Happy Easter

>> Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

He has Risen, and if we follow His example we may also.

And, in honor of Easter...



"Slow Dance"

>> Sunday, April 17, 2011

I went to an Ani D. concert last night, and she revealed that they'd come from a literary festival in Spokane.  A poet had given her his book, so she decided to read a poem from it.  She hadn't read it before, so she was cold-reading it, and it was amazing.  It starts off...not my style (you might say 'not so good'), but it gets pretty amazing.  I thought I'd share:


More than putting another man on the moon, 
more than a New Year’s resolution of yogurt and yoga, 
we need the opportunity to dance 
with really exquisite strangers. A slow dance 
between the couch and dinning room table, at the end 
of the party, while the person we love has gone 
to bring the car around 
because it’s begun to rain and would break their heart 
if any part of us got wet. A slow dance 
to bring the evening home, to knock it out of the park. Two people 
rocking back and forth like a buoy. Nothing extravagant. 
A little music. An empty bottle of whiskey. 
It’s a little like cheating. Your head resting 
on his shoulder, your breath moving up his neck. 
Your hands along her spine. Her hips 
unfolding like a cotton napkin 
and you begin to think about how all the stars in the sky 
are dead. The my body 
is talking to your body slow dance. The Unchained Melody, 
Stairway to Heaven, power-cord slow dance. All my life 
I’ve made mistakes. Small 
and cruel. I made my plans. 
I never arrived. I ate my food. I drank my wine. 
The slow dance doesn’t care. It’s all kindness like children 
before they turn four. Like being held in the arms 
of my brother. The slow dance of siblings. 
Two men in the middle of the room. When I dance with him, 
one of my great loves, he is absolutely human, 
and when he turns to dip me 
or I step on his foot because we are both leading, 
I know that one of us will die first and the other will suffer. 
The slow dance of what’s to come 
and the slow dance of insomnia 
pouring across the floor like bath water. 
When the woman I’m sleeping with 
stands naked in the bathroom, 
brushing her teeth, the slow dance of ritual is being spit 
into the sink. There is no one to save us 
because there is no need to be saved. 
I’ve hurt you. I’ve loved you. I’ve mowed 
the front yard. When the stranger wearing a shear white dress 
covered in a million beads 
comes toward me like an over-sexed chandelier suddenly come to life, 
I take her hand in mine. I spin her out 
and bring her in. This is the almond grove 
in the dark slow dance. 
It is what we should be doing right now. Scrapping 
for joy. The haiku and honey. The orange and orangutang slow dance.

Matthew Dickman


Fruits Basket

>> Saturday, April 9, 2011

So I just finished the entire manga series, Fruits Basket, by Natsuki Takaya.  It was incredible.

The entire 13 Zodiacs plus Tohru, from the Manga

I've been holding onto [another] friend's copy of the Fruits Basket anime for a couple of years now, not really interested in watching it...then finally I gave in, and am so blessed for doing so.  The anime was so poignant & touching that I chose to read the manga (which is nearly always better than the anime)...all 23 volumes, in a week.  (How I managed to do that while having a 7 month old is beyond me :) )

The anime only covers up to around volume 7 or 8, which makes me wonder if it followed the manga, but interest waned or it took too long or something.  Maybe they considered doing a 'Fruits Basket 2' after the manga finished, but never finished the project?  Who knows.

The core folks, from the Anime

All though there are substantial differences, I was still impressed at how close they managed to keep the anime to the original vision.  Of course the manga is 'better,' but I really feel they created an anime with integrity.  I'm happy with it.

The core folks, from the Manga

Some things I'm thinking...

First, if you haven't read it, please do so.  Even if you don't read manga or 'comics,' it is really so very beautiful.  It's every bit worth spending time and money on.   I think Olympic Cards & Comics has the large 3-volume-in-1 sets.  If not, I'm sure they can order them for you.   I'm serious, and I don't recommend things lightly. 

Next, I think the story is mostly about two things:  parents, and endings.

