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{Nom! Nom!} 2012 Week 1: Balanced Snacks via Whole Living

I’m still full from my late night gorging, but even so, as I sit here thinking about all my plans to detox and meditate, this list of healthy snacks is mouth watering.

Read more: 2012 Whole Living Action Plan | Whole Living.

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Dogs Help Students De-Stress During Finals

I love this idea! Dogs helping students de-stress during finals – I could definitely use that! My mom’s beloved sweetie-pie Lhasa Apso, Vincent (r.i.p), was a part of the PAWS Across Texas, an animal assisted therapy program and I always thought it was such a wonderful thing.

http://news.yahoo.com/video/us-15749625/stressed-students-go-to-the-dogs-before-finals-23517040

A Holiday Thought

I’m so behind in my posts – end of semester, finals, registering for Spring, holidays – and you know I’m not a master blogger, yet. :) Here’s a quick one for you though, a comment I appreciated on a post from  Yahoo!Green. Normally people’s comments are half-informed, judgmental, quite ignorant, and totally obnoxious. This comment is an actual quote that I’m sure I’ve heard before, but was glad to be reminded of (even if they were maybe spamming the post).

Lot’s of new (back-logged) posts coming next week after finals & my holiday return to the burlesque stage- oh la-la!  :)

(see original article here)

Posted by Jim Wed Dec 8, 2010 7:23pm PST

A Holiday Thought… Aren’t humans amazing? They kill wildlife – birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed. Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them.

This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative – and fatal – health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer. So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases.

Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals. Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and once a year send out cards praying for “Peace on Earth.”                                                                   ~Revised Preface to Old MacDonald’s Factory Farm by C. David Coates

Anyone can break this cycle of violence! Everyone has the power to choose compassion! Please visit these websites to align your core values with life affirming choices: veganvideo.orgtryveg.com

“Any great change must expect opposition because it shakes the very foundation of privilege.”                                                    -Lucretia Coffin Mott, 1793-1880  (minister, women’s rights leader, abolitionist, peace activist, humanitarian)

Some people can ignore it, I can't.

Careless Classroom Comments

It makes me very uncomfortable when my teachers speak so matter-of-factually about health or politics, especially when it’s not their subject. Those are two hugely corrupt systems that have perpetually lied to and intentionally mislead people. The facts are clearly not obvious.

I view it as irresponsible to address a class of young, impressionable minds in such a casual but authoritarian way with such debatable beliefs. I believe that they should present their opinion as being just that, even if it is an educated one, and be sure to express the highly sensitive and controversial nature of their comment. However, I am sure that they are enough convinced of their particular view that it doesn’t really even occur to them to present the possibility of a differing view as being an intelligent one. I also understand that these are side notes and ones that they probably don’t think warrant further discussion or consideration. However, one 15 second statement could put things in a more balanced perspective and if they can surrender the time it took to make the original comment, then surely they can spare enough to be responsible about their deviation.

I am already worrying about how I am going to handle History class when we start covering the Bush years, Iraq war, and September 11th. I am trying to catch up on my war documentaries and 9/11 truth information. This is not a fight I personally feel prepared to fight, but I am also not just going to quietly sit there and let more propaganda and misinformation be “taught” to me, especially if I’m paying for it and can see it coming. *It’s worth noting that my history teacher seems to be very good at providing objective viewpoints and has explicitly paused to let us know there are other opinions, but this is when she’s talking about history. She’s very good at staying on track.

Watch out for a video of me discussing more on this and similar topics soon, I’ve got a lot to say and I think it needs to be heard. Until then, remember to scrutinize and question the authority of information. It’s a jungle out there and the beasts aren’t always apparent.

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