Adventures in “Transition” Foods

A timeline…

  • 1994 – People think I’m a vegetarian because they never see me eat meat. That’s just because I wasn’t really big on processed meat. You could sure find me eating steak or chicken now and then at home.
  • 1995 – “Mom, you don’t cook with love. What’s this food out of a box? Only cereal should come in boxes.”
  • 2003 – Started getting free range eggs and quit eating chicken due to the fish-like smell of factory chicken. Tried organic jam and thought it was the slam.
  • 2006 – Starting cutting out HFC, as much a possible. I have yet to find an acceptable substitute for chocolate syrup. I tried one sweetened with cane juice, and it didn’t have the right texture.
  • 2007 – Tried to get organic as much as I could afford to. Organic milk started to have a noticeably better taste. Began eating smooties for breakfast almost everyday.
  • 2008 – Was too poor for fruit smoothies. Had to switch to banana and peanut butter.
  • 2009 – Got really big on the “grow your own”, farmers’ markets, and CSAs. Moved to California. Experienced phenomenal improvement in health. Weened myself off of all prescription medication. Discover Lara bars. Who knew I could eat dates?
  • 2010 – Brief stint in Kentucky. Health seemed to deteriorate. More determined than ever to only eat whole, organic foods I prepared myself. Return to California and vow to never go back east of the Mississippi, well, maybe to visit, maybe.
  • 2011 – Join CSA. Save bundles on food. Acne clears up, mostly. Discover almond milk as a way yummier non-GMO alternative to soy milk. Zakary’s raw February inspires me.

Okay, so I finally finally got a juicer. I think I wanted one before Zakary did his raw food adventure, but I thought, “It’s too expensive… It’s too messy… I’m too lazy….” But after joining the CSA I just had loads and loads of produce, especially apples and carrots. I’ve only juiced 4 days so far, but I think I’m like addicted.

So then Zakary posts this video one of his friends made and I am like, “Damn! I need a dehydrator!” I wanted to make a solar one for the balcony, but I am waiting to get the book from the library. No sense buying it. I’m still poor…. still need clothes and cavities filled, so….

Now I just got a Ronco 1993 model 187-04 dehydrator.

But okay, the vegan carrot cookies were good. Soup I tried to make with the carrot, celery, broccoli pulp, eh…. Using the apple and plum pulp in my smoothie as a banana substitute gets a thumbs up.

Jeremy likes juicing too, and we want to get a higher end one so we can juice leaves.

I also got a food chopper. I was misinformed that it was a processor, so I dunno, I like my knife for chopping and mincing. But you can’t make Lara bars or crackers that way, which is why I wanted one, because you also can’t do that in a blender.

So the rest of my little soul family has been on my mind so much the past couple of days. I am thinking about picking up the phone and calling them both. Even though I haven’t in  over two years. Even though I feel stupid because I know they love me and I don’t want to be a distraction to them, or sidetrack myself. But I miss them so much and I feel so compelled to remind them in the “real world” how much I love them. I feel like I need some kind of affirmation or approval. I mean, really this morning, it’s like every single memory I ever had of Emily flooded me. If I am feeling so fragile and raked over the coals right now, how must she feel? Because I feel she embodies a lot more feminine energy than I do.

Or just, like a year ago, I remember how much I wanted this unity consciousness, but now I feel like I am in a tumbler. I feel like I am feeling their feelings and I know they are feeling mine and there is no privacy and I feel so very very uncomfortable around other people. When I am transparent, I feel misunderstood or at least only partially understood by other people and then, on top of that I feel like they’re not ready to be transparent to the people I interact with here.

Two years ago “transmutation” was the buzz word, but now I feel like I am above that frequency, or beyond it, not above. I mostly exist in another world. Time has become almost completely meaningless this week. I would not be surprised at all if next week I just end up walking in the forest and end up finally getting home. What will that look like to 3-D?

Jeremy transmutates and translates for me in the real world and I am lucky enough to work with high vibrational people, so that if I focus really, really hard, we can communicate and work as a team.

Also, even though I never had much control over what was going to happen, I had a pretty good idea of what was happening and what was going to happen. With this dissolution of time, I have much more control (hello juicer, dehydrator, and chopper!) but absolutely no freaking clue when or how anything will manifest. Guess I don’t know myself as well as I should, and maybe this is my need to talk to Adam and Emily is because they know me, strange as that may seem.

I almost made a much longer loop today and was thinking about Mt. Shasta and McCloud (and Etna and Eureka and Willow Creek) because I want to talk to Zak too. I just want some face time with someone who gets it and gets me.  I left Weaverville (bonus medicinal plant workshop with Ted Dawson this afternoon) with the intention of letting Spirit guide my adventure. I ended up taking some crazy county route dirt road to French Gulch. I love how I can disappear into the forest with less than an hours’ drive. I can be completely alone in nature, with break-taking vistas before me. It’s so awesome! It’s the vastness and solitude that amazes me.

