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Fri Jun 20, 2014, 07:31 PM

Every time I open my refrigerator, *every time*.......

.......I am reminded how incredibly fortunate I am to live where I live and have a decent job. I can afford to have good, lean meats and fresh fish and a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Don't get me wrong, there is also chocolate pudding and a few ice cream bars in there, too. I'm not a nun, after all!

But I'm also reminded of all the people who aren't nearly so lucky. That keeps me spending two Saturdays a month at the Resource Center, which also reminds me of my good fortune.

Just feeling mellow and wanted to mention it. And to wish everyone on DU a great weekend.

Peace.

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WillowTree Jun 2014 OP
boston bean Jun 2014 #1
Sissyk Jun 2014 #2
WillowTree Jun 2014 #5
boston bean Jun 2014 #6
WillowTree Jun 2014 #11
Jim Lane Jun 2014 #15
betsuni Jun 2014 #7
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randome Jun 2014 #26
WCLinolVir Jun 2014 #33
Sissyk Jun 2014 #3
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Jun 2014 #4
Uncle Joe Jun 2014 #8
Aldo Leopold Jun 2014 #9
bhikkhu Jun 2014 #10
Spitfire of ATJ Jun 2014 #12
asjr Jun 2014 #13
packman Jun 2014 #24
asjr Jun 2014 #40
DeSwiss Jun 2014 #14
WillowTree Jun 2014 #20
kairos12 Jun 2014 #16
hamsterjill Jun 2014 #17
BlancheSplanchnik Jun 2014 #18
cali Jun 2014 #19
grahamhgreen Jun 2014 #21
Laelth Jun 2014 #22
panader0 Jun 2014 #23
HipChick Jun 2014 #25
Generic Other Jun 2014 #27
NJCher Jun 2014 #28
Generic Other Jun 2014 #30
NJCher Jun 2014 #44
WillowTree Jun 2014 #32
Generic Other Jun 2014 #35
WillowTree Jun 2014 #37
WCLinolVir Jun 2014 #39
WCLinolVir Jun 2014 #36
Generic Other Jun 2014 #43
Shrike47 Jun 2014 #29
Rozlee Jun 2014 #31
Stuart G Jun 2014 #34
WCLinolVir Jun 2014 #38
marble falls Jun 2014 #41
Enthusiast Jun 2014 #42

Response to WillowTree (Original post)

Fri Jun 20, 2014, 07:33 PM

1. the light goes on??

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Response to boston bean (Reply #1)

Fri Jun 20, 2014, 07:37 PM

2. How do you know it wasn't already on????

lol!

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Response to boston bean (Reply #1)

Fri Jun 20, 2014, 07:42 PM

5. My light's always been on.

I've always known how lucky I am. It's the way I was brought up. Just sometimes I reflect on it and I wanted to share.

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Response to WillowTree (Reply #5)

Fri Jun 20, 2014, 07:45 PM

6. i'm sorry willow. your post was really nice,

And I just couldn't help myself from writing the first thing that came to my mind upon reading the subject line.

My apologies again. I shall give a rec in hopes of making it up to you.

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Response to boston bean (Reply #6)

Fri Jun 20, 2014, 08:05 PM

11. No prob at all.

Life's too short to be that thin-skinned. If it made you smile, that's a good thing, no?

Have a good one!!

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Response to boston bean (Reply #6)

Fri Jun 20, 2014, 09:43 PM

15. I thought the same thing and added the Mickey Rooney touch.

 

When Mickey Rooney died a couple months ago, some of the obits recalled what he said about his profession: "When I open a refrigerator door and the light goes on, I want to perform!"

I love that attitude, but I also agree with the serious point the OP makes.

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Response to boston bean (Reply #1)

Fri Jun 20, 2014, 07:46 PM

7. My refrigerator is old

and the light doesn't go on sometimes. I think it's trying to discourage me. Don't look in here where there is cheese and cake, it seems to say. Have some fruit, it's over there on the table. At least it's still running -- oops, there it goes, gotta go catch it.

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Response to betsuni (Reply #7)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 09:43 AM

26. .

 


[hr][font color="blue"][center]Treat your body like a machine. Your mind like a castle.[/center][/font][hr]

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Response to betsuni (Reply #7)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 11:14 AM

33. That was our favorite telephone joke as five year olds.

That and Prince Albert in a can.

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Response to WillowTree (Original post)

Fri Jun 20, 2014, 07:38 PM

3. Thanks for all you do, WillowTree, for the less fortunate.

Hope you have a great weekend, too.

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Response to WillowTree (Original post)

Fri Jun 20, 2014, 07:42 PM

4. Thanks for volunteering

Wish more people did.

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Response to WillowTree (Original post)

Fri Jun 20, 2014, 07:50 PM

8. If you want to keep feeling that way, don't get any Basset Hounds.





Thanks for the thread and peace to you, WillowTree.

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Response to WillowTree (Original post)

Fri Jun 20, 2014, 07:52 PM

9. I also feel fortunate on a daily basis.

Really do. Lived for a while on food stamps and one meager meal a day. Life is really good right now.

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Response to WillowTree (Original post)

Fri Jun 20, 2014, 08:00 PM

10. I know what you mean

Every time I come back from the grocery store and fill up the cupboards, fridge and freezer, I think of how much we have compared to many places.

That doesn't stop the kids from saying, a few minutes later, on briefly perusing the full cupboards, fridge and freezer, that "there's nothing to eat here!", but its certainly leaner most places in the world. And compared to most of human history we have it so easy, as far as food goes.

