do not buy your child a rabbit this easter season.
do not buy your child a rabbit this easter season.
do not buy your child a rabbit this easter season.
it’s not even easter yet, and i’ve already seen plenty of people posting up in parking lots with signs that say “bunnies for sale” and it makes me cringe.
80% of these easter bunnies are abandoned, and 95% of them don’t live to see their first birthday.
rabbits are a huge responsibility, not just some cute conversation piece you can keep locked up in a cage all day.
even if you do keep it in a cage most of the time, the cage needs to be 4 to 6 times as big as they are so they can stretch and stand up on their back feet. (source: house rabbit society) store bought cages generally are not suitable for rabbits even if they’re marketed as such.
rabbits require 3 to 4 hours (minimum) of playtime outside of their living space in an area big enough for them to binky and run around.
their litter boxes need to be cleaned at least every other day if not more often.
rabbits chew everything, from furniture to electric cords - be prepared to “bunny-proof” everything in your home.
they have a strict diet, and an extensive list of foods they can and cannot eat. [bunny safe fruits & veggies]
they are prey animals that do not like to be picked up 99.9% of the time - a small child will not understand this and may end up hurting the animal.
they are loving animals but may or may not like to cuddle or even sit next to you sometimes - you should never expect a rabbit to act like a cat or dog, even though some of them do.
they require annual vet visits, and should be spayed or neutered as soon as they are old enough to do so.
rabbits groom themselves and should never, EVER be bathed or submerged in water - this can cause an ailment called head tilt, hypothermia, shock, and even death.
a surprisingly little known fact, but rabbits aren’t rodents - if you don’t know this, maybe you shouldn’t be getting a rabbit in the first place.
please be responsible and don’t get your child a rabbit this easter season unless you’ve done your research and plan to take full responsibility in caring for this animal.
As a chef-in-training I love to use flowers in my cooking so why not witchcraft too! Flowers add a splash of colour, taste, and a little bit of whimsy. People have been using flowers in cooking all the way back to the Romans and ancient Greeks. Many cultures today still use them too; Indians use roses and Italians use artichoke flowers. The tastes also vary! Some add spice and others a sweetness.
Eating Flowers Safely
Eat flowers you know are definitely edible - if you’re uncertain look in a reference book.
Eat flowers you have grown your self or are consumption grade. Nurseries and florists commonly use pesticides on the flowers.
Do not use flowers you have found at a park or near the edge of a road as they may be contaminated by car pollution and pesticides.
Only eat the petals and remove the pistols and stamens before eating.
To keep the flowers fresh place them on a wet paper towel and keep them in the fridge for up to 10 days.
If your flowers wilt put in some ice water.
Flowers and Their Properties
Allium - Depends on which variety but means the same as the herb- All the flowers in the allium family (leeks, chives, garlic, garlic chives) are edible. Flavours go from leek to garlic. All parts of these plants are edible.
Angelica - Inspiration/protection - The colours of the flowers range from lavender all the way to a deep rose and have a licorice flavour.
Bachelor’s button - Love - Grassy flavour. Dont eat calyx as it is very bitter.
Basil - Success/banishing - Very similar in taste to the basil leaf but milder in taste.
Borage - Courage - flowers are a lovely blue colour and they taste like cucumber.
Calendula - Love/joy - They taste spicy and have a vibrant golden colour.
Carnations - depends on colour but usually healing - Petals taste sweet but the base is very bitter.
Chamomile - Peace - They have a sweet flavour much like the tea.
Chervil - Joy - The flowers are very delicate and have a slight anise flavour.
Chicory - Success - Slightly bitter and good for pickling.
Chrysanthemum - Relaxation - Come in a variety of colours and flavours which range from peppery to pungent. Use fresh.
Citrus - Depends which type of citrus but generally joy - Some of the flowers in the citrus family are edible (orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, kumquat). They have a sweet flavour and have a very strong taste.
Clove - Protection/Manifestation - They are sweet with a touch of licorice.
Dill - Protection - The lovely yellow flowers taste like the leaves.
English daisy - Luck - They are very bitter.
Fennel - Confidence/Protection - Beautiful yellow flowers with a licorice taste much like the herb.
