My life has a superb cast but I can't figure out the plot.
~ Ashleigh Brilliant


Friday, April 4, 2008

In the Name of Love

Can't let this day go by without a tribute to the memory of this extraordinary, inspiring, courageous man


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Jan 15, 1929 - Apr 4, 1968

"The time is always right to do what is right."

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Reality vs Fantasy


My Reality...


Forecast for Sheridan Foothills
Updated: 3:21 am MDT on March 30, 2008
Winter Storm Watch in effect through Monday evening...

shovelerTonight
Snow likely in the evening...then snow overnight. Snow accumulation around 1 inch possible. Lows around 17. Chance of precipitation 80%.

Monday
Snow. Snow accumulation around 6 inches possible. Highs in the lower 30s. NW winds around 5 mph in the morning increasing to 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 80%.

My Fantasy...

hammock in paradise

Friday, March 28, 2008

Busted Bones & SuperFoods


Good thing I updated my blog on March 5th, because on March 6th I slipped on some ice going down a steep driveway and landed awkwardly and very un-Michelle Kwan-like on my left wrist, fracturing it. Apparently it was a bad ice day for a lot of folks around here, as the ER was quite busy with broken bones, back injuries and car accidents from the ice... and one poor old guy who'd lopped off two of his fingers while using a table saw to cut wood for the woodstove. (I got this info from his daughter, and it begs the question, why would someone use a table saw to cut up firewood? And also reminds me that someone always has it worse than I do!)

So here I am in this cast, having gotten over the worst of my discomfort and claustrophobic desire to chew the damn thing off my arm, but still not liking it one bit, and finding one-handed typing terribly tedious and one-handed living both limiting and fatiguing. Needless to say, Spring cleaning and remodeling ground to a halt (though today I plan to
attempt resuming my gingerbread spandrel painting.) I'm definitely catching up on my reading, at least! And I will find out on Monday if I'll need surgery. I've been walking the fine line between doing all that I can to avoid it while trying to get away with using my left hand (well, fingers, really) as much as possible. Hope I managed to strike that balance!

I do hope to post again soon.. have a couple of fun things coming up!

Meanwhile, here's a great article I found quite worth sharing...

The REAL SuperFoods by Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN

divine produce

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Well, FINALLY!


I'm just too busy with home improvement projects these days to do much (any?) blogging (we have big plans, but I am superstitious, so won't blog about them till they come to fruition!) ;-) However, I just learned that the Wyoming legislature has made dog fighting a felony on the first offense, and that was worth a mention here! Wyoming was one of only two states in which dog fighting was not a felony, to my dismay and disgust (but not surprise, given Wyoming's horrendous attitude toward non-human animals), so I was glad to see THAT change, at least! As, apparently was this little fella...


Is that a blissed out expression or what? Truly, it's the simple things in life that bring the most joy. :-)

In other news, we are attending the Democratic caucus this Saturday. It'll be our first caucus experience and should be interesting!

Time to resume my laundry, kitchen-cleaning, and woodwork painting, and check on the Morton Building crew, who, after many delays, FINALLY began work on our new shop building this morning! (And so my title for this blog entry does double duty!)

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Buddhist Prayer for Animal Liberation


I stumbled upon this video recently, and while some of it is awfully painful to watch, I found it very moving. It's called "Buddhist Prayer for the Liberation of Animals," but one certainly need not be Buddhist to appreciate its profound message of empathy and compassion...



And for anyone who may be unfamiliar with these terms used in the video, here are a couple of simple definitions...

Bodhicitta is Sanskrit for "Enlightened" or "Awakened Mind," and refers to the wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings. A Bodhisattva (in most Buddhist traditions) is one who has attained Bodhicitta, but who chooses to remain earthbound to alleviate suffering and help all other beings attain enlightenment.

As long as space remains,
as long as sentient beings remain,
may I too remain
and dispel the miseries of the world.

~Shantideva (8th Century)
"Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life"

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Which Simpson character are you?


I always did like her best... ;-)

You Are Lisa Simpson

A total child prodigy and super genius, you have the mind for world domination.

But you prefer world peace, Buddhism, and tofu dogs.

You will be remembered for: all your academic accomplishments

Your life philosophy: "I refuse to believe that everybody refuses to believe the truth."



Certainly fits! Well, mostly. (I enjoy tofu, but not tofu dogs. And sometimes I would prefer world domination - as long as I could be the dominatrix. LOL.)

And finally, I simply MUST catch up on my emails! If you're reading this and I owe you one (or a couple dozen), please bear with me a while longer.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

I wish I weren't a "Wednesday's Child"


hug me it's my birthday
And I need hugs! Today is not off to a good start. I need to deal with some unpleasant business this morning, for in the mail BW brought home last night there was a very rude medical bill from last summer, from a doctor's office that obviously never submitted it to my insurance (nor did they ever communicate with me about it in any way until now), and that's $1,215 more than it should be! Gee, happy birthday to me! >:-( The bill (and the timing) are bad enough, but this is a doctor's office I never wanted to have anything more to do with, so I'm not looking forward to having to deal with them. I hope to get it straightened out to my satisfaction quickly, easily and EARLY, so I can start enjoying my day. In the meantime, I fear this is about all the enthusiasm for celebrating I can muster...

statue with balloonWhoo hoo, party on.

Update

Okay, now it's evening so I thought I'd write a quick update. Got that stupid bill straightened out quickly, easily and early as I'd hoped (the staggering incompetence that was behind the billing snafu, however, was beyond my powers to rectify!) So, since I enjoyed a happy outcome that was followed by a happier birthday...
Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words. ~Plautus (I'll provide the wine!) ;-)

wine

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SOME CURRENT & RECENT READING...

SOME CURRENT & RECENT READING...

  • THE HUMANE GARDENER ~ Nancy Lawson
  • THE WORLD WITHOUT US ~ Alan Weisman
There is still strong in our society the belief
that animals and the natural world have value
only insofar as they can be converted into revenue.
That nature is a commodity.
And that the American dream is one of unlimited consumption.
There are many of us, on the other hand,
who believe that animals and the natural world
have value by virtue of being alive.
That Nature is a community to which we belong
and to which we owe our lives.
And that the deeper American dream is one of unlimited compassion.

~John Robbins, "The Food Revolution"