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You know how things are generally not all they're cracked up to be once all's said and done? Well this one surpassed expectations.

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Green smoothie morning!

Bananas, rice milk, green grapes, spinach, and a ton of ginger. So good!

In other but related news, I've been posting more regularly to my two tumblrs but not generating a lot of response. For those of you who use tumblr or similar platforms, any suggestions for increasing site traffic, especially on my food blog? Maybe different times of day, more or fewer photos?....

Philosophy for Children, Week One

I am so excited to have the privilege to be a TA for the Philosophy for Children course this semester. After just our first introductory meeting, I could already tell what a great group of students we have. Everyone seems quite attuned to the issues, and just as thrilled as I was last year to have the chance to introduce a group of youngsters to the world of critical thinking and reasoned debate.

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One last note: The other night I had a really interesting conversation with a child I met while at a peaceful protest in front of a bull-riding event. There were three young children milling around to talk to me – a little girl, an older boy, and an older girl. The younger girl said flatly that she did not like being there because she didn’t like to see the bulls hurt (my thoughts exactly!) When I asked the older girl what she thought, she giggled and said she liked it because she liked to see the people fall off. While it was wonderful to see two young children be so assertive, they clearly already had their minds made up. Even more interesting to me was the long conversation I had with the boy in the middle, who seemed much more reserved. I asked him if he liked coming here and why, and he said yes because he likes seeing basketball. It took a while for our conversation to come back to the topic of that night’s events, but after he had talked to me for a while more, I asked the more specific question of whether he thought he would come here to see bull fighting again. He paused thoughtfully and replied that he didn’t know – he said he would watch that night and see.

How awesome. I told him how great I thought it was that he was going to see for himself what is really going on and make his own decisions about whether or not he wants to support it. His response makes me even more hopeful than his little sister’s, even though she happened to agree with me. Nothing makes me more hopeful than seeing truly empowered kids – kids who have the requisite patience and critical reasoning skills to absorb as much information as they can from a variety of perspectives, witness events themselves, and draw informed, reasoned conclusions. This is what we need more of in the world, and what I hope the Philosophy for Children movement can continue to support.

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Israel Day I, Part II - 08/13/13

After hikes throughout the day, we spent the night at a Bedouin settlement. A couple of hundred of us packed into one giant tent in the early evening and were greeted by the head of the tribe. After a hearty dinner spread seated five to a table crossed legged on the tent floor, we broke up into a variety of different workshops. Mine was on various herbs and their uses. How to make infusions (think teas), what sorts of healing properties the various plants have, etc. Each plant the presenter discussed, we were able to handle, smell, and sample. He encouraged us to always use the plants that are indigenous to our country, and to grow our own to use fresh whenever possible. Dried herbs can be fine, but they are not as vibrant. Plus, when they are sold commercially, they’ve often undergone a heating process that kills the plant and strips the herb of most of its nutritive and healing properties. This brought him neatly to a final point about GMOs. Thankfully, he said, growing GMOs is still illegal across Israel (except for certain private growers who can obtain licenses), but there is a big push to lift regulations. He sees this as a grave problem for two main reasons. For one, since many GMO seeds self-destruct in a way after the first harvest, farmers are unable to save the seeds of their plants year after year (a practice that has always been a integral piece of the farming process). This means they must buy new seeds from big companies year after year, putting the masses under the power of the wealthy few. Secondly, he is worried about the increased use of pesticides contributing to plants that are becoming resistant to chemicals.

After all the workshops were over, we had something I was not expecting. A big stage was set up in the middle of the settlement, a band began to play, and suddenly strobe lights and smoke machine arrived on the scene. All in all, an eventful day! (And I’ve skipped writing about the rest of the Israeli mall, campfire in the Negev, stargazing, and more.) I mean, really, how many people get to say you’ve danced the Hora at a rave in the Negev desert? One more for the bucket list.

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July in La métropole

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And my high point... brunch! Crudessence, the local raw vegan gourmet spot, may be my favourite place in the world right now. Well, favourite place to eat, at least.

Food blogging

Well, took me long enough, but I've finally started a food blog like I said I would. It's minimalistic (could be called a "microblog," perhaps?), but it's here.
Vitality, compassion, and sustainability day by day. "Yes" to plants, "no" to chemicals!
Primarily recipes. Some lifestyle tips and DIY articles. Mostly raw, always unprocessed. Always vegan, always delicious. Enjoy! :-)

P.S. FYI: I take requests. :)

Garlicky Zucchini Ribbons

Yum! I love zucchini "pasta." Fresh tomato, garlic, basil, avocado, and more make this recipe a delicious way to kick off summer.
Originally posted by theppkblog at Salad Of Garlicky Zucchini Ribbons

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Happy National Poetry Month!

I think this year I shall participate in Poem In Your Pocket Day: http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/406

Who's with me?

What a great tradition.

Today I received a PostCrossing card from someone in Australia who said that Robert Frost's "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening" is one of her favourite poems. It's one of mine, too - one of the first I ever memorized.
I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us -don't tell!
They'd banish us, you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!

--Emily Dickinson