The beauty of my body is not measured by the size of the clothes it can fit into, but by the stories that it tells. I have a belly and hips that say, "We grew a child in here," and breasts that say, "We nourished life." My hands, with bitten nails and a writer's callus, say, "We create amazing things."
I really don't think I need buns of steel. I'd be happy with buns of cinnamon.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Okay, why do I have
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
but they drew the line and sent him home in disgrace today when he went off the deep end with this appalling display.
We are definitely FRINGE when it comes to self expression and finding your individually. So we are opting to support his decision and not force him to change his hair back to the natural color for now. Perusing the "RULE BOOK" doesn't say no dies or colors, just no disruption to class.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
it has been so long since I have had a bounce in my step,
if I died tonight, I would be just lucky.
Most of the time, it is the sugar, corn, cauliflower, and the cucumbers too,
I miss the milk, I miss the sweets, and the really quick eats,
sometimes it is the coffee or the cream of wheat that make me blue.
I was so fat, I was quite round, then I was so skinny, able to leap and bound,
I shopped til I dropped, I bought out Kohl's,
now I am in the middle, and cautious when I eat out in town.
I sigh. I moan. I made a really confounded face.
So much has changed, and yet I am still missing that bouncy attitude,
each day I am not sure if I am gonna be high or low, but I really am not in a happy place.
I have not got much more to say, I am so exhausted you see
with work, and school, and a family that is in constant duress,
I can not get out of bed to come and play, so ya'll just have to leave me be.
I promise today that I will do better,
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
diet, exercise and word of wisdom
Ezra Taft Benson-Seeking a "Daniel" Generation
Ezra Taft Benson, who became not only president of the Church but had also served as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture in the Eisenhower administration, has been described similarly during his later years by his private nurse, a personal friend of mine. President Benson had said, "In general, the more food we eat in its natural state and the less it is refined without additives, the healthier it will be for us." (Ensign 4:66, 1974)
Elder Benson obviously felt some frustration about how well Americans do in their eating habits because he once observed, "To a significant degree, we are an overfed and undernourished nation digging an early grave with our teeth, and lacking the energy that could be ours.... We need a generation of young people who, as Daniel, eat in a more healthy manner than to fare on the 'kings meat' ---and whose countenances show it." (Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson pp. 476-7) His reference, of course, is to the biblical Daniel who, as a student in the Babylonian royal court, opted for simple vegetarian food and whose superior health quickly became visible to others. See Daniel, Chapter 1 in the Old Testament or the wonderful account in Antiquities of the Jews by Josephus, Book 10, Chapter 10, verses 1-2 for details.
Saturday, September 05, 2009
Boudin Bakery's Brownies
Though famous for its sourdough, the bakery also makes great, fudge-like brownies.
(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, plus extra for greasing the dish.
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
3 cups sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups (6.38 ounces) flour
2 1/2 cups toasted, chopped pecans or walnuts
1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish.
2. In a medium, heavy-bottom saucepan, melt the butter and chocolate over low heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and set aside.
3. In a stand mixer using a paddle attachment, or in a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat together the eggs, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy, 5 to 7 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, beat in the melted chocolate, then the salt and flour just until combined. Gently fold in the nuts.
4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake in the center of the oven until puffed and almost set, about 45 minutes. A toothpick inserted will be slightly moist. Remove and cool slightly before serving.