Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Gooseberry Patch Goodness

We who love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks are a happy lot. smile It’s hard not to want or need just one more. My weakness, usually, is the front cover. I do flip through to see if there are enough recipes that cater to what we like, but by and large, it is the cover that calls to me, they’re so beautifully illustrated. Or the title. Titles can do it too. Like Come on Over or Made from Scratch. Summer in the Country or Church Suppers. I think most of us would love the whole lot.

s&s Ridiculously, the one I have my eye on next is Sweet & Simple because I think it has such a pretty pink cover. wink

Did you know that you can peek inside quite a number of Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks on Google Books? Nothing beats holding the book in your hand, and the preview is limited, but this is a lovely opportunity to check out a book before you buy it.

Friday, July 16, 2010

I’ve had an epiphany.

I recently enjoyed a family reunion with my parents and all my siblings. It was the first time in years since I have gone away for the weekend without internet access. Honestly, the time went so fast and we were so busy, I hardly noticed, but it was a wonderful reprieve from news & politics, even though I love to keep my nose in both. It gave me a break and enabled me to step back. And it helped me to think a bit on how I want to approach things, how I am perceived by others, and how I perceive them, politically speaking.

I am a little overzealous concerning political matters. To know me in day-to-day life, you would probably not expect this. I am quiet, thoughtful, gentle in nature. But my sensibilities are very sensitive and easily offended by arrogance or injustice, both qualities we see a lot of these days. So I am quite easily offended by what is happening politically, and I find myself unable to keep from speaking out. My sensibilities are offended not only by this president’s policies, but also by the arrogance of his personality. Especially his penchant for lying.

Yet, I do know that my zealousness turns people off. Oddly, it doesn’t so much turn off the people who don’t agree with me, it’s the people who are complacent and consequently unaware who find my political passion tedious or tiresome. Regarding the epiphany, I realized I won’t change any minds. I’m not going to change the mind of a liberal, and if you are complacent, you will only look upon me as strident and avoid me.

It does little good for me to trumpet the failures of this administration. While it is staggering to see how much our country has changed in the last 18 months, it seems utterly useless to try to point out what is happening. Because liberals will not believe it anyway, and complacent people are too complacent to see it.

I believe it is more profitable to remind people how wonderful our country is, and why it is so wonderful. Better to educate ourselves anew with the richness of our American history, to know what the constitution says and what it means, to learn and teach our children the truth about the founders of this great nation, to remind them of the freedoms we have enjoyed these many years.

I think perhaps this is why people are complacent, why they don’t realize for themselves how dire the situation is or how quickly our freedoms are being taken away. I don’t want to think they don’t care. I have heard that the reason history repeats itself is because people forget. Perhaps more accurately, through the expunging and rewriting of history, they never knew important facts in the first place.

So, let’s learn! Let’s be wowed by how our country was founded. Let’s make sure we know our history. Let's be proud of our heritage.

Then, and only then I think, will the majority of us realize the importance of working, fighting, to safeguard our freedoms.