Information Please

The recent snowstorm in upstate New York has us paying attention. We had our ears up for other extraordinary weather events. When the hurricanes wipe out whole communities close to our neighborhoods, we keep it on the front burner for a while. Tsunamis and other happenings are far away, affecting people not associated with us. This sounds cold but human nature works that way. I tried to find articles on the internet regarding the polar cap meltdown. There were quite a few debunking global warming. Pictures on television of polar bears falling off chunks of ice into the sea were a case in point. Most people understand that these are dramatizations and not evidence of a problem that exists in the northernmost part of the planet.

Some of the cyber information has to do with explaining away what happens when polar caps melt. They lost me. Somehow, they came up with the “fact” that the sea does not rise because of this, but they went on to say that in 2100 possibly, the sea could rise 20 inches. this was according to a 1995 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Too soon afterwards, in the early 21st Century, hurricanes have done tremendous damage in the U.S. During a recent northeastern storm, it was reported that catastrophic damage was caused because the ocean has risen one foot. NASA has reported that the melting has been happening sooner than expected.

Climate change? Was that terminology used in the ‘90s? When they fool around with labels, I wonder if it is to pacify the populace. Climate change sounds so much more natural than global warming. Takes the guilt off, doesn’t it? Mother Nature doing her thing. Not our fault.

News To Me

11/19/14: Sorry. Haven’t had chance to bring you anything new. Busy with writing groups. Something has pulled my attention away from my self-appointed rounds. It is a method that a writer friend spoke about recently. Seems it has been around for a while. It is called proprioceptive writing. Please use your search engine for that one. Hard for me to explain. It is something beyond stream of consciousness writing. If you let yourself go, there are little spaces in the brain that speak up. You just keep writing everything down quickly without thinking about grammar or the sense of it. The thoughts come quickly. My first attempt filled a page as I waited in a dentist’s office for a friend to have her teeth cleaned. Afterwards, I went to the next step and circled key words. A felt like a therapist asking myself who was he and why was she important. There is a book out on this , or course, and classes, currently in he USA. Another friend was heading for China and said there was one coming up there. Don’t think I will take a course. As a matter of fact, I had been examining my past, going way back, and have come up with plenty to write about, semiautobiographical style. This new-to-me method should help the creative process. To learn more, Google proprioceptive writing. One teacher/coach named Nancy Nicolazzo explains it in a concise manner. Proprioceptive Writing – Explore Your Mind Through Writing. Try it.

Time To Plant

11/19/14: Sorry. Haven’t had chance to bring you anything new. Busy with writing groups. Something has pulled my attention away from my self-appointed rounds. It is a method that a writer friend spoke about recently. Seems it has been around for a while. It is called proprioceptive writing. Please use your search engine for that one. Hard for me to explain. It is something beyond stream of consciousness writing. If you let yourself go, there are little spaces in the brain that speak up. You just keep writing everything down quickly without thinking about grammar or the sense of it. The thoughts come quickly. My first attempt filled a page as I waited in a dentist’s office for a friend to have her teeth cleaned.        Afterwards, I went to the next step and circled key words. A felt like a therapist asking myself who was he and why was she important. There is a book out on this , or course, and classes, currently in he USA. Another friend was heading for China and said there was one coming up there. Don’t think I will take a course. As a matter of fact, I had been examining my past, going way back, and have come up with plenty to write about, semiautobiographical style. This new-to-me method should help the creative process. To learn more, Google proprioceptive writing. One teacher/coach named Nancy Nicolazzo explains it in a concise manner. Proprioceptive Writing – Explore Your Mind Through Writing. Try it.

11/15/14: Latest on microgreens: See Getting It All – Nutrition.                                                                  After checking out Getting It All, see Household Tips for latest blurb on a terrific use for white vinegar. The tip is a little personal, yet I put it under household stuff.

10/22/14: Update. Things are coming along. Tomorrow I will use the greens produced from wheat berries. They must be ground in a juicer or, as I had done months ago, placed in the Bullet Juicer and processed, then with added frozen fruit, diced celery, almond milk, processed again. These are just a few things that can be added to the nutritious greens. I was telling a friend that after cutting the “grass,” within hours they shoot up and I will have more for juicing in days. I have done this harvesting three times from one planting in the past.

Buckwheat is coming along nicely. Will add the greens to salad. Tonight, I planted kale for the same purpose. I had put peas on the growing media, but so far only have a few leaves showing. Lots of root, though.

