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Song: Love Is All I Am
Dawes - Love is all I am
This is just the bassmelody the c-chord is constantly picked
I need a silent true-way to admire.
Like you as a sunset, and I as a wildfire.
Dm Fmaj7 C C-riff
And I can let the day go...
I've locked up these words, in fear that I'd say them wrong.
Is it love as a mountain, or love as a simple song?
Dm Fmaj7 C
And the moment that the two meet
has now laid itself at your feet
Fmaj7 C Dm C Fmaj7 C
And love is not convenient; it does not cease at your command
Fmaj7 C Dm C Fmaj7
You might take and leave it,
Em C/Gsus C
but love is all I am.
Em C/Gsus C
Love is all I am.
I need a boundless, soft way to commend
Like you as a temper, and I as it's tender end.
And however long your fits last
I will live within your shadow cast.
And love is still your stranger; it does not respect how much you'll stand
You might be love's reminder,
but love is all I am.
Love is all am.
I need a graceful, proud way to let go
To smile and accept the things that you don't know
The losses and the gains blurred
The weight of these as last words
And love is not excitement; it's not kissing, or holding hands
I'm not some assignment;
no, love is all I am
Love is all I am.
Love is all I am.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Fad Diet meets Eastern Religion
In an attempt to heal my cousin’s liver, I offered to do a liver cleanse with her. We took this book The Fat Flush Diet, which sadly appeared along with the other low carb diets, but it focuses specifically on liver and gallbladder health, so we’re doing it. Instead of following their meals, which aren’t vegetarian, we are substituting kicharee for our meals. Kicharee is an aruyvedic liver cleanse. I am also taking Whole Body Cleanse liver supplements, which my cousin has already done. Their detox made me sick for the first few days. We’re doing it for 2 weeks—it’s good for healthy and sick livers alike!
So in mornings and at night:
1 tbls. flax seed oil
Hot water with lemon
Cranwater with flax seed meal in it.
Drink cranwater all day.
For the Kicharee:
Ingredients you’ll need:
- mung beans (as seen in the jar on the top left of the photo)
- brown rice
- ghee (clarified butter) or sesame oil
- cumin seed
- coriander seed
- cumin powder
- coriander powder
- turmeric powder
First, prepare the mung beans:
- Rinse the beans
- Cook one part beans to 6 parts water
- Add a pinch of salt
- As the beans cook, you can skim off the froth on the top of the water
- Cook beans until soft, about 2 hours (add more water if needed)
Next, prepare the rice:
- Make the rice per directions with a pinch of salt (or 1 cup rice to 2 1/4 cups water, simmering for about 45 minutes)
Finally, here’s how to make kicharee:
- Measure equal portions of each spice: whole coriander seed, whole cumin seed, powdered coriander seed, powdered cumin, powdered turmeric
- Heat the whole coriander and whole cumin in sesame oil or ghee, stirring frequently
- After a couple of minutes, stir in the powdered spices
- Stir in some mung beans, adding water to make a soupy consistency
- Cook for 5-10 minutes
- Serve kicharee (the mung bean and spices you’ve just created) over rice
- Optional: Steam organic green veggies and add to the meal
I prepare about 2 cups dry beans and 2 cups dry rice to last for a couple days. I save these in the fridge and then prepare the beans with sesame oil and spices individually for each meal so it’s hot and fresh each time. I serve the kicharee a little soupy on top of the rice, and then pile lightly steamed organic green veggies on top of it all. (My favorite veggies to use are steamed dinosaur kale, also called lacinato kale, or broccoli.)
* When you follow this kicharee diet, you’ll probably feel hungry, even if eating it 3 or 4 times per day. That’s good! You’re giving your body a chance to devote energy to taking care of itself and not digest food.
* To mitigate your potential taste disappointment: the taste of kicharee is quite modest, not your typical Indian style meal full of spicyness and flavor.
"Many people think that by renouncing everything, by becoming selfless and desireless, there is no enjoyment. No. That is not so. Instead, you become the happiest man or woman. the more you serve, the more happiness you enjoy. Such a person knows the secret of life. There is a joy in losing everything, in giving everything. You cannot be eternally happy by possessing things….Only a saint, a renunciate, is always happy because there is nothing for a saint to lose. Because you don’t have anything, you have your Self always. That is the secret. That’s why we say, 'Have vairagya, have dispassion, have non-attachment.' By renouncing worldly things, you possess the most important sacred property: your peace."
