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To tag or not to tag…

That is the question. My good friend Susie just tagged me. I’ll give this a shot, but I’m really bad at these things and usually end up just deleting it all before I post it. So, if you’re reading this, you all should feel very lucky I decided to go through with it!

I’m supposed to tell you readers 6 random facts/interesting/crative things about myself.

1. I basically have 3 1/4 degrees. In college (Luther College, Decorah, IA) I received BA’s in History and Religion. I was working on a minor in Africana Studies, but didn’t quite make it. I guess trying to do an entire minor degree your senior year doesn’t quite work! I also have an MA in Old Testament from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN.

2. I’ve started sewing. I do have a sewing machine that was graciously loaned to me by one of my pastors. It was her mothers machine and it’s been in their basement for years as she has her own. I’ve completed 2 projects: a bucket hat and a tank top. I’ve started a blog about my sewing adventures. If you’re interested, head on over to read about my bucket hat project!

3. My husband and I are attempting to be more green/organic. To that end we have now joined a total of 3 co-ops. One for meat, one for produce and one for dairy. We get our first batch of Raw milk in a week…yippie! We’re also learning to can (we’ve made one batch of tomato sauce). One of the reasons I took up sewing was to help further our goal of being able to provide most of our own goods. I also knit upon occasion. One day we hope to have a garden so we can grow most of our own produce as well. I’d like to start baking bread on a regular basis as well, so we can cut that cost down significantly.

4. I grew up in a small town in Minnesota called Spring Valley. Growing up, I always said I would stay in Minnesota and most likely stay in Spring Valley (Population 2,600). Of course, by the time I reached High School, I couldn’t wait to get out! I now live in Chicago, IL (Population 2,842,518). I LOVE Chicago!

5. I am an Aunt to 2 beautiful nieces and 1 adorable nephew. Nicole is 15, Hannah is 2 and Logan is 6. Logan is the newest addition, as his mother just married my brother in law. He’s a lot of fun and calls me Aunt Mae! I am also the god-mother of 1 amazing little girl. Jannah is her name, and she is the daughter of one of my best friends, Susie, who tagged me for this post.

6. YAY! I’m at 6!! Only one more thing to try and think about…crap…what should I tell you?? I LOVE TO READ!! I just ordered 4 new books today, and they probably won’t last me a month. When I get a new book, everything else takes a backseat and I read every spare moment I have. I love fantasy books the most. The more wizards, dragons, fairies, vampires the better! I also enjoy some SciFi…all fiction though. Not a fan of most non-fiction.

Whew! I made it…I will actually post this one! So now to tag others: Tripp. Obsquatch, Bethany, Christi, Sarah: Queen of Ur, Sister Robbin, David.


November 11, 2008 at 5:11 pm 6 comments

Why I go Organic…

My friend Susie and her husband have been experimenting with the “Organic Revolution”. You can see their process by going to her blog: SusQ.  I’m so happy that they are trying this out, and I was commenting on one of her posts about Organic Milk. I sort of got sidetracked and starting discussing my whole philosophy of organic and sustainable foods and thought I would post the whole comment here for your viewing (with minor edits). I’ve added links to specific organic food suppliers that I mentioned. If you’re going to go Organic or are thinking about it, I encourage you to think about WHY you are doing it – is it because it’s the it thing to do, or is it because you have thought about the ramifications of the food you eat and want to be more conscious about those choices. I think if a person can pinpoint the reasons for going organic in their own lives not only will the higher cost be more worth while, but you’ll feel better about your decision and be more committed to it.

“Hey Susie…

“As far as the Organic Milk, Justin and I love Organic Valley…you can go to their website and print $1 off coupons for their gallons and 1/2 gallons…I’ve never had trouble with “cardboard” taste…maybe you just got a bad batch. It helps that I grew up on raw milk (straight from the cow with no processing) because organic milk does taste more like that – richer, fuller, and you can taste when the diet of the cow changes from feed to grass during the varying seasons. I happen to enjoy that, but I know some people have issue with that. Maybe the problem is that you’re drinking Skim, which is basically white water in my opinion! 😀

“Here’s my philosophy on organic foods: because of my value system, I feel organic is the way to go. It’s better for the environment, it’s better for your body, and buying locally is better for the economy! Keep the $ here instead of sending it around the country or around the world…The food tastes WAY better also.

