As one might predict, because of my name, Robin, when I was a child, my favorite literary character was Robin Hood. But, this was also because of the available bounty of children’s TV programming. Every Saturday, I watched the series, “Robin Hood,” with the lead played by Richard Greene, taking it very seriously.
And, my interest didn’t end there. Oh no. Genderly progressive beyond my years, I wore green tights and a pseudo-medieval green tunic while playing my hero. But, that’s not all. While dressed in my Sherwood Forest regalia, I rode my white Schwinn bike around our neighborhood, envisioning myself as Robin Hood on his horse. The only thing missing was my bow and arrow, but by Christmas, that need was answered, allowing me to ride my bike with the bow slung over my chest. If I do say so myself, I cut a trim figure in the saddle, especially when I stood up on the pedals to coast.
My favorite Robin Hood episode was the Archery Tournament, where that crafty Sheriff of Nottingham gleefully set up a sting operation to entice Robin, the Earl of Locksley, to come into Nottingham for an archery contest to determine, “…the finest archer in England.” The pride of winning the contest draws Robin and his Merry Men out of Sherwood Forest only to fall into the Sheriff’s trap. After shooting an arrow that splits his opponent’s arrow, already shot into the target bulls eye, Robin’s identity is proclaimed, causing the Sheriff to take action against him.
Egad, the drama! The pathos! The lute music! The dancing! What? The dancing? Yes! The dancing! Aye, they were Merry Men.
Why here, watch it for yourself!
Robin Hood “The Challenge”
And, so now, having set the scene, let’s fast forward to 2013. Years have passed. My Schwinn bike hangs in the garage. My archery set was stolen during a move. But, the burning passion for reenacting Robin Hood has not dimmed one iota. So you can imagine my delight when Missouri Star Quilt Company, in Hamilton, MO, announced a quilting challenge, the Iron Quilter II, to determine the finest quilter in the Missouri Star Quilting world. My dreams of competing, soon to be fulfilled, I read every word of the contest rules, ordered my RJR Fabric, the “Lovely” line by Debbie Beaves, and began designing a quilt pattern to be shared on-line. My dreams from years before were coming true. Here, you can catch the fever, yourself:
The Iron Quilter II
So, now you know what I’ll be doing all week. Sewing away at quilting patches and appliques, crafting an entry fit for presenting to Jenny Doan, the guiding light behind the Missouri Star Quilt Company. While it may look I’m calm, cool and collected, the thrill of honing my skills and competing in the Iron Quilter is is all consuming. Thanksgiving means nothing compared to the finishing of my entry.
But, don’t worry about me. While you’re basting your turkey in the oven, I’ll be basting and pinning 100% cotton fabric. While you’re eating pumpkin pie with whipped topping, I’ll be be making a quilt top, batting and backing sandwich to be machine quilted with angles and swirls.
So, don’t feel sorry for me. You know I’ll be fine, because I’m competing in a contest as SunbonnetSmart, that I never could as Robin Hood.
Tags: Debbie Beaves, Iron Quilter II, Lovely, Missouri Star Quilt Co, Pansies, quilting contest, RJR Fabrics
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I’ve always been a big believer in “early to bed, early to rise” making me healthy, wealthy and wise. But, lately I’ve been hanging with a bad crowd. From the land of Jesse James, comes the likes of Jenny Doan and her gang, holed up in Hamilton, Missouri, and I just can’t get off that runaway train.
It all started innocently enough, I happened on one of Jenny’s sweet quilting tutorial videos on YouTube.com Enjoying it as I did, I watched a couple more. Then, I thought, “H-m-m-m, she has a web site selling quilting fabrics and supplies.” Not that I need a thing, I told myself, but quickly noticed I was rallying back with, “It can’t hurt to look.”
It must be impossible to watch Jenny and not want to quilt.
Oh, how the transgressions of youth have caught up with me! Being younger last spring, when this all started, I was foolishly unaware of how Jenny Doan draws one in. She’s no better than a school yard junkie or a vendor at a quilt show with the latest gadget. Shameful the woman was, with her time saving, quilt producing techniques that dazzled and beguiled, making me want to buy not one but ten or twenty of her Charm Packs.