Fuchsia - Love - They have a lovely tangy taste.
Gladiolus - Strength/Beauty - Quite bland actually.
Hibiscus - Beauty - Tastes like the tea with an interesting tart cranberry flavour.
Hollyhock - Ambition - Bland but are very pretty.
Impatiens - Motherly love - Dont have much flavour but are nice for decoration.
Jasmine - Romance - Have a nice sweet taste so they’re nice in sweet dishes.
Lavender - Relaxation - They are sweet and spicy and are great for both sweet and savoury dishes.
Lemon verbena - Beauty - The small white flowers taste like lemon.
Lilac - Beauty - They have a strong citrus flavour.
Mint - Protection - They taste minty.
Nasturtium - Victory - Very popular in cusine. They have a sweet, floral flavour and are also spicy.
Oregano - Protection - Same taste as the leaves but more subtle.
Pansy - Joy - Bland.
Radish - Protection - Very peppery.
Rose - Love - Very floral in taste which gets stronger the darker the flower is.
Rosemary - Memory - Milder rosemary taste.
Sage - Clearing - Taste similar to leaves.
Sunflower - Happiness - Dont really have a taste.
Violets - Happiness/Love - Floral taste.
As I am a baby witch all the correspondences might be wrong so please tell me if you would change anything.
I use flowers in salads, on cakes, in cakes, and I sometimes pickle them too so the options are endless!
So like it's pretty cool how humans figured out how to bake. Like we made edible chemistry, we like mixed all of theese reactions together to make a delicious cake. Imagine an alien seeing this for the first time.
Oh my goodness!! My first prompt! Thank you!
Hruk’ib didn’t understand why everyone was so concerned
about the humans. For the most part, they were polite and friendly, they
followed the orders of their superiors, and they didn’t hesitate when it came
to tossing protocol out the airlock in dire times. Hruk’ib respected them and
had known from Day One that these members of their crew were not just allies
So it was that when Hruk’ib smelled strange smells coming
from the food preparation bay, he wasn’t too upset; a couple of the humans -
Konani and Frederik - loved to work with food and did so regularly. Still,
curiosity drove him to enter the bay, and it was when he entered, the doors’
hydraulics hissing open and then closed, that he sensed the excess heat.
He froze where he stood, every instinct of his species
urging him to flee yet conflicting with the ingrained training of the fleet to
make sure his crewmates were safe and
away and not near fire! He couldn’t see it, there was no smoke, but he felt
it – hot enough to reduce flesh to nothing more than charred ashes.
“Oh, hey, Hruk’ib!”
Hruk’ib’s head snapped around to find the two humans
hovering around one of the many stovetops. In his peripherals, however (and it
was a miracle in the first place that he noticed at all), he spotted the most
unholy mess: white dust coating a prep table, glob-like splatters of what
looked like sticky excrement in bowls and dripping onto the tabletop, and at
least four or five of what looked like some kind of metal mesh trays on various
nearby counters. The trays bore small, round objects that appeared solid and
gave off a most enticing scent.
Then his eyes drifted back to the humans who stood
uncertainly. Konani had heavy, cloth gloves on her hands and held a long, thin
tray. Her brown eyes flicked from him to Frederik beside her and back again. “Um,
this batch has to cool but if you want a cookie, there are some fresh ones, uh,
everywhere.” She gestured with her elbow to the counters.
The humans were calm. Why were they calm in the face of
fire? They weren’t that stupid. They were determinedly foolhardy at times,
especially when ethanol was involved, but even humans got worried when fire
Hruk’ib forced himself to take a deep breath. The heat
rushed down his throat and into his lungs – no ash, no smoke, just heat. It
was a different heat, similar to when they passed too close to a star and the
very ship felt like an… an oven.
The oven was not designed to give off this much heat!
“What is it that you are doing?” he asked, trying to calm
Konani busied herself with the…cookies, leaving Frederik to
explain. “Ve are baking,” he said. “Ve asked Yensen to tveak ze oven settings
because zey vere too low for baking cookies.”
“We asked permission first,” Konani added. “Captain K’alo
said we could but only if we did it to one. We made a notice and everything so
other crew won’t accidentally set fire to their food.”