A possible failure is the thinner white medium. It was either this or the fact that I planted clover that has been sitting in jars in my kitchen cabinet for too long. Keeping the growing medium moist brought on mold. Will try again with seed I acquired last week. I washed everything with liquid dish soap and added water and vinegar (about half and half) to soak for several hours, rinsed and  laid them out to dry.

Another planting  a few days ago was fenugreek. Great aroma. Will add to salads. I usually just sprout these seeds and they are a delicious addition to lettuce and such.

Off to the kitchen tomorrow. Sweet dreams.

10/08/14:  Spicy foliage can be seen along the roads. Beautiful coloring on deciduous trees lend to one of the best times of the year, before the organs of photosynthesis and transpiration complete their life’s work and descend to the ground. Before the leaves pile up on lawns and walks and drive us nuts.

It is time for fall planting. Planting, you say? Yes, I am a little late. Should have done this weeks ago. Are you still confused? In the cold weather, I grow several edibles indoors here in Massachusetts. With the help of a grow light, I am able to pick kale and lettuce and a few herbs in fall and winter. I try to eat all the organic and unfooled-with food I can. My backyard and the indoor crops have kept me on a straight path. Well, almost. Lunching out at least three times a week is a must. I save enough on wholesome food to be able-walleted.

Several years ago, I tried micro greens. At the time, I used potting soil. Messy. I tried clay pellets. I had so-so success with these. The seeds for micro greens are small and tend to lodge between the pellets.

I will attempt something new this season. I searched around the web and found what looked like a good deal. Of course, I could gather some of the items at a local branch of a gardening supply company. In the spring, they throw out things like 10 x 20 plastic trays, large sturdy pots, you name it. Now, I have little choice.

I have already planted seed for items I will be needing for salads and some cooking, kale, romaine lettuce, parsley and basil. I am trying Swiss chard. Some nutritious and tasty additions will be the micro greens. I ordered trays to hold smaller perforated trays and will follow instructions shown on You Tube, Growing Microgreens – Hydroponic Method – Parts 1 and 2. The mini gardens can be grown with the light from a window. Once they sprout, the plants need only about ten days of upgrowth.

The word hydroponic may be misleading. A complicated irrigation system is not needed. Small mats about one eighth inch thick hold the seed as they sit in the inner tray. Adding a squeeze of lemon to about two cups of water in the 10 x 20” tray wets the mat and creates the pH greens like. These mats are made of tree bark and come in easily cut pieces and several textures. I ordered two types and trays to start about four or five varieties. I ordered liquid kelp fertilizer and a few seeds. I have some on hand, as I have done sprouting in jars in the past.

The assortment of materials with free shipping for a $60 purchase was from Sproutpeople.com. I expect delivery by the end of this week. I will let you know how things turn out. Wish me luck and don’t slip on the wet leaves.

Spam It

Sorry to say, with this new program on Godaddy, I have been swamped with weird. Where there are supposed to be comments coming in, gobbledegook reigns. Out of the hundreds of spammy looking messages I have received, one appeared normal. I hung onto it for a while, but inadverdently pitched it.

Sorry to say, I will probably have to get the comments section turned off. Too bad. I suspect this junk is sent by a few people. The style of multiple messages is the same, with misspelled and nonsensical stuff usually coming from someone selling T shirts, “Uggs,” “Jordan Jeans” or some other piece of junk Cheap. Some come in Oriental symbols I do not understand. Nothing in Klingon, yet.

I will continue to bitch, blast or sometimes talk cuddly (this pattern of writing is usually reserved for puppies and other adorables). I go on Facebook under Jeanne Savage. I rarely get feedback there, but comment anyway. If you see my page there, I do not bother putting much on it, as on occassion, someone rearranges things and/or limits the way I can answer. I will continue to visit Facebook. Though I am not a very active activist, mainly because age limits my walking, I like to visit others to see what they are up to. Good people. They have the guts to get out there and try to better the planet.

 

Give ‘Em a Raise

  9/18/14:  See  Getting It All – Nutrition  for related post.

For you Dunkin’ers:  Do you hang out there? Often, I see people working on their computers at the fast food hangout. Some, particularly in my neighborhood, play host to regulars who get together after their softball workouts (senior guys) or chat in improptu groups. You can buy a beverage, a sandwich, muffin . . . they do not throw you out if you linger.

