I am a turrible blogger. Just terrible. It’s not that I don’t have stuff to say–I do! I do!–it’s just that I like to let things tumble around in my brain a bit before speaking. And that doesn’t really work for blogging, does it? I’ve also been a little obsessed by the current government shutdown, and how pig-headed and wrong it is, and how many people who are barely getting by are going to be hurt by this, and what a terrible thing it is for national security, and how the American economy in general is going to be hurt, and I’ll feel my heart rate increasing (seriously!) and I’ll realize I need to WALK AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER, THE NEWSPAPER, THE TELEVISION NEWS. Ultimately I am going to trust that the Constitution and cooler heads will prevail, and that for me to get emotionally sick over all of this is probably a waste of precious energy. But before walking away, here is what I did:
1) Wrote Speaker Boehner to urge him to end the shutdown.
2) Made a contribution to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Georgia runs out of money for WIC (women, infants, and children) soon, and food stamps are on the butcher block once again, so places like the Food Bank really need our help. They are a fantastic organization. Ninety-four percent of donations made to them go straight to providing food for those in need. They are great stewards of their donator’s dollars.
I find that when I get upset about politics, the best thing I can do is take a walk, do yoga breathing, and cook delicious food. I’ve been cooking some great stuff lately, if I do say so myself. I think it’s because I’ve been so happy about fall produce. I can’t believe I’m saying it, but by the end of summer I was so sick of tomatoes and summer squash that I was happy three seasons would go by before I had to eat them again. (I won’t be feeling that way in about a month.) Now I’m obsessed with butternut squash, sweet potatoes, kale, crispy sweet apples, and crunchy, juicy grapes. I’ve made a lot of butternut squash soup, plus a pie made with roasted butternut squash instead of canned pumpkin, plus oatmeal cookies (got a strong craving), plus an apple-cider brined pork loin wrapped in pancetta with cipollini onions. Oh! And I made “egg n greens” that was featured in the October issue of Atlanta magazine, which was so exciting I didn’t quite know what to do with myself. Check out the online version here.
One last note: If you happen to be reading this, and you disagree with me politically, please don’t get ugly. I tweeted something about healthcare the other day and someone–who I’ve never met before in my life–tweeted back that I was a “libtard.” Now that’s offensive on about a million different levels, and represents an ugly place that we’ve reached when it comes to discourse about politics. There are people in my life who I love who would be happy with a truly collectivist government (that is not my worldview.) There are people in my life who would be happy if the government was shrunk to the size of a tiny piece of poop that could then be flushed down the toilet. (That is *really* not my worldview.) And the thing is, neither of these extreme views are held by evil people, though I do believe that the talking heads who rally the masses to demonize the other have some work to do, um, spiritually speaking. And I think the vitriol in politics, and the current intransigence in government, is probably a symptom of deeper feelings of isolation, hurt, misunderstanding, untended childhood wounds, fear of death, etc. etc., than it is a mark of our true difference. I realize I sound a little Dr. Freud-y saying all this, but there you have it.
Now I’m off to smoke a cigar! (Heh.)