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Book Clubs & Quaker Potlucks - Where's the Recipe?
Posted:Oct 14, 2018 3:37 pm
Last Updated:Oct 14, 2018 11:04 pm
Five years ago, I started attending Quaker Meetings on a regular basis. We have a pot luck on the last "First Day" of the month. I would always pick up a desert at the grocery store. Several of us started a monthly book club and do the same. I have progressed from the "pick something up at the store" days

This month, I made Pumpkin Curry Soup using chicken bone broth, pumpkin, coconut milk, curry, spices and maple syrup. Last month I made Vietnamese inspired Pho. The month before, I made Teff Waffles. When I post these on a FB group that I belong to, I am asked, "What's the recipe!" The challenge is that I don't use a recipe.

My girlfriend gave me a recipe for minimal pumpkin soup a few years ago. I use the recipe as a guide but tweak the heck out of it. That recipe is designed for vegans. Bone broth is definitely not a component of veganism. The soup I made is designed for people who want to fix digestive and arthritic problems. That is where the bone broth comes in. Spices are used that reduce inflammation of the joints.

Last year, my fellow Quakers and I travelled to Birmingham, Alabama for a meeting. We stopped at an Ethiopian restaurant and decided to use that concept for our next pot luck. My girlfriend and I made the Injera bread which is quite the process especially for two white women. Teff has so many wonderful nutritional
values and is gluten free and low carbs - far as grains go. I started making Teff Waffles which is much simpler to make than the traditional Injera bread. There is no particular recipe. I just toss it together and it turns out yummy.

I was at the local butcher shop when the gentleman working there described how to make Pho that he learned from his visit to Vietnam. I used the information he described but roasting beef bones, garlic, ginger, and star anise over an open fire would not work in my humble kitchen. Nevertheless, it was a hit for the pot luck.

I may never become a culinary goddess in this world but there might be hope in the next world. On to the next pot luck...…..

Donkeys and Elephants in the Room Oh My!
Posted:Oct 10, 2018 10:23 pm
Last Updated:Oct 13, 2018 12:24 am
It is kind of ironic because I have lobbied to the Congressional Representatives and Senators on both sides of the aisle. I can also discuss the same topics that I covered before. Health Care, the Economy, Envormental Issues, Immigration, Sentencing Reform, the Drug Problem in West Virginia. Ad Infinitum.

I am also affiliated with an organization that promotes Fair Trade on the local level and beyond. It doesn't matter what my political party is - Fair Trade is an issue that both sides can deal with. There is nothing wrong with changing paths. Doing the same thing over and over again does not merit different results. I've changed jobs, churches, boyfriends and my hair color. When something isn't working for me, sometimes a even a slight change can make a dramatic different .

I don't always know why my Higher Power leads me in certain directions but it always makes sense down the road. So it came to a point where I had to choose the elephant or the donkey. I sent the donkey to the barn and will find out if the elephant can fly.

The Donkey in the Church Yard
Posted:Oct 10, 2018 9:24 pm
Last Updated:Oct 11, 2018 2:04 pm
A Preacher went to his church office on Monday morning and discovered a dead donkey in the church yard. He called the police. Since there did not appear to be any foul play, the police referred the Preacher to the health department.

The health department said since there was no health threat that he should call the sanitation department.
The sanitation manager said he could not pick up the mule without authorization from the mayor.
Now the Preacher knew the mayor and was not to eager to call him. The mayor had a bad temper and was generally hard to deal with, but the Preacher called him anyway.
The mayor did not disappoint. He immediately began to rant and rave at the pastor and finally said, "Why did you call me anyway? Isn't it your job to bury the dead?"
The preacher paused for a brief prayer and asked the Lord to direct his response. He was led to say, "Yes, Mayor, it is my job to bury the dead, but I always like to notify the next of kin first!"

How NOT to Protest!!!!
Posted:Oct 9, 2018 10:54 am
Last Updated:Oct 12, 2018 1:14 am
[ I have been to a few protests. Luckily the women in the Rally Bus that I travelled with at the Women's March were well organized. There was a permit and rules. Clear pack backs, no engaging with the opposition who may actually be agitators, no Trump bashing and don't leave a mess. Not all groups adhered to the same standard. Some of the signs were actually funny but trying to move around in a mosh pit and listening to Madonna's potty mouth didn't seen to send much of a message.

Nevertheless, considering the size of the March which happened nationwide, there was minimal problems. We were high fiving the police not getting arrested by them.

There was also the People's Climate Change March. My girlfriend and I were hosted by a friend in Alexandria. We were taking the Metro to Washington D.C. We met a woman from Texas and suggested that she hang out with us. We lined up with the Sierra Club. I was having problems with the heat so I opted to stay in the Museum of Natural History while my girlfriend and the Texas woman marched to the White House.

