Although it's been a while since we've put the garden to bed, I still wanted to take a minute to write about our experiences of growing and maintaining a small garden this summer in Leavenworth. Winter may be setting in but hopefully this will still remind us of the importance of supporting local and sustainably grown food this coming season.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Friday, November 9, 2012
Election time creates an atmosphere of intense social interaction. Everyone seems to awaken to the fact that they have a voice, a choice, and an opinion. The concept that we are able, in part, to choose the direction and character of our future translates to many of us becoming emboldened to share the opinions and ideas that we would otherwise keep silent. And not only do we share them, but we often insist upon them, creating division and intolerance towards anyone with an opposite view. Most of this “sharing” or “discussion” is happening on an impersonal basis. While we still seem to be obeying the old laws of not discussing politics or religion in public, we have realized that the media, meaning all forms of media, from the press to social media, are more of a mouthpiece for opinions then they are a forum for open and understanding discussion. While this has become commonplace in news media through the skewing of facts and opinions to support a one-sided view, it has also taken hold in social media outlets like Facebook. I’m sure most of you who are reading this are familiar with the phenomenon I’m talking about, and probably many of you have taken part in it as well. The silent shouting and badgering, sarcastic mockery and outright hate for not only an individual, but also the entire demographic he stands for. And yes, the incessant and unrelenting instruction that you VOTE!