How could I help myself? Being an experienced quilter, I’ve been around since before there were Fat Quarters, and that’s saying something. So, to me, the evolution of pre-cut fabric into all sorts of selections is nothing short of amazing. And, what you can do with them! Why, being well steeped in traditional pattern drafting, I was delighted with the freedom that pre-cut fabrics allow. Quilting methods are so fast and easy now, you can set your sewing machine up on the dashboard of the car and chain piece on your way to work.
The Missouri Star Quilt Company is a family affair.
And so, my affair with Jenny Doan and her Missouri Star Quilt Company began. It was fresh, new and it was springtime. How was I to know it would turn into a passionate one-sided summer love? But, that’s what happened, because, as with many love affairs, one of us became more involved than the other. While Jenny didn’t even know I exist, I had signed up on her web site for the Daily Deal e-mail, because Missouri Star regularly offers a Daily Deal and it’s always a doosie.
I don’t know a single quilter that could pass up a charm pack that would be $12.00, being sold for 7 cents, plus $5.00 shipping & handling. That’s right, folks, one of Jenny’s Daily Deals actually had a Charm Pack on sale for $5.07. I mean, are you starting to get the picture? I became so involved, I was lurking on her web site, searching my e-mail in-box for a “hot of the press” Daily Deal announcement and staying up late at night to be the first in the Western Hemisphere to see what was going to be offered next.
Whereas before, my life was in order, with an early bedtime and sensible waking hours, now I am writing this post, staying up past 12:00midnight, waiting, just waiting to see what Jenny will Daily Deal today. I’m not proud of it, but like I said, it’s how I roll. When Jenny posts, I pay attention, sacrificing sleep for specials, as any quilter would.
It’s just that, I can’t stop and I…
…no wait, it’s almost 1:30 in the morning. Gotta’ scoot and see if the Daily Deal’s been posted! Here I come, Jenny! Love you!
Tags: chain piecing, Hamilton MO, pre-cut farics, quilt, quilting, sewing techniques
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Reading Comments and posts around the BlogHer-o-sphere, it occurs to me an essential piece of information is missing.
The most important thing to have with you at BlogHer ’13 is a battery pack case for your Smartphone.
Here’s why. Every BlogHer ’12 attendee I saw was Smartphoning their heart out. They were checking schedules on the BlogHer ’12 app. They were bringing up entry passes to show door monitors at sessions. They were looking for restaurants while Instagram-ming selfies and groupies. They were Tweeting,”Hi” to BlogHers in attendance they might never see, while making lunch, dinner and party plans with those they would.
But, it all came to a screeching halt when they ran out of Smartphone power, when each Smartphone became a little dead rectangle of frustration. And, what’s worse? Each user suffered the agony of watching the battery bar recede, knowing nothing was to be done about it.
What’s the biggie? Why not just plug it in? Sure! Just go over to a wall plug and power up. Of course, it will take three hours to recharge and you’ve run out before lunchtime. And oh! By the way, there aren’t any wall outlets free, except up in your room. And, your room takes a half hour to get to, counting the wait for the elevators and Sherpa Guides. So, basically you are “out of luck” and Smartphone-less. So out of luck in fact, the Charlie Brown music plays as you shuffle your feet along feeling stupid, hoping nobody notices. But I will. And, I will make fun of you.
So, don’t feel stupid. Feel smart, SunbonnetSmart.
Let me share where I get my phone accessories on the Internet along with the inexpensive, but great, battery case model I purchased for my iPhone 4 from eBay seller, “epowerdictionary.” This is the same case I purchased last year and the one I have is still going strong. BUT! Being a nut about losing phone power during BlogHer ’13, I decided to buy a new one and pass the one I’ve been using to family members. Yes! It’s THAT important. I need all systems operable. Nothing but the best for BlogHer ’13….and me.
