I nearly always have an earworm, the general exception is when I am listening to music.

Yesterday TGISW came home and, jokingly, complained that he would have to drink his wine by himself, which lead to my current earworm:


E is for Eclectic

I quickly googled eclectic and got the following definition:
Deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.

Because of what I like to call 'Magpie Eclectics' a fair number of pagans have a poor view of eclecticism. A Magpie Eclectic is one who looks at different faiths, religions, traditions, stories and everything else in order to adopt anything that is sufficiently appealing. They take the shinies and leave the substance.

There are also Serious Eclectics, who will look at all of the above sources in order to seek wisdom and learning from them. A Serious Eclectic won't just take the pretty parts and leave behind the substance that provides a deeper meaning.

This isn't to say that a Magpie Eclectics won't ever find deeper meaning, or that a Serious Eclectic will never go "Ooohhh! Shiny!"; those are merely the ends of the spectrum and most people will fall somewhere in between. A person can start out of the Magpie end and grow towards the Serious end over time.

I have a prayer

Oh, whatever deity is willing and able to help me with this (even if that deity is my subconscious) today I found myself being less compassionate than I ought to be.

I ask your help in finding it within myself to be compassionate to those who are suffering because their worldview is being systematically dismantled. Please help me be compassionate to those who are so attached to their beliefs that anyone daring to question those beliefs is seen as a threat.

And also, please keep them from making life more difficult for those of us who don't fit their worldview.

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I've been thinking about battles, notably political ones and the Copyright Wars, and come to the conclusion that there are too many battles to be fought. If I let myself think too much about these problems i get overwhelmed and start on another downward depression spiral. And anyone who has read Uzumaki knows how dangerous spirals are.

That said I do not believe that hiding my head in the sand and pretending everything is fine is a good way to live. What I need is to find a balance, a way to allow myself to have a reasonable idea of what's going on in the world without letting it get overwhelming.

I avoid watching news on the TV, which is easy since I don't watch TV at all these days. There are certain people I stalk on various 'social' networks primarily because they mention and link to interesting/important things for me to know about.

I do not believe for a second that there is such a thing as unbiased reporting, the best reporters are able to remove most of the bias from their work. Unfortunately there are some who allow bias to run rampant. There are some 'news' agencies that seem to encourage this.

I will admit that I do tend to select sources that have a comfortable bias, over ones that have an uncomfortable one. I suspect most people do, and I respect people who take in news reports with a bias strongly opposed to their own without getting overwhelmed. I'm only able to deal with such things in very limited doses.

I feel like there should be a point to this, but there isn't. I just needed to get this off my chest.

Don't boycot art, boycot the corporations.

Refuse to buy anything from the big corporations that use artists and give as little back in return as they are able.

Instead: focus on buying directly from artists wherever possible. Look into musicians we record and sell their own music without the record companies, into books that are self published or put out by small publishing houses.

Support the artists, not the people who use them.

Some Thoughts on Cooking

I enjoy cooking, it can be really fun, and it is also the best way to eat good food. I can buy a can of soup with an ingredient list I'd rather not think too much about, or I can make a pot of better tasting soup in the slow cooker or on the stove. depending on the soup I can often make several times as much for the same price.

I'm not a recipe person, I can follow them but prefer not to for the most part. Most often when I make soup it's a simple matter of throwing in a suitable set of ingredients and letting it simmer. This is a great way of using up vegetables that need using. I call it 'peasant soup' and have jokingly asked my daughter to go out and get me a peasant to throw in the pot.

I'll make my own soup stock, a simple task if you know what you're doing. All you do is put suitable stuff in a pot with water and let it simmer for a while. Most often it will be chicken or turkey broth, since I like to roast up whole birds and use the bones. Bones, onion, carrot, a bay leaf and possibly some other seasonings. Celery is generally recommended, but I don't like the stuff and as a result don't buy it.

Like french onion soup? I make a reasonable approximation by cooking meat and onions with plenty of water in my slow cooker. Serve the meat with dinner, and put a slice of bread and some of the onion broth in an oven proof bowl. Top with shredded cheese and bake until the cheese is browned.

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I'm thankful for having interesting things to read, such as the bloggy type things of various people, as this helps keep me (relatively) sane.

Gratitude Project - Day One

[personal profile] estaratshirai started the gratitude project on LJ several years ago. It runs from Lammas to Mabon, and the rules are simple: every day, find something to be grateful for. No repeats. You can be grateful for the same people again, but for different reasons.

I've thought about doing this for a few years now, but this year I'm doing it! (You can too if you like.)

Today I am grateful for That Guy I Sleep With, also known as my Lover, also known as "By Name" or Mark. Specifically I'm thankful he was able to get the scanner working so I could start posting a Doodle a Day.

(I"m counting this for the first of august even though it's technically the second.)