Saturday, May 26, 2012

Freshly Squeezed Organic Orange Juice!

Today was a little taxing.  I thought I'd squeeze some oranges we received in our Azure Standard order Thursday.....Yum!   Aren't these little juice glasses sweet?!  Adrienne bought them somewhere, an estate sale or something, she can't remember! 
I just can't bring myself to pay retail these days!  Between Azure, Costco and Frontier I am SO spoiled!  Costco didn't have any organic apples the past two times we've shopped there.  I thought about getting a few at Whole Foods (for hubby's lunches), but no way was I going to spend 2.49 per pound!   We've got blueberries and peaches from 2011 in the freezer (need to be eaten) and an entire case of organic juice oranges.  In lieu of apples, I did pick up a pineapple, a watermelon and a bag of bananas at Costco.  So we can do without apples for now!   What was I thinking, we really didn't need those extra fruits from Costco this time!   I tend to continue to buy for 4 or 5, although there are only 3 of us!

 That reminds me, we need to pick our blackberries!  It's been a couple of days.....

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day Proclamation by Julia Ward Howe, 1870

This Mother's Day, we honor all mothers affected by war, in particular those who have suffered the ultimate loss of a child from war. These days, we must count the losses of our soldiers killed in action, but also those who die by their own hands both on and off the battelfield, as military suicides now exceed the number of combat deaths.
IVAW is focused on ending the Afghanistan War, and our Operation Recovery Campaign is working to end the deployment of traumatized troops and fighting for service members' right to heal from war so no more mothers have to experience the losing a child to war.
Today, we honor the origins of Mother's Day as an international call to end all wars.
 This year, Brave New Foundation is remembering and honoring the origins of Mother's Day in this short online video (HERE).  Through the power of compassion and womanhood, we hope to work towards peace.

Mother's Day Proclamation

by Julia Ward Howe, 1870

Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts, Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!

Say firmly: "We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies, Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience. We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."

From the bosom of the devastated Earth a voice goes up with our own. It says: "Disarm! Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice." Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession. As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil at the summons of war, Let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel.

Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead. Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means Whereby the great human family can live in peace, Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar, But of God.

In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask That a general congress of women without limit of nationality May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient And at the earliest period consistent with its objects, To promote the alliance of the different nationalities, The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.
In Solidarity,
Iraq Veterans Against the War
Afghanistan Veterans Against the War Committee