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless mind: Jim Carrey loves the Truman Show-esque films, this one about forgetting those who have dumped you. The way it is done though, going back to the memories as you learn the story of Clementine and Joel and their ability to control their memories, replace them, and run in them keeps you watching. The poem that created the title is below.
Eloisa to Abelard by Alexander Pope
How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Synecdoche, NY: This movie always makes me think of Rose, my roommate in New Orleans who for some reason always talked about Synecdoche, NY and every time said it about three times before she felt like she had pronounced it right. Another fantastical movie playing with time and space. The “play” takes place in real time. It becomes confusing as the actors lives develop in the play, rewriting the script, and the real-life characters learn about themselves through the actors. A combination of what our life is, what we want it to be, and what it will develop into creates the plot. Death comes to the actors in a play about death, which just turns out to be actors living life.
Good Dick: I saw this movie in Blockbuster taking up a whole wall of new releases when I had never heard of this movie. They totally sold it as a comedy, but it was one of the saddest and most disturbing movies I’ve seen. In sum, a girl is molested by her father as a child, she’s scared of sex, so she buys pornos and masturbates instead until josh ritter begins stalking her and heals her with his shameless persistence. Very upsetting movie. It was written and produced by the two actors who started their own company, and for that it is pretty good.
Squid and the Whale: Again, the theme of masturbation, except this time with a 10 year old. Quit watching it after an hour...i hate movies where divorce is the plot and the joke.
We Were Soldiers: Worth it just to see Josh McLaurin as Mel Gibson's son...
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Homemade cleaners can be less toxic. With some simple, reliable recipes and clean, empty containers, you can make your own potentially less-toxic cleaners right at home using familiar household ingredients. The following is a list of basic ingredients, along with their common cleaning uses.
Baking soda (bicarbonate of soda). This mild alkali powder can be used for a variety of household cleaning purposes, such as removing stains from tile, glass, oven doors, and china; cleaning the inside of refrigerators; helping to absorb odors; and removing baked-on food from pans. It also acts as a stain remover for fruit juices and other mild acids.
Borax. A powder or crystalline salt sold in most grocery stores, borax is a water softener and sanitizer. It makes an excellent freshener when added to laundry and is an all-around deodorizer.
Castile soap. A mild soap available in liquid or bar form that can be used for general-purpose cleaning. It was once made from olive oil, but now may include other vegetable oils as well.
Cream of tartar (potassium bitartrate). This common baking ingredient is a mild acid that can be used as a sink and bathtub stain remover. It can also be used to remove spots from aluminum cookware.
Hydrogen peroxide. A mild alternative to chlorine bleach that can be used for stain removal and mild bleaching and killing germs. Available in drug stores and supermarkets.
Lemon juice. This familiar ingredient can be used to lighten stains and cut grease. It can also be used to remove tarnish can be used on brass, copper, bronze and aluminum (not to be used on silver).
Washing soda (carbonate of soda). A stronger alternative to baking soda, washing soda can be used as a water softener in conjunction with laundry detergents (gloves are recommended as it may irritate skin; not to be used with silks, woolens or vinyl).
White vinegar. Good for a variety of household cleaning tasks, vinegar may be used to help kill germs and deodorize, remove some carpet stains, and clean coffeemakers, chrome, cookware, and countertops. It can also be used to unclog drains. Note that while white vinegar has a slight scent while wet, when dry, it leaves no odor. However, don’t use it on acetate fabrics, such as in some tablecloths, because it can dissolve the fibers.
To learn more about making your own cleaners from the ingredients listed above and others, consult the recipes below, adapted from the Recipes for Safer Cleaners, published by the nonprofit group, Healthy Child Healthy World. [Please note that Consumer Reports has not tested these recipes]
•Countertops. For a “soft scrub,” mix baking soda and liquid soap until you get a consistency you like. The amounts don’t have to be perfect. Make only as much as you need, as it dries up quickly.
•Ovens. To clean extra-greasy ovens, mix together 1 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup of washing soda, then add enough water to make a paste; apply the paste to oven surfaces and let soak overnight. The next morning, lift off soda mixture and grime; rinse surfaces well (gloves are recommended as washing soda may irritate skin).
•Microwave ovens. These can be cleaned with a paste made from 3 to 4 tablespoons of baking soda mixed with water. Scrub on with a sponge and rinse.