Almost every person in this story has to cope with their relationship with their parents, whether it be abuse, them dying too soon, neglect, etc.  It also has a lot to say about the confusing feelings that happen because of our relationships to our parents.

It's about endings because they're all learning how to deal with change and loss.  They're dealing with the grief, the sadness, and even the relief that comes with it.  One of the most important messages, I think, comes from Kyo's line,

"It's all right.  Without the separation of this life...a new banquet can't start, right?"
...you probably have to read the manga to get how important that lesson is.  I had tears streaming down my face.



Today's Daily Word: Conscious Healing

I just wanted to jot a quick note to say how much I'm loving Thursday's Daily Word...about conscious healing.

Here it goes:

The Christ in me is God's spirit of perfection.
We may have been wounded by life--mentally, emotionally or physically--but our wounds do not define us. The Christ in us is God's spirit of perfection; it is incorruptible and unaffected by any condition or wound. As is the Christ within, so we become.
Healing is a conscious process. Daily I go within to the silence and remember that I am innately divine, whole and complete. This memory awakens my healing potential calling forth the Power that is me. I am gentle with myself and realign my thoughts with Christ Consciousness. I accept responsibility for my own healing, listen to my inner voice and take action by faith.
Then he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and it was restored, as sound as the other.--Matthew 12:13
This was taken directly from the website.  To see the entry on the Daily Word website, please click here.
I really needed to hear this today.  


This is my Olympia: Olympia Local Foods

>> Tuesday, April 5, 2011

March's [late, I know] installment of This is my Olympia is dedicated to an unlikely & lesser-known candidate:  Olympia Local Foods.

Sweet Signage

I first began using Olympia Local Foods when my family was recovering from some sort of flu-cold bug and I was fantasizing about groceries being delivered to my doorstep.  Wouldn't it be great?  Some way I could get local, healthy food without wasting energy I don't have, and without ordering out?  I'd heard a little about Olympia Local Foods (but not enough) so I decided to browse their website.

Olympia Local Foods is like a hybrid CSA-online grocery store.  Appealing to folks who want to support local, sustainable food sources, the company works with local farms and other businesses to provide direct-sourced goods.  Here's just a sampling of the many vendors who participate:

  • 8 Arms Community Bakery
  • Blue Heron Bakery
  • OlyKraut
  • Stiebrs Farm 
  • Pigman's Farm
And that's not even a quarter of the participating vendors!

Brant returns with the loot

Here's the essence of the procedure:

Each Thursday night the new ordering week begins.  Using an online shopping cart, customers fill their baskets with as much or as little groceries as they like.  Shopping is made easy, as the items are separated by subject (veggies, bakery items, deli, meat, etc.).  Each subject has an itemized list of what is offered this week (it changes based on what vendors have available/what's in season), along with the price per pound.  
At check out, you review your basket and pay with a card--standard for online shopping.  You are sent a confirmation email, along with a confirmation code as the receipt of purchase. The ordering period ends each Tuesday at 10am.  

Each order must be picked up the following Thursday between the hours of 3pm and 7pm at Olympia Wood Flooring Supply, located on the West Side of Olympia.

Some of the Loot
This model is so appealing for a number of reasons!  First & foremost (for obvious reasons) is that the model incorporates local vendors that support organic and sustainable farming/food practices.  

Second, the customer is in near-direct trade with the vendor.  This is important because I want to support these vendors directly!!  I want to participate in CSAs, but find that I can't afford the price (no matter how reasonable it is).  This model allows me to get what I can afford.  

And finally, sometimes I'm just not in the mood to deal with people.  I don't always want to cram myself like a sardine into the Co-Op, especially when the chance of me running into someone I know is near 100%.  And I'm not always sociable.  Especially with a 7th month old, sometimes I want to get my produce and get home to my family.  Thanks to Olympia Local Foods, grocery shopping doesn't always have to be social.  

I really appreciate this part of my Olympia...

For more information, please visit Olympia Local Food's website at http://www.olympialocalfoods.com



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