“Ultra Slim” Battery case for iPhone 4/4s sold by eBay’s epowerdictionary
$12.95 Free Shipping – Click on image to enlarge
And, let me share what else I bought from “epowerdictionary:” this neaty-cool cable that allows three electronics to be charged at once:
3 in 1 USB Data and Charging Cable sold by eBay’s epowerdictionary
$5.95 Free Shipping – Click on image to enlarge
Now, you have to be a member of eBay to do all of this. EBay works just fine for me as I’ve bought and sold since 1999. If you have reservations about eBay….well, I don’t know how to advise you. But, epowerdictionary has 100% Feedback, responds almost immediately to e-mails and assures me they have stock to handle BlogHer purchases. I say, “Give them a try!”
At any rate, don’t go go to BlogHer ’13 without some sort of auxiliary power for your electronics, especially your Smartphone.
Tags: auxilliary phone battery, BlogHer '13 Chicago, Smartphone power
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In this day and age, it’s great to have some good news. And this morning, I got some of the best.
Remember at the beginning of June, a project was launched on Kickstarter.com to fund a new movie production? And, not just any production, but a movie mentoring women who unexpectedly need to change their lives?
Well, today at 11:35amEST, the $5,000 goal was reached and the project was funded. The movie that Ally Kirkpatrick as been envisioning with her credible background in film documentation will now proceed.
Ally in the woods near the Green Cabin.
If you remember, Ally’s Kickstarter journey began on May 31, 2013, which seems like forever ago. She and her associates and production crew set up the Kickstarter account to gather her minimum costs of $5,000 to produce the movie, “Stories from the Green Cabin.” I read about it and couldn’t stand on the sidelines of such a worthwhile endeavor, so wrote a post for my web site and cross posted it to BlogHer.
Then began the longest thirty days of my life, watching, waiting and wondering what would happen to Ally and her band of pro-active filmmakers.
Storing up cans for the winter, Green Cabin style.
Well, today the news has arrived! I can tell you with certainty that Ally’s “Stories from the Green Cabin” has tipped over the $5,000 mark, because, oddly enough I was there!
Yesterday, it didn’t look good. She was $600 or so under funding. Today when I visited her Kickstarter site, I couldn’t believe my eyes. The total had climbed to $4, 990!
I was talking to myself, rubbing my eyes and recalculating my second grade math to find out that, YES! Ally was only $10 away from goal.
I just HAD to be the one to push it over the top, and what’s more, I could afford $10.00!
But, I wasn’t prepare. I hadn’t registered with Kickstarter. Oh cruel oversight! Would I miss my chance to push Ally’s project over the top?
I fumbled with registration, each time being told my two e-mails, entered separately, but suppose to match, didn’t. Agh! What to do!?!? Wringing of hands…wringing of hands…
So I erased and reentered both e-mails and voila, I was in.
Lisa Weldon and Ally in production.
I didn’t want there to be any question that Ally over over her goal, so I “dug deep” and pledged $15.00. Woo-Woo! It was the biggest thrill of my life when, after clicking “submit,” the screen came up to read $5,005. Wow…
And, that wasn’t the end of it. E-mails started arriving in my in-box, one after the other. Thanking me for my participation. Acknowledging my gift and promising my rewards to come. I felt so important.
Then, the BIG e-mail came. A video of Ally herself announcing the project was funded. How cool was that?
So, yes! Today was a great day with good news. I am looking forward to all of the good things to come from Ally and her movie futures. And, BTW, did you know you can still add to the Kickstarter total? For the next hour or so, at least.
Help Ally get more for her production needs by going to her site and pledging. Just remember to reenter your e-mails like I did, if you have trouble registering.
Tags: incremental funding, life changes, mentors, midlife, mutual mentoring, reinventing oneself, women working together
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Have you ever seen something that had an immediate impact on your life?
Something so wonderful, so you couldn’t quite understand the magnitude at the time, but which moved you to action, figuring the whys and wherefores would later appear?
I had such an experience yesterday when I saw the most compelling post on Facebook. Lisa Weldon, who blogs at “reSoulin’ My Dancing Shoes,” had shared the most interesting Kickstarter opportunity. When I looked at it, I was mesmerized by heavy green foliage, a green cabin and sunlight dappling through the trees. The vision had that spring green look of new life and new directions. And, how right I was.