I  was not aware that going online would bring you something other than a donut . . . watching my diet to some degree. On the receipt, there is a note at the bottom of the paper that you can get a dollar off your next purchase.

The folks that work there are pleasant and helpful. They manage to survive on their wages with a litle help from the tip cup. Here is my thought on how to give them a raise. Go online at telldunkin.com and answer  the questions. If you do this often enough, you will whiz through the process within minutes. Take the receipt with validation code to the Dunkin’ for your next purchase. Ask for $1.00 discount and leave a dollar in the cup. Even if you buy a cup of coffee this way, you will save (whatever your tipping habit is) and you will help the crew pay some expenses.

Flash Boys, the book

8/24/14:  Flash Boys is a terrific read. Of course, my reading is by ear, while I drive from one town to another. Perhaps it is better to hear this one. The actor reading emphasises at the right points for those of you that are put to sleep by things like math. This one should be made into a movie. Characterization is already written in by the author. Amazing.

To say the book was inspirational to me may sound peculiar. Please see Bitching Corner on the sidebar of this blog. It illustrates how quirky the mind can work. For instance, when you greet someone you haven’t seen for some time and get the angsts because you can’t remember her name. You leave the scene and on the way home, the name comes to you in a flash.

8/16/14:  Just a note:

Trying to straighten out what I moved from my files. Crazy spaces are added and some removed when they are copied and pasted. Will try to get this site in order but hope I don’t have to start all over again. Still don’t know why categories don’t wind up on the sidebar and things like  Bitching Time appear in subcategories. If Only is my motto.  If only they kept it simple.                                                                                                                                                                             Good night.

Everyday Miscellanea

8/15/14: A brief update. Not that it has anything to do with computer stuff, or does it? I sometimes think people are being replaced. At least using the noodle is.

When I changed banks, I was not told that in order to get the $10 per month perk for banking online had to be banking on line with Bill Pay. I called my HMO to have them discontinue pulling monthly payments direcly from my checking account. I paid early this month on Bill Pay and informed the rep. I watched my account. On a subsequent call, I was told to call on August 15th to make sure things were going as planned.

I was charged via my checking a/c on August 13. I called the HMO on the 14th, saying that the rep reassured me that things would be taken care of. This new rep told me it takes two months to remove payment arrangements. When I expressed my displeasure with this, that standard remark, “He should have told you” was thrown at me. I will file it under The Dumbing Down of America is Working. This file contains the Iron Lady of Phonedom’s remarks, such as “I didn’t get that.”

They’re Doing It Again

8/17/14: Methinks I found the problem. Seems Akismet is connected with WordPress.com          Wonder who is sending me all those Japanese comments. There are other gobledegook comments as well. You would think Godaddy would provide a block option. This keeps some of the crap down. With all the bells and whistles,  the basics have been forgotten . . . or is it that I have to throw more money at it?

Trying to get an upgrade to Akismet. I can’t create a new user name and/or password. They suggest using my Word Press user name and password. Ha! That is why I left another web hosting company. Every time I tried to use the codes to get in, they didn’t like it. Who the “they” are I have no idea, but some entity out there doesn’t like me. At the other company, a money-grabbing little monster kept throwing me out.

As for Akismet, I read the l-o-n-g terms of agreement, tried to sign up to get still another code or “key” and they did not like my newly created password, even though I followed the instructions – – – letters, numbers and the symbols they specified. It was then they said I could use my Word Press user name and password. After this umpteenth rejection, I clicked on “forget your password?” and the suggestion was to make up a new one. Huh? No! Why? Go back to square one? Throw another letter/numbe/symbol out there to add to the confusion?

I will try to handle the spam without the upgrade’s help. At least once a day, I have to throw out some Japanese gobbledegook, three or more per day. When I had my old blog, I received a lont of Klingon junk. YOu would think Godaddy could do something about that. Too bad there isn’t a block option in the Comments section.

If you want to learn the latest with my banking fun, see Bitching Corner, 8/7/14.

Hear Ye

Good morning, folks. Overnight, have received several questions on the comments page. The people are asking advice regarding computer problems. Sorry, can’t help you. My blog is not set up as a forum for such technical problems. I do not even know who the people are that are giving me advice. I certainly can’t  encourage exchanges on the comments page.

