Looking for My Path in Life

Yesterday Dad told me I should start writing about food, as he thinks I am a good cook. I have been looking for a theme for this blog, or something interesting to write about. So why not food?

Yesterday was a bit of a bad day for me. I got a wake-up call at 1 AM from Dad’s heart monitoring agency, checking on him as his heart went into a bad rhythm again. I was awake all night and could not get back to sleep for worry. Like a fool I went out yesterday afternoon and bought some ultra-cheap beer and got hammered at home. My drunkenness knocked me out for a while, but it was not a restful sleep. Today is day one of my abstinence from ethanol, and I am keeping track of it on a calendar.

So, food. Yesterday I did some tests on so-called Parmasan cheese. First I bought a wedge of something made in Wisconsin. It tasted like plastic with a little salt. Why can they not make good cheese in Wisconsin? I went back to the store and bought a wedge of Italian Parmasan. It had a strong but good smell, it was aged over two years, and was crumbly and a bit crunchy. The Italian cheese was nothing like the American, probably because they did not age the American variety long enough or under the correct conditions.

Today I got a chicken to roast. I am going to roast a couple of sweet potatoes as well. I have some asparagus to boil up, and some lettuce and green onions to make a salad. For lunch later I will make some low sodium and low fat cream of mushroom and vegetable soup. I can not believe how much salt they put in canned soup. I guess it makes people want to eat more of it. Food companies are only in it for the money, and the more they can sell, the happier they are. I think food should be healthy.

Yesterday I threw out the rest of my chicken and beef bullion. It is nothing but salt, monosodium glutamate, and a little fat. MSG is nothing but a neurotoxin that does not belong in food. You know how they get lab rats to become obese? They spike their food with MSG. The thing is, our wonderful government allows corporations to hide MSG in food because they can call it any of over two dozen misleading names, like modified soy protein. The rule about not eating anything with ingredients you can not pronounce does not apply to me though, as I know chemical nomenclature and pronunciation, as well as a good deal about various food additives, as I look them up online or in the Merk Index.

I really do not think I want to make this a food blog. I think it will just be my online journal, where I type up my thoughts and get some practice writing and editing. I really don’t feel like writing much these days because we have been having a lot of problems lately. What I should do is fire up Word and start a real project, a book perhaps that I can sell on Amazon. Perhaps I will write the story of my life. Perhaps I will write something about how to get into shape. At least for today I am staying away from beer and alcohol, and am going to try to kick this nasty smoking habit as well. Take care people, and may your days be bright and merry.

Winter’s Wrath

We have had a few weeks of nasty weather here in Michigan. Mother Nature tells me she is angry. I know, because I talk to the wind. The other night the wind was blowing with a sound like a freight train. I get very nervous in storms because I have my old Dad with me here to take care of, and last week he had to be taken to the hospital after his heart went into atrial fibrillation. I was there for him and called rescue as soon as I saw he was having problems. Now he is on a heart monitor and he has a lot of doctor appointments to keep, like the one tomorrow.

The wind informed me that we are doing some bad things to the Earth. Destroying the forests and the fields, polluting the air and water, causing species to go extinct. Even the climate is changing. All of this for our convenience. Even though I rely on electric service and natural gas for heat, I know these things are nothing but modern conveniences. Humanity has become estranged from the environment, sheltered in boxes, sitting in front of screens all day. Things were different two centuries ago, before the Industrial Revolution affected us all.

Years ago we did not worry about losing power, our power came from wood for heat, water to grind our grain, horses and oxen to plow our fields. In America something like 96% of the population lived on farms and supported themselves with agriculture. Now it is something like two percent. Most people live in cities and suburbs, and only go out in nature for recreation, not work.

I used to be a lot more active when I was younger. I used to ride my bike a lot of places and pedal my way to work. It is hard to do that now where I live because there is so much heavy traffic. I rely on the truck and the car for transportation. I sit in my room all day and research things on the net. I still read paper books, from the library mostly, as I do not have a source of income to buy books at the store as I used to do. I have been thinking about selling my collection of books, but the thing is, these days books are another consumer item meant to be purchased, read and trashed.

Which brings me to another of Mother Nature’s complaints, landfills. In our culture we use a lot of so-called disposable items. Even our technology is considered disposable now, often bought with disposable income. Who on Earth would ever dispose of their hard-earned money? Still, the food we buy comes wrapped in packaging, often single-serving items like K-cups of coffee and Big Macs. Most people do not even cook for themselves these days, let alone grow their own food. I was not brought up this way, and I know there are still people who provide for themselves. We always had a garden, and when we moved to the country we raised chickens, ducks, and geese. We planted a big garden every year, from which we harvested the best sweet corn and wheelbarrows full of tomatoes, among many other crops.

The Earth provides for her creatures, not the government. I saw a video this morning about poor people in Appalachia. A lot of them were overweight. When I saw the food that was being provided to them by charity organizations, I did not wonder why. Bread, pasta, pudding, soft drinks, cookies, nothing but carbohydrates. And still the people complained about being hungry all the time and needing food, even though some were terribly obese. Years ago you had to work for your food, and Mother Nature never fired anyone from this job. You could hunt game, harvest wild plants like berries and greens, and grow crops and raise animals, given access to enough land. This is one thing the majority of the population does not have now, access to land. Security is in the land, not government handouts.

There are a lot more people in the world now than there were hundreds of years ago. Food production has been mechanized and concentrated. One farmer can now feed hundreds of people. What do all these people do? Work at factories making cars so we do not have to walk. Mine coal so we can have electricity. Program computers so we can sit around all day watching YouTube and playing video games. In short, nothing I would consider essentially productive. You can plant an acorn, but Mother Nature produces the oak and the mast to feed your pigs. You can produce a basket from reeds to harvest your greens. You can produce clothing to keep you warm and well-dressed. Or you can buy your clothes from stores that buy from factories where slave children sew them for a pittance. Ah, this has gone on far too long.

For a long time Humanity has looked upon Nature as an enemy. Nature can be very harsh, for sure, but she also brings us life as well as death. I don’t know what the future will bring, but I do know that unless we learn to live with nature without destroying it, nature will surely destroy us.