Thursday, July 12 2012
A good friend once said to me, "If we're lucky we will be the old men sitting on the courthouse steps spittin' whittlin' and tellin' stories. Does drooling count as spitting? I know, gross. If it makes you feel any better, I assure you that an occasional spittle dribbling from the corner of my mouth is due to an attempt to correct my own chronic dehydration.
I received an email yesterday just before I left for work, so I didn't have time to think about it in any sort of healthy manner, needless to say it bothered me enough that I thought about it when I should have been paying attention to driving and or working.
FABULOUS NEWS FOR ALL US !!!
Good News From The Kitchen
This woman is 51 yrs old. She is TV health guru Gillian McKeith, advocating a holistic approach to nutrition and health, and promoting exercise, a vegetarian diet which is high in organic fruits and vegetables. She recommends detox diets, colonic irrigation, and supplements.
This woman is also 51. She is Nigella Lawson… a TV cook, who eats meat, butter, chocolate and desserts ….. and, she washes it all down with wine!
I REST MY CASE.
I'm not an alcoholic, at least not in my mind. Scotch, was my preference, and on the occasions when I imbibed, I thought I was bullet proof, but looking back now that I haven't gotten drunk in over two years, I see that I was a menace.
This is just the way it is with me. I am searching for answers and attempting to grow. I have no idea if there is a shred of truth in the above email, it is doubtful, although a few people are blessed with great genes, most of us aren't, and frankly we look frightful most days.
Since I'm on the topic of story tellin' I'll briefly repeat my own " Draft dodging Peace Freak," saga, not because I'm proud of it, but because it is the truth behind a mask of symbolism.
The symbolism of the 70's Viet Nam draft was for most people: It is bad to burn villages, killing women and children. True true. An enlightened teenager such as myself, the truth was not so glamorous: "Don't put no M16 with a grenade launcher in my hands, because it ain't gunna turn out well for them villagers."
See what I mean?
I don't know what some one else has been through. I was brought up not to be judgmental.
You now know why I avoided the draft, because I told you. I could have told the story differently, but in three decades, that to my knowledge is the way I've always told that story. I'm a killer, but I prefer peace, I made choices in my life, fortunately most were good. Not going to Viet Nam was a good choice, I wish more people would choose not to fight. I also wish more people wouldn't drink so much.
As the saying goes, "Wish in one hand, crap in the other…"
I've told this story about as many times as the draft dodger story, but for all the folks that cling to the idea that America can drink and have more plastic surgery to buy our way out of the mess we've gotten ourselves into, I'll repeat it again.
I'm not giving up all of the things I've quit doing over the last decade to impress you of how strong willed I am. I'm doing it in the hopes that I will find out what is making me feel shitty all the time. If it floats your boat, or puts more suds on your beer, I haven't found the cause, yet and I am beginning to feel like everything we consume is in some way toxic. The only remedy I'm certain about is, grow our own food.
Growing our food puts us directly in-touch with nature and this is a good thing.
I don't have any corporate sponsors. I don't get anything for my trouble. I am not having plastic surgery. I do feel better cutting down on oil in my food. Sugar doesn't affect me badly the way it used to so I don't worry about it these days, but I still won't eat a candy bar, nor donuts. I'm very happy that I am no longer part of the industrial beef economy, and yes no more cows need fear that Brian will eat them. To be honest, there are a hundred reasons why not eating red meat is a good thing. Too many, for me to go into.
I talk about my changes in searching behind the mask of symbolism. I am working towards a better way for me, a more general holistic and sustainable approach to life. I get some judgment about that, but HEY at 58
I think it is paying off
Fit as a fiddle
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