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i am an artsy-craftsy kind of artist.  most of what i do you can learn to do too, make things extremely similar to what i make, without too much trouble or talent.  there is a line between craft and art, faint but shimmering.

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i mostly fall in the craft category.  there are some exceptions to this rule. for example, i sculpt humpback whales, orcas, and dolphins that are truly MY ART, not teachable to others.  i consider my zen inspired drawings to be of that same nature, although the technique is easily usable by most people with good results.

but regardless of the art or craft value of the items i make, they are all up for adoption for a small, voluntary donation.  every penny that someone donates to me goes to the los angeles food bank.  i pay for all materials as my contribution, beyond my time, towards the work the food bank does. they are able to serve 4 meals for $1, which is a hell of a feat in my estimation. in recent years, i have not been able to contribute much, donations have been slow.  but i then go to the food bank warehouse in vernon and work on saturday.  i need to go back again.  the work is never ending and always needed.

the last day i worked there, we processed tons of fresh fruit into boxes, onto pallets, shrink wrapped and tagged for pick up by the local food banks for distribution to the local people in need.  it was a huge task.  there were lots of volunteers.  some were from local schools, students needing community service on their collage resumes.  one young man was there to celebrate his birthday with a bunch of his friends.  one father had his 2 young daughters working with him and he told me he brought them every saturday morning.  i suppose some people may have been under sentence to perform community service for fines to the courts, but no one was singled out so if they didn't tell,i wouldn't know.  it felt good to work for 3-4 hours, better to stop and know it was done for the day, spectacular to know that your work will help many other people.

if you have a chance to volunteer at your local food bank, or if your church hands out groceries from food banks, i urge you to give a little time to the cause.  it is rewarding, needs doing, and looks good on the eternal resume the powers that be keep, moving those beads back and forth on the abacus of karma.  or not.  it may just be good for you.

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  •  Tip Jar (23+ / 0-)

    "I am an old woman, named after my mother. my old man is another child who's grown old." John Prine (not an old woman)

    by art ah zen on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 09:45:17 PM PDT

  •  g'day all; nother day, nother auction or two (10+ / 0-)

    picked up some Waterford glassware today; stuff is really expensive it seems.

    Also marked another show off my list of things to watch.  Dual Survival did away with Cody for whatever reasons and now it seems to be just another hunting show or survivalist show.  The primitive aspect of the show always appealed to me, i.e. how ancient huntersgatherers really lived instead of the romanticized view of the past most survivalists have.

    For example, even nomadic tribes usually practice some sort of limited agriculture but the guys I know waiting for Armageddon are all packing away MREs and planning to raid their neighbors.  Either that or they are hoarding fuel for their tractor.  The idea that a civilization crash will catapult all of us back to hoe culture with a very very lucky few owning a plow and donkey (Not a horse, not a mule, a donkey because it is most efficient and also can breed)  

    •  the vision (5+ / 0-)

      of guys "waiting for Armageddon are all packing away MREs and planning to raid their neighbors" stalks my nightmares.  during the glenn beck fueled rage to buy seeds and have a survival garden, there was a lot of talk of those who would just rampage across the land and take anything anyone had and i see that as the actual way it will be.  madmax seems to be watching from the hills.  it is a scary thought.

      "I am an old woman, named after my mother. my old man is another child who's grown old." John Prine (not an old woman)

      by art ah zen on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 07:46:13 AM PDT

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      •  good news for that vision (4+ / 0-)

        is after 20 days or so with no food and those guys will pass along with the wind.  If anyone is going to remain in one place, he will have to practice agriculture while going nomad means covering a wide territory to keep from exhausting the resources.  Sooner or later, the ones remaining residential more or less come out ahead for a number of reasons.

        Also, I note most of these guys also think they will have an inexhaustible supply of bullets and gunpowder, while I would rely on snares and other passive forms of hunting/gathering as being much more effective.  I just hate Dual Survival has gone the way of those other silly hunting shows  

  •  Our family eats some of that food. (9+ / 0-)

    My wife's Uncle Randall
    often come in the house
    with lots of food,
    such as french bread loaves,
    three or four large bags,
    and two five pound bags of potatoes.

    I presume some of it comes from a food bank,
    since food banks around here give out lots of taters.

    Some of it may come directly from the grocery store,
    like the bread,
    where he might ask for whatever they are about to throw out.

    I just cooked a big batch of stew,
    with ten pounds of those food bank taters in it,
    and wrote about it,

    Come read my random musings,
    and my stew recipe,
    and see what you think.

    Famine in America by 2050: the post-peak oil American apocalypse.

    by bigjacbigjacbigjac on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 01:25:04 AM PDT

    •  read your diary, (5+ / 0-)

      thanks for the recipe.  i see the good food banks do around here.  i wish the cities would set up some kind of community garden projects on some of the vacant/unused land but i guess there are too many regulations to overcome.  inner city folks could use the choices a garden would make available.

