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Monthly Archives: October 2010
Appetite ↔ Action
More than a motivator,
marker of hunger,
it drives decisions,
Herald to action,
heartbeat of life,
this humble impulse
will be heard
not only for food
it offers a door
Quotes to consider:
“A well-governed appetite is a great part of liberty” – Seneca
“Reason should direct and appetite obey” – Marcus Tullius Cicero
“Appetite comes with eating; the more one has, the more one would have.” – French Proverb
“Always rise from the table with an appetite, and you will never sit down without one.” – Horace Greeley
“As we become purer channels for God’s light, we develop an appetite for the sweetness that is possible in this world. A miracle worker is not geared toward fighting the world that is, but toward creating the world that could be.” – Marianne Williamson
“Doth not the appetite alter? A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age” – William Shakespeare
For another peek at Nature’s perspective, here are some lions feeding on a Wildebeest kill:
- Run hard, need cookie…. (ask.metafilter.com)
- Bon Appetite to Hire GQ’s Adam Rapoport as New Editor (observer.com)
- Unique Hoodia Appetite Suppressant – No More Overeat | wtfblog.org (wtfblog.org)
- Waterberg plateau – Waterberg Plateau Park, Namibia (travelpod.com)
Don’t spill, you’ll waste it! Precious drops sink into the hot sand as I mentally admonish myself, pouring water from a 25l canister into a basin. It’s time to wash my hair and there’s not a chance the shower will do it. A scant spray at best, I’d hog our whole supply that way. This is the Central Kalahari Desert and water is scarce, so we’ve brought all our own. Along with a potent reminder not to take things for granted. Such as the basic essential that we’re blessed to have on tap back at home. Like countless other people, but unlike almost a billion around the globe. Here are a few pics to set the Kalahari scene:
It’s Blog Action Day today, which means that thousands of us are posting about Clean Water, this year’s extremely worthy topic. Accordingly, today offers the perfect opportunity to say THANK YOU, and for that matter, in writing. Having recently visited Lesotho, Dave and I witnessed women carrying water from rivers to their rural dwellings, high on hillsides. Back-breaking work, to be repeated in endless cycles. Our Blog Action Day team have provided significant insights into the world’s water crisis, including the statistic that “African women walk over 40 billion hours each year carrying cisterns weighing up to 18 kilograms to gather water, which is still usually not safe to drink.”
The Lesotho rivers appear clean and likely are, fed from the majestic Maluti mountains. But we can’t be sure, nor of the mineral make-up of the water. Jason Green from Protector Treatment Systems drew my attention yesterday to their revolutionary solution that removes “contaminants such as silt, colloidal particles, bacteria, viruses, protozoa, cysts, metals, fluoride and arsenic” and can “be powered and operated by children”. His business partner, George Rose, is quoted in their press release as saying: “I’ve seen people in Africa with skeletal fluorosis who can barely walk due to the mineral content of their water supply.” To read more, also of the pilot project in Kenya, visit www.protectorsystems.com.
This is just one example of the positive effort being applied to this issue internationally. Big up to the whole Blog Action Day crew for their part in it too. They offer a simple way for us to contribute, by signing their petition to “Stand for an International Water Treaty to Provide Clean Water Everywhere”. You can do that here: Sign Petition. Good for them also for making us mindful. Last week I blogged about teaching our puppies to swim, without a passing mention of the privilege of a pool. I won’t wait for our next trip to the Kalahari to say THANK YOU again, with sincere appreciation for an abundance of Clean Water.
Finally, speaking of Botswana, water and lions, here’s a pic of the thirsty cats that we found in a shower (from my post: Taking a shower on the Wild Side…together with Lions!) :
- Blog Action Day – Clean Water (newward.com)
- Are You Ready for Blog Action Day on Friday? (servantofchaos.com)
- Blog Action Day (housewifesutopia.com)
- Blog Action Day is Coming! (smartfamilytips.com)
- Join The Bum Rush For Blog Action Day (smallbusinessmavericks.com)
A gasp of wonder accompanies the unearthing of my first radish crop. Composted soil cakes my fingers and filters between my toes as I double dig my veggie garden until the sweat flows freely. Swiss chard, sweetcorn, peas, carrots, potatoes in piles of tyres, tomatoes, squash and the sweetest, fattest strawberries under the scorching African sun. All of these and more contribute to feeding our largely self-sufficient community.
This memory murmurs from a distant two years spent as an uchi-dechi (ull-time trainee karate instructor) on a Stilbaai farm. It enriches the playing fields of my mind, while fulfilling a lifetime’s gardening duty. I’m also left with an understanding of my mother’s (and her father’s) passion for the pastime. After all, there’s something kind of cosmic about getting down and dirty – as any kid, or enduro rider, can tell you 😀
So I gladly obliged when my Mom asked me recently to photograph her Spring garden:
Yogi Raman, the fabled sage featured in Robin S. Sharma’s “The Monk who sold his Ferrari“, draws an analogy between the mind and a garden. He explains our natural tendency to think negatively, while emphasising the importance of plucking out all negative thoughts before they have a chance to take root. Just as one would lovingly tend a garden, starting with awareness of the weeds. One of his suggestions is “Opposition Thinking”, which entails immediately replacing an undesirable thought with an uplifting one.
Great advice, with a view to nurturing a mind full of beautiful metaphorical flowers 🙂
In summary, Robin Sharma states that “The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your thoughts”. Something worth thinking about . . .
Oh, and a post about my Mom’s garden couldn’t be complete without mentioning Gypsy and Fudge, who live in one of the corners. They’re her guinea pigs – and grandchildrens’ delight! This is Gypsy tucking in, but thankfully not into the flower beds:
- The fun of teaching your children some home-grown fruit and veg truths (telegraph.co.uk)
- Bain: Harvest musings from a lousy gardener (thestar.com)
- September A New Garden Cycle Begins (glenns-garden.com)
- How’s your garden doing this year? (seattlepi.com)
‘Come quick! She’s in the pool!’ Merriam calls – earlier this afternoon.
EEK! MAD DASH . . . phew, Quilla’s fine, frolicking on the top step 😀 Quest hovers on the deck, nosing his sister anxiously. He’s totally unsure what to make of this. Meanwhile, I’m torn in two – the camera or the swimming costume?? Temptation wins! In I go, despite the chilly water. It’s a spectacular Jo’burg day, but still EARLY summer here.
However, the cold can’t compare to the captivating fun! Quest responds to coaxing, so the puppies launch together into their first swimming lesson. Both are cautious, preferring the security of the steps, but with support and playful urging they get into the game. Turns out Quest is a natural, innately confident at anything new. Quilla’s her mildly haywire self, sending far more water flying than nearly necessary. But at least it works for her 😀
Within a few tries they get the drift, also grasping where the steps are located. I’m chuffed about that, although this summer seems set for loads of soggy mayhem!
No pics in the pool, but here they are afterwards, sporting the wet look:
And Tex looking on in his grandfatherly way. Swimming has never been his thing!
- Pool Safety (swimmingdiving.suite101.com)
- Chlorine in Swimming Pools and the Link to Asthma (mommygoesgreen.com)