to allowing any tolerances to the toxic chemical chlorpyrifos because it is a neurotoxin and causes birth defects. 

Sent thank you post cards to Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Susan Collins for voting against the repeal of methane gas emissions protections. 

Sent thank you to Senator Lisa Murkowski for supporting an independence investigation following the firing of FBI Director Comey. 

Sent a thank you to Senator Mike Lee for questioning the value of A/G Sessions plans for tougher sentencing for drug-related crimes. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

May Poetry

Tis like the birthday of the world,
When earth was born in bloom;
The light is made of many dyes,
The air is all perfume:
There's crimson buds, and white and blue,
The very rainbow showers
Have turned to blossoms where they fell,
And sown the earth with flowers."
-  Thomas Hood