Frederik stepped out of the way and Hruk’ib spotted the
massive note tacked to the wall above the stove in question. The bright red
sign was impossible to miss and the white letters were clear in both Earth’s
English, as well as Hruk’ib’s native language of Jubri.
Hruk’ib nodded his head in the humans’ agreement signal. “Very
well. I was afraid you had set the room on fire. We usually do not encounter
this kind of heat outside of the engine cores,” he explained.
“Ah,” said Konani. “That makes sense.”
“Ve apologise for startling you, Hruk’ib,” Frederik added,
pressing his palms together.
Hruk’ib smiled at the human displaying the sign for formal apology
among his species. He lifted his left hand, palm turning inward and then upward
to accept it, and Frederik smiled in turn.
With her hands still full, Konani simply inclined her head
to him, also apologising.
“What is baking?” Hruk’ib asked.
“In a word, chemistry.” Shedding the gloves, Konani faced him fully, leaning against the counter. “It’s different from cooking because the ingredients in baking react to the heat and, if you get the recipe right, work together to create something else. It’s not like we’re roasting meat where we have to cook it to eat it safely. You can eat an unbaked cookie without much threat.”
“Alzough, zere are many people who zink you can get salmonella - zat is food poisoning - from eating ze dough because of ze raw eggs,” Frederik put in.
“Oh,” said Hruk’ib. “Then, you are conducting a chemical experiment.”
“In essence, yes. Want one?” Konani held a mesh tray out to him.
Now Hruk’ib drifted forward, purposefully ignoring the mess,
and bee-lined for the tantalising aroma wafting from these strange, dark-brown discs.
“They’re a friend’s recipe,” Konani explained. “She made
sure I had enough cocoa powder to last me ten solar cycles, though I’m not sure
I’ll use it all.”
Hruk’ib chuckled, sensing the humour, and picked up a
cookie. It was still warm between his appendages. It was solid yet somehow
soft, almost moist… He flicked his tongue out, sampling, and was rewarded with
a burst of flavour. He took a bite. Barely hard
on the outside, it was luxuriously soft on the inside. He had never eaten one
of these things in his entire life and yet something about eating it and the
smell of it reminded him of home, of blankets and coziness and something that
was better than camaraderie: family.
Science. This rapturous product was one of science. May the humans and their ingenuity never die out.
Hruk’ib licked his fingers before turning to the two humans
who watched him with mixed expressions of humour and curiosity. “May I have
another, please?” he asked.
Konani grinned while Frederik laughed.
“Of course!” she answered while Frederik continued to
chortle. “But it is a universally acknowledged truth that a glass of cold milk
always accompanies the eating of cookies.”
Hruk’ib took the glass Frederik gave him, interchangeably
eating and drinking. Milk and cookies, together: a universally acknowledged truth,
Hi people! Tonight i bring to you this little DIY for getting beautiful Mermaid Dust done!
💙Mermaid Dust correspondences are:
As is strongly related to water, is useful for emotions, relationships, healing, psychic abilities, exorcism and purification. It can be used for love, luck and protection too! Also, it works perfectly fine as an extra boost for any spell.
💙This is how you make it:
You’ll need sugar (love, luck, healing, purification), mint (exorcism, protection, healing), eggshell powder (protection) and glitter on the color of your choice (for making it more “personal” to you. I use turquoise.) and crystals of your choice (optional)
✨The amount of each thing i use is approximately the following, but you can use as much as you want and give it your own texture!
~2/4 Eggshell powder.
✨Then, put it all together and stir to mix it!
✨Once that you have something like this, put it on a jar or any type of container that you prefer, and use some crystals to charge it!
✨Here i’m using two pieces of aquamarine, one sodalite, two tourmaline, one pink quartz and one citrine.
✨Now, here comes something important. I leave it for a whole lunar cycle, from full moon ‘till the next one (or you can do it from the very start of the cycle, on new moon, ‘till the next new moon, choose based on your correspondences of which type of moon energy you want the dust to keep), on a closed wooden box with amethyst and clear quartz, so it can be properly charged. Another good idea is that, on a full moon night, you leave it outside surrounded by the gems you want it to be charged with.
