Searching & Pepperment
Well, it's fall, and finally some interesting and fun movies have started to
come out, so I had to do 2 movies this week. I started with Searching. I had read about this flick and also heard a long interview with the star, John Cho, and the director. Evidently this is the first film with an Asian person as the lead. I'm not sure how they define this - first film?? What about Bruce Lee, or Jackie Chan? I'm not talking about the Charlie Chan movies since the star of those many many films was a Swedish actor. But frankly that doesn't mean a whole lot to me. I mean, why not a Chinese guy as the lead? So what? OK, enough.
As for the movie, the other thing that got a lot of attention is that the entire film, each and every shot was from a screen: phone screen, facebook live, iTalk, Television and others I think. And for me it really worked, because it was an integral part of the plot. A teen girl disappears, and her dad can't find her. He discovers that he doesn't know his daughter very well at all. I really liked this film - 4 paws.
This was another interesting twist on a murder/revenge film. In this one, it's the mom who is driven to a bunch of violent to revenge the death of her family. This one had some nice twists to it. Not alot to describe, but still it was fun - if you think lots of people getting beaten and killed is fun. I say 3 paws.
Yesterday, we dealt with a whole bunch of tomatoes that needed to be, well, dealt with. Of course there are many options when it comes to canning, or jarring which I suppose is the most correct term, but one we hadn't tried was V8 juice. Jamie looked up a recipe online, and we were off to the races. I realized that since it was Sept. 1st I could legitimately harvest our own horseradish, so I looked up the recipe for that too.
Now it's always pretty much a big mistake when I try to cook two recipes at the same time. I always seem to get the pieces/parts mixed up, and sure enough, I got the horseradish all peeled and chopped and ready to put in the food processor, and thought, "Oh I need to get the celery and onions chopped really fine too!" And so I gleefully threw them all in, reasoning that the horseradish would chop up better if there was something for it to bounce around with. I am such a "squirrel head" as my dad would have said. I absolutely should NOT have put the other vegetables in with horseradish - I was preparing two things - NOT ONE!!! So I blend it all up and then it suddenly hits me - I only need 1 Teaspoon of horseradish - not half a cup. Wow, this was a strong mixture. But I thought well, I'll add the vinegar and sugar and it will be ok. Hmmm....well it turned out that it was OK as a separate relish that could be used with other stuff, but not part of the V8.
Anyway, I started over, got it right, and boy did the V8 turn out great. So then this morning, I thought we really needed to have some of this. The reason we made the V8 was to have something to mix in our smoothies. And that's just what I did. So here's the recipe that we really like:
a carrot - I used 2 since they weren't that big,
a couple of cups of the V8
2 large Chard leaves
2 beet leaves
and a 1/2 of a ghost pepper
Ice cubes to get it the right thickness.
OM Gosh! It was amazing. I can't wait to make another one tomorrow. We are planning on winterizing our greenhouse so we can have greens year round, and now we have even a better reason to get it done!!
I was jonesin' for a movie yesterday, and I was stunned to see at our local cinaplex Black Klansman, the most recent Spike Lee Joint. I had read that this film that is really based on a true story. It's hard to believe that this actually happened, but it did. In 1978, a black man, Ron Stallworth, became a member of the Ku Klux Klan. You need to see the movie to see how he did it, and it's worthwhile - seeing the movie. I really liked this one. Spike Lee has always done some excellent films, and he does here too. The story is so relevant to what's going on today, that this film really needed to be made. Since Barack Obama was elected president, the degree of racism has become more and more pronounced in America. It's my belief that this is how Trump got elected. After all he was the guy who pushed Birther"ism", and it made him the darling of the right - at least enough of a darling to get elected president.
So to take a deep look racism is exactly what we need to be doing. This is not an easy film to watch. The liberal use of the N word is hard to listen to, and the situations that the cops get into scared me - I kept thinking about how scary the Klan folks were, and as witnessed in Charlottesville, still are. But it's worth watching, and it's really well done. 4 paws.
This was a mildly funny movie about a couple of girls who are buds. Seems that one of them was dumped the year before, and now - out of the blue, she gets a call - or message, or something that she needs to go to Europe and deliver a small trophy to somebody in a cafe, or restaurant or something.
I was a bit confused by it all - we get no back story at all. These young women seem to have access to enough money to buy tickets to Vienna and dine at a 3 star restaurant in Vienna. I don't know it was just too hard to follow all the insane stuff that's going on.
