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Think Globally. . .

Buy Locally
I decided to join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm this year.  I have been thinking about it for a year or two, but never got around to doing anything about it.  This year, I knew I just had to do it.  The thing is, they fill up fast here, so I need to send in applications now, but I won't know if I made it in for sure for a while.  That's the problem with farmers handling paperwork.  oh well.

I am working to reduce my carbon footprint.  I think of it as trying to make my mark on the world, not a scar. 
I'm eating more vegetables, especially organic veggies, but that can be amazingly expensive.  By buying into a CSA, I am combining so many of my values.  I pay much less than retail for a huge amount of veggies (~$18 a week), I reduce the carbon needed for my food--no fertilizer, no shipping, I improve my health by reducing harmful chemical intake and a veggie-based diet and I support a community effort to make the world a better place. 

Thanks <lj user="d2leddy">d2leddy</lj>for pointing me to this post that was just the kick in the pants to get me to make the calls today. 

I hope you all consider ways that you can make small changes that are win-win for you and the world.  The link above allows you to find CSAs and farm-stands all over the country (mostly east coast), many of which are organic or use natural growing practices.

Sadness amidst the joy.

Yes we DID! I am so glad to have been a part of making history. Those of us who campaigned for Barack Obama in PA are thrilled to have been on the ground to deliver Bucks County to Barack Obama in such a margin. It was supposed to be close in our county, but it wan't--we worked our asses off and delivered!

I wish I could give in to the joy. Unfortunately, it is not all good news. I am saddened that Marriage Equality was struck down in AZ, FL and CA. California especially, where the issue was about the human rights inherit in the state constitution, it is a very depressing defeat. I gave my little bit of money, but I didn't have a vote to give. I wish there was a way I could have done more. But. . . but. . .

I thought we were going in a new direction as a country--we are to some extend. Unfortunately, this is not the sea change many of us dreamed it could be. 2008 will be the year we showed that we are just not there yet. We were inspired to think big, but so many still voted small.

You Matter, Make a Difference!

Pass it on.

Barack Obama speaks with 900 rabbis

This quote from Barack Obama's conference call with 900 rabbis last week has inspired me. I hope it inspires you.

“. . . I know that the Shofar is going to be blown in your synagogues over Rosh Hashanah and there are many interpretations of its significance. One that I have heard that resonates with me is rousing us from our slumber so that we recognize our responsibilities and repent for our misdeeds and set out on a better path. The people in every community across this land join our campaign and I like to think that they are sounding that Shofar and to rouse this nation out of its slumber and to compel us to confront our challenges and ensure a better path. It’s a call to action. So as this New Year dawns, I am optimistic about our ability to overcome the challenges we face and the opportunity that we can bring the change we need not only to our nation but also to the world.”

Barack Obama

I started volunteering with the Obama-Biden campaign on Friday. I went out canvassing today. I feel good about it. I believe that if a person believes in something they need to act on it.


Has anyone seen this? I cracked up. Having taken and/or studied many of the perscriptions referenced, I really got a kick out of it.

In other news--I need some of that--I'm getting sucked into politics--especially since Pollster.com changed PA from blue to yellow. You may be getting a call from me in the near future.


Tech Independence

I did figure out my technical issue and thought that I should post as an FYI for anyone who cares in the future.  So I used WordPress,  a blog software.  It was very easy to install with GoDaddy, our hosting company.  I was able to create different categories that will allow for different threads.  All registered users have "author" priveleges so anyone can start a new thread.  

Tech HELP needed!

Does anyone know anything about designing independent message board/bulletin board/discussion board/community forum sorts of things?  Basically I am working on a website for my work where I have two goals for a discussion board:
1) Building community
2) Creating content

What I want is a blog type interface, but where everyone who is registered has posting priveleges.  Is that just a matter of permissions?  I want something like an lj community, but I need it hosted on my site.

I really want to get this set up right away.  Any input would be helpful.

King's Legacy

Coretta Scott King, speaking about gay rights as the continuation of the work of her late husband, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  
"We are all tied together in a single garment of destiny . . . I can never be what I ought to be until you are allowed to be what you ought to be," she said, quoting her husband. "I've always felt that homophobic attitudes and policies were unjust and unworthy of a free society and must be opposed by all Americans who believe in democracy,"  Chicago Sun Times, April 1, 1998

"For many years now, I have been an outspoken supporter of civil and human rights for gay and lesbian people," King said at the 25th Anniversary Luncheon for the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.... "Gays and lesbians stood up for civil rights in Montgomery, Selma, in Albany, Ga. and St. Augustine, Fla., and many other campaigns of the Civil Rights Movement," she said. "Many of these courageous men and women were fighting for my freedom at a time when they could find few voices for their own, and I salute their contributions." - Chicago Tribune, April 1, 1998

Quotes in honor of MLK Day

this is long, sorry.

Some quotes close to my heart when remembering the Dream of Martin Luther King, Jr.  עלו השלום alav hashalom.

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel 
"For many of us the march from Selma to Montgomery was about protest and prayer.  Legs are not lips and walking is not kneeling.  And yet our legs uttered songs.  Even without words, our march was worship.  I felt my legs were praying."  1965

and later in 1972, in a statement about youth. 
"Let them remember that there is meaning beyond absurdity.  Let them be sure that every deed counts, that every word has power, and that all we can do is our share to redeem the world, in spite of all the absurdities and all the frustrations and disappointments.  And above all let them remember to build a life as if it were a work of art."

and a Poem by Jack Reimer "Social Action"
We cannot merely pray to G-d to end war;
For the world was made in such a way
That we must find our own path of peace
Within ourselves and with our neighbor.

We cannot merely pray to G-d to root out prejudice;
for we already have eyes
With which to see the good in all people
If we would only use them rightly.

We cannot merely pray to G-d to end starvation;
For we already have the resources
With which to feed the entire world
If we would only use them wisely.

We cannot merely pray to G-d to end dispair;
For we already have great minds 
With which to search out cures and healings
If we would only use them constructively.

Therefore we pray instead
For strength, determination, and will power, 
To do instead of merely to pray
To become instead of merely to wish;
That our world may be safe, 
And that our lives may be blessed."

Kosher Wines

I have been lost in the world of kosher wines today.  No, not drinking them, just researching them.  I dabble a little in wine tasting and "reviews" such as they are.  Last year, I ran a Passover Wine fundraiser for my synagogue--complete with wine tasting at a jewelry party and Shabbat events.  The jewelry party is being held early this year--this Sunday, so my schedule is moved up a bit.  I had thought I would leave the list as it was and just pick up bottles for a tasting.  But after some research and weeding out the less-than-great wines, I have decided to take on a whole new list.  I have been using these links The Kosher Wine Guy and this 50 Best and 12 Best Deals.  If you think kosher or Israeli wine isn't on par with other wines, check out this link.