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July 30, 2005
More Jars of Clay stuff.....


This is from the "Find Out" page
The two things Africa needs most are clean blood and clean water.” — Dan Haseltine

Why Blood?
AIDS is caused by the HIV virus, which is carried in the blood. On this most basic level, clean blood represents blood free from HIV. At this point treatment does not exist that can remove the HIV virus entirely, but there are medications that can help people live fuller, healthier lives, and can reduce the risk of transmitting the disease to others. Medical treatment is also critical to helping people with AIDS avoid and recover from opportunistic diseases that take advantage of immune systems weakened by HIV.

Eradicating AIDS requires treating people who have the disease, educating people about the disease and helping people develop the tools to act on what they know. Community-based education about how the virus is transmitted and how to avoid getting HIV is critical to this effort. However, in many cases knowledge is not enough. AIDS has become a disease of poverty because poverty constrains people’s ability to act on what they know about AIDS. Many poor women do not have the power in their relationships to practice safe monogamous sex or abstinence. In some places cultural practices fostered by poverty have exacerbated the transmission of HIV. Communities must take ownership of their own development in order to work toward cultures of education and good health. This ownership can take place through empowering partnerships that also address the underlying problems of poverty and structural inequalities. ...

Google Moon - Lunar Landing Sites

July 25, 2005
Now zoom *all* the way in.

Jars of Clay Concert

July 23, 2005
The concert totally rocked. They didn't have a drummer, so that meant more audience participation. I love going to concerts where you can tell that the performers *totally* love what they are doing. I bought their latest CD, I highly recommend it. You can hear it play on the Jars website. I gotta update my skills, I totally want to know how they did that. Love to meet their web designer ... but I digress. Go buy Redemption Songs!!!!!!

Bare-bottom babies

July 22, 2005
Well, now I know how a friend of mine claimed that she had her kids potty-trained by 10 months. Only, she wouldn't share the secret with the rest of us. I dream of a time when I could have had Joy potty-trained by six months. It would save the headache that I have now ever time she reverts and claims to be a diaper-wearing, pacifier-sucking, not-able-to-walk baby -- who happens to be able to talk and tell you exactly what she wants.

A small but committed number of parents shun diapers for their infants, saying it just works better
Sunday, July 17, 2005
The Oregonian
Keila Rawlinson remembers the exact, life-altering moment the idea of not diapering her baby crossed her mind: National Public Radio broadcast a story about struggling sales of disposable diapers in China, where many parents don't use diapers at all.

Rawlinson quickly began surfing the Internet for more information. And that same day started holding 3-month-old Jane over the bathroom sink after naps. Soon, Jane was wearing miniature snap-on underpants in lieu of diapers.

Today, Rawlinson has half a dozen potties strategically placed throughout her Woodland, Wash., home for the now 22-month-old Jane and the newest addition to the family, 3-month-old Helen.

Rawlinson wouldn't have it any other way; the Western norm of diapering babies seems so wrong to her.

"Our culture is inclined to tell you you've got to wait for your children to pee or poop on themselves and then go clean them up," Rawlinson said. "But why make them pee and poop on themselves? They're not born to want to do that. . . . Really what happens is they end up marinating in it."

Rawlinson and her daughters are part of a tiny but growing number of families in the United States, Canada, Germany and other modernized nations around the world that are ditching the diaper and embracing the way humans had raised their babies for millennia.

Their reasons vary.

Some parents want to avoid the environmental guilt of contributing thousands of dirty disposable diapers to landfills or consuming countless gallons of hot water to wash cloth diapers.

Some are interested in saving hundreds of dollars a year in the cost of diapers, supplies or professional diaper cleaning services. [snip]

History of the Western Diaper 101

Pre-1800 Personal hygiene is not a chief concern. Babies are swaddled in cloth that is seldom washed.

Mid-1800s to mid-1900s Cleanliness becomes a virtue, especially as people begin to accumulate expensive clothing and furniture. Babies are held over pots at regular intervals throughout the day.

1950s-'60s Some historians say infant toilet training falls out of vogue because it's seen as unhealthy for the baby or is parent-centric, especially because of parents who tried to force their babies to go on demand.

1970s Disposable diapers gain widespread use.

1980s Concerns grow about environmental effects of disposable diapers. Cloth verses disposable becomes a debate for many parents.

2000s A very small but increasing number of parents raise their babies without diapers, through a respectful method that is different from past, more forceful toilet training of infants, they say.

©2005 The Oregonian

STOP! Disclaimer

Don't read any further if you don't want to read about my sex life.

There is nothing more energizing than multi-orgasmic morning sex. It leaves you with a huge grin to last the whole day, a forgiving attitude towards most people who get on your nerves, is generally quite relaxing, and gives you something to look forward to at night (repeat yeah!). Not to mention a bounce in your step and music in your head. Yeah, I am in a good mood and praying it lasts all day. And I can't *wait* to get more.

Oh yeah, the other cool thing, there was an awesome lightening and thunderstorm going on that totally matched my mood ... in a good way, in a great way!

I never really believed in the whole "you need a lay" thing, but I guess I did. I haven't been this way in ages. No wonder I tell my DH I need it often and well. I do! This is the way I prefer feeling all day. WOW!

