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I tend to find those who are not religious at times equally as pompous as those who are uber-religious. Especially in their criticisms of people and religions about which they know very little. Why must we all criticize and belittle one another? What purpose does it serve? 

I don't necessarily agree with the religious beliefs of others, or the lack thereof, but as long as those beliefs do not promote wrongdoing or harm towards others then I am pretty much willing to let those people be. I believe a little bit of cultural relativism can go a long way because it can lead you to see the deeper values and beliefs that explain why people think the way they think and act the way they act. 

I also don't understand basing one's estimate of another person based only on what religion that person practices. It makes it easy to disregard people who may be completely wonderful even if we disagree on religion or beliefs.

So, once again I ask, why can't we all just get a long and show one another a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T!
Current Mood:
optimistic optimistic
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So, I made the buttermilk pie the other night. It turned out alright. I decided to use the stale cookies for a crust which was mostly the reason that the pie was so-so. But its tasty if not as beautiful as I had hoped.
Tonight I delve into my first attempt at bread making. I found a really tasty sounding recipe for Honey Wheat Bread. It said "This recipe was provided by professional chefs, and therefore may be difficult to reproduce in the home" - to which I scoff and say difficult schmifficult! I take that as a challenge... sirs! So the dough is all mixed up and tastes like heaven, so now I'm twittling my thumbs and waiting for it to rise so I can "punch it down" and make some bread! yay!
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hungry hungry
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On a recent shopping spree at the Whole Foods avec gift cards, I decided (or K decided for me) to pick up some phyllo dough. Having never before having attempted to use it for any purpose, I was both skeptical of my abilities and scared. But we picked up some walnuts anyhow, and after being reprimanded by the check out clerk for not labeling the bulk food number, we took our sundries home and stowed them away.
I thought several times about making baklava before, each time deciding that I was too tired or too busy and putting it off. I finally looked up a recipe and decided that it was time! Until I realized I hadn't thawed the dough yet...
So the next day, it WAS time. I got out the phyllo and let it come to room temp, I threw the walnuts into the food processor, and melted two sticks of butter! I then, hesitantly, began the arduous process of layering, buttering, layering, and buttering until I had used up all the nuts and all the dough. And you know what? It wasn't really that bad! I mean, the phyllo is very delicate but it isn't terribly difficult to handle, and the most difficult part was trying to recall "Was that the sixth layer or seventh?"
In the end, I cut up the baklava, put it in the oven, melted together the sugar, honey, and spices for the sauce, and it all came out beautifully! And deliciously, which was much more of a concern!

It's 11:00 right now and I just decided to try to making a buttermilk pie, which has intrigued me for many years, in large part due to its being mentioned in one of my Dear America books that I read, probably about 10 years ago now. Its current location is the middle rack of the oven, and it has t-minus 38 minutes to go! Hopefully it will likewise be a deliciously successful endeavor.
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So today I had the really amazing opportunity to volunteer with KaBoom! which is a non-profit organization that hopes to build playgrounds so that every community has a place within walking distance of children where they can go to play. Addison Terrace recently received a grant to get a playground installed with the help of KaBoom and the people at Home Depot.

I got there at 7am and we all go to work about an hour later assembling the different components - I helped with the climbing wall, moving a mountain of mulch, pouring concrete, and painting a beautiful mural as well as building picnic tables, an area for shade, and planters for flowers. By 2:30 in the afternoon the playground was almost fully assembled and only waiting for the concrete to dry. The kids in the houses up there are so excited, they were all wandering around the area looking longingly at the new playground. I was there about a week and a half ago to pick up relatives of the family I tutor, and the only thing there was an empty expanse of ground with nothing in it, and now there is an amazing new playground for the kids to enjoy not to mention many aesthetic touches! It was so great to see what could be accomplished in just one afternoon! It's totally worth the wretched sunburn I got on my face...

Working with KaBoom was a great experience and Home Depot did so much as well. There were so many volunteers and everyone worked so hard, I was really proud of the whole thing.
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ecstatic ecstatic
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cynical cynical
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So tonight is a new episode of Deadliest Catch, I need very much to motivate myself to study instead of looking up "Deadliest Catch" wallpaper on the internet... If I can commit myself to studying very hard for the rest of the day then I can fully enjoy the show this evening. Sadly I am out of beer which is just always a problem...
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happy happy
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I have a very important exam tomorrow, which I need to do well on in order to pass this class and get on with my life. The problem is that while I sit here, totally acknowledging that not studying could mean impending doom, I nonetheless continue to sit here not studying for said exam. I just have no motivation left in me. I graduate, or am supposed to, this Sunday, yet my brain has just given up.

No really... trying... very.... hard to..... study................... AHHHHH

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anxious anxious
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So... Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal were AMAZING!!! OMG

It was really great to get to see them perform in RENT and I had a blast. I can't wait to be done with the semester and to have time to read Anthony Rapp's memoir about the show.

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ecstatic ecstatic
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So, LOST the other night...

Umm.... Miles daddy is crazy Dharma Doc. WHAT?!

Also, on an unrelated note, if you haven't seen the youtube video of Susan Boyle on Britains Got Talent then please do! It was awesome!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PPlkOyaqaQ&feature=related

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shocked shocked
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I am not going to lie, I shed a tear when I found out that Phil was unable to go out fishing for the season due to his health. Especially when his youngest son looked like he was gonna start crying... Truly a sad time.
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sad sad
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