Posted August 2, 2012: Thank you. Thank you. To the folks who have made comments. They come from people knowledgeable in the computer field, with all the initial combinations known to man and woman, it seems. I haven’t the slightest idea where to go with it. Not yet and maybe not ever.

This blogging thing will take time. I now have a book on my Kindle that has what I think I need. The guy explains most of the strange language that comes in short bursts of letters. Perhaps I will find out how tags work, for one. I never knew anything about them when I used Quick Blogcast. You could send a short quote  from your writing. Send it where, I did not know. But it worked. Had pretty good hits. Not incidentally, visits are building on this new entity. Perhaps Crazy’s following has caught up with me. Please let me know what you think of the content. If you don’t want to join others with comments, my email is  jeanne@driveucrazy.com

Word Press gets some getting used to. My time is limited. I belong to several writing groups. I do not have enough half-hours in my bank of reading time. Can’t enjoy everything they send me. When we meet, we must keep it short. I fit in with that habit, generally, packing in as much content as I can into one or two pages. Not a bad idea in this crazy new world*. I will not allow myself to be caught up acronymiously in text language. A simple @:) occasionally will do.

*Everyone’s “Gotta go somewhere else.” Today, people seem to be dancing on a sugar          load. Must be the corn fructose. Better Living Through Chemistry and all that bull.

Jeanne

Categorical Evildoing

I attended a pleasant session at a local Dennis restaurant yesterday. Coffee And. This consisted of the brew plus reading of short essays or vignettes written by a group of about ten women that attend the local college in th colder months.  We take classes at the college for fun as seniors.

The short pieces that these ladies produce are delightful. Yesterday our assignment was to write about one or all of the Seven Deadly Sins. I tried my best to do a little research, but came up short in finding present day beliefs of a particular church. If I discover more, I will correct the info. I am fuzzy about dogma changes that occured in the 20th Century.

Categorical Evildoing

They were seniors. Dressed in upscale summer clothing, they entered my local Dunkin’ Donuts. She sat at the tall table near the window. Soon, he sauntered over to her with two iced Lattes. She talked in normal conversational tones, until she came to her main point, announcing as if on stage,

“I have more money than you ever thought of having.” He said nothing. What is there to say?

It is no wonder that pride is at the top of the No No LIst, the Seven Deadly Sins. Not that this woman necessarily qualifies. Who was she referring to? I have no idea, but it made me think of why the ancients, first the Greeks, then thc Catholic clan thought high-mindedness should be at the top of the list.

Could it be they thought pride led to just about every other transgression? What are the Seven Deadly Sins? They had evolved over the centuries. At one time, eight were listed, including one called sadness. Wonder what they had in mind with that one. I will refer to a list I found on the internet, so I get it right. When someone asks me to name the seven, the Seven Dwarfs come to mind. I can’t remember all their names either.

Pride. Envy. Gluttony. Lust. Anger. Greed. Sloth. In the middle ages, these were the baddies. Behavior far worse was left out. Did the powerful of the day create the list to keep people in line? And which people? As religion reared its ugly political head, clergy, being aligned with the royals, were known to glom onto higher education. The serfs were taught little else than how to do their chores and what not to do. By the time the Catholics became ultra powerful, peasants received a bonus, lessons in how to perform the stations of the cross.

By the middle of the Twentieth Century, the Seven Deadly Sins were taught as little more than a curiosity. Parents did not think of pride as a negative. Children were told to be proud of their appearance, accomplishments, the friends they kept, kindness to others and other good stuff.

At least one of the religions categorize the negatives of mortal and venial sins. Into the 1950s or was it the ’60s, teachings were that perpetrators of the former were sent straight to Hell, the latter placed in a holding area named Purgatory. How long the wait for heavenly residence depended on the degree of sinfulness. Gradually, clarification came into the mix, church higher ups explaining that purgatory was not a place, but a state of being. What the Hades, at least they straightened out some of the mumbo jumbo.

Heaven is up there, Hell down. That’s one thing that hasn’t changed. In the lower entity, one will burn forever. In the old days, ranking clergy threw in something extra. Punishment for each particular deadly sin could range from being thrown into a snake pit or eating the slitherers, along with rats and toads. Those guys were really creative.

 

Note: Often, you will see changes in my posts. Recently, some retired teachers helped me with facts regarding ancient history. Thanks to them, a few holes in my quicky research have been filled in.