The future SunbonnetSmart hiking in the Garden
of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO, September 1978.
The scene reminded me of my middle to late 20s, in the 1970s, when Jethro Tull’s “Songs from the Woods” was my favorite album and life seemed to be an unending series of mental “forks in the road.” So many choices, what to do, when and why. Constant questions without much guidance and plenty of uncharted vision as to “what ought to be.” It was overwhelming and ponderous. I was more timid then, in some ways, more assured in others, but I remember I was up to the task, assuming I could always, “punt” as I used to say, if things didn’t go my way. “Have an alternate Plan B” was my motto.
And, through the years, I’ve had many “Alternate Plan B’s.” That’s why I kept returning all afternoon to the Kickstarter video that Lisa had shared. Watching it, the green forestscape opened up to the story of Ally Kirkpatrick, a young film maker, artist and visionary, who at 29, is at the stage I was in the 1970s. Much like I quit my job, packed everything into my Toyoto Celica and drove across country to live in Colorado, Ally decided to leave Brooklyn, going to go live in the woods, at her father’s hunting cabin.
Ally reading at the Green Cabin in Virginia.
While Ally was there, in a tranquil, but secluded spot, she devised a plan to passion out her future. As she blogged and examined her life, she found the “expanse of time and space” a bit overwhelming, compared to her hectic life in Brooklyn. She decided to reach out to people she admired. People who, as she says in her introductory Kickstarter video, “..had lived their life creatively and with gusto.”
The first person with whom she got in touch, she had met at BlogHer ’12, during a Breakout Session on Pathfinder Day, August 2, 2012 in New York City. Ally and Lisa Weldon had been in the same session and hit it off right away. Perhaps they were drawn to each other because, although there was a thirty year difference in their life stages, they were in somewhat the same quandary. Lisa’s life had taken unexpected turns overnight requiring her to stop, exhale and begin again. The void she felt closing in on her was very similar to the uninterrupted blocks of time Ally was experiencing at her dad’s cabin. Ally recognized a kindred spirit and called Lisa.
Ally’s Kickstarter call for funding.
Now, months later, the two, with the help of many others, have put forth Ally’s video proposal for Kickstarter funding. If you are not familiar with Kickstarter, it’s a wonderful site where dreams and business proposals are presented for patron financial backing. Each proposal must have a goal established. After donations are pledged, if the project funds at its goal or above, the leader of the project receives a check. If the project does not reach its goal, then no cash is forwarded and pledges are vacated. So, Ally set her goal at $5,000 and she is off to a great start, but I am hoping she gets much more than that.
Additional funding would allow her to tell the stories of more women in life transitions, watching them create new paths to abundant self-fulfillment. Much like Lisa and Ally inspired each other, women learning from other women who have faced the dreaded unknown of life changes will, in turn, be inspired from the stories in Ally’s films. To get a feel for the project, visit with Ally at her “Stories from the Green Cabin” area of her web site, Allytk.com .
So, do you feel as empowered as I do by the creative approaches these women have taken to cure the deafening hiccups in their lives? If you are able to financially show them some love, would you consider donating to Ally’s “Stories from the Green Cabin” Kickerstarter listing? It would make my day to see this project not only funded to its goal level, but also way past, to provide for more stories from more creative women.
Please note! The project must be funded within thirty days from its start, which is by 3:27pm on June 30, 2013.
Tags: incremental funding, life changes, mentors, midlife, mutual mentoring, reinventing oneself, women working together
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What a wonderful way to end the month of March! With pastel eggs, chocolate rabbits and bright hopes for the future.
And my hopes for the future include the security of owning a Careline Home Safety Telephone System. Honestly, I never had any intention of working with any phone system other than my iPhone, but being a BOOMboxNetwork Influencer, I was sent a VTech Careline Home Safety Telephone System for my review. This is the phone system that allows independent living, encouraging Seniors to “age in place” with reliable contact to family and friends. Well, I thought, this thing’s for OLD people and I ought to find one, set this system up for them and ask for their opinions on the usefulness.
