It's Monday. I've decided to cover the broad spectrum today.
First off, a rant on my part. It's rare I take a stand on much in the world, and if I do, it's normally in the privacy of my home with only my husband to listen. But when chemicals get added to milk products endangering babies lives, it infuriates me. Honestly, how can people do this and live with themselves? This is such a criminal act it astounds me, making me want to boycott everything coming out of China (which I know isn't the right answer either).
Which when it comes right down to it is a near impossible task.
I'm learning to be a smarter consumer. I'm checking labels on every food item I pick up, checking where it is manufactured. And what annoys me even further is when labels do not contain this information. They have something cryptic like "Distributed in Ohio" or something printed on them. I don't want to know where something is distributed. I want to know where it is made. And if it's not printed on the label, then my mind begins to only assume one thing.
But if I go even deeper (and trust me, this doesn't happen very often), we have to look at our society as a whole for part of the blame. We've become a society of excess, needing to buy cheap plastic toys which break within 5 minutes to stuff in goodie bags, buy plastic princesses to top birthday cakes, knowing they'll be pitched in the garbage as soon as they're taken off. It's actually a bit sickening when you stop and think about it. We drive this need for excess and because we throw so much away, we want it to be inexpensive.
OK, enough on that, before I get too annoyed. But please tell me, does anyone agree?
On to rare moments of bliss...
In the past couple weeks I've had 2 moments where I've felt like I've almost become one with nature. Once on the drive back from Oklahoma when I stopped to fill up the car. I looked out over the flat Texas landscape into the setting sun and was overcome with such a feeling of bliss and beauty and joy it brought tears to my eyes.
And then again, while sitting outside my daughter's dance class, reading a book, I looked up across a parking lot to a tree filled with birds singing again in the setting sun.
It's such a beautiful world we live in. I love my family, but find when I'm truly alone, I'm able to appreciate the beauty of our world around me so much better. When worries are lifted from my mind and responsibilities are off taking a hiatus.
Did anyone really think I could be so deep?
To finish the post off, I finished reading The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine by April Lurie. I loved this book. Didn't want to put it down. I highly recommend it (for whatever that's worth).
I also finished Feed by M. T. Anderson. This was different. It's the best word I can use. It made me think and has been doing so since I read it. It's a unique enough book I recommend reading it and it certainly is discussion worthy. Beth K., I'll email you more offline.