We are Waves

July 24, 2014

We are, all of us, waves in the ocean

Made of the stuff around us

Connected to the stuff around us

Brought to life by energy

Always in motion, never still

Having some measure of influence on our surroundings

As quickly as we are formed, we disappear

Some fade gently away

Others crash spectacularly

And we are immediately reabsorbed

wave

 

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Father-Son Cookbook

July 22, 2014

My very 2nd Daisybrain post, written in September, 2009, was Father-Son Cookbook. It was my first real post, since the one preceding it was just an announcement that I was starting this blog. It was a short post about how rude a publisher was when they rejected my father-son cookbook idea. Back then, the cookbook was just a loose compilation of letters, emails and recipes. But I am thrilled to my toes to announce that I have just completed putting the cookbook together. It’s now called, “Father-Son Cookbook: A 25 Year Correspondence.”

The book is a chronological collection of messages and recipes that my father and I sent back and forth to each other. And 25 years ago, when this all began, my father was about the age I am now.

The recipes are all original, and some are admittedly unusual. In celebration of the completion of this phase of the project, and in anticipation of having a smart publisher snatch this book up, I am presenting you with the very last recipe of the cookbook, and a staple at our house:

 

Veggie Dinner Wrap

  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • tortilla wraps
  • protein – we use fake chicken strips, but you could use tofu cubes….
  • cooking oil

Any combination of the following:

  • 1 yellow squash, sliced into medallions
  • 1 green pepper, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • about 1/3 head of broccoli
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced into medallions
  • 1/2 head cauliflower

Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup Vegenaise or other mayo-type dressing
  • 1/4 cup mustard
  1. Sauté whatever combination of vegetables you desire from the 2nd half of the ingredients list, along with the protein (fake chicken strips) and the onion and garlic. Stir frequently.
  2. While that’s cooking, mix up the sauce with a fork in a small bowl: Vegenaise (or other mayonnaise-type stuff) and mustard. Taste it. It should be super delicious. If not, add a little of one or other of the two ingredients until it’s just right.
  3. After about 7 or 8 minutes, when the onion is no longer raw, remove from heat and assemble the wraps: Lay out the a tortilla, place a couple heaping spoonfuls of the veggies in the middle, and drop a dollop of sauce on top. Roll it up like a burrito, i.e. fold the side closest to you over the middle, fold in the left & right sides in over that and then finish rolling it. Either that, or however you’re used to making or burrito. Or improvise. Who cares? It’s really delicious.

And now for something completely similar… another Daisybrain recipe!

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Wordly-Words

July 19, 2014

July & July 

Why is the month of July (Jü-l) pronounced differently that the given name, July (Jü-l)? The reason these two heterographs (words with different meanings and sounds that are spelled the same) confuse me is that they both come from Julius Ceasar. In fact, the given name comes from the month, just like the name “April” comes from a month. Back in Ceasar’s day, there wasn’t a letter  “j” available, so his name began with the common Latin combination of the letters and u. Although the letter j is said to have come about as an with an added flourish, it’s interesting that it looks like a combination of i and u. But none of that answers the question of why the name “July” is pronounced differently than the month “July”. The month of July was originally spelled “Julie,” but I don’t know if that was pronounced, at the time, the same as the name “Julie”.  This all points to a larger question: Why would anyone outside of my own brain care? Since I can’t think of an answer for that either, I’d best move on.

 

New words from Daisybrain

  • Entertrainment: Entertainment on, near, or about a train.
  • Computerus: The (future) uterus of a computer being.
  • Insectarian: Having to do with an insect religion.
  • Assinineteen: More assinine than assinine.
  • Wordeal: An ordeal of words, such as this Daisybrain post.
  • Catlas: A cat atlas.
  • Attilapia: A brutal military leader of the tilapia fish.
  • Vegetablet: A new edible (and healthy) tablet, from Apple

 

Edible Vowels…

When you take raw cocoa beans and cold press them, the vowels get all jumbled up, and you get cacao powder. But then, when you take the cacao and roast it, the vowels move back, and you get cocoa powder. Lets apply this creative spelling to other foods. Liquified apples will create eppla cider. When berries are blended into a smoothie, you will have a birrei smoothie. In this way, we can keep our language as confusing and nonsensical as possible. Now, if you will excuse me, I have to finish drinking my ceffoo.

