Sunday, March 28, 2010

It IS Spring!

I wrote a post at Catherine Austin Fitts' blog titled "Gardening in a Nutshell." Take a look if you're interested.

I found a booklet online—The War Garden Victorious by Charles Lathrop Pack. From Chapter I:
The war garden was a war-time necessity.

This was true because war conditions made it essential that food should be raised where it had not been produced in peace times, with labor not engaged in agricultural work and not taken from any other industry, and in places where it made no demand upon the railroads already overwhelmed with transportation burdens.

The knowledge that the world faced a deficit in food, that there existed an emergency which could be met only by the raising of more food, was apparent to every well-informed and thinking man and woman during the early months of 1917.

The author, wishing, as every patriot wished, to do a war work which was actually necessary, which was essentially practical, and which would most certainly aid in making the war successful, conceived the idea in March, 1917, of inspiring the people of the United States to plant war gardens in order to increase the supply of food without the use of land already cultivated, of labor already engaged in agricultural work, of time devoted to other necessary occupations, and of transportation facilities which were already inadequate to the demands made upon them.

In March, therefore, some weeks before the United States entered the war, he organized for this work a commission known as the National War Garden Commission.

What were the causes which led to the world’s lack of food and the need of a largely increased production by the United States to prevent world starvation? The same question could be posed in present time. What's happening now with our food supply? Most cities do not have adequate stores of food to meet the needs of even a short-term catastrophe. I do not believe shortages will necessarily be felt due to catastrophe, but rather, from economics and weather change.

It's time to be watchful of these things, and to plot a course for our own action in the face of such changes.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

On a treadmill at the gym is a good place to think

This morning, this was my thinking....

I am TIRED of hearing about health care reform, the bill, Democrats and Republicans, reconciliation, now deem and pass, but at the top of the list and beyond all other issues, about abortion relative to health care reform, Bart Stupak and his team, and I'm angry....that feeling of overheat in the solar plexus....that the potential and reality is that someone is assiduously working on legislation that would deny me and all of my gender the option of making my own decision on a personal issue. It rankles.

I have also been thinking about taxes, April 15th being now less than a month away. I have paid taxes in good faith in the past but I've lost faith and I no longer believe the government deserves my good faith offerings.

I found this:

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This is the government's view of the budget:

I don't support the military...wait a minute! I do!

What am I going to do? I don't know, honestly. How do I be true to myself in these times? It is likely that those in government are either blinded by money or do really believe what they are doing is right for all of us (I'm not so sure they would feel it's right for them if they really were on the receiving or compliance end of their legislations), and the people decrying abortion I am sure feel they are being true to themselves in their efforts against it.

How do we all be true to ourselves, make our statements, stand our stands, and still live together peacefully?

Ghandi said: "I have so much to do today, I will have to meditate two hours instead of one."

I have too much to think about today. . .I'm going to meditate.

Monday, March 01, 2010

On My March Calendar ~ Did You Know?

I was a little surprised when I turned my calendar this morning and saw the quote below this month's image:
"If women were paid the same wages that men of similar qualifications earn, about half the families now living in poverty would not be poor."

That's a striking statement.

Want an issue to hang to, get passionate about, hop on the soap box...whatever. Take a look at those surrounding women and children.

Why do we not automatically care better for these people?

I don't have any answer.

Be aware......