“The main issue with local and organic foods is the cost. Justin and I have decided though that it is worth the extra expense to support something we both strongly believe in and feel is right. We feel that if we can be more organic, we should be more organic. Not everyone can afford to do that and we completely understand it. Justin and I are by no means making the big bucks (I’m a church secretary for crying out loud!), but we are in a pretty stable financial situation and in the grad scheme of things we can afford to be as organic as possible.

“Our produce share we get every week is $22 for a 1/2 share – we get tons of great tasting produce and figure we spend MUCH less on fruits and veggies doing that then going to the store and picking it up, especially looking at the way food prices have been jumping over the past year. Our local organic grocery store is True Nature and the farm that our produce comes from is Farmer Tom’s CSA.

“We are also part of a meat share (Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm). We get a delivery of meat from a small farm in Illinois every month that we split with some friends. This is pricey: about $950/year (but split so only $475 /year) upfront, but our meat is completely paid for, for the rest of the year! And it tastes amazing! And we know where our meat is coming from, it’s local, the animals are treated well and have plenty of room and are not eating ground up sisters and brothers! We can go down and tour the farm and see how the meat is raised. Not only does it taste great, but we can feel better about the way our food is produced and know that we are contributing to an inhumane farm and that the food is not being shipped hundreds of miles, wasting resources.

“Okay, well that’s all I wanted to say. Hope that helps!

September 29, 2008 at 11:22 am 2 comments

What the…

Toby Keith says he’s a Democrat…what? Not only that, but he’s supporting Barack Obama in the coming presidential election. Wait…WHAT? I’m so confused!!!!

This is the guy that wrote the September 11th response song called “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American).” Here are some of the very democratic lyrics:

“Now this nation that I love/Has fallen under attack/A mighty sucker punch came flyin in/
From somewhere in the back/Soon as we could see clearly/Through our big black eye/
Man, we lit up your world/Like the 4th of july”

“Justice will be served/And the battle will rage/This big dog will fight/When you rattle his cage
And youll be sorry that you messed with/The u.s. of a./cause well put a boot in your ass
Its the American way”

The song is littered with those sorts of sentiments. Keith claims the song was “…was more patriotic than pro-war.” Um…we’ll put a boot in your ass, it’s the American way…that sound pretty damn pro-war to me.

Not only does Keith sing songs like this, he’s also the spokesperson for Ford trucks…you know, the HUGE ones with low gas millage that you see barreling down the street taking up a lane and a half just to get through…yeah, those. I mean, I know not all democrats are “green crusaders” so to speak, but they at least THINK about the environment every so often.

I’m all for Keith supporting Obama…if it’ll bring in some conservative voters to go the Obama route, more power to him. I just am pointing out a few inconsistencies that I see…I could be completely wrong here. I’m willing to admit that, I’m just not convinced.

August 20, 2008 at 9:57 am 3 comments

This is NOT okay!!!!!!

POO!!! POO!!!! POO!!!!!!

This is NOT okay with me…I am NOT well pleased!  I’ve been looking forward to that!  *sad face*

Stupid money making movie producing bastards.  Who cares if you want more money – I want more Harry Potter!!  Jerk heads…

You know, many many many things in this world would be so much better, so much more pure and enjoyable if money was not involved.  Money always comes in and screws everything up!!!!!  Just think how much better life would be, how much any experience would be enhanced if it wasn’t attached to stupid pieces of green paper type things!

People are in poverty because of money…

People are greedy because of money…

People are spoiled because of money…

People kill over money…

People die for money…

The whole world revolves around it.  Experiences that everyone should be allowed to have and enjoy are not available to everyone because they lack the funds to do it – basic human freakin’ rights!!!!!!

This has gotten way off the topic of Harry Potter…don’t worry, I’m not THAT upset about a movie.  I’m angry, but it’ll pass.  This really has to do with the fact that the world is screwed up and needs to be changed.  Problem is, there’s really nothing that can be done for it.  We live in a messed up world, and it would seem for the time being, it’s the best we can do.

August 15, 2008 at 9:29 am Leave a comment

Seitan = Satan!!

