Friday, June 22, 2012

"Superstition, idolatry, and hypocrisy have ample wages,
but truth goes a-begging. "  

- Martin Luther, c.1520  

I found this quote somewhere today. It really seemed to sum it up. I used to be really into politics and activism. I still am. But I would be lying if I didn't admit that a huge chunk of motivation has eroded into the river. I try to amp myself up, saying it's a way of life. You just have to keep your head down and keep fighting the good fight. Don't think of the nonsense, just plug away. The madness is nothing new, right? I just have a simple question. Have the campaigning politicians done anything productive in the past year? Because I can't think of a more useless endeavor than these guys riding around in cushy seats, shaking hands, eating caviar, spewing lies, and spending tons of money. We could solve many a problem using your travel and event planning cash, gentlemen. The icing on this cake is the way they talk to us, like we shouldn't just laugh in their face. They spend our tax money. They rob us of our decency, our hard work, and maybe most of all, our logic.

Just fight the good fight.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


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The Sunset over Mount Shasta. A very enchanting place. From the locals you hear stories about aliens, strange lights and clouds, Lemuria and special cave entrances, disembodied beings and Native American spirits. People go here to be enlightened, cults visit for their cult activities and the town at the base is full of esoteric anomalies. I'll have to post a picture of the gas station converted into a crystal shop. The psychic readings happen in the converted fridge area where beer and chocolate milk used to be.

But it's definitely not all fun and games. Shasta is still one of the highest peaks in the US, only 326 feet shy of Mount Whitney. Many people under the spell of their mystic experience tempt the power of nature, and generally lose. Last year a guy practicing in a meditation group at one of the lower camps was (according to the rest of the group) called to do something on the mountain, so he took off his shoes and tried to climb, wearing only a t-shirt and sweatpants. He was found dead the next day. Only 19 years old.

Nature is a funny thing. You start feeling all warm and fuzzy enshrouded in a beautiful afternoon glow and surrounded by happy moss covered trees. You start thinking nature is on your side. That it loves you and would never hurt you. I guess that's when it's easy to do something stupid.

** These pictures are taken from a watchtower in Shasta Lake.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

food stuffs (for a non-foodie)

Summer is a week away, but living in California that means the temperature might change one degree, maybe two. I'm still enjoying the fruits of global season change!

Rainer cherries are in season! My stomach functions for three fruit seasons alone: Rainer Cherries, Persimmons, and Pomegranates. Heirloom tomatoes too, but people can't agree on their status as fruit or veggie.

If I could live on one food for the rest of my days, I'd have to choose between my mom's pizza and this bruschetta mix. I make it all of the time. It's not reserved for toast, I put it on everything. When there are some ripe heirloom tomatoes at the store this is the first thing I come home and make. Just mix together tomatoes (cut in the bowl so all of the juice is in there), fresh basil, olive oil, garlic, red onions, salt, and anything else you like. It tastes best after a couple hours when all flavors unite.

1 - A galette thing I made that was only mildly successful.
2 - The cherries, expensive, but only available in the summer, so required splurging.
3 - My bruschetta mix with yellow maters.
4 - The tea of all teas., belonging to Shibat. Kevin and I searched all over his kitchen, doing tests with every bag of tea we found. After many cups and scientific sniff, taste, and visual leaf tests we have determined that this is it. Masa told us the name means farmer's tea, essentially the tea that farmers save for themselves when they have sold the high quality on the market. Maybe they save the best for themselves, either way, we've deemed it Quality. He ordered some from Japan, so it's in transit. I can't wait to brew it, sit back and have a cup in honor of Beta. Sure miss that nut.