In other words, let’s shift our dependence from food processing corporations to local farmers, including hyper-local neighborhood urban farmers.
If you’re not yet a member of a CSA: Community Supported Agriculture, become one by next season at the latest.
It’s such a wonderful thing to eat food grown hyper-locally in season.
Years ago I knew a woman at college. She had been a high school basketball player. I met her through her job at one of the university cafeterias.
We dated for some time.
I graduated and soon lost touch.
A few years back after more than two decades out of contact, she told me through an email that she had come out of the closet, and now had a partner who was female.
She seemed very happy.
The most inspiring part of the story was to hear how her father loved her the same as ever, and both supported her gay partnership, and welcomed his daughter’s partner into the family.
That degree of love, understanding, and morally praiseworthy action on the part of her Mormon father is truly inspiring to me.
It’s an advanced expression of love and understanding. It’s an unequivocal statement that her father grasps what is truly important in life.
Going forward, I will have zero tolerance for willful ignorance.
That doesn’t mean I won’t respect others’ right to an opinion. It simply means when someone expresses an opinion that is irrefutably misinformed or uninformed, I will call them on it.
The facts are available like never before. Use them to get informed. FULL STOP.
This something I’m familiar with.
Growing up in a cult, “shoot the messenger” behavior was the default reaction.
As a parent, I’ve had to work long and hard to ensure ours is not a “shoot the messenger” family; that the person who discovers fraud, abuse, and other difficult to swallow facts isn’t the problem, but rather the people who perpetrated the fraud, waste, or otherwise.
To see this requires honesty, integrity, courage, and a willingness to connect the dots.
It’s not easy, but it’s really the only way forward.
A week or so ago, I determined to scale back. To spend more time face-to-face, and less looking at a screen.
Yesterday I cancelled my social media accounts due to the realization that social media has been addictive for me, and the best way to break that addiction was to go cold turkey.
It’s back to reading books, handwriting using a pen and paper, and having live flesh and blood discussions–all deeply satisfying activities for me.
There are many reasons for this which I don’t care to elaborate.