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Death Penalty: Pro Con? Or Against ‘Em? October 4, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.

WordPress tackled a BIG issue today:  Do you agree with the Death Penalty?

I’ve pondered the issue from many angles ~ as a philosophy major in college, as an economics major in college, while studying the ethics of law and the legal system in law school, and since. 

After considering it from many angles, including the claimed impact as a deterrent, as retribution, and as revenge,  I am in favor of the death penalty . . . for many murderers on death row. 

Sometimes we KNOW they did it ~ not just by a preponderance of the evidence, not just beyond a reasonable doubt, but beyond a shadow of a doubt. 

We caught them red handed . . . with the blood dripping from their murder weapon of choice. 

In those instances, I see NO REASON to keep them alive.  

They forfeited their right to life by taking the life of another. 

The finality of knowing they will DIE is what some of us need . . . in a life that is often both unjust and unfair.

Your thoughts?

Related posts:  Do you agree with the death penalty? (Pseu’s Blog) * Capital Punishment * Do you agree with the death penalty (Sarsm’s Blog) * My Jail Males & What do I think about the death penalty? (I’ve Been Thinking About)

Buried Alive October 4, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Less IS More, Life Balance.

Reading Simplify Your life by Elaine St. James made me realize how cluttered my life had become ~ with people, activities, and things.

Perusing the lines
opened my eyes to a truth
I already knew

Like many people, I hung on to  “stuff” with the rationalization that I might need it someday.

Knick Knacks, Bric-A-Brac
Accumulated treasures
Safely packed away

Hanging on to stuff we no longer need exacts a price. We get so overloaded with the accumulations of a lifetime, we start to suffocate.

Stuff, stuff, and more stuff
Possessions overwhelm us
Goodwill here we come!

After finishing the book, I started letting go of things that no long had central importance to me.  It felt great.  Instead of stagnating, mired in quicksand, my life started flowing again.

The auctioneer chants
“Going once, going twice, SOLD!”
The lone bidder nods.

Goodwill’s bargain racks,
replenished with cast off goods,
help train the jobless

Craig’s List ads attract
the serious shopper and
the downright foolish

Flea Market vendors
grab up brass urns and tacky
pink-hued flamingoes

The more clutter I cleared from my life, the more clarity I gained.  It became easier to see what worked and what didn’t.

Your Utopia
Lies in imagination
Beckoning to you

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. ~ Lao Tzu

We travel best when we travel light.

Aah . . . that’s better!

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Artwork available at Roderick MacIver Arts.  The beauty of Rod’s art lies in his ability NOT to control all aspects of the water ~ he allows it latitude to do its thing while he does his. The result speaks for itself.

Related posts:  Sunset (Gospel Writer) * Forward, Ho! * Simplify Simplify SimplifyCleaning Out the Closets of Life (Suzi) * Toy Story 3 Linked to Self-Diagnosis of  Disposaphobia (Janna) * I Don’t Want Stuff Anymore, Only Things  (Raptitude) * Woman Found Dead Amid Clutter * Clearing Clutter * Minimalism v. Moderation (Sandra)

Local Seasonal Cuisine October 4, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Vegetarian Recipes.

IMGP1603cWhen we eat locally, we promote the local economy, support local farmers, and get in tune with the seasons.

Plus, the food we eat is fresher since it hasn’t flown halfway around the world.

What’s in season in Florida right now?

Tons of great stuff, from A to Z:

Avocados, Bananas, Beans, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Collards, Cucumbers, Endive, Escarole, Green Onions, Guava, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Melons, Mustard, Navels, Oriental Greens, Papaya, Peppers, Pumpkins, Radishes, Salad Greens, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Sweet Corn, Sweet Potatoes, Tangelos, Tangerines, Tomatoes, Turnips, Winter Squash, Yellow Squash, Zucchini.

Broccoli Raisin Salad

1 head fresh broccoli (or 16 oz. frozen broccoli florets)
1 cup raisins
1/4 cup thinly sliced (or diced) onion
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup Miracle Whip salad dressing or mayonnaise
2 tsp. vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)

Blanche broccoli florets and chill in an ice bath to preserve color.  Drain and chill in large mixing bowl.  Add raisins.

Combine remaining ingredients and whisk together.  Pour dressing over the broccoli mixture.  Stir to combine and coat vegetables and raisins.

Refrigerate, covered, for several hours to let flavors meld.  Stir before serving.

The dressing is also delicious on Cole Slaw or Carrot-Raisin Slaw.   If doubling the recipe, make only 1 1/2 times the amount of dressing.

Bacon lovers: Cook 4 slices bacon until crisp. Crumble and sprinkle over sald just before serving.

Bonus Recipes:   Savory Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (Sustainable Cooking)
Cream of Potato Soup with Roasted Garlic (Rufus’ Food & Spirits Guide)

Related posts:  Join a C.S.A. * A Trip to the Farmer’s Market *10 Ways to Fiber Up Your Diet Great Nutrition Starts On Your Plate *A Month of Meatless Meals * Top Ten Reasons to Become A Vegetarian  (AgriGirl) * How to Save On Your Grocery Bill (Real Simple)