Thursday we had our first backyard barbecue - not bad for late March!!
Thursday we had our first backyard barbecue – not bad for late March!! Pictured above, wild Alaskan sockeye salmon burgers from our annual Iliamna Fish Co share, with green onions and spinach from the garden, cucumber pickles made last fall from last year’s harvest, and delish vegan soy-free mayo.  YUM.

What a crazy up and down week. Great news, strange news, tough news, exciting news, and every sort of weather from downpours to tank top weather while it all transpired. As April nears, I’ve been thinking about what is happening all over the world – something that’s important to do when we find ourselves a bit too wrapped up in our own tiny universes…stay alert, get educated, share what you’ve learned. When we know better, we do better…

* Buy fish from Walmart, Safeway, Albertsons, and/or Kroger? Many of their fish are slave caught. Your purchases determine what you support. Do your homework. Make the time to know where your food comes from and how it gets there. Here’s more info on the impact of Iceland’s whaling that also affects seafood. Here are 10 Ways to help make smart, decisions about what fish to eat. (As for us? Beyond our annual wild Alaskan salmon share, we only buy fish out of the green column on the watch guide).

* Recently I learned about the Women Under Siege project and have been following closely the work they are doing, including this recent story about women in the Congo raped for slave wages. Think about this when you hear about electronics and where they source their minerals used to make their products, and what, if anything, they are doing about these horrors suffered by thousands, if not millions, of Africans.

* On this side of the planet, I thought it was exceptionally cool to learn that year to date, Costa Rica has only used renewable energy. “Costa Rica has been consistently ranked in the top five eco-friendly countries worldwide.” USA, take note. Oh wait, the Republicans want to take away everything, including the EPA. What an embarrassment.

* Here in Oregon, I was never a princess for Halloween and never had any interest in being one. While you may think it’s harmless, please think about how Cinderella and other Disney stories enforce gender roles before you act like it’s no big deal. Not only is this princess culture bad for girls, it’s bad for boys. Furthermore, while not discussed in the links I’ve included, I’ve always thought princess role playing as super creepy. These are not democracies these characters live in – these are dictatorships passed down each generation. A princess is defined as a “daughter of a monarch,” often next in line to be the monarch. A monarch is defined as “a sole and absolute ruler”. There’s not a hell of a lot of democracy shown in these movies. I think this is why I liked Song of the South – not a damn ounce of “royalty” involved, just a story about a kid going through a divorce learning important lessons from a nice old man who keeps him safe and tells him stories about animals. (I have a copy of it at home and have watched it over and over, and still think the racist accusations are total bullshit – this explains the movie and the origins of the stories).

* Finally, on a super inspiring note, France decrees new rooftops must be covered in plants or solar panels. We see it a wee bit here via a few living rooftops and walls around here in Portland (including a new highly overpriced apartment building in my neighborhood), but there is nothing even close to this happening here.

“I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.”
~Elwyn Brooks White

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