How does SunbonnetHen keep in touch with
her peeps when she’s out collecting eggs?
VTech’s Careline Pendant Phone
Having taught quilting classes for years, I know plenty of older people, or as some prefer to be called, Senior Citizens. I started going through my list of usual suspects, thinking who would make best use of the Careline System. As the weeks went by, I set up the system “just to see how it works” so I’d be ready to set it up when I delivered it to a deserving quilter’s home. Needless to say, this was like baking a cake in case company comes. Soon, I’d eaten the whole thing. As I worked with the Careline Telephone System, I became attached and couldn’t give it up. I have been keeping the pendant close when I go outside to do yard-work. And, I have visions of letting family members use it to call out from the sickbed when they are ill, that is, if they play their cards right between now and then.
Three fully functioning Home Safety Telephones
The remarkable part is, talk about bang for the buck, the Careline Home Safety System actually includes three, fully functional phones. For the price, just a bit over $100, and the quality of each phone, it is a phenomenal value. And, watching every penny, I’m in love with the VTech icing on the cake: there are no additional monthly charges once the System is purchased. That’s right! Once you own a Careline Phone System and hook it into your current home service, you can use it all you want without worrying about usage charges above that of your regular fees.
But, all of this gracious goodness is typical of VTech products. As the November 28, 2012, press release for the Careline Home Safety Telephone System relates, “VTech is the world’s largest manufacturer of cordless telephones and electronic learning products.”
VTech has been championing excellence since the company began in 1976. Why not consider purchasing the Careline Home System Telephone System? It’s a great value.
Although it was designed with Seniors in mind, the options of Careline Home Safety Telephone Systems answer needs of any age-group.
I wrote this post while participating in a campaign by BOOMboxNetwork.com
on behalf of VTech Communications, Inc.
I have received payment for my participation. All opinions stated are my own.
Tags: elder care, independent living, invalid care, outreach convenience, safety response., sick children
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Well, I am getting reports that Elaine has been a good patient, taking her vitamins while being sensible about her pain medication intake.
Because she is doing everything right to speed her recovery, SunbonnetSmart is rewarding her progress with another *TA-DA!* Activity Page. You’ll notice I am really getting into this. While homeschooling, I used to make learning puzzles for the Peanut Gallery, but it’s been a while. What fun to revive this old skill-set and put it to use.
And besides, because the puzzles are for “big people,” I can make them bigger and harder so that all of BlogHer-dom comes to a grinding halt while trying to solve them. The power. The control. I’m enjoying it.
First off, let’s start out with another Candid Camera type video. I loved that show as a kid. Allen Funt got a little boring sometimes, but the premises were so funny, I remember many episodes well. See what you think of this:
Just for Laughs Gags
Now, just to make sure you’re not getting too far afield of Passover, here is a remarkable video combining a tribute to Passover and Les Miserables. I think it is nothing sort of brilliant. And while we’re discussing Passover, Elaine, I hope your Seder plate is sustainable, good and good for you. If not, you might want to read, The Seder Plate and Your Health: Nutritious Benefits of the Passsover Symbols. Now get your spiritual groove on while you relate to a popular musical at the same time:
Here is a BlogHer Word Search with lots of your forest friends and some memories from BlogHer ’12 in New York City. I have to apologize in advance as I am not getting in all of the thousands of people you know, but I did the best I could to try to catch most of them. If anyone is left out, tell me in the Comments and I’ll include them in the next puzzle. This should take you a while, so no kvetching:
BlogHer Word Search: Click Image
See what you think of this video pitting Lance Armstrong against Babe Ruth in an epic rap battle. I thought it was crazy, but interesting. Some bad words, so make sure kiddos are not in earshot, or maybe not play this at work, everybody else:
Lance Armstrong vs. Babe Ruth
So, that’s all for today. I hope your funny bone, not your wrist bones, got a work out.
We LOVE YOU, Nurse Plummer!
