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New Year, A View and Some Thoughts From Outer Space

Stand in awe before your creator and all that you see. Know that there is something bigger. Take comfort in that thought and be satisfied.On Christmas Day we watched a movie. It was The Martianwith Matt Damon. (Yes, I know I am very late to the party. We just don't watch many movies.) It was very entertaining and oddly enough, very moving in a real spiritual sense. I have included a quote from the film here which really struck me. The quote from the movie is Mark Watney's letter to his parents to be delivered by his commander in the event of his death. In the letter he talks about his job, how he loves it and isn't giving up the fight but just preparing for an outcome. It's the last part though that really got me, the part about him dying for something  greater than himself. He accepts this and seems satisfied with the knowledge of what may happen to him. It was a very moving scene. May we all be so composed and content as our end approaches.

I should mention now that I…
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Bread: The Stuff of Life (Stuff, Staff, Potato, Potato)

I thought a kind of catch up post might be in order. There are some thoughts that I want to share, in no special order, so let's proceed!
Recently, I started making my own bread again. Why did I start making my own bread? Back in October, I took a serious look at the amount of sugar that I was consuming on a daily basis. For my investigation, I initially took a look at both added sugars, (those that I added myself to what I ate and cooked and those that were in prepackaged foods), as well as naturally occurring sugars such as those found in fruits and vegetables. I excluded fresh fruits and vegetables since they are a mainstay of a healthy diet. I looked only at added sugars. I was fairly astonished! Did you know that there are 4 grams of sugar in a teaspoon? Did you further know that the American Heart Association recommends no more than 25 grams of added sugar (6 tsps) for a woman, per day. Let me just say that I was exceeding this amount nearly every day, both with what I added …

A Thought or Two For Monday

As both ends of California burn, as President Trump adds insult to injury with ridiculous threats, and as a red flag warning continues through tonight, I felt a little uplift was needed.

Psalm 96:11-13Revised Standard Version (RSV)Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it!
Then shall all the trees of the wood sing for joy
before the Lord, for he comes,
for he comes to judge the earth.

He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with his truth.
Have a safe, happy and blessed Monday! Libby

Perfect In My Imperfections.

I guess that I just have some things on my mind this week. Here they are in no particular order.
First up is the milk situation. Or, should I say "milk" situation? I read this article earlier today about a company called Miyoko's Kitchen. They are being sued over their packaging and choice of words with regard to the marketing of their "butter" products. If this kind of hair splicing is new to you give the above article a read. 
My thoughts though are this: as a consumer I am not confused too often about what I am buying, particularly if I am looking for a vegan product. Intellectually I know I am not buying butter which is made from cow's milk. I know I am buying a vegetable spread even if the packaging looks a little misleading. I am able to read and to discern, thankfully. That doesn't mean though that I don't expect the product I am buying to be kind of creamy and salty and to spread nicely on my toast. Sort of reminiscent of butter but NOT BUTTER…

Sunday Afternoon

When I was a kid, my mom used to tell me that if I banged my elbow on the doorway or stubbed my toe on the bed frame, that meant that God was punishing me for some bad thought or deed. (My mom, a disgruntled and lapsed Catholic, was probably simply repeating something that her mom had told her.) I grew up with this hazy idea of a God that could reach his hand down and directly punish you for your misdeeds, bad language, impure thoughts, etc. He was listening and watching, that was the important part. Ours was a very secular-with-odd-religious-overtones kind of a house. Things like prayer were never discussed. 

As a consequence of the above and the fact that I didn't attend church regularly (that means not at all), my idea of prayer is vague. As an adult, when I wanted to learn how to pray, I really had nowhere to begin. The only place I had to start was back in my childhood. God was listening, I knew that much. He might punish you for calling your brother a bad name (or in present …

A Spoonful of Sugar...

This week has been a full one for me. I had a lovely hike with friends on Monday and met with my cousin and aunt Wednesday for lunch. Thursday I picked up my new orthotics and on Friday I watched a documentary on Netflix. In between those things, there has been the standard housework (laundry, cooking, etc.) and I have done a fair amount of Internet reading. Hey, you might ask, what have you been reading? Well, let me tell you!

Over the last couple of weeks I have noticed that my coffee has seemed a little sweet. I am pretty liberal with the sugar, I admit. From past research I know that the recommended amount of added sugar per day for women (barring any medical conditions I would add) is 6 teaspoons. There are 4 grams of sugar in a teaspoon so that adds up to 24 grams of added sugar per day. Added sugar consists of sugar (any kind, doesn't matter what) that you yourself add to the food you prepare, bake or cook and sugar that is added to prepackaged, prepared food like from a sup…

A Little Perspective