Next was the protests at the FERK Building. There were some who considered getting arrested a badge of honor. My girlfriend and I decided, No we are NOT getting arrested. We did manage to get escorted out of the FERK Building by Homeland Security only because of the company we were keeping. Afterwards, we went to the Hart Building to lobby with our Senators.

I have to shake my head watching the recent protests. They are on the supreme court steps and filling up the Hart Building. The police are escorting them out with hands bounded by ziplock ties. Protestors provide a major source of revenue for Washington DC. They made at least $50. per arrest. Oh what fun, climbing in the Metro, getting packed like sardines. I was watching a young protestor dancing and jumping around an elderly man, stepping into his personal space and trying to knock down his signs. Ford lied, Arm Teachers to Protect Students, and Liberalism cause Cancer!" I can guarantee that the elderly man deliberately walked into the group of protestors to deliberely agitate them and make them look bad. Mission Accomplished.

I am so glad that our Democratic West Virginia Senator did not cave into the demands of the mob and did the right thing.

WALK AWAY Movement * Diversity & a New perspective
Posted:Oct 5, 2018 2:12 pm
Last Updated:Oct 13, 2018 3:34 pm
There comes a point when enough is enough. The recent circus in Washington DC was the breaking point for me. I WAS a long time generational Democrat and I suspect that some of my ancestors will be tossing lightning bolts from the heavens. A few of them might actually understand.

Thursday, I went to the courthouse and changed my political party from Democrat to Republican. It has crossed my mind for over a year so this week after a lot of soul searching, I made the move and WALKED AWAY.

I was told at the courthouse that it has been happening all week. I was the 9th person that day to change political party to Republican . There were others who changed to Independent.

I certainly don't fit the Republican Stereotype. I am not anti-female. West Virginia has a woman GOP Senator. A GOP woman is also running for a congressional house seat. I am pro-choice but so were at least two GOP First Ladies. I don't hate immigrants but I don't think it's unreasonable to expect them to come in legally. I hope gays keep getting married and join the military. I have nothing against transgenders folks. I am not sure the military is the right place to make the transition. I had a good friend who was a transgendered woman from my exotic dancing days. I can guarantee she would have been out of place trying to use a men's restaurant. I support Colin Kaepernick's right to kneel. I also support blue lives. The families of police have as much right to expect their cop to come home safely as does the families of law abiding black citizens.

If anyone asks me who convinced me to walk away from the democrats - one answer is Diane Feinstein. The values displayed by her and some of her cronies are despicable. I have also observed a few lefties act like jackass fools, including a few on this site.

The new people coming into the GOP might be exactly what they need. Diversity and a new perspective

The FBI Investigation of Frat Parties
Posted:Sep 29, 2018 10:22 pm
Last Updated:Oct 7, 2018 12:26 am
Our system of justice affords a presumption of innocence to the accused, absent corroborating evidence

Lives are ruined by sexual misconduct and also ruined by false accusations of sexual misconduct. Differing opinions does not equal facts. I am not in favor of a smear campaign toward someone just because I don't agree with his politics.

This is exactly what appears to be happening in Washington D.C. at this time. When Senator Feinstein received the letter from Christina Ford - she could have simply handed the letter to the FBI and allow them to add it to their investigation. . What she did is allow it to be leaked to the press which created the circus which is dragging both parties though the mud.

The incident in high school is bad but not an uncommon occurrence. It would be scary but the woman was not actually r*ped. Alcohol and teenagers are a combination that lead to bad judgement.

It is a well known fact that frat parties are attended by a bunch of drunken fools. It's a rite of passage among the youth. Most of them grow up to become normies or teetotalers. A few of them don't grow up following a path of destruction for themselves and others.

We all make mistakes and can learn from those mistakes. I am not in favor of beating someone up for the sins of their youth especially when I have quite a few of my own.

It doesn't really matter if Kavanaugh was a drunk idiot with his wiener hanging out while attending Frat Parties. What is important is who is he today. How will he be as a judge. Is he going to reenact Jim Crow Laws or repeal Loving versus Virginia? Is he going to give Trump a Stay Out of Jail Card? Perhaps he will rob the Smithsonian Treasure and run off to Jamaica with Melania.

Just my not so humble prospective.