Tags: activity book, fun time, healthy attitudes, in recovery, on the mend, world's best nurse
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There I was, sitting calmly at the computer on a Saturday afternoon, when the news arrived.
The cellphone chimed, the Civil Defense siren went off, and a plane overhead flew by with a sign:
Looking out the window, it was easy to see the news.
“Oh no!,” I thought, running to a telephone booth to jump into my blue Sunbonnet. “Our sweet ElaineR.N., BlogHer’s own Nurse Plummer, has been injured!”
“What denizon of evil, what harbinger of pain, what numbskull of nerdity has caused an intrusion into the otherwise perfectly appointed life of our friend, Elaine?”
The story began to unfold. She was negotiating a flight of fancy, no wait…that was a flight of stairs, when she lost her balance and Isaac Newtoned to the bottom, on her bottom. In trying to stop her fall, she lost the battle with the staircase, and suffered a compound fracture of her Twitter wrist.
Yes, boys and girls, that’s the fracture from the Boy and Girl Scouts First Aid Badge where the bone sticks out of the skin, and everybody goes, “E-e-e-w-w-w!,” rolls their eyes and makes gagging sounds.
In fact, never one to do things halfway and ALWAYS looking for the next photo-op, Elaine was whisked to the front of the hospital ER triage line faster than a celebrity at a restaurant on Rodeo Drive.
ElaineR.N., in happier days.
She had surgery this morning, the doctors putting her wrist back together with nails and a plate, just like Pinocchio. Tonight, she was realizing her standing Saturday night date with BlogHer will not be kept and started worrying about her fans and the public that loves her so much.
So, giving the Queen Elizabeth II wave, as well as anyone can with a compound fracture, she says, “Hi!” and *garbled speech* “Where are the pain meds?”
“I SAID, WHERE ARE THE PAIN MEDS!?!?! Am I the only Nurse on this floor? Stand back! I’ll get them myself. Oh….OUCH! Well, maybe not.” *lies passively back in bed.*
So, as we leave our heroine, Nurse Plummer, let’s all be hospital “Pink Ladies” pushing the cart of goodies down the hall to Comment below and say, “Get well soon, ElaineR.N.! We LOVE you!”
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Hello there, Peep Patriots! Thanks for following this latest turn of organic food events. Last Wednesday, I awoke to an e-mail call for action from the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) at www.westonaprice.org
Last Monday night, two riders had been placed deep with the Continuing Resolution, CR, bill coming to a vote in the Senate.
As explained on Cornucopia.com: “The first provision is the “Monsanto rider” that destroys the few protections that currently exist against the planting of new genetically engineered crops. It is intended to force USDA to grant temporary permits and deregulations of GMO crops even if a Federal court rules that USDA hadn’t adequately considered the environmental or economic risks to farmers — as has been the case. This would negate any meaningful judicial review of USDA’s decisions to allow commercialization of GMO crops.
The second provision will allow giant Agribusiness companies to continue abusive and deceptive practices that hurt livestock and poultry farmers.”
Organic farms are under attack by agri-giants.
Dr. Weston A. Price was a Dentist in the 1930′s who astutely observed many of the problems we have with our teeth here in the United States are due to our diets and toxic chemicals. To document his hypothesis, Dr. Price traveled the world meeting with indigenous peoples on traditional diets.
Dr. Price determined naturally occurring minimally processed foods are far superior. He advised diets of fresh whole milk with its enzymes intact, unpasteurized cheese, free range poultry and grass fed, pastured meats were the healthy throwbacks modern societies were lacking. He also recognized that most of the world consumed daily quantities of fermented foods such as Kim-chee and sauerkraut which provide pro-biotic bacteria to aid in digestion.
So, having followed the Weston A. Price diet since 2008, I was at the ready to spread the word about the Rider to protect GMO foods. The vote was supposed to be that day or the next, Wednesday or Thursday, so I copy/pasted the WAPF e-mail to a BlogHer post and started Tweeting anyone who might be like-minded.
On Thursday, March 14, 2013, another WAPF e-mail arrived. It announced that like John Wayne riding in to save the day, Senator Jon Tester, (D-MT) had introduced two different amendments to strike BOTH of these riders. Senator Tester is a generational organic farmer, the only one in the Senate.