Hang on for night 4. I seem to be doing better during the “nights” of Carl Calleman’s 9th wave Mayan calendar. It’s like so far the days have just blasted me and then during the nights I can process it a little, maybe. Pretty much, I think I lost my mind some time ago.

So… now I’m back to the mattress manifestation (and single family home and kitties and garden and living in Dunsmuir).

(I may be back to edit this later. I’m not sure if it makes any sense.)

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My Fucking Rant

Some of you may know that I grew up in southeastern Wisconsin. State representatives that have been brainwashed by corporate interests are doing their damnedest to remove the collective bargaining rights of public labor unions. I could cite hundreds of examples of why this is unjust, and how I’m sure they will get their way tomorrow at the expense of the people, but I’m fucking sick of it.

I am fucking pissed as hell that I have to spend huge amounts of time and resources fighting brain-washed morons.

I am pissed that I have to go on a fucking forensic foray to ensure I’m not consuming toxic sludge.

Now, I’m seriously considering the reality of chem trails. Remember me complaining all summer of how it was never clear in Dusnmuir and where were all the clouds coming from? Maybe I didn’t blog about it. I also took a soil PH reading at Shasta College Saturday. I have no idea how accurate the PH meter was or what the PH of the soil I was testing was supposed to be, but I got consistent readings of between 6.9 and 7.1. I wasn’t expecting neutral soil. I was expecting 5.5 to 6.5. I also noticed these contrail things crisscrossing the sky on my drive back from Mt. Shasta last Sunday, after which we got about a week’s worth of much welcomed precipitation and a return to a winter weather pattern. I’m pretty sure this was due to a high pressure ridge breaking up and not any cloud seeding, but how could I even begin to link correlations with causation? I’m just saying, clouds all summer long, for this part of North America is not right, I’m fairly certain about that. But really, after all that time studying meteorology, I’m thinking there has to be some better explanation for the soil PH and hazy days.

They used to come by and test our well like every freaking month. I would think if our well water, for which the source was Mt. Shasta had aluminum levels that were 60,000 times above the accepted level, I would have known. Also, I somewhere had test results from drinking water analysis in Dunsmuir from 2009. Seemed fine to me. Of course, I’m no hydrologist. I remember blogging about the threat to drinking water posed by the superfund site at Iron Mountain. There was an article in the San Fransisco paper about it, and then I went off on some rant about how we should be researching bacteria that eat sulfur or something.

Here’s the Skeptic’s dictionary post for chem trails. Of course, this site also attempts to debunk chiropractic care, which I consider to be a contributing factor to greatly reducing the frequency of my migraines, the severity of my once chronic back pain, and have greatly reduced the frequency with which I become ill. In my world, personal experience trumps science, and puts the burden of proof on you, the skeptic. I’ve never known anyone to think chiropractic care was quackery (except health insurance not covering your care) or causing them harm, and for most people, it really seems to relieve chronic back pain quickly. For me, spending the money was way better than finding the time to do two or more hours of yoga a day and way better than any alternatives offered by western medicine. Here’s a better chem trail debunkment. I think it’s a lot more palusible that climate change is responsible for the weird clouds and feathering qualities of contrails. Now I am going to have to go “prove” for myself that chiropratic is legit.

Then I found this. Fuck! I keep sighing deeply. Jeremy told me to go jogging. I have not jogged since I injured my knee in 2003. So like now we have to own greenhouses AND make our own soil to grow food!?! Fuck this motherfucking shit for real!

However, I am 100% convinced that the biggest bang we can get for our buck is sustainable, small-scale, local, organic agriculture. The evidence is overwhelming, and this is where I am going to be focusing my energy and resources. I think it is the most important set of solutions we can currently offer to combat the control of corporations. I hope you will join my efforts. Watch this if you have the time, please.

My wonderful, amazing, and inspiring star brother Zakary has created his own YouTube channel that I encourage you to check out. His decision to do a raw food diet for the month of February has inspired me to start looking for a CSA to join and a juicer to manifest. I’ve been struggling with really bad acne since August and decided to return to a heavily fruit-based diet which includes daily fruit smoothies. I’ve also started actually eating vegetables. I ate a lot of salads on my days off this summer. I used to find that when I was hiking several miles a day, I needed more calorie-dense foods as I was dropping weight quite quickly, but now that I am walking less than 20 miles a week, I am finding that I can eat the volume of vegetables and still meet my caloric needs. Then Zakary started sharing his raw food journey with the world, and I was like, “Those red and green juices look so yummy! I think I can add more fruits and vegetables to my diet, especially if I can get a juicer.” Right, so after Anna had a food processor in Golden Pond, I’d wanted to get one to start making homemade Lara bars for work. That hasn’t happened yet, but we made the first steps toward getting a juicer and joining a CSA today. As always, I find communication with the folk here in Nor’Cal to be frustratingly slow and difficult, but I know it will all work out eventually.

I still believe in science and its misappropriation fucking pisses me off!