      "I am an old woman, named after my mother. my old man is another child who's grown old." John Prine (not an old woman)

      by art ah zen on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 07:50:15 AM PDT

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  •  Got the results of my bloodwork (9+ / 0-)

    yesterday.  It's not awful, but it's not what I'd choose if I could.  There are some dietary alterations in my future, with the possibility of adding a cholesterol-lowering drug.  I do not want to take any more drugs and for some reason I have it in my mind that those particular drugs are not good.  I'll also need to exercise more.  How I do that when walking has become so difficult is yet to be determined.  Oh well, I still feel lucky.  I could be really sick.  

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 03:34:14 AM PDT

    •  Morning ll. (9+ / 0-)

      Getting old is a kick isn't it.

      I dream of a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned.

      by broths on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 05:22:03 AM PDT

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    •  I used to exercise with my wii. (7+ / 0-)

      There are actual therapy regimines out there for the wii, and it includes active games like bowling, archery, and games using a balance board where you shift your weight on the board and put marbles in holes without dumping them off the sides. They're a lot of fun to do, and can be done indoors in temperature controlled environments. Also, you can sit and rest between games or as you need to.

      Eventually I'll have to get the wii fixed, it's not reading disks any more. We're not sure if the laser head got dirty or if it shifted so it's not aiming at the disks correctly any more. It's been cool enough in the morning that I've been able to walk the dogs, but as we head into high summer that may not be as much of an option.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 06:19:59 AM PDT

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      •  I can walk (4+ / 0-)

        at the senior center when I'm there.  Eleven circuits of the corridor is a mile and it's air conditioned.  My problem is having my back give out before I even make it around once.  I've also been thinking about my apartment building.  I can go up the steps and down the halls and stop to rest whenever I need to.

        -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

        by luckylizard on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 11:06:11 AM PDT

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      •  glad that wii exercise thing worked out for you... (3+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        art ah zen, FloridaSNMOM, Kit RMP

        I'm a real exercise-HATE-HATE-HATER, but tried it once... on my kid's system

        spent 15/20 minutes trying to do the basic set-up and the program's responses to my difficulties, both figuring out what I was supposed to be doing, and having great difficulty doing things as fast as it wanted me to... well, the program just got SO nasty! it was actually meaner and more unkind than even high school gym classes!

        I gave it up and have never tried again. It got just vicious, implying I was some sort of dummie-slob-halfwit because I couldn't react fast enough! I have enough negative-self-image about my ability to do physical things already, I really couldn't take it!

        That's been about 15 years... maybe I should try it again. Anybody know if the 2.0 version has better "social skills"?

        How uncoordinated AM I?  For example, I've tried to learn to dance a couple of times... it apparently takes me about 4-5 times as long as anybody else on the planet to figure out the steps, figure out the music, figure out how they're supposed to go together, and then try to catch up! The only thing I ever really learned was the Pavane, a medieval court dance which consists of slow, grave walking, basically!!! Interesting, now I do remember learning to square dance in elementary school and that wasn't too terrible, as I recall... and, from a college class, I sort of basically understand the steps to the waltz -- but could never figure out how to sync them with the music!

        "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

        by chimene on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 08:10:16 PM PDT

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        •  It sounds like English Country Dance would be (0+ / 0-)

          perfect for you! It uses the moves you learned as a kid square dancing, with a few different names for some and a few more added in, and is slow, like the Pavane. Lots of people who loved contra when they were younger, default to English as they get older, 'cause it's slower and kinder to joints. You might want to consider checking it out some time. I'm hoping to get GEDF to try it at some point. He loves music and he misses dancing, I can tell. We'll see what happens....

          Best of luck to you, finding the right kind of exercise to suit you!

          What I want to know is, who's going to pay for these crimes against humanity that those b@st@rds are perpetrating against the rest of us?

          by Kit RMP on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 03:01:18 PM PDT

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    •  I do not like those cholesterol drugs. (7+ / 0-)

      I don't think they take into account that perhaps people have differing levels, and will never make the right dot on the graph!
      They Rx'd one for me after the heart attack. I conferred with my RN over the gawdawful list of drugs they wanted me on, and eliminated several, the cholesterol one included.

      Only thing more infuriating than an ignorant man is one who tries to make others ignorant for his own gain. Crashing Vor

      by emmasnacker on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 06:24:58 AM PDT

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    •  getting old is not for sissies! (6+ / 0-)

      you have the right attitude though, you are not REALLY sick.  i always wonder about the prescription to get more exercise given to people who have limited mobility.  maybe sit and fit? maybe tai chi? isometrics?  

      "I am an old woman, named after my mother. my old man is another child who's grown old." John Prine (not an old woman)

      by art ah zen on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 07:54:22 AM PDT

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    •  I will not ever (again) take statins. (6+ / 0-)

      The doctor that prescribed them for me was experimenting I think, and I had very negative side effects.  I don't think my cholesterol is too high, it is within the old guidelines.  The same doctor admitted that there is no evidence that statins prevent anything, except a second heart attack.  Not there yet.

      If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

      by weck on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 09:13:51 AM PDT

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  •  Good morning. (7+ / 0-)

    It's 58 now going up to 64 today, and it's foggy.   Weird weather.