It has recently come to my attention that there is a strong possibility that Satan, the arch-rival of God, is attempting to infiltrate the world through Vegetarians. Some of you may have been thinking this for a while, but I’m pretty sure that I’ve uncovered proof of this attempted coup of God’s reign. Just, follow me if you can…

Lucifer This is a sculpture of Satan entitled “Lucifer” by Guillaume Geefs (1805-1883). This is what the Catholic Encyclopedia has to say about Lucifer:

“The name Lucifer originally denotes the planet Venus, emphasizing its brilliance. The Vulgate employs the word also for “the light of the morning” (Job 11:17)…The Syriac version and the version of Aquila derive the Hebrew noun helel from the verb yalal, “to lament”; St. Jerome agrees with them (In Isaiah 1:14), and makes Lucifer the name of the principal fallen angel who must lament the loss of his original glory bright as the morning star. In Christian tradition this meaning of Lucifer has prevailed; the Fathers maintain that Lucifer is not the proper name of the devil, but denotes only the state from which he has fallen (Petavius, De Angelis, III, iii, 4).”

So, the name Lucifer is the equivalent of the Morning Star, the name that has, through tradition, been assigned to Satan, the fallen angel cast from the presence of God.

Now, are you still with me? There is a brand of vegitarian foods called “Morningstar Farms”. They produce a variety of meatless options for vegetarians. The base of this “food” is usually soy or wheat gluten. Wait…wheat gluten? That brings me to my next point:

The above picture is of Seitan, (pronounced say-tahn, sound familiar?) a product made purely of wheat gluten. It is made by taking flour and reducing it to just the gluten. This is then made into “meat” for vegetarians. One such rendering of this “food” is fake duck:

Mmmm…looks appetizing, doesn’t it?

NO – DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THE CLAIMS OF BEING “HEALTHY,” “TASTY” OR “HUMANE” – it is all a clever ruse created by the ruler of hell, prince of darkness – SATAN!!!

That’s right folks – vegetarianism is a product of the devil, a clever way of wooing humans to his dark power. He gets them with promises of health, of fresh tasting food, and by making them think it is the right thing to do for the animals of the earth. Well folks, I’m here to challenge that claim!

There are basically 2 types of vegetarians in the world: 1) those who forsake meat for “health” reasons, 2) and those who forsake meat for “ethical” reasons. Now, you can argue all day about the possible heath benefits or risks to eating a vegitarian diet or one that also includes meat. This is not the point people. What is the point? How can any diet that is supplemented by a daily dose of essence of evil healthy??? Think about it, you all know I’m right on this one!

Now, as to those who are vegetarians for ethical reasons, it can get a bit more complicated. I’m all for ethical treatment of animals. I myself attempt to eat meat gotten in a more humane way. I like to know where my meat comes from – that way I know that the animal was treated well, and that the meat contains good vitamins and protein and is not so shot full of chemicals and hormones that the steak on my plate barely constitutes for meat any more. I understand the ethical vegetarians completely. Know where your food is coming from, and know how it is produced. I grew up in a rural community. My family raised chickens which I helped to butcher. I happen to think the chicken is one of the best meats out there! I love eating chicken. Those of us who do eat meat should understand what is required in order for us to have bacon and fillet mignon on our plate. I truly believe that if an animal is taken care of well and butchered humanly, it’s fine for me to eat. Humans are omnivores. That’s the way we were created. We were given animals to care for and to sustain us. Let’s respect that!

Okay…back to the task at hand – ethical vegetarians, if you are truly ethical, and you are unwilling to eat meat even if prepared in a humane manor, I have to urge you do not partake in the food of the devil. Avoid Morningstar and Saitan at all costs. You can’t claim to have good ethics and then join the forces of evil, it just doesn’t work that way!

I have many good friends who are vegetarians. I love them dearly and I worry about the state of their souls. I hope that they head my words and be careful what they put in their bodies. It just may come from the Prince of Darkness himself.

The Devil is trying to infiltrate our world and take over, one vegitarian at a time. Join the fight against evil! Join the battle against edible demons – EAT MEAT!!! If not…well, I see horns, a tail and lots of fire in your future…you have been warned…

April 21, 2008 at 3:31 pm 19 comments

ed Words!! Oh…and a rant on pastors??