It’s not republicans, or conservatives, or Scott Walker, or Sarah Palin, or anyone that we can fault and use as a scapegoat to erase our own guilt. We are collectively responsible for the nearly complete lack of social justice and the fucking environmental mess we are currently in. We have committed genocide. We have dumped fucking toxins onto our soils, into our waters. We are killing people, plants, and animals alike left and right. We ignore all of this. We argue in some fucking retarded two party system in which we blame the democrats or the republicans, or some “other”. NO! WE ARE ALL AT FAULT! It’s time to own up and start coming up with solutions. There is no one solution. There is no one entity responsible. There is no one coming to rescue us. It’s time to have some motherfucking integrity. We need to quit our bickering, and roll-up our motherfucking sleeves and get to work.

Those of us that are successful in improving things in any small way, need to break it down so that those that are sleeping or possessed can see how simple it actually is to do what needs doing. I’m working on that.

My readership is so low, that I don’t consider taking the effort to put together anything comprehensive at this point, and besides, I’m sure much of my other posts would discount the veracity of my arguments to 99.99% of the United States population.

The budget-repair bill also allows for the sale “of state-owned heating/cooling/power plants without bids and without concern for the legally-defined public interest.

I can’t really tell you what happened to this MySpace profile, but I was dumb and didn’t change my email associated with the account, so when my password got changed, I was unable to log back into it. It’s set as a private profile now, but I was able to access it through the account of someone that is a friend of that profile. Here is the Iron Mountain rant from 14 JUN 2009 with a 20 JUN 2009 update for you below:

Toxic mining practices have polluted our riversheds….

So how do I get one of these jobs this winter? And why aren’t they doing habitat/ecosystem restoration? Are there any rivershed volunteer corps like for the KK in MKE or Pike River in K-town? If not, let’s start one! Any help digging up more information and getting the ball rolling would be greatly appreciated.

Nadeanna

Iron ions can be used as electron receptors, for one thing, and metallic iron as an electron donor, depending on the respiration scheme of a given bacterium (or other prokaryote). When iron gets ionized, it “goes” into forming iron compounds (e.g., sulfates) that can then dissociate in water, producing sulfuric acid.

The more metals present, the more prokaryote diversity you get and the more complicated the ecosystem becomes, making it progressively harder to figure out which organisms are doing what with the ions, so it can all get “mysterious” pretty quickly if you’re not already familiar with all the bugs involved.

We’ve probably catalogued less than 10% of all prokaryote diversity, and we don’t know anything about the metabolism of a good chunk of that.
~morisall~

A recent article in Science identified one cause of acidity as Archeabacteria. The measured pH is -3.8 (yes negative) or almost 10,000 molar. This raises the interior temperature to 70 °C…
~skruse~
MTBE is biodegradable to CO2 and water under aerobic conditions with the correct bacteria. However, the natural occurrence of these bacteria with the ability to break ether bonds is not high, and it appears that most strains of MTBE-oxidizing bacteria are slow-growing bacteria with low biomass production per unit MTBE oxidized. In the proper type of bioreactor, such as a fluidized bed bioreactor, MTBE can be rapidly and economically removed from water to undetectable levels.

~Wikipedia~

Damn it. You were right mom, I should have gone for that degree in biochemistry! What’s an archaeologist/naturalist/librarian/web designer/teacher/musician/archivist/audio visual technician to do? This is clearly the issue here. The bacterial sludge… How can they not even know what’s in there? So can we get some other bacteria in there to neutralize the process? Can we put the sludge through some of Viktor Schauberger’s inventions? I mean, I’m practically a genius, but bacterial sludge in heavy metals is a bit out of my ken.

Here’s the pro-mining side of the coin.

I tend to think the EPA doesn’t have a clue what they’re doing and that mining, given the information I have, seems like a good idea. However, taking care of the heavy metals that would still remain, and the toxic sludge is paramount. Humans are so stupid! Stop being partisan and let’s use science to make the best, most efficient use of these resources AND clean this shit up so that you all down the mountain can have safe drinking water and restore the habitat. The mining should have never been done in the first place, but what’s done is done. Now let’s use our heads, hearts and imagination to take care of the problem! Ok. But let’s fucking do something! You down? Holla! Mine. Clean up. Restore. Politics and religion? No! Science and economics? Duh!

20 JUN 2009
Umm. So. I wonder if systems theory and emergent phenomena theory can help to solve this problem. Are there any biochemistry professors around I could hook up with? Even any scientists that actually enjoy thinking off the clock?

I really feel like the watershed management water access rights is the direction my mission is headed in. But I feel like a tiny, feeble blinking light in an ocean full of turned-off, tuned-out, fed-up… People are much nicer here. Not as nice as in Missouri, but much kinder than in Milwaukee. But I feel like discussing anything beyond music or economics causes their eyes to glaze over. Don’t you see, this is economics. But we need responsible economics requiring science and mad engineering skills. I surely can’t save our water alone. Common’ people! Think, discuss, stimulate…