✨At the end of the cycle, you can say a little chant of your choice when taking the dust out of the box or taking it inside home again or out of the windowsill… you understand my point lol.
💙Extra: As this is not safe to eat. If you want to make some eatable mermaid dust, i recommend using colored sugar (you can easily make it with white sugar and food colorant). Put it in some container, then put that inside your container with mermaid dust or surround your sugar container with a circle of mermaid dust (be careful not to mix it!) and leave it for a night, preferably on full moon. Next day you’ll have some dealicious mermaid sugar/dust for any healing spell, love spell, or any type you want to do!
You can make as much as you want of this, and is useful for almost everything! i really like it ♥
The culinary use of flowers dates back thousands of years to the
Chinese, Greeks and Romans. Many cultures use flowers in their traditional
cooking, medicine, and magick.
Adding flowers to your food can be a nice way to add color, flavor
and a little magickal whimsy. Some are spicy, and some herbaceous, while others
are floral and fragrant. The range is surprising. Flower petals can be
used in salads and as garnish for desserts, but they also inspire magickal
creative uses as well. Use them to make floral spirit water for rituals, as a
medicinal tea, or add to a healing spell or love potion…. the possibilities are endless.
TIPS FOR SAFE AND TASTY DINING:
Not all flowers are edible (those listed below are safe for consumption) - As lovely
as eating flowers can be, some can also be a little … deadly, so only
you know to be consumable — if you are uncertain, consult a reference book on
edible flowers and plants. (Always refer to the botanical name when verifying whether a flower is
safe to eat.)
because a flower is edible doesn’t mean it will taste good. Some will be more to
your liking than others – it’s all a matter of taste. Keep in mind that the
stamen, pistil and sepal of some blossoms are bitter and can contain pollen
that may detract from the true flavor of the flower. Consuming only the
petals will further heighten the appeal factor.
Eat flowers you have grown yourself, or know to be safe for
consumption. Flowers from the florist or nursery have probably been treated
with pesticides or other chemicals.
not eat roadside flowers or those picked in public parks. Both may have been treated with pesticide or
herbicide, and roadside flowers may be polluted by car exhaust.
only the petals, and remove pistils and
stamens before eating.
you suffer from allergies, introduce edible flowers gradually, as they may exacerbate allergies.
keep flowers fresh, place them on moist paper towels and refrigerate in an airtight
container. Some will last up to 10 days this way. Ice water can revitalize limp
All blossoms from the allium family (leeks,
chives, garlic, garlic chives) are edible and flavorful. Flavors run the gamut from delicate leek to
robust garlic. Every part of these plants is edible. Garlic is masculine in nature and associated with the planet Mars, the element fire and the sign Aries. It is sacred to Hecate and is a suitable offering to her left at a crossroads. Garlic has antibiotic properties, but should
not be used directly on wounds or in poultices or salves because it can be
irritating to the skin and may inhibit blood clotting.
Depending on the variety, flowers range from pale lavender-blue to deep rose
and have a licorice-like flavor. Believed to have
originated in Syria, angelica is now found just about everywhere. In ancient
times it was used to ward off the plague and evil and as a cure for poison and…
well, just about everything else.
Angelica is associated with the angels Michael and Gabriel.
It is aligned with the sun and the element of fire and sacred to Venus. Angelica tea is useful for colic, gas,
indigestion, hepatitis, heartburn, nausea, ulcers and various other digestive
3. Anise Hyssop
Both flowers and leaves have a subtle anise or licorice flavor. Anise
is one of the oldest known plants that were grown for both culinary and
medicinal use. Anise is associated with the element of air, the God Apollo, the planets Mercury and Jupiter, and the astrological sign Gemini. Anise is also considered masculine.
Blossoms come in a variety of colors, from white to pink to lavender; flavor is
similar to the leaves, but milder. The word Basil comes from the Greeks, meaning
“King”. Basil is sacred to Vishnu, Tulasi and Erzulie, masculine in nature, and
associated with the element of fire and the planet Mars.
Basil helps steady the mind, brings happiness, love, peace, and money
and protects against insanity.