Standing versus Kneeling for the Flag C&P
Posted:Sep 20, 2018 8:46 pm
Last Updated:Sep 29, 2018 2:00 am
I stand to honor the promise the flag represents.
You kneel because that promise has been broken.
I stand to affirm my belief that all are created equal, and to fight alongside you for that promise.
You kneel because too few stand with you.
I stand because we can be better.
You kneel to remind us to be better.
I stand to honor all that have fought and died so that we may be free.
You kneel because not all of us are.
I stand because I can.
You kneel for those who can't.
I stand to defend your right to kneel.
You kneel to defend my right to stand.
I stand because I love this country.
You kneel because you love it too.
written by: Andrew Freborg

Lavender, Bone Broth, Tee Totalling, and Quaker Gatherings
Posted:Sep 9, 2018 5:21 am
Last Updated:Oct 5, 2018 1:33 pm
I Love all things lavender.

Earlier this month, My GF & I went to a political gathering. There was lavender tea. I checked the ingredients - Lavender, Honey, Club Soda, VODKA!!!! Yikes! Vodka for me is BIG Trouble. What a waste of lavender. A few decades ago, I would have said what a waste of vodka.

Teetotaler meetings ALWAYS have baskets of candy bars which is very useful for someone who is having political incorrect cravings. The problem is that certain long time teetotalers munch on those candy for years after the political incorrect craving are gone. This leads to forever expanding politically incorrect curves along with other various health challenges.

A health scare earlier this year convinced me that I needed to make some drastic life style changes. Bone Broth has been a God Sent for me. This week, I started a Bone Broth Intermittent fast. This involves a 10 hours window that allows eating followed by 14 hours of fasting using bone broth to control the hunger and cravings

I have been avoiding most functions during this fast in order to avoid the bad stuff. I can't do that on a permanent basis. Next week, I am going to Kentucky for a Quaker related business meeting. The following week, I will be attending the West Virginia Quaker Fall Gathering. Quaker potlucks are like most church potlucks. WAY TOO GOOD!!!! I am not going back to the same crummy habits that created these health problems in the first place. I am carrying cartons of bone broth with me. Maybe I should carry it in a canteen but folks might think I reverted back to my old non-teetotalling day.

I will do what I have to do because I am determined to get on that zipline and fly across that crocodile farm.

Godspeed! The Bandit is Flying High!
Posted:Sep 6, 2018 6:49 pm
Last Updated:Oct 14, 2018 12:57 am
Burt Reynolds has gone to the other side. There is a point in life where that is not a major league tragedy. It's just going through another door to continue the journey to God knows where.

I was never a major league television watcher as a youngster but I do remember when Dan August was being filmed near our home. I was more focused on talking to the crew versus the stars. A group of kids were seeking out Burt Reynolds for autographs. I pointed out one of the crew members, a cute blond young man, and told the kids don't forget him, he's a movie star too. Suddenly the crew member was mobbed by youngsters asking for his autograph.

later, I was a mom and decided to take my young son to the movies. I met a young man who must have thought I was a MILTF. I asked Joshua which movie he would like to see. "I want to see W*horehouse!" I knew that Best Little W*horehouse in Texas would not be porn so why not. Although Burt Reynolds is shameless, Dolly Parton is all about music and dancing. The young man paid our admission and Joshua sat between the two of us throwing popcorn at the young man. That was not a love connection. I wanted time with my son not the wild thing. The man quickly left after the movie in search for another MILTF.

Shameless, Burt - He did a nude centerfold for Cosmopolitan in 1972. I acquired a poster size picture of it and pinned in up on the ceiling above my Grandmother's bed. Later that night, I heard "Get that @#!%^!*!!! thing away from my bed. A few later, Playgirl came out. It was an equal opportunity for women to appreciate naked masculine splendor.

Boycotts For Politics Often Backfire!!!
Posted:Sep 4, 2018 10:38 pm
Last Updated:Sep 6, 2018 6:21 pm
So now Conservatives can't enjoy Football, Harley Davidson Motorcycles or Niki Shoes. It is possible that Liberals who have never been to football games will start attending. Personally, I would prefer to go the Opera.

I remember when it was suggested that folks boycott Chick-Fil-A because of the owner's stance on gay marriages. What resulted is that the Conservatives got together and pack the restaurants to buy Chick-Fil-A sandwiches.

I have personally never been to a Chick-Fil-A because I would have to travel 60 miles to get to one. I would have to drive all the way to New Jersey if I wanted an In N Out burger. I don't boycott companies because of their pollical/religious beliefs but I am not especially inspired to do business with Chick-Fil-A. I did buy a sandwich from a vendor at an AA convention in Atlanta only because I was hungry and every thing else was overpriced junk food.

Penzey"s Spice is another story. The conservatives suggested a Penzey Spice boycott because of their liberal stance. Dang, I just found the PERFECT x-mas gift for my daughter-in-law and I may as well order some for myself. I was contacted by Penzey Spice and asked if I would distribute KIND HEART pins for everyone on the Rally Bus for the Women's March in Washington DC.

Penzey Spice gains a loyal customer and I have more spices in my life. It's all good.


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