Monthly Archives: February 2015

Healthy Foods? Where?

We live in a culture that loves food and hates being told what to do. I am part of that culture, as can be seen by the fact that for one dinner this week I had ice cream and pasta, even when I told myself that was a bad idea. Then, when somebody besides ourselves tells us Americans what is healthy and good for the environment, some of us lose our freakin’ minds and say, “The Big Evil Government is trying to take away our freedom!”

Our country thrives on individuals believing that they are right, regardless of what facts may show. Some turn their backs on scientists, others on members of the “opposite” political party, and still others on members of religions that don’t match our own. I recently read an article posted by a friend on Facebook claiming that the government was trying to take away our rights to eat giant steaks and fatty foods whenever we want. What was that “big bad government” action? It was a report by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) basically saying that we Americans need to change the way we eat or die and take the planet along with us. And you know what? The HHS is right. We are swimming in a sea of gluttony, with two-thirds of adults in the US being overweight and one-third of adults being obese. Obesity is an epidemic, and we can’t get off our high horses long enough to see that maybe, just maybe, the HHS is trying to do the right thing in releasing this report.

But what can we turn to in order to change our lives for the better? Continue reading Healthy Foods? Where?

Beauties of the Earth

It’s been a while since my last blog post. Part of it is because I went on vacation, and part of it is because I was so emotionally drained after that last blog post on the online course. I don’t like pointing out flaws–it makes me cranky and very contentious, and it wears me down for a very long time–but sometimes it needs to be done in order to educate others about truths and falsehoods.

But enough of that for now. I will probably return to review the rest of that online course, but not today. Today I want to share a message: one of joy and thanksgiving, one to help us realize how lucky we are on this little blue ball in the middle of the cosmos. I want to share my gratitude for all the beauties of this earth.

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