Um yeah…one more reason to love John Edwards!!!!!!! Whoever wins the Democratic nod to run for president, here is your running mate! You gotta love a politician that is willing to make fun of them selves! Universal Haircare indeed! All these folks need to stop listening to their campaign managers and start being themselves and letting loose (ie: John Edwards, Al Gore)! Al Gore is an amazing speaker…I heard his “Inconvenient Truth” presentation…he has amazing passion, humor and just a presence on stage. If he had run his campaign like that, we may have someone different in the White House right now. I love an politician that is willing to come on a show like the Daily Show or the Colbert Report and mock themselves, or do a comedy bit…even if in real life they aren’t really that funny, and they’re just reading off a card, it says something about their character that they’re willing to do it!

Bob Dole was on The Daily Show during the 2000 election. I remember watching in my dorm room. Bob Dole made a joke about there being a tie and then he would take over and become president. I’ve remembered that line ever since…here’s the video (I can’t get it to embed, so you’ll have to go direct to the Comedy Central website to see it…)

I remember thinking, “Man…if Bob Dole is always this funny, I wouldn’t mind voting for him!” Of course, I don’t think I really would, but it is important to me to have a candidate who is a real person and who is willing to be themselves. I find that important in most leaders. I’ve had this discussion with lots of people in relation to pastors. I know a lot of pastors…comes from having gone to seminary. To me, one of the most important traits that a pastor should have is the ability to be themselves at all times. The types of pastors that are one person with their friends and family and a completely different person in the pulpit anger me to no end. Be yourselves!!! Hear that all you pastor types??? No one is sinless…no one is perfect. You shouldn’t pretend that you are. I am more able, and willing, to relate to a pastor who is a real person, who makes mistakes and who is not perfect. The sinless perfect pastor up on the pulpit dressed in white every Sunday who is a fake person around their parishioners and hides their real life is fake. I don’t want a fake person – I won’t believe you, and I won’t listen to you. Be yourself…Jesus was human, you can be too!!

Wow…this post started somewhere and went somewhere completely different…sorry about that folks! Enjoy it anyway!

April 18, 2008 at 10:26 am Leave a comment

I’m frightened for our children…


I saw something really frightening today…It’s called the Nerf N-Strike Longshot. Back in the day, you could count on nerf to hook you up with a good old fashioned sling shot, or foam darts…or just plain foam balls. Now, nerf has apparently decided to start recruiting snipers for the military! Click here for the really frightening commercial (I couldn’t find it on YouTube, so you’ll have to just go watch it)!

What the heck is happing in this world??? Is this really the type of toy we want our children playing with? Do kids need a “gun” that can fire foam “arrows” up to 35 feet? Isn’t there enough violence in the world. I don’t think I really want to teach my kids how to take people out from the top of a tower! Below is the description from the Nerf website of this “toy”:

“Take your blasting skills to the extreme with this two-in-one blaster! This blaster is more than three feet long and can launch foam arrows up to 35 feet away! Aim with accuracy and precision using the targeting scope. Two quick-reload clips hold a total of 12 STREAMLINE DARTS. There’s even a fold-down bi-pod to help you steady your aim for important shots. Looking for a quick shot at close range? The blaster has removable parts to give you one-handed freedom with a single-shot blaster! In either mode, load up, aim, press the trigger and watch the darts go the distance!

Includes blaster, 2 quick-reload clips and 12 STREAMLINE DARTS.

CAUTION: Do not aim at eyes or face.
TO AVOID INJURY: Use only darts designed for this product.
Do not modify darts or dart blaster.”

Thank God for the bipod fold down! I’d hate to miss my target (aka, my little sisters eyes…oh wait, there’s a warning against that…) because of an unsteady hand. I’m freaked out by this toy. What is this world coming to? Are we really surprised that the whole world is trying to kill each other? Are we really surprised that kids see violence as a normal every day event? Are we really surprised when kids go around hurting other kids, or even killing them???? I’ve never been one to rally against toy guns or playing “cop and robber” but I vow here and now that my children will NEVER play with a sniper gun, or anything remotely like it!

November 9, 2007 at 5:35 pm Leave a comment

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