I have to admit - I laughed a fair amount, but they sure could have done a lot more with the idea - 2 paws.
This summer, we had group after group of young people come to Two Poles to help us in our ongoing work projects. The groups came from Youth Works, a mission project that the Lutheran Church does around the country. It was wonderful to have all of these young people come in groups of 8 to 15 to our little homestead and help us complete our work.
It has taken me a lont time to think through our many creative projects and to begin thinking along the lines of helping others create what they want from life. It is the thing I love doing the most. As I begin rebuilding this site and stuffing it with resources, I can't wait to see the new friends and other creators that we will be connecting with. Let's just start here. Introduce yourself and tell me what your reaching for, where you want to get to and how you are already serving and playing with the people around you.
Let's get to know each other.
What are You Worth?
The cyber doctors have worked their magic on my blog and it is back up and running. I still don’t know how it was attacked but Google shut it down as infectious. It is good and fully approved now with added defenses. MY BLOG WAS STILL BLOCKED FOR SOME SO I AM REPOSTING IT HERE.
I wondered if it could not be repaired, would I do what is necessary to start a new one? It is a good question as I come to the end of the year. Every once in awhile we should stop and check in on the things we do and why we do them. Often we find that an action set up earlier in time no longer has meaning or purpose.
Why do I write a blog? Does it have any value? Is it what I want to be doing?
This year two of my siblings’ spouses have passed on, and a third sister is standing strong by her husband as he battles for his life. It’s been so hard to watch these people I love suffer. In some ways, seeing this suffering makes me value life even more. Time is precious. I want to treasure each moment, to spend time in worthy and meaningful ways. It feels like so many of us are focused on money when time is the only true currency of our lives.
All those minutes and hours and days—it is our wealth.
One of the areas I was exploring with my coach friend, Gary, was the way that I tie a link between time and money. If what I am doing is not making money, it must not have value. This translates into if I am not making money, I must not have value. One of my teachers, Robert Fritz talked about how some of us have a deeply ingrained sense of not deserving even the air we breathe. We feel we must earn our right to be here and to belong. We don’t know how or why this got installed into our programming—it is just a program running in the background like whatever malicious malware snuck into my blog and destroyed it temporarily.
I don’t want to live that way anymore. I don’t want to be a slave to some old outdated software that exists in my brain. While my blog was down, I got on this odd kick of drawing snowmen and putting captions on them. A totally “moneyless” activity. Some of them would make me laugh outright as I was drawing them. Some of them are making others laugh as I drop them on Facebook in an endless stream. And last month I was totally taken with drilling small stones and twisting small bead people out of 20 gauge wire to fit onto the stone.
Do tiny acts of creation have value and beauty? I don’t know. They won’t solve global warming. They won’t bring world peace. They don’t pay the bills.
Do I love engaging in micro acts of creation that make me laugh or cry or smile or that touch my heart? To me that has true value, especially as I become keenly aware of how fragile these sacks of skin and bones that house our spirits really are.
I don’t know if I blog for myself or for you. I know that when I sit down with sincere intention and just share my thoughts it seems to reach you and maybe help you face what you must face today. And it does exactly the same for me. Just for today. Again, it doesn’t make money—I just can’t think of it as a “marketing tool” to send your racing off to my website to buy my books.
Alas. It is a good thing my needs are simple and getting simpler, since I just can’t seem to muster a bunch of energy just to “make money.”
On the other hand, my life is filled with wealth. I have crafted a life that is exactly and precisely what I want and where I want it.
A few questions for you as we roll into the new year. Are you spending your time as a precious commodity? Are you doing what makes you even more you? Are you dropping or cutting away things that take your spirit because they no longer hold meaning for you? Are you?
Milt and I were talking this morning over coffee. I wrote the earlier part of this post yesterday, but we were talking over some of the same ideas. We decided that we would “resolve” in 2016 to be just as selfish as we could be, spending more time in creative pursuit, spending more time with art and music and micro acts of creation, spending more time with really cool people. Even just writing this down awakens all the negative triggers around “mustn’t be selfish.” I guess just for once I’d like to know where all that selfishness would lead. I don’t think that it will mean taking more than we have a right to. We just aren’t built that way. It might mean that we just quit feeling guilty when we are engaged in inner delight.
Enough for now. I’d like to hear your reaction to some of this. I value each and every comment that comes from this blogging thing. And naturally, I can’t resist sharing some of my snowmen with you. You can see them all on my Facebook page.