Red Dress Run

The Hash House Harriers host their 18th annual prom-dress-and-booze event. This year's "race" begins at 16th and B streets, near City College.

The rules are pretty simple: You want to run, you wear a red dress. Man or woman, you wear a red dress.

Man, what I wouldn't give to be there in person to watch one of my friends particpate in this .... I miss San Diego.

frozen deodorant

July 19, 2005
Here I am, getting ready for the day, and I can't find my deodorant. I bought some yesterday, but being the lazy person that I am, I didn't put it away right away. So, this morning I go downstairs to look in the grocery bag for my deod. No deod. I check the receipt, yup there it is. And I *know* that I bagged it. Uh-oh. I didn't, did I? I had also bought some Twin-Pops, and put their bag into the freezer. Guess what was also mixed in with the ice cream. yup, you got, my deodorant.

Today is supposed to be in high 80s to low 90s. Not sure I wanted to start the day off with frozen deodorant though.

Moral: put your groceries away when you get home!

Harry Potter 6

July 17, 2005
I have it in my hot little hands. Well, actually, Josh is reading it now, but I plan to read it before the month is out. And I just know that my cousin is going to be calling me and probably trying to give me spoilers. I turned her onto HP about 2 years ago and now she's obsessed. I just like a good story.

'Cooter' Urges Fans to Skip 'Dukes' Movie

July 14, 2005

By DOUG GROSS, Associated Press Writer
Thu Jul 14, 5:03 AM
ATLANTA - If television's 'Crazy Cooter' has his way, fans of the 'Dukes of Hazzard' may be speeding away from a new movie version of the cornpone classic faster than the Duke boys running from Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane.

Ben Jones, a former Georgia congressman who played the wisecracking mechanic on the popular series from 1979-85, said profanity and sexual content in the film make a mockery of the family friendly show.
'Basically, they trashed our show,' said Jones, who now lives in the mountains of Washington, Va. 'It's one thing to do whatever movie they want to do, but to take a classic family show and do that is like taking 'I Love Lucy' and making her a crackhead or something.'

Jones said he read a script of the movie, which is scheduled to be released next month, and that it contained profanity, 'constant sexual innuendo and some very clear sexual situations.'

On Wednesday, Jones wrote an open letter to fans on his web site, cootersplace.com, urging them to stay away.

'From all I have seen and heard, the 'Dukes' movie is a sleazy insult to all of us who have cared about the 'Dukes of Hazzard' for so long ... ,' Jones wrote. 'Unless they clean it up before the August 5th release date I would strongly recommend that true blue Dukes fans hold their noses and pass this one up.'

A spokeswoman at Warner Brothers pictures, which is releasing the movie, did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment on Wednesday."

Doc Baker on 'Little House' Dies at 77

July 11, 2005
By JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press Writer
GRANTS PASS, Ore. - Veteran television character actor Kevin Hagen, who left behind a string of Western bad guy roles to become the kindly Dr. Hiram Baker in 'Little House on the Prairie,' has died. He was 77.
Hagen died at his home here on Saturday a year after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer, his wife, Jan Hagen, said Monday.

I really loved the books, and the show, and the movies of Little House. I totally did not know that one of the principal actors lived right here in OR.

New feature

July 7, 2005
I thought I had turned on comments months ago, but apparently I had turned on the email function (did you know that you can email single posts to a friend?). So, now, in addition to being able to email my oh-so-brilliant observations and interesting links (yes folks, that is sarcasm) you can now add comments. Please don't be too scathing :)


All Recipes | Substitutions

This substitution list used to be located elsewhere on the site, but it's one of my most used references, so much so that I printed it out and keep it in my most used cookbook. I don't know what I would do without, especially since I use the substitutions for some of the more exotic or expensive ingredients. I've used AllRecipes for years now, don't know what I would do without it. Though Google was much faster at finding that vegan apple-spice (sauce) cake I was looking for.

Vegan Applesauce Cake

One of my dck's is highly allergic to some basic foods. Today is his birthday and I think I found a good alternative to our usual fudge brownies. That, and I am out of eggs. I'll probably make these into muffins/cupcakes. Certainly looks good.

Applesauce Cake

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons powdered unsweetened chocolate (use less if you wish or leave it out entirely for more of a spice cake)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon mace
20 ounces unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup raisins

Mix dry ingredients together, then add the applesauce and stir. Bake at 325 degrees for 45-60 minutes, depending on the size of pan you use. (More for smaller, deeper pans, less for 9 x 13 pans.) It's done when a toothpick can be inserted and pulled out clean.

Cherry Country

July 6, 2005
When my friend Jim came out to visit, we went to the Portland Farmer's Market. After wandering around looking for lunch, he found this booth with the most delicious dark chocolate covered cherries. He loved them, I loved them, yet another reason to get him to come visit. And, blessed be, they have online ordering. I love it! If I can't make it to the Farmer's Market, I can just call them up and have delectable chocolate in a few days. YUMMY! (in case you couldn't guess, I love chocolate, and cherries too).

Back to the kidlets....

The Bujold Nexus - The Lois McMaster Bujold Homepage

July 1, 2005
Tim and I have been reading through her Vorkosigan books like wildfire. She's been added to our list of favored authors.
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