Pro-tip for altar / household decoration: Get a couple of seasonal silk flower stalks for each holiday that you celebrate. Or, if you’d prefer, you can get decorations for each of the four seasons. You can even overlap the decorations for holidays or seasons with similar foliage. If you have trouble deciding what to use, you can check the herbal or floral correspondences for each holiday, or use things that are common in your area at that particular time of year. Your local craft store may also have seasonal selections to help you get started.
Lughnasadh - Sun colors, sunflowers, wheat or barley stalks, hollyhocks, myrtle blossoms (any color)
Mabon - Fall colors, apples, autumn leaves, corn, oak leaves with acorns, gourds, rowan berries
Samhain - Pumpkins, apples (again), autumn leaves (again), cinnamon besom or broom, Halloween garlands
Yule - Evergreen boughs, poinsettias, holly leaves and berries, mistletoe (white berries, not red!), pine cones
You can arrange the stalks in a vase, or hang them from the wall with pushpins. (It’s easier than you think!) You can mix and match by color, and the silk flowers can be used year after year. Here are some of the altar garlands I’ve put up over my own altar.
“… how can I permit my disciples, Mahāmati, to eat food consisting of flesh and blood, which is gratifying to the unwise but is abhorred by the wise, which brings many evils and keeps away many merits; and which was not offered to the Rishis and is altogether unsuitable? Now, Mahāmati, the food I have permitted [my disciples to take] is gratifying to all wise people but is avoided by the unwise; it is productive of many merits, it keeps away many evils; and it has been prescribed by the ancient Rishis. It comprises rice, barley, wheat, kidney beans, beans, lentils, etc., clarified butter, oil, honey, molasses, treacle, sugar cane, coarse sugar, etc.; food prepared with these is proper food. Mahāmati, there may be some irrational people in the future who will discriminate and establish new rules of moral discipline, and who, under the influence of the habit-energy belonging to the carnivorous races, will greedily desire the taste [of meat]: it is not for these people that the above food is prescribed. Mahāmati, this is the food I urge for the Bodhisattva-Mahāsattvas who have made offerings to the previous Buddhas, who have planted roots of goodness, who are possessed of faith, devoid of discrimination, who are all men and women belonging to the Śākya family, who are sons and daughters of good family, who have no attachment to body, life, and property, who do not covet delicacies, are not at all greedy, who being compassionate desire to embrace all living beings as their own person, and who regard all beings with affection as if they were an only child.” - Gautama Buddha, Lankavatara Sutra, translated by D. T. Suzuki (1932), Chapter Eight: On Meat-eating.
Saltwater Brewery created an answer to floating plastic six pack rings harming the ocean environment and its creatures. Their rings are edible and made from wheat and barley leftover from the beer making process. It’s a great way for the brewery to cut back on waste product and provides a snack for fish and other sea dwelling animals. If more companies recycled like this maybe we could cut down on the amount of garbage polluting our waters daily.
Yes yes yes! What a wonderful idea! A 100% biodegradable six-pack ring, plastic-free and made of barley and wheat leftover from the brewing process.
We need every beer company to support and switch to these edible six pack rings! In the meantime and if you must purchase a six-pack with plastic rings, don’t forget to cut it up before you throw it out, That way, if it accidentally ends up in the water, no animals will get entangled in the rings.
Syrian war spurs first withdrawal from doomsday Arctic seed vault
Well, this is not only a fascinating piece of infrastructure, but also a scifi trope merging into real life.
Syria’s civil war has prompted the first withdrawal of seeds from a “doomsday” vault built in an Arctic mountainside to safeguard global food supplies, officials said on Monday.
The seeds, including samples of wheat, barley and grasses suited to dry regions, have been requested by researchers elsewhere in the Middle East to replace seeds in a gene bank near the Syrian city of Aleppo that has been damaged by the war.
Congratulations on getting a job and graduating! And congrats on deciding to try veg again!
Here’s my very unofficial guide to cheap veg living :)
1. One of the biggest keys I think is buying in bulk. Bulk beans, rice, and wheat berries (or barley/farro/etc) are great bases for a lot of delicious not-boring meals. (Especially ones you can make in bulk and store for later meals like wheat salad or stir fry)
2. Good, inexpensive, and healthy protein options are whole grains, eggs, beans, and tofu. I especially like garbanzo beans (chickpeas). Learning to cook good-tasting tofu takes practice, but can be done. I basically just cut it into cubes and fry it in oil until it’s golden-brown. You can also marinade it like you would meat before you do this!
3. If you can, shop from Asian and Hispanic markets. They are usually half (or less) the price of your average grocery store and have tons of delicious spices, sauces, and veggies. The Asian place I shop at has everything from Chinese and Korean food to Indian and Thai food, plus really cheap humane eggs that come from the owner’s backyard-roaming chickens.
4. Eat seasonal produce as much as you can. This is where people feel like vegetarian/vegan diets get expensive, but they don’t have to be. Avoid getting spring/summer fruits in the dead of winter, and stick with dark leafy greens, winter gourds/squashes, and tomatoes while it’s still cold.
5. When you do shop at a regular grocery store, always buy the store brand over the name brand. There’s usually no difference and it’ll save you so much. Also, if you have one, Aldi’s is a magical wonderful grocery store full of cheap produce/other necessities.
Try and make sure any pastas you buy are whole grain, as they have a good deal of your daily protein needs. We also have a smoothie aficionado in the apartment, and he uses either peanut butter or protein powder to give it that extra kick. If you like bananas, there’s not much better than a peanut butter banana smoothie with some chocolate syrup/ hot chocolate packs in it. It’s healthy and tastes like dessert. Regular nuts have good protein in them too but can get pretty expensive, so I just keep peanut butter around. Nutritional yeast is also pretty fantastic. A little goes a long way and it’s packed with protein, iron, and other nutrients. Tastes cheesy.