•Cutting boards. Sanitize them by spraying with vinegar and then with 3 percent hydrogen peroxide. Keep the liquids in separate spray bottles and use them one at a time. It doesn’t matter which one you use first, but both together are much more effective than either one alone.
•Tub and tile cleaner. Mix 1 2/3 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup liquid soap, and 1/2 cup water. Then, as the last step, add 2 tablespoons vinegar (if you add the vinegar too early it will react with the baking soda). Immediately apply, wipe, and scrub.
•A good all-purpose sanitizer. 2 teaspoons borax, 4 tablespoons vinegar, and 3 to 4 cups hot water in a spray bottle. For extra cleaning power, add 1/4 teaspoon liquid soap to the mixture.
•Toilet bowl. Pour 1 cup of borax into the toilet before going to bed. In the morning, scrub and flush. For an extra-strength cleaner, add 1/4 cup vinegar to the borax.
•Drains. Prevent clogged drains by using hair and food traps. To de-grease and sweeten sink and tub drains, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down drain, followed by 1 cup vinegar; let bubble for 15 minutes; rinse with hot water. You might have to repeat the procedure more than once or leave the baking soda and vinegar to “cook” overnight.
•General dusting. Best done with a damp cloth: Dry dusting simply stirs up dust and moves it around.
•Furniture polish. Mix olive oil and vinegar in a one-to-one ratio and polish with a soft cloth. Or look in a health-food store for food-grade linseed oil, often called omega-3 or flaxseed oil, rather than the type found in hardware stores to finish furniture. Linseed oil sold for furniture use often contains dangerous petroleum distillates to speed evaporation.
•Windows. Put 3 tablespoons vinegar per 1 quart water in a spray bottle. Some recommend using half vinegar and half water. For extra-dirty windows try this: 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap, 3 tablespoons vinegar, and 2 cups of water. Shake well. The best way to get streak-free windows? Use newspaper instead of paper towels to wipe them.
•Brass, copper, bronze and aluminum. To remove tarnish, rub metal with sliced lemons. For tough jobs, sprinkle baking soda on the lemon, then rub.
•Sterling silver. Put a sheet of aluminum foil into a plastic or glass bowl. Sprinkle the foil with salt and baking soda, then fill the bowl with warm water. Soak your silver in the bowl, and the tarnish will migrate to the aluminum foil. Rinse and dry the silver, then buff it with a soft cloth.
•A simple recipe of 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon vinegar (or lemon juice), and 2 cups hot water in a spray bottle can be spritzed in the air to remove odors.
FLOORS AND CARPETS:
•Linoleum. For extra grease-cutting, try this formula: 1/4 cup washing soda with 1 tablespoon of liquid soap, 1/4 cup vinegar, and 2 gallons hot water. Put the washing soda in the bucket first and add the liquid ingredients; that way the soda won’t splash out. Caution: Do not use this formula on waxed floors.
•Sanitize floors. Add 2 gallons of hot water to 1/2 cup of borax. Put the borax in the bucket first, then add water slowly to avoid splashing.
•Wood floors. Add 1 cup of vinegar per pail of hot water.
•Carpeting and rugs. To soak up and eliminate odors, sprinkle baking soda over the surface of the carpet and let it stand for 15 to 30 minutes before vacuuming.
•Laundry brightener. Add 1/2 cup of strained lemon juice during the rinse cycle.
•Fabric rinse. Add 1/4 cup of white vinegar during the washing machine’s rinse cycle to remove detergent completely from clothes, eliminating that scratchy feel. (Note: This will not leave your clothes smelling like vinegar.)
•Detergent booster. To reduce the amount of laundry detergent you need to use (especially if you have hard water ) add baking soda or washing soda. These minerals soften the water, which increases the detergent’s power. For liquid detergent, add 1/2 cup of soda at the beginning of the wash. For powdered detergent, add 1/2 cup of soda during the rinse cycle.
•Bleach. Use hydrogen peroxide instead of chlorine bleach.
•Dry cleaning. Many delicate “dry clean only” items can be washed at home by hand. In general, it’s best to use cool water and a mild liquid soap. Squeeze or wring gently and lay flat to dry.
•Use a stiff brush, a non-ammonia detergent, and hot water to scrub mold off nonporous surfaces. Use a stiff-bristle toothbrush to get between tiles. You can also use a paste of baking soda and water. Don’t rinse. And remember to wear gloves and a protective mask, since mold spores can be inhaled.