    Northern Illinois Food Bank is one of my favorite charities.   Hard for me not to give to an organization that feeds people.  

    Going out to do some errands later.   House type things now.

    Have a good day.

    I dream of a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned.

    by broths on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 05:30:56 AM PDT

  •  We went from glorious early summer weather... (7+ / 0-)

    clear, dry, in the August.  Hittin' at  90, humid as a bugger, and just blecccch.

    I want my other summer back.  please? kthnxvm.

    Still, fans far.  Don't want to turn on the a/c until I absolutely must.

    Today is tidy up in, "tidy up all the stuff you left at loose ends the rest of the week."

    No laundry,'s too damp!  Hah!  Got out of that chore!  heh.

    Hope everyone has a good day, with decent weather, and just the right amount of silly.


    "Live with no excuses and Love with no regrets."

    by The Marti on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 06:18:36 AM PDT

  •  Food banks... (6+ / 0-)

    I've given to food banks and received food from food banks. I haven't volunteered at a food bank. The food banks I've been to, give out a lot of ingredients you really need other things to make, that they don't give out. Like milk, and butter, and meat. I got six boxes of hamburger helper once, but no hamburger for example, or milk. It made for some interesting cooking.

    Right now it's 82, with 77% humidity, and it's supposed to go up to 92. Most days it's gone up higher than what's predicted, unless we get a lot of rain. Unfortunately, they're not predicting any rain starting until closer to 8pm.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 06:27:09 AM PDT

  •  yes, it is hard for them (6+ / 0-)

    to give out a well rounded diet because we know they are dependent on what is donated or can be afforded with funds contributed.  i was involved in handing out groceries through a local church a few years ago and we tried our best to balance what was given, but we got a lot more carbs than protein.  of course that is the story with how we approach feeding the less fortunate among us, more stomach fillers, less body builders.  if we took the approach of investing in good health by proper nutrition, it would pay off in lower health costs along the road but looking forward is not what we seem to be doing very well right now.

    "I am an old woman, named after my mother. my old man is another child who's grown old." John Prine (not an old woman)

    by art ah zen on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 08:05:22 AM PDT

  •  well, today i go to the (6+ / 0-)

    church to help sort donated arts and crafts items that will be offered for sale at our local thrift store.  the proceeds from that store help support the home for the elderly that the church members use.  i usually end up buying stuff i find as i sort.  i take my own bag and just fill it as i go then hand it to the leader to price for me.  what a deal for them!  i volunteer time, sort and bag and then give them money!  teehee.

    i also get to go to the hairdresser (my sister owns her own salon) and get my hair colored.  i may be an old woman, but i am VAIN! about my hair.  we all have our sins.

    maybe out to the pond this afternoon.  i am so busy all the time now that i wonder how i ever had the time to work and get anything done!  oh wait, i didn't get anything done, i just worked for 40 years.  i remember now!

    "I am an old woman, named after my mother. my old man is another child who's grown old." John Prine (not an old woman)

    by art ah zen on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 08:11:09 AM PDT

  •  After two days of rain, we have cool weather (6+ / 0-)

    with clouds.  My plate is filled with busy until Tuesday, when it begins to rain again!

    I donate stuff to foodbanks whenever asked, but haven't volunteered. This year I hope to have fresh veggies from my garden to donate, but I don't yet know if they take fresh produce.

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

    by weck on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 09:19:50 AM PDT

  •  It's 78 now and going up (5+ / 0-)

    to a humid 86. The breeze helps a lot.

    I volunteer from time to time at a nearby church's food pantry. I don't go to the church, or to any church, but this one seems like one I might go to if I were so inclined. It's a More Light Presbyterian Church, meaning they welcome everyone. I remember several years ago they flew a Rainbow Pride flag on the grounds.

    One of the volunteers wrote about working in the food pantry. It's kind of "churchy", but I liked it anyway :) "Come and be a blessing; come and be blessed."

    The church has an interesting history - destroyed by the British during the Rev. War b/c arms were being stored in the parsonage. Rebuilt in 1785. Cemetery contains the graves of commanders of the 1st Rhode Island Regiment, which was mostly black.

    Well, I've rambled on! It only took me 90 minutes to write this - I kept getting interrupted. And now it's 82!

    Hope everyone has a good day.


  •  Hot and sunny here. Maybe some rain latter. (3+ / 0-)

    The food banks here have a hard time keeping up with the demand.  

    We have a community supported agriculture farm that I support.  It is expensive and out of reach for the poor.  It does donate food to the local food bank.  I have to put away a half a week of grocery money a month to save for it. This fall I think I will only go with a half share now that I know what they offer.

    I am making beef barley in the crock pot today.  I know it is hot but it is the end of the month.  I went grocery shopping last night and got some soup bones.  I put the in the oven and browned them. After that they went into the crock pot for broth all night.  I also bought some beef on sale.  I have to divide it up into meals for the coming weeks in the freezer. Next week the prices will go back up because of the holiday. I made the choice to buy a little early and saved $49.


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