Recently someone made comment about my adopting a life of minimalism, my desire to be “off-the-grid,” and the apparent dichotomy of keeping an internet connection.
As I think back over my life I can only I remember one time in my life when I was scared in a public bathroom.
Continue reading The Great Bathroom Debate
Let me give you a few quotes from the Declaration of Independence.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,
This speech was delivered by General Washington to his troops
just before the battle of Long Island, August 26, 1776.*
“The time is now near at hand, which must probably determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them. Continue reading George Washington Predicts 2016 Election
I sincerely have doubts about the great American political divide of conservative vs. liberal. I don’t think that is much of a divide. Let me cite but a few examples why I don’t see much of a divide. Continue reading It’s authoritarianism v the Constitution not liberal v conservative
A person on Facebook recently asked the question:
How would you sway Christian constitutionalists [to the Libertarian] party with such liberal social stances?
For my part (and only my part) I hold to what some may consider a fringe form of Christianity I feel that the best protection that I can get is for everybody to have equal protections. Continue reading No Problem being a Christian and a Libertarian
I have a friend.
While that is not that big of a deal for most people, those that know me know that I have a hard time meeting people in the first place and that I have a tough time maintaining the friendship because of my introversion. Dealing with people is an exhausting experience for me. It is a very hard thing for me to do. Continue reading My Valued Friend
So the other day for the first time in years I had some graham crackers. Biting into the first one and savouring the sweetness of it brought back memories of my childhood when I used to carry a lunch pail to school. My mom always packed a couple of graham crackers in my lunch along with an apple, a sandwich, and that nasty little brick of raisins. I tolerated the apple, detested the sandwich, threw the raisin brick at other kids, but I always like the graham crackers. I am not sure why I quit eating them as I grew older.
Curiosity led me to the wikipedia article about graham crackers. Where did they come from? How were they made? etc etc. I was wondering if such a simple food could be made at home.
According to the article a Reverend Graham invented the graham cracker in 1829 as part of his “bland” diet. The Reverend Graham believed that a proper diet could suppress “carnal urges” in people. Other people believed this as well. John Kellogg, the creator of corn flakes, being one.
Original graham crackers did not have much sweetener in them and were made with a high protein flour. Modern crackers are made with bleached flour, something Reverend Graham did not approve of, and lots of refined sugar and honey.
I never did find out if graham crackers could be made at home. I was too busy snacking on them to be bothered with more research.
The picture above was lifted from wikicommons and is listed as being in the public domain.
For quite some time now I have had a growing disgust with the internet of today. I have always gotten cynical and jaded at the nonsense that floats around “social” media during election and I get really tired of seeing people trying to convert me to some religious cause or another but this angst has become something more than my cynicism.