More on the intersection of food and words:

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The Soul of a Fly

July 17, 2014

So there I was, walking my dog on a hot summer day, when a fly repeatedly approached me and landed on my hand. I had been practicing thoughts of universal love, which I sometimes do on my dog walks, so maybe the fly was attracted to my benevolent nature. That, or my dog and I were so tired and sweaty that we smelled like we might keel over dead at any moment and be good eating for a fly. In either case, I looked very carefully at this fly. It was quite beautiful, not your ordinary housefly. As I peered into the compound eyes of the little being, I began to ponder its soul, or spirit.

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I’m not one to believe that only humans are endowed with spirit energy. That viewpoint seems a bit species centric to me. I started to picture my spirit, and the fly’s spirit, both connected to the universal source of all life energy. I caught myself visualizing the little fly’s spirit as much smaller than mine. But then I thought, Do I have a larger spirit than the fly? Why would I? I have to assume that the spirit, or soul, of a small person is equal to that of a large person. Otherwise, I would have to come to grips with the idea that elephants and Blue Whales have spirits vastly larger than my own. Is there another reason that my spirit would be bigger? In some ways, I’m a lot smarter than the fly. But then again, that fly can fly. So, it’s smarter than me in at least that regard. Some people are a bit dismissive of the value of a fly’s life because they naturally live so briefly compared to humans. But I wasn’t about to measure the size of souls by how long beings live; that wouldn’t make any sense or be fair.

After all of this contemplation, the fly was still on my hand. Maybe it was thinking about the same things. I decided that, perhaps, the spirit is no so much a thing that fills our bodily containers as an energetic connection, a conduit to the life force of the universe, perhaps to God. In this sense, the spirit is what connects all life and may even be a pathway to total empathy with all living things.

I started looking around at the trees, the grass, the flowers and thinking about the microscopic organisms that fill the air and water. Maybe we are not just members of our own colonies of species, but parts of one living whole. After all, outside of the speculative connection of spirit, we are constantly exchanging matter and energy. Everything that makes up my body now made up the bodies of other living things before me. i am not even the same physical being that I was as a child. As far as I know, that fly might contain atoms that once resided in the cells of my body.

 

One thing I know is that the fly and I are made from the same batch of play-dough. We are all pieces of the Earth, flying, walking and thinking.

 —

Under this flower, lie Mysteries of Insects… revealed!

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More Headlines I’d Like to See:

July 15, 2014

Jesus Returns! And He’s Still Jewish

Investigative Report: This Article is False

Coup Leaders Realize What Elections Are For, Stop Coup

Shocking Truth: Air You Breath Came From Someone’s Ass

Fart Filtering Underwear Gains Popularity

All Life Sustaining Nutrients Found in Potato Chips

Major Illness Cured By Death

Your Feet Know What You’re Thinking

Leaders Agree To Dance-Off To Resolve Crisis

Entire Population Silent, Waits For Something Worth Saying

 

In the mood for more fake news? Click the flower for previous headlines I’d like to see:

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Pretend that Your Opinion Matters!

July 12, 2014

Click this link to take my new Survey!

 

SURVEY

After the mental anguish incurred by taking my survey, relax with some light reading on the true nature of God:

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Sh’ma

July 10, 2014

The central prayer in Judaism is the Shema, or Sh’ma. The Sh’ma proclaims the singular nature of God. It translates to: “Hear, o Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One.” The first word, and the name of the prayer, Sh’ma, means hear, or listen. In order to really listen, one must quiet oneself. It’s interesting, then, that “Sh’ma” starts with the sound of “Shhhhhh!”

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