All in all our monthly grocery bill for 2 people looks like this:
$1-2 for bulk rice ($9 20lb bag from Walmart that lasts several months for 2 people)
$3-5 for beans
$25 for supplies from the Asian market (2 lb rice noodles, 3 packs tofu, fresh produce, sauces, Indian curry, tea, egg rolls, miso)
$10-15 for cheese
$2 wheat berries. I order these online. You can get $1/lb on Amazon or most other sites. It lasts forever.
$15 on whole wheat pasta (you can get this in bulk too, making it even cheaper)
$12-15 on eggs and almond milk
$25 on other produce/misc
I do spend more on the eggs and milk since they’re backyard eggs and almond milk, so if you’re really strapped for cash that would bring it down probably an extra $5-$10 a month.
Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions about this set-up/anything else. And best of luck!
Eva Ekeblad (1724-1786) was a Swedish noblewoman who gained a reputation as an influential scientist and agronomist. She was the first female member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences, to which she gained admission in 1748.
Her most important discoveries were how to make flour and alcohol out of potatoes, which had a massive influence on the reduction of famine in the country; thanks to her work, the potato became a staple food, nourishing and accessible to all social classes. The possibility of producing alcohol from potatoes also meant that more wheat, barley, and rye could be used to make bread, therefore feeding many more people than before.
Mosaics adorned public spaces across the Roman Empire, but the majority are
found in private villas. The extremely time-consuming and, therefore,
expensive aspect of installing this art form meant that great attention
was paid to creating attractive designs, appropriate both to the owner
and to the setting. Along with mythological subjects and scenes from
everyday life, the depiction of abstract elements important in Roman
society was popular, for example, fertility, abundance, power, and
The choice of the Four Seasons alludes to good fortune, plentiful
harvests, and prosperity, and to the cyclical nature of time, and was
particularly relevant in this agricultural society that depended on the
cultivation of wheat, barley, wine and olive oil. The personification of
the Four Seasons - Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter - belongs to a
rich iconographical tradition, stemming from as early as the fourth
century BC. By the Late Roman Period, they were most frequently imagined
as isolated busts of young women, each distinguishable by different
attributes, usually different elements of agricultural produce. The
richly coloured, exuberant flora in this composition point to an
association with Autumn.
things i am irrationally obsessed with: ronan and his history with music. ten years of learning music. iRISH MUSIC COMPETITIONS. literal handfuls of tin whistles at the barns. that frustration dream stool that just plays the wheat in the barley really fast. RONAN BEING ABLE TO WHISTLE A REEL OVER AND OVER AT THE SAME PACE. what “obscure irish music instrument” did he play??? were the competitions individual or were the lynches like a really irish family von trapp? (i mean hc that niall did insist they play together at least at home and also niall was a really good fiddle player because of all the devil associations with him).
ronan obviously loves the music for sentimental reasons at the very least; i love the detail of him rationing out the music from his old life because there’s so much emotion and memory attached to it and he’s afraid of losing that. did he love it that much before niall died, because it was a part of niall and the family as a whole? also, did niall teach them, or did they have hired teachers due to niall’s constant absences? (did niall come home and make them play for him and critique what the teacher was doing with them? did the boys seek his approval in this? was ronan coming along best in niall’s view? did declan resent the lessons or try his hardest? and regarding the headcanon i mentioned earlier, did niall ever have any of them learn to play fiddle or was that his?)
another important thing: DOES RONAN SING WELL? was ronan ever in the church choir as a child? does gansey ever catch ronan, late at night, absently singing to chainsaw a song his father sang to him? i just have so many feelings about how the music we grow up with shapes our lives and for ronan, son of the charming musician who obviously found it important that his family be as involved in this music of his heritage as he was, it must occupy a huge piece of his heart.
is the only thing my fingers deserve to grow I care not for the velvet rose and brushed sunflower nor hardened wheat or ripened barley I would cover the land with your sacred bloom of death Just for a memory of you.
So this is going to be my last painting for a while - I’m slowly planning out a short fancomic(??? I’m not sure how to categorize it exactly) based off Receiver of Many, and this piece is part of that comic that I’m going to undertake. (And if this is any indication of how slow I work, I’ll probably finish this comic in like, 6 years. Sigh)
I think if you asked most children to “Draw a Farmer,” you would by-and-large get the same result.
It’s odd, because globally, women are about half of the formal agricultural workforce, and we produce (and cook!) the majority of the world’s food.
I remember my grandmother had a vegetable garden that was about half an acre large. She produced, canned, and prepared the vegetables the family actually ate, whereas my grandfather farmed barley and wheat and took care of the animals. They were both doing intensive agricultural labour, but the difference is he had the chance and to earn money for his work. It’s more than a mere division of labour: it’s a division of capital and freedom that squarely favoured my grandfather. He was “the farmer,” and she was “the farmer’s wife.”
That historical barrier between informal and formal work–and the perceptions of the relative value of both–is a huge part of why women are lagging far behind in factors like property and equipment ownership.
To those interested in Buddhism but are not sure where to start may I suggest the following: First read my two short introductory pieces Getting Started with Buddhism andGetting Started with Meditation. Then invest two hours in watching the brilliant documentary with Buddhist Richard Gere “The Buddha”. This will give you a solid beginners background. From there try reading one or more of these books: