Vegetarian diet results in elevated risks of cancer

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New study finds vegetarians are not as healthy as we have been told. Sort of. I am kind of amused. I think what the study really tells us is that our preferred measures of ‘health’ are not as meangingful as we’ve been told. For instance:

A new study from the Medical University of Graz in Austria finds that vegetarians are more physically active, drink less alcohol and smoke less tobacco than those who consume meat in their diets. Vegetarians also have a higher socioeconomic status and a lower body mass index. But the vegetarian diet — characterized by a low consumption of saturated fats and cholesterol that includes increased intake of fruits, vegetables and whole-grain products — carries elevated risks of cancer, allergies and mental health disorders.
Vegetarians were twice as likely to have allergies, a 50 percent increase in heart attacks and a 50 percent increase in incidences of cancer.

Obviously, it’s not the be-all and end all of studies. Other possibilities:

making cottage cheeseDo vegetarians rely too much on soy processed faux foods?
Is it the lack of fat in their diets, especially good fats? That’s my suspicioun. I’d like to see a study comparing vegetarians and vegans who avoid butter and real, whole milk yogurts and cheeses (either because they are vegan, or because they are worried about fats) and those who make liberal use of those products.
Or is it that people who are already having allergy issues (and mental health issues?) are drawn to vegetarianism?

P.S. A friend passed on this article about 5 key nutrients only found in animal products.

Supplements just aren’t as well utilized by our bodies as the actual nutrients in their natural form.  I also don’t believe that our nutritional information and understanding is anything like complete and accurate.

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Headlines Here and There

politicians as kings

IRS chief: No ‘targeting’ of tea party groups, just ‘inappropriate criteria’, and the Washington Post actually looks into it and gives him 3 pinnochios.

Pelosi now says that ObamaCare was only a little bit partly about insuring the uninsured, and if, in fact, almost none of the uninsured are now insured, that has nothing to do with measuring the success of Obamacare.

Of course, making sure the uninsured were forced to purchase costly insurance or be penalized provided with health insurance was not the only stated reason for the PPACA, but it was a consistent and primary talking point pre and post-passage. Now that tens of billions, if not more, was spent on Ocare so far in order to provide 3.4% of the uninsured with “private” insurance, the talking points have to change.

A Koch brother speaks out:

Instead of encouraging free and open debate, collectivists strive to discredit and intimidate opponents. They engage in character assassination. (I should know, as the almost daily target of their attacks.) This is the approach that Arthur Schopenhauer described in the 19th century, that Saul Alinsky famously advocated in the 20th, and that so many despots have infamously practiced. Such tactics are the antithesis of what is required for a free society—and a telltale sign that the collectivists do not have good answers.

Rather than try to understand my vision for a free society or accurately report the facts about Koch Industries, our critics would have you believe we’re “un-American” and trying to “rig the system,” that we’re against “environmental protection” or eager to “end workplace safety standards.” These falsehoods remind me of the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s observation, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” Here are some facts about my philosophy and our company:

Click through to read the rest.

Also:  “What does @SenatorReid hate most about the Koch brothers? Their support for same-sex marriage or their support for pot legalization?”


Massive Voter Fraud discovered in North Carolina:35,750 voters with the same first and last name and DOB were registered in N.C. and another state and voted in both states in the 2012 general election.”

It’s also obviously a problem in these states, who have more registered voters than eligible adults in their states: 

Iowa and Colorado, typically battleground states in presidential and congressional campaigns, each have more registered voters than they have adults over the age of 18 living in the state, according to a conservative watchdog group’s analysis.

Poll worker Daniel Andrews shows Jessica Roberts how to use an electronic voting machine at Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke, Va., on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. (AP)

The same is true of Washington, D.C., which is set to hold a primary in its mayoral election next week.

Judicial Watch is threatening legal action against the two states and the nation’s capital if immediate steps aren’t taken to clear the voter rolls of dead voters, voters who have moved away or voters that that have become ineligible for other reasons.

If you don’t see why that’s a problem, you probably think your party benefits from it.

Ah, the elevated discourse of stinkburgers and meanwiches.

This administration, more than any other, loves to indulge itself, and cripple the public’s right to know, by  censoring or outright denying access to files under the Freedom of Information Act.

Remember when we were promised the most transparent administration ever, ever, ever? What a lie:

The “most transparent administration ever” is still a big, shining lie. The Associated Press analyzed the latest data in the federal government’s responses to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests in 2013 and found it censoring or denying access to more records than ever. From the Associated Press:

The government’s own figures from 99 federal agencies covering six years show that half way through its second term, the administration has made few meaningful improvements in the way it releases records despite its promises from Day 1 to become the most transparent administration in history.

In category after category — except for reducing numbers of old requests and a slight increase in how often it waived copying fees — the government’s efforts to be more open about its activities last year were their worst since President Barack Obama took office.

In a year of intense public interest over the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs, the government cited national security to withhold information a record 81,752 times.

Via Ben K’s collection of headlines at Ace (click through here to see the rest, I’d love to steal them all, but that would be wrong):

Also, the Army says the Ft, Hood shooter has no combat duty and no PTSD diagnosis, before anybody goes there, although he was on Ambien.  And in case you didn’t know, military bases are, and have been for decades, ‘gun-free zones.’

Report: EPA tested deadly pollutants on humans to push Obama admin’s agenda.

The agency conducted tests on people with health issues and the elderly, exposing them to high levels of potentially lethal pollutants, without disclosing the risks of cancer and death, according to a newly released government report.

These experiments exposed people, including those with asthma and heart problems, to dangerously high levels of toxic pollutants, including diesel fumes, reads a EPA inspector general report obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. The EPA also exposed people with health issues to levels of pollutants up to 50 times greater than the agency says is safe for humans. . . .

According to the IG’s report, “only one of five studies’ consent forms provided the subject with information on the upper range of the pollutant” they would be exposed to, but even more alarming is that only “two of five alerted study subjects to the risk of death for older individuals with cardiovascular disease.”

Three of the studies exposed people to high levels of PM and two of the studies exposed people to high levels of diesel exhaust and ozone. Diesel exhaust contains 40 toxic air contaminants, including 19 that are known carcinogens.

Furthermore: EPA Conducted Pollution Experiments On Children.

We need more protection from our own government than we do from corporations.  We can protect ourselves from corporations.  No citizen can protect himself from Big Government.

What if politicians think secrecy matters more than the Constitution?

NSA Surveillance and the Dangers of Power

The fact that Obama trusted himself with the NSA’s surveillance powers is ample reason the rest of us shouldn’t.

Forget April Fool’s Day- these seven politicians make fools of all of us every day of the year.

Analysis: ‘Why the IPCC Report Neglects the Benefits of Global Warming — It needs catastrophe scenarios’ – IPCC’s ‘negligence amounts to downright dishonesty’

  • ‘Of the 71 authors of the summary, only three are economists; of these, one did not engage in work on the summary for the last two years; and one, Richard Tol, insisted his name be removed from the summary because it is, as he put it, too alarmist and it makes silly claims.’

And yet parts of it show some welcome restraint:

Nigel Lawson was right after all. Ever since the Centre for Policy Studies lecture in 2006 that launched the former chancellor on his late career as a critic of global warming policy, Lord Lawson has been stressing the need to adapt to climate change, rather than throw public money at futile attempts to prevent it. Until now, the official line has been largely to ignore adaptation and focus instead on ‘mitigation’ — the misleading term for preventing carbon dioxide emissions.

That has now changed. The received wisdom on global warming, published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, was updated this week. The newspapers were, as always, full of stories about scientists being even more certain of environmental Armageddon. But the document itself revealed a far more striking story: it emphasised, again and again, the need to adapt to climate change. Even in the main text of the press release that accompanied the report, the word ‘adaptation’ occurred ten times, the word ‘mitigation’ not at all.


Other parts are written by people with a clear conflict of interest:

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, the marine biologist who led the IPCC’s Oceanchapter, is a full-blown environmental activist. He recently wrote a politicized foreword to a WWF brochure, and has a long history of employment with both the WWF and Greenpeace.

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No, Charlotte Mason didn’t expect every parent to design her own curriculum

“We rarely use text-books in the Parents’ Union School but confine ourselves as far as possible to works with the imaginative grasp, the touch of originality, which distinguish a book from a text-book. Perhaps we should apologise for ourselves as purveyors not precisely of books but of lists of books. Every headmaster or mistress is able to draw up such lists, but think of the labour of keeping some 170 books in circulation with a number of changes every term! Here is our excuse for offering our services to much-occupied teachers. There has been talk from time to time about interfering with the liberty of teachers to choose their own books, but one might as well contend for everyman’s liberty to make his own boots! It is one of those questions of the division of labour which belong to our civilisation; and if the question of liberty be raised at all, why should we not go further and let the children choose their books? But we know very well that the liberty we worship is an elusive goddess and that we do not find it convenient to do all those things we are at liberty to do.”  Volume 6, page 272

Or, as you can read in this great post at Afterthoughts:

I have noticed a theme in the advice being given out by some of the CM authorities out there. The idea in these circles seems to be that using a curriculum is good fornewbies, but at some point, when you getreally mature, you’ll be ready to design your own curriculum.

Sometimes, you’ll even be ready to design your own curriculum…with the help of people who get paid for assisting you!

Lucky you!

{And that’s all I’ll say about that, except that “follow the money” is always a good piece of advice, even when you’re homeschooling.}


As I was saying.

Even if someone isn’t trying to make a buck off of you, they might try and tell you that a real Charlotte Mason homeschooler selects her own books.

Here’s the problem I have with this:


What is the problem she notes?   Click through the link to see.

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News, Views, Hither, Thither and Yonder

News and Views iconVenezuela: 40 dead, 500 wounded. Violence continues.

8.2 magnitude quake followed by tsunami in Chile

Worst ebola outbreak in seven years in Guinea- 80 dead, but more expected.

  • PM proposes global ‘no-first-use’ convention on N-weaponsNew Delhi:Pitching for a nuclear weapon free world, PM Manmohan Singh today proposed a global convention for ”no-first-use” of atomic arsenal to make the world a safer place. While noting that India has a ”no-first-use” policy, he said “no single country can undertake the journey alone” and there was a need for an “agreed multilateral framework” that can involve all states.

Venice independence movement ‘turns to terrorism’
Push for independence for Venice and surrounding region takes bizarre turn after Italian police arrest activists on charges of terrorism and making a home-made tank

Syria death toll ‘passes 150,000′ three years after start of devastating conflict – including 8,000 children

The proof that the Syrian regime had used chemical weapons came from an unemployed blogger working from his sofa in Leicester

Japanese mobsters launch their own website

Yakuza underworld syndicate in bid to prove humanitarian credentials with corporate song and a strong anti-drugs message

Burma census is not counting Rohingya Muslims, says UN agency

 UN Population Fund says Burmese government has gone back on promises by excluding persecuted group from count

When it came time to work on the final draft of the IPCC report, one of the lead authors pulled out and asked for his name to be removed because the final draft reflected more politics than science and was more alarmist than the data called for.

Don’t look for that information in media reports. One of the claims is that already, climate change/global warming (rising temperatures, specifically, never mind that temperatures have been static for over 15 years) are depressing crop yields, notably corn and wheat.  But is that actually what the facts, rather than the models, say? Check out the graphs here and see what you think.

Seriously, the report ignores the actual climate temps and instead does a slight of hand ‘what if.’  Models report rising temperatures not matched by actual measured temps for the last 17 years.  But they report on the models and make predictions based on the models just as though those models were not contradicted and shown to be deeply flawed by real world observational measurements.

In some of the funniest climate news I have seen to date, alarmist Bill McKibbin says that climate scientists should just stop talking to us. That’ll get us to listen. Um, sure.  The climate alarmist community’s bread and butter is scare mongering, so if they listened to him, that’d be kind of like biting their noses off to spite their faces.  Sometimes friends can be your worst enemies, but I don’t think they’re listening to him.

Jo Nova:

We could spend hours analyzing the new IPCC report about the impacts of climate change. Or we could just point out:

Everything in the Working Group II report depends entirely on Working Group I.

( see footnote 1 SPM, page 3).

Working Group I depends entirely on climate models and 98% of them didn’t predict the pause.

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Democrat Senator Leland Yee’s story gets weirder and weirder:

Yee told an FBI agent that, in exchange for $2 million in cash, he’d fill a shopping list of weapons, which he took personal responsibility for delivering, according to the indictment. He also allegedly “masterminded” a complex scheme bring illegal weapons into the country, agreeing to “facilitate” a meeting with an illegal arms dealer to arrange for the weapons to be imported via Newark, N.J. In arranging all of this, the indictment said, Yee relied on connections with Filipino terrorist groups who could supply “heavy” weapons, including the Muslim terrorists of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Yee allegedly noted that the Muslim terrorists had no reservations about kidnapping, extortion and murder.

Not that you’d know it if you get your news from the mainstream press. CNN actually claimed that they didn’t cover it because they never cover mere state politics, only it turns out that they do cover state political scandals for one party, even if the ‘scandal’ is that the senator said something ‘extreme’ or has marital problems, neither of which are crimes last I checked.

ObamaCare victim, Leukemia patient, single mom- now receiving death threats from obama-care supporters for telling the truth about how ObamaCare has caused her more hardship.  Reid called her a liar on national television.  Liberal reporters claimed they fact checked her and she wasn’t telling the truth, but it turns out, they never even tried to talk to her.  That’s not journalism, but they have been substituting being Obama’s spokesmen for journalism from the beginning.

This is creepy- at least three of Harvard’s library books are bound in human skin.  What struck me about this, though, is that I remember hearing about books using human skin for leather when I was in high school.  But the version I heard is that this was a particularly cruel thing whites sometimes did to blacks.  Turns out it was not at all uncommon in the 17th century, and in one of Harvard’s examples, the bookbinder says the skin used was that of his dear friend.  Weird.

Should childless Americans pay more in taxes?  (here and here) Interesting question (raised, FTR, by a childless American).  What will be more interesting is if, 20 or so years from now when our birth dearth statistics start showing up as our age pyramid gets inverted, more and more young people go Gault, refusing to participate in the rat race that has them supporting the childless by choice elderly with whom they have no connection whatsoever.  Maybe that’s what this author is thinking about. (afterthought: maybe childless Americans should just accept less by way of social security?)

Indicted Mayor used his White House access to plan his pay0ffs.  Hm. sounds like news to me..

Regulatory Roadblock For Online Ed

The Department of Education is revisiting a fight it lost in 2012: to make states authorize every distance education provider that enrolls students within their borders. Ever since a federal judge struck down this requirement on procedural grounds, states have been able to exempt online programs from the authorization process as long as they are accredited somewhere else. If the Department of Education wins this fight, this would change. And if distance education programs aren’t locally authorized or exempted from the requirement, their students won’t receive federal student aid.

Power Steering: Government Motors Recalling Six Million Plus Vehicles Due to Potentially-Dangerous Defects; No One In Media Asks Where GM’s Top CEO, Barack Obama, Was During All This

Nato suspends cooperation with Russia over Ukraine threat- here

From Drudge:

Chevy Cobalts Were Seen as Lemons From Start, Data Shows…

FLASHBACK: Obama Touted as Success Story…

Via Redstate:

strikes down aggregate campaign contribution limits 5-4 per Chief Justice Roberts in McCutcheon case.

basically, the question was whether you could limit campaign contributions to political groups. Court said no. Cue the screaming by the people who apparently think that the only speech that the Founders wanted to ever regulate was any involving politics…

House Raw Milk Bills Give Hope to Farmers, Consumers

Rep. Thomas Massie introduced two raw milk bills this week, with bi-partisan sponsorship and support. “It’s a great issue because it’s about freedom,” says Massie.

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From The Mop Top

finding sage I’m a firm believer in dreams. Almost to a fault, really. So while I’m pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in a field that is more “realistic,” I decided that I would pursue my real dream (to be a self-published author) at the same time.
“What? You can do both?!”
Yep, you can. Granted, the other may not come quickly, but you can do both.
I started coming up with ideas for stories when I was about 7 years old. I wrote my first book at age 14, when I proceeded to conclude that it was unoriginal and deleted it.
Yeah, I know. That was stupid.
Since then, however, I’ve worked on a lot more stuff. I have four projects planned for this year (not including the book I just published) and fully intend to follow through on that. This means being a lot more organized and dedicated than I have been, but hey, no worthwhile dream comes without effort.
The book I just published, Finding Sage, I started when I was a freshman in college. That was two years ago. Since then, the story has changed so much that it’s barely recognizable from my original idea, but I like that. It’s how things get better. I shudder to think what it would look like if I had kept that dreadfully cheesy narrative introduction . . .
Finding Sage is the first book in a four-book series, and is kind of like X-Men meets 1984. There are people that display supernatural talents, for which there is no explanation. These people are called rogues. Nobody celebrates having these “superpowers,” however. Why? Because the global government hunts you down for having them, that’s why. Rogues are executed, imprisoned, or turned into assassins. This story follows Silas, a young rogue who tries very hard to stay hidden. When his life is saved by a wide-eyed hobo ranting about some powerful liberator named Sage, Silas follows. Because he’s tired of living in fear. Throw in a snarky girl who thinks (erroneously) that he’s a murderer, a little girl who depends on him for survival, and a radical closely hunting him, and the story gets pretty intense.
You can buy the book from the Kindle store here.
As for those four other projects, those are a bit diverse. I’m mainly into dystopia, science fiction, and fantasy, but as you’ll see, my interests span a great deal.
First, I’ll be writing a sequel to Finding Sage. I’m really excited about it, and hopefully it won’t take me two years this time.
Second, I’m working on a series of short stories about a young boy named Levi with a crazy imagination. I always had fun acting out wild scenarios in my head, and I enjoy writing about them just as much. Kids are awesome, and since I don’t have any yet, I might as well write about them.
Third, I’m working on a dystopia novel that depicts a future wherein children are brought up in year-round government institutions from age 5 to adulthood. This story follows three friends who are determined to be pure in the midst of a depraved society. They do—but they are persecuted for it.
Finally, I want to write a space opera. That’s all I have (I say that a bit tongue-in-cheek, but it’s very early in the process).
If you want to follow more of my writing, you can check out my website – (be warned—it’s in the very early stages, and I’m a poor college student with no webmaster).
The point? Work hard, be diligent, and it pays off. Even with something you never thought could be realistic in the first place.

This is not an April Fool’s joke, by the way. Just in case any of you were wondering.


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News and Views

The government, in partnership with a watchdog organization, has announced a recall of all computer apostrophe keys.

This recall involves any apostrophe key included on the keyboard of all computers, laptops, notebooks, or similar devices.   Some keyboards were also sold separately. The keys are usually small (about 1 centimeter) and square, black with white lettering or sometimes white with black lettering. The recalled key generally looks like this:


Watchdog groups  have received multiple reports of the apostrophe keys overheating due to overuse, resulting in damage to the grammar and punctuation skills of all readers.  Some readers report high blood pressure resulting from over-exposure, which often results in damage to the user’s computer and nearby property.

Thirteen people gave themselves concussions  when readers spotted abused apostrophes and slammed their heads against their desks in despair.  221 instances of sore throats were reported due to viewers of abused apostrophes screamed in pain.

There have been no reported human fatalities, however, thousands of puppies die from apostrophe misuse each year.


Consumers who believe they may have overused the apostrophe key should immediately turn off their computer, remove the battery pack and contact their nearest college or high school for remedial instruction.  If you know somebody who needs help, you may report them to

Scientists in Liverpool England announced that they have successfully cloned the first dinosaur, but they do not expect it to live long.

Global warming models predict that the rare Spaghetti trees growing in Switzerland will all but disappear by the year 2025.

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The Noah Movie, and Kabbalah

Kabbalah, you may or may not recall, is a mystic branch of Judaism most nonJews only heard of when Madonna got involved with it.

Here’s an interesting review of the Noah movie which notes the connection between this form of gnosticism and the Noah movie:

Nowhere is it said that this movie is an adaptation of Genesis. It was never advertised as “The Bible’s Noah,” or “The Biblical Story of Noah.” In our day and age we are so living in the leftover atmosphere of Christendom that when somebody says they want to do “Noah,” everybody assumes they mean a rendition of the Bible story. That isn’t what Aronofsky had in mind at all. I’m sure he was only too happy to let his studio go right on assuming that, since if they knew what he was really up to they never would have allowed him to make the movie.

Let’s go back to our luminescent first parents. I recognized the motif instantly as one common to the ancient religion of Gnosticism. Here’s a 2nd century A.D. description about what a sect called the Ophites believed:

“Adam and Eve formerly had light, luminous, and so to speak spiritual bodies, as they had been fashioned. But when they came here, the bodies became dark, fat, and idle.” –Irenaeus of Lyon, Against Heresies, I, 30.9

It occurred to me that a mystical tradition more closely related to Judaism, called Kabbalah (which the singer Madonna made popular a decade ago or so), surely would have held a similar view, since it is essentially a form of Jewish Gnosticism. I dusted off (No, really: I had to dust it) my copy of Adolphe Franck’s 19th century work, The Kabbalah, and quickly confirmed my suspicions:

“Before they were beguiled by the subtleness of the serpent, Adam and Eve were not only exempt from the need of a body, but did not even have a body—that is to say, they were not of the earth.”

Here’s another good review. Excerpt:

I’m not going to tell you to stay away from this film as some have. We have here some awesome imaginings of the flood and the structure of the ark. We have at least two or three decent performances from Noah (Russel Crowe), Tubal-Cain (Ray Winstone) and Ila (Emma Watson), who plays the wife of Shem. In fact, I would encourage just about any Christian to see it if for no other reason than to be able to communicate with others about the movie, and then about the Biblical story of Noah. See how I separated the two there? Consider that a hint of things to come.

I almost don’t know where to start with this write up, which is a weird feeling. I can’t give an honest review without pointing out some obvious spots where it deviates from the Bible story. But, I have a word limit, so I can’t expound on them all. There is an element of love present near the beginning and end which I really liked, but it unfortunately gets very lost for a majority of the film. I’ll be sure to drop in little notes when the movie gets way off base in terms of what the Bible tells us about Noah, his family, the reason for the flood, the sin of man, fallen angels, rock peop…. whoa! Almost went off on a rant there… whew. Anyway, I’m sure you’ll quickly see by the sheer volume of those little notes that this is in no way an accurate reflection of the Biblical Noah, or the flood, as the title and all the trailers have portrayed it to be.

We are staying away, mainly because we have a limited entertainment budget and a tight fiscal year and other plans for the fiscal resources we do have. This week we took Blynken and Nod to see Frozen (we have a cheap movie theater that does second runs), and that’s it for the movie bank. But I think I’d avoid it anyway. Just doesn’t sound interesting to me- I’m not into disaster movies that much anyway.

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Where Children Sleep

I think any parent with kids who share a room should have this book on the coffee table. Whenever anybody gives you grief about the privations of sibling bedsharing or room sharing, let them flip through a few pages.

There was a really good Review here.

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April is Poetry Month!

This is probably our most popular post on poetry.

The Poets’ Corner : That’s my current favorite audio poetry resource. We bought ours several years ago, though, and paid nowhere near that price. It’s why my teens are doing for poetry this year. Just listening.

This is one of my favorite poems:

LOVELIEST of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.

Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.

And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.

It’s by A.E. Housman, and this year it fills me with a particularly sense of longing because we midwesterners are so ready for some other sort of snow.

It’s a sunny day here today, and from bedroom window I can actually see a patch of what I think should be daffodils when they grow up. Right now they are toddlers, about two inches of green growing loveliness above the brown ground.

I feel about spring the way the poet Emily Dickinson wrote about morning:

Will there really be a “Morning”?
Is there such a thing as “Day”?
Could I see it from the mountains
If I were as tall as they?

Has it feet like Water lilies?
Has it feathers like a Bird?
Is it brought from famous countries
Of which I have never heard?

Oh some Scholar! Oh some Sailor!
Oh some Wise Men from the skies!
Please to tell a little Pilgrim
Where the place called “Morning” lies!

That is one of the things that poetry does for you- it gives you words, it expresses what you feel in ways you cannot explain or say. Poetry does this whether or not you know the meter of the poem, if you understand the rhyme scheme, if you can remember the technical difference between trochaic tetrameter and iambic pentameter.

It’s not that those are bad things to know- at a certain point, knowing those things can add to your pleasure in poetry. But first, you just have to know that poetry gives you words, a language for expression.

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K-Drama Review: Let’s Eat (Shik Sareul Hapshida- Just Like That)

3. Let’s Eat- which I didn’t expect to like, and I only was going to watch one episode out of curiosity, but I am so hooked.  Mainly it’s because of my growing love for Korean food and scenes like this:
K-drama Lets Eat food ramen
And now I am so hungry.  So very, very hungry.  Oh, man.  I have got to get to the Asian grocery store and buy some more ingredients. I finished off the Kimchi in a kimchi pajeon to die for a few hours ago.
shik sareul
It’s a noona romance, which I usually do not love, but I am kind of charmed by this one.
I like the characters, but mainly, I really like the food and the music:

I like them a lot.

I was hesitant to share this one here because the English translation has some double entrendes and innuendoes I would prefer to be ignorant of, but I couldn’t find the version with the food but not the English subs (ironic, since for a long time I couldn’t find the English subs, and when I did, I mostly wished I hadn’t). But the sound is fun, and, if I didn’t mention it already, so is the food:


Light, fluffy, a few plot contrivances I found distracting, but over all, I just enjoyed this.  Without the food I don’t think I would have, but with the food, Oh. Yes.

turtle dragon blog link

Dramas I’ve completed, recommend, and reviewed: see here. I add shorter reviews to the bottom of this regularly.

K-Dramas I almost liked- most of these are  darker than I usually prefer. Some are also-rans- I thought I was going to like them, which is why I started reviewing, but they there were just too flawed.

Things to know when watching a K-drama

More Things To Know

Addiction, and why I like K-dramas

You might be watching a K-Drama if….

Where to get your fix: Sites where you can find subtitled K-dramas (and dramas from other countries, as well. I’ve watched a handful of J-dramas (Japanese) and TW (Taiwanese) dramas, but I vastly prefer the K-dramas, even though I know more Japanese – I got an A in my Japanese 101 class back in the day, when we actually lived in Japan and once I even knew both hiragana and katakana- but still K-dramas interest me vastly more).

Need to read still more about K-dramas?


Dramabeans- must reading.

Outside Seoul

Learn more background stuff about Korean culture from askakorean


The social commentary at one of the above sites  in particular drives me nuts. It won’t take long for you to figure it out. You can tell they were well indoctrinated either by direct contact with a woman’s studies program in college, or by some secondary influence. The double standard is bad, but it’s the near complete blindness to it that is absolutely jaw dropping.  They freak out over all alleged, perceived, imagined or real disrespect, misogyny, and patriarchy involved in a wrist grab (a common K-Drama thing, and also something I actually do to my husband and kids when I am really excited about something and want to drag them over and make them share the moment with me).  I understand that many of the wrist grab scenes are about asserting male power, I just don’t agree that all of them are, nor do I agree that asserting one’s gender is always and everywhere a bad thing.

But what really sticks in my craw is having somebody who cannot bypass a wrist grab without genuflecting to one’s Womyn’s Studies past also giggle, chortle, and cheer like spiteful school girls when a female character is violently abusive towards a male. I’ve witnessed the giggling and cheers over scenes like  a female kicking a male character in the shins, or worse,  between the legs, merely because he has annoyed her by being in her way, making a dumb suggestion (not a lewd suggestion, I mean coming up with what she deems is a foolish suggestion for fixing a work problem).

I have watched them issue virtual high fives of delight over scenes which have the female lead demonstrate her ascendancy over the male lead by leaving him with a fat lip, black eyes, and/or a bloody nose- again, only because he’s annoyed her, not as a matter of self defense against an actual attack.

They think wrist grabs are abusive but male battering is hilarious. I think the double standard is disgusting, and I’ll take honest patriarchy over the hypocrisy and vicarious thrills over violence of this brand of feminism any day of the week.  And twice on Sundays.

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