05/14/2020

First Sighting Of A Hummingbird

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First hummingbird of the season was just sighted at the feeder. It is a male.

05/12/2020

Asparagus Is Up, Better Late Than Never

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First vegetable harvest of the season, aside from herbs! The asparagus is showing its pink tips.

In earlier years, the asparagus would have been up for a week or two. The wintry weather over the last week has slowed the emergence of the spears.

Some years we would have been harvesting the spears by now.

The asparagus will take another few weeks to be ready for harvest.

05/08/2020

The Plandemic Video: a textbook example of effective propaganda, explained

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Why It’s Important To Push Back On ‘Plandemic’—And How To Do It

Aristotle introduced a concept over two thousand years ago that remains more relevant than ever: modes of persuasion, or rhetorical appeals. The three main appeals speakers can use to persuade others are ethos, pathos and logos.

1. Ethos is an appeal to the credibility and authority of the speaker, how they come across.

2. This video successfully employs “pathos” and “ethos” to persuade people.

3. Logos is an appeal to facts and logic.  This is where the film falls flat—but it doesn’t matter to many people because it so successfully uses ethos and pathos.

Many people try to avoid drama or debates on their social media accounts, and I respect that. But this video is not a time to “agree to disagree” because the stakes are too high. It’s a matter of life and death. The false statements in this video can cause deaths.

I know many people just don’t have the energy right now to push back—we’re all strung out, burnt out, stressed, and tired—so be strategic about what you can tolerate. You might need to say, “I’m sorry, I care about you as a person, but I cannot allow you to share dangerous, harmful misinformation about a life or death situation, so I will need to unfriend you until the pandemic is over.” 

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05/05/2020

Cheap Eats: Cookbook Shows How To Eat Well On A Food Stamp Budget - a cookbook full of recipes anyone could make on a budget of just $4 a day

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"You choose what vegetables you want, so I used tomato and a green-striped crookneck squash, which was the cheapest I could find," says Sanders. "It is so, so good." Mahoney agrees.

"My kids loved the recipe," she says.

Mahoney cooks for her two children and herself, much like Mia Pickering, who lives in Seattle with her two teenagers. Sanders, Mahoney and Pickering have all been on SNAP for a number of years. They say Good and Cheap, which they discovered online, works better for them than anything else they've been able to find and that's important when what they can cook determines how well they and their families can eat.

"Cooking is definitely more economical and healthier than buying premade foods," says Mahoney.

Pickering thinks so, too. For her, it's easier to cook fresh than heat up frozen meals. It means she and her children throw less food away and exercise better portion control.

"Many authors have tried hard to come up with cheap meals, but they taste so bad. Leanne is so gifted. It's just incredible," says Sanders.

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