Section 735, or the “Monsanto Rider,” of this proposed Continuing Resolution is a rider that would strip federal courts of authority to stop plantings of illegal transgenic crops.
Amendment 74 is the proposed Tester Amendment to fix the biotech rider.
Section 742 of this proposed Continuing Resolution would eliminate the final GIPSA rule. This rule, which went into effect in 2012, provides basic contract fairness protections to livestock growers.
Amendment 75 is the proposed Tester Amendment to fix the GIPSA rider.
Here’s a good site to sign on On-Line petition: Click here to sign
We are not alone! Support for the two Tester Amendments: Food Democracy NOW!; The Great States of North Carolina and South Carolina; ActivistPost.com; Cornucopia.com; TheNorthwestFoodFight; Center for Food Safety; Environmental Working Group and many, many more.
Choose the format that feels most comfortable. Write at the above sites or call your Senators here by finding their phone numbers here.
Stop the two riders that were anonymously and maliciously placed on the Continuing Resolution bill. These riders would strip federal courts of their authority to halt the sale and planting of an illegal, potentially hazardous genetically engineered crop. It would compel the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow continued planting of that same crop upon request. And, in addition, giant agribusiness would be enabled to continue abusive and deceptive practices that hurt livestock and poultry farmers.”
Please tell the Senator to vote for two amendments to the Continuing Resolution introduced by Senator Jon Tester of Montana that protect family farmers from abuses by the meat industry and support review of biotechnology products. These two amendments will stand up for family farmers, ensure that independent producers have a fair chance in the livestock market, and ensure that courts can review biotechnology products.
CALL and WRITE your two Senators TODAY!
VOTE is imminent!
Tags: Conflict of Interest, Congress, Food Supply, Homeopathy, Jon Tester, Organic Food, Pro-GMO, Protect our Children, Safe Food is Medicine, Senate
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In the fall of 2010, I became fascinated with Chinese noodles called La Mian. How could I help myself with this video to watch?
Hand drawn Noodles with Chef Kin Jing Mark.
La Mian, or Lamian, is a type of handmade or hand-pulled Chinese noodle. Through a process of stretching and twisting wheat flour, Noodle Chefs can hand pull hundreds, even thousands of beautiful long thin noodles for a variety of dishes.
The Green Awning is the China Express.
The process is simple enough, but when you see a master noodle maker perform, one truly appreciates the art and beauty of cooking.
The Noodle Chef works out in front so all can enjoy.
My family was enamored with the video as well. With hungry kids having home school science lessons to learn, it seemed like finding a local Chinese Noodle Chef would be fun and educational. Now that might be hard, depending on your location, but here in Washington, D.C., with our famous Chinatown not far away, it was relatively easy.
Ducks hang in the window near the Noodle Chef.
With the miracle of the Internet, I found Washingtonians have the China Express Restaurant with their Noodle Chef making noodles right in the front window kitchen for everyone to watch as they walk by.
Plenty of traditional atmosphere and hospitality.
What a treat it was to watch and we did for a long time, but eventually, we were hungry from being tempted and had to go in for a meal. And, what a meal it was. Fit for a Sunbonnet and a post on BlogHer.com
Bountifully delicious foods beckon us to return.
So, you can see it’s taken two and a half years to get there, but in January, 2013, when we visited the National Gallery of Art, we took a cab and were whisked away to Chinatown and the China Express. It was a dream come true. The food was fresh and delicious. The big bowls of noodle soup were tasty with their freshly made noodles and tender cuts of beef. And, I have been waiting all my life to try Peking Duck. Well, we ate duck, too. Dumplings and almond cookies, along with endless pots of tea, made us very fat and happy. We are planning on going back soon.
I hope that when you are in a big city, especially one that has a Chinatown, you will look for a La Mian Noodle Chef. In that way, you will finally understand what we have here in our treasured China Express.
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Tags: Chinatown, homemade noodles, La Main, National Gallery of Art, restaurant, traditional foods
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