5. Calendula / Marigold
A great flower for eating, calendula blossoms are peppery, tangy, and spicy —
and their vibrant golden color adds a dash of magick to any dish. The
ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all loved calendula and used it for
culinary and healing purposes. During the medieval period it was considered a
cure for just about everything. Marigold is associated
with the Sun. Calendula
symbolizes love and constancy. It is great for wedding bouquets and
decorations. It is the traditional “he loves me, he loves me not”
flower and is useful for love potions. Dried
petals can be strewn to consecrate an area or burned in consecration incense.
They are also a good addition to dream pillows.
Petals are sweet, once trimmed away from the base. The blossoms taste like
their sweet, perfumed aroma. In ancient Rome,
carnations were known as “Jove’s Flower” as a tribute to their beloved king of
the gods, Jupiter. Carnations are
masculine, associated with the Sun and Jupiter, and with the element fire. Those things that fall
under the rule of Jupiter are ideal for use in magickal applications related to
luck, money, good fortune, status, legal matters, fertility, friendship,
ambition, career, success and protection. The
flowers can be used to lend strength in healing applications. The practitioner
can also use carnation essential oils to increase health and vigor.
Small and daisy like, the flowers have a sweet flavor and are
often used in tea. Ragweed sufferers may be allergic to chamomile. The Romans used Chamomile for incense. Chamomile was used in ancient Egypt for
fevers and was dedicated to their Sun God Ra. Chamomile is associated with the sun, Leo and the element of water. It helps cleanse and invigorate
the throat chakra (5th). It is associated with
various Sun Gods, including Cernunnos,
Lugh and others. It is used
in spells for money, peace, love, tranquility and purification.
8. Chrysanthemum / Mum
A little bitter, mums come in a rainbow of colors and a range
of flavors range from peppery to pungent. Use only the petals. In Celtic folklore, chrysanthemums in the garden were considered a
meeting place for the faeries. Chrysanthemum
is masculine in nature and resonates with the
energy of the Sun and the element of fire. Chrysanthemum has been used
for burial rituals and is a suitable decoration for Samhain and for ancestral altars. The dried flower heads of
chrysanthemum can be burned during house blessings ceremonies.
The bright yellow
flowers should be gathered as soon as they open. Remove the green bits from the
base of the flower before using. These can be added to wines, vinegar or
jellies. The name dandelion comes from the French, “dent de lion” which
means “tooth of the lion”. The dandelion is
masculine in action and associated with the planet Jupiter, the element of air and both Pisces and Sagittarius.
It is also associated with any solar deity, Hecate, Brigid and Belenos. A tea of the flowers and leaves may be consumed to increase psychic ability, while pouring boiling water over a bowlful of roots
will aid in calling spirits. You can also make a
wish and blow the seeds off a dandelion head.
Sweet, spicy, and perfumed, the flowers are a great addition
to both savory and sweet dishes. Some of the earliest
recorded uses of lavender are by the Roman soldiers who used the wild-growing
plant to perfume their bathwater and wash their clothes. Lavender is
masculine in action and associated with Mercury. It is also associated with the element of air and the astrological sign Virgo. It may be used as an asperging herb (to sprinkle water for purification purposes) and dried lavender sticks or wands can be burnt
like incense. It is also useful in spells to sharpen the mind, to
encourage or strengthen pure love and to encourage fertility. The scent of lavender is
relaxing and uplifting all at once making it a great aromatherapy for stressed
out or depressed individuals. Try adding some lavender oil to your bath or add
it to mild oil for a relaxing massage at the end of a hard day. Stuffing a
pillow with lavender buds may help insomniacs relax and fall asleep and soothes
The flowers are a pretty, subtle version of the leaf. Oregano is ruled by Venus and the element of air and
associated with Aphrodite. It is
used in spells for happiness, tranquility, luck, health, protection and letting
go of a loved one. It can also be used in spells to deepen existing love. When
worn on the head during sleep, it is said to promote psychic dreams. Oregano symbolizes
joy. Use it for rituals celebrating joyful occasions, or in spells to bring joy
into one’s life.
Remove the white, bitter base and the remaining petals have a
strongly perfumed flavor perfect for floating in drinks or scattering across
desserts, and for a variety of jams. All roses are edible, with flavor more pronounced
in darker varieties. From the time of Solomon, the rose has been the
flower most closely linked with love. The rose was sacred to Venus, the Roman
goddess of love, and was connected to her messenger, Cupid. Roses have
been cultivated for over 5,000 years. Roses are associated with Aphrodite, Adonis and Eros.
Rosewater is a protective agent worn on clothes. Rose petals can be added to
charms against the evil eye.
Flowers taste like a milder version of the herb; nice used as
a garnish on dishes that incorporate rosemary. The word Rosmarinus is from the Latin meaning “dew of
the sea”. Rosemary is also associated
with Aphrodite and appears in many ancient images of
Her. Rosemary was used to ward off evil spirits and nightmares. The wood was
used to make musical instruments. Rosemary is male in nature and ruled by Leo, the element fire and
the sun (or Moon,
depending who you ask). It’s sacred to Hebe, Aphrodite and the Virgin Mary. Rosemary can be used in spells
for fidelity and remembrance as well as to dispel jealousy. Rosemary is useful
for ritual baths, and for making
sacred herbal water for ritual cleansing, blessing and purification. Bathing in
rosemary will enhance your memory.
Blossoms have a subtle flavor similar to the leaves. Sage is
a hardy perennial of the mint family. The
Romans regarded sage quite highly and much sacrifice and ceremony was
associated with its harvest. They believed it stimulated the brain and memory
and used it to clean their teeth. Sage is masculine in nature and associated the element of air and
the planet Jupiter. Sage is
sacred to the Greek Zeus and Roman Jupiter. It is also a symbol of the
Virgin Mary. Sage is used in
magical workings for immortality, longevity, wisdom, protection and the
granting of wishes. Sage is also believed to help alleviate sorrow of the death
of a loved one.
Petals can be eaten, and the bud can be steamed like an
artichoke. Sunflower is associated with the sun and
all solar deities. Its essence helps balance the first chakra and also helps
with confidence in leadership roles. Sunflower
oil can be used as carrier oil for healing oils used in massages and ointments.
Another famous edible flower, violets are floral, sweet and
beautiful as garnishes. Use the flowers in salads and to garnish desserts and
drinks. In Roman mythology, violets were said to be
lesser goddesses who once dared to rival the beauty of Aphrodite, goddess of
love and beauty. Violets are affiliated
with the planet Venus or Pluto and are associated with the nymphs of ancient Greek myths. Violets are also
associated with death and rebirth through the story of Attis.
Violets are useful in love spells and may be carried as an amulet to increase one’s luck in love. Try
combining them with lavender for an enhanced effect.
Sources: HerbalRiot, Cheralyndarcey, Witches of the Craft, Inspirationforthespirit,
Not fake news. Just the facts. A DAY IN THE LIFE OF JOE REPUBLICAN AMERICAN
Joe gets up at 6 a.m. and fills his coffeepot with water to prepare his morning coffee. The water is clean and good because some tree-hugging liberal fought for minimum water-quality standards. With his first swallow of coffee, he takes his daily medication. His medications are safe to take because some stupid commie liberal fought to insure their safety and that they work as advertised. All but $10 of his medications are paid for by his employer’s medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance - now Joe gets it too.
He prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs. Joe’s bacon is safe to eat because some girly-man liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry. In the morning shower, Joe reaches for his shampoo. His bottle is properly labeled with each ingredient and its amount in the total contents because some crybaby liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body and how much it contained.
Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath. The air he breathes is clean because some environmentalist wacko liberal fought for laws to stop industries from polluting our air. He walks to the subway station for his government-subsidized ride to work. It saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees because some fancy-pants liberal fought for affordable public transportation, which gives everyone the opportunity to be a contributor.
Joe begins his work day. He has a good job with excellent pay, medical benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some lazy liberal union members fought and died for these working standards. Joe’s employer pays these standards because Joe’s employer doesn’t want his employees to call the union.
If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed, he’ll get a worker compensation or unemployment check because some stupid liberal didn’t think he should lose his home because of his temporary misfortune.
It’s noontime and Joe needs to make a bank deposit so he can pay some bills. Joe’s deposit is federally insured by the FSLIC because some godless liberal wanted to protect Joe’s money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the Great Depression. Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae-underwritten mortgage and his below-market federal student loan because some elitist liberal decided that Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and earned more money over his lifetime.
Joe is home from work. He plans to visit his father this evening at his farm home in the country. He gets in his car for the drive. His car is among the safest in the world because some America-hating liberal fought for car safety standards. He arrives at his boyhood home. His was the third generation to live in the house financed by Farmers’ Home Administration because bankers didn’t want to make rural loans. The house didn’t have electricity until some big-government liberal stuck his nose where it didn’t belong and demanded rural electrification. He is happy to see his father, who is now retired. His father lives on Social Security and a union pension because some wine-drinking, cheese-eating liberal made sure he could take care of himself so Joe wouldn’t have to.
Joe gets back in his car for the ride home, and turns on a radio talk show. The radio host keeps saying that liberals are bad and conservatives are good. He doesn’t mention that the beloved Republicans have fought against every protection and benefit Joe enjoys throughout his day.
Joe agrees: “We don’t need those big-government liberals ruining our lives! After all, I’m a self-made man who believes everyone should take care of themselves, just like I have.”
Many gods will be perfectly pleased with easier, less high maintenance forms of devotion. The gods I worship are, for the most part, more focused on the intent behind the offering than the offering itself. This is especially good for disabled or mentally ill patrons who might not be able to do every sort of devotional act. Some low-energy devotional acts:
eating food associated with the god
giving some of that food to the god by placing it outside (make sure it’s safe for animals to eat too)
dressing in clothing that reflects the god
decorating with animals/figures representative of the god
reblogging/blogging pictures associated with their symbols
reblogging and reflecting on prayers/hymms
starting a devotional blog
‘inviting’ your god to do certain asks — like watch a show that makes you think of them
draw them pictures
write them songs, poems, or stories
read a passage from a book out loud to them
tell them good morning and good night
do simple research online, like looking up pictures of the god
I decided to try my hand at making my own riced cauliflower since I had a bunch at home, and it turned out so delicious I’m proud of myself!! I used part of my cauliflower head for my mashed cauliflower recipe, so this one yielded about 1 ½ cups. Green giant sells frozen riced cauliflower (which is so delicious), so if you do not have time to make your own, that is always an option. Theirs is only 10 calories per ½ cup and it contains slightly more protein, vitamin c, calcium and iron, but there is more sodium, and carbs to theirs. In general the differences are minimal.
1 cauliflower head
Separate cauliflower florets and chop off the stems
Place in blender or food processor and pulse/chop until you get a grainy, rice consistency
Transfer to pan to fry (I used a minimal amount of coconut oil, but you can use other kinds or butter)
Fry, stirring frequently, until soft and some of the cauliflower browns
Add optional seasoning (I prefer turmeric and a bit of sea salt)
Serve and enjoy!
Calories: 12 Total Fat: .25g Sat Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 7.7mg Potassium: 75.58mg Total Carbohydrates: 2.56g Fiber: .86g Sugar: .86g Protein: .86g Vitamin A: 0% Vitamin C: 40% Calcium: 1% Iron: 1%
For some time now, I’ve been considering the possibility that humans have some sense that the other intelligent species don’t.
I mean, just look at the species on Earth: insects can see UV, some reptiles can see infrared, some organisms have no sight at all, some can sense magnetism, etc. It’s not impossible that humans have one or more senses that an alien might not.
While this could apply to any number of senses, I’ve always thought it particularly interesting to contemplate the possibility of a species with no sense of smell.
Smell is something that’s so commonplace among a great number of the species of Earth that many of us overlook it, but it is so critical to how we experience the world. It helps us to remember places, people, and events. We use it to determine whether or not something is safe to eat. It helps us detect impending changes in weather. It tells us if there’s a fire or something giving off dangerous vapours nearby.
Now just imagine some alien species with absolutely no olfactory capability whatsoever. They look around at us inhaling very deliberately through these holes in the middle of our faces and reacting with pleasure, disgust, apprehension, confusion, etc. for no apparent reason. Shoving our faces into flowers, discarding food, acting concerned, reminiscing, doing all manner of things for reasons that are totally beyond their perception.