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Response to WillowTree (Original post)

Fri Jun 20, 2014, 09:16 PM

12. Meanwhile, I just got the ingredients for a weekend party....

 

Including the ever popular pizza casserole.

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Response to WillowTree (Original post)

Fri Jun 20, 2014, 09:18 PM

13. This reminds me of an old joke youngsters

used to call someone and ask them if their refrigerator was running. Usually the person would say yes and the young one would say Better run after it before it gets away. Then there was Do you have Prince Albert in a can? Yes they did. Better take the lid off so he can have air. Now I will not sleep tonight with other jokes going through my mind.

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Response to asjr (Reply #13)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 09:15 AM

24. Another joke about fridges

Elderly couple goes to doctor for exams. Old man tells doc that things are good, feeling fine and even God is on his side. "How so," asks the doc. "Every night when I go to the bathroom, God provides a light for me so I don't stumble."
Doc questions wife about this strange statement. "Yes, the idiot is wandering around at night and peeing in the refrigerator."

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Response to packman (Reply #24)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 01:56 PM

40. Yes, that is another oldie. When I hear those

jokes I manage to go back in time and relive those corny jokes.

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Response to WillowTree (Original post)

Fri Jun 20, 2014, 09:35 PM

14. Namaste

 



K&R

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Response to DeSwiss (Reply #14)

Fri Jun 20, 2014, 10:57 PM

20. I had an old boyfriend who liked to say that in the end, everyone wants the same thing. More.

And I can't say that I think he was wrong about that. (It was, I assure you, one of his few moments of clarity. LOL!!)

Remember John Gray, the "Mars/Venus" guy? He also wrote a book titled "How to Get What You Want and Want What You Have". It talks about how we tend to get so wrapped up in the pursuit of "more" that we forget to appreciate the "more" that we strove for and acquired yesterday, and how we're depriving ourselves of the enjoyment of what we've already achieved. Interesting concept, I think, and something that we need to give some consideration to sometimes.

Bottom line.......yes. I agree that a big part of being happy is being thankful for what we do have, and I try to remember how much I really do have.

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Response to WillowTree (Original post)

Fri Jun 20, 2014, 10:19 PM

16. I am reminded of it every time I turn on the tap and get fresh water.

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Response to WillowTree (Original post)

Fri Jun 20, 2014, 10:20 PM

17. This is a lovely post.

It's important to stop and count our blessings. Thanks for taking action to make this world a better place.

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Response to WillowTree (Original post)

Fri Jun 20, 2014, 10:22 PM

18. ze kick, und ze wreck!

Wonderful food for thought.

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Response to WillowTree (Original post)

Fri Jun 20, 2014, 10:23 PM

19. gratitude is a wonderful thing to keep in mind- and practice

 

even when things were bleakest for me- after I smashed up my leg and throughout the long recovery, when I was broke and had to use food stamps, I knew I was more fortunate than many other people and I was grateful. And when I couldn't feel it, I still practiced it.

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Response to WillowTree (Original post)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 07:50 AM

21. Just imagine fire raining on your head from above... Life in Iraq.

 

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Response to WillowTree (Original post)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 07:54 AM

22. America's obesity epidemic is fueled by increasing poverty.

Unhealthy food is comparatively cheap, and that why it's so prevalent. Good food is expensive.

-Laelth

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Response to WillowTree (Original post)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 08:17 AM

23. Wait, nuns can't have ice cream bars?

kidding--nice post

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Response to WillowTree (Original post)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 09:35 AM

25. my fridge beeps at me..

it haz computer circuit... It's prob ordering groceries too...

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Response to WillowTree (Original post)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 09:59 AM

27. Thanks for the reminder

that we really do not have it that bad living under imperial rule where we start wars with other nations to steal their resources, openly manipulate their forms of government including killing their leaders, send our corporations into impoverished places to exploit their workers so our refrigerators will always be full of fresh produce flown in direct from countries where the workers will not ever be able to afford these luxuries, etc. etc.

Sorry to be a downer, but we Americans have very little sense of perspective.

Sorry to harsh your buzz.

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Response to Generic Other (Reply #27)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 10:22 AM

28. well, I'd go along with you on that but for one

thing: "our." It is not "our." The U.S. government, while we pay the taxes for it, is not ours and has not been for some time. Despite that, many of us have been out on the front lines since Day One of this Iraq boondoggle protesting. For years and years and years we have protested. Many of us have even made long trips to D.C. to march.

In fact, some of us, myself included, were out IN FRONT of it. I don't know if you recall, but prior to the first Iraqi war, Move-On and some other organizations had published flyers we could photocopy which asked the American public to support holding off on the U.S. military going in there.

I was out in the cold drizzly parking lot of the major supermarket in our area distributing those pamphlets, so I know.

Sadly, very few people cared or even seemed to know what I and my fellow activists were talking about.

This is not my government. It is not "our" government. It is an illusion. It is the government of big corporate players who make money off our tax dollars to do despicable things like "rain fire" on the heads of the Iraqi people for purposes of profit.

Perhaps the OP should have acknowledged that, maybe not. As someone upthread commented, it is a simple, good post that just acknowledges a good thing in life. Beyond that, it gets complicated.


Cher

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Response to NJCher (Reply #28)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 10:43 AM

30. I was at every march too

I spent a lot of time waving signs and screaming as did many of us (to our credit). Ironically, I even made a video out of the traffic webcam on 15th and Constitution Ave when a million of you marched on DC and not a single mainstream site reported it.

While you are 100% right when you state that it is not "our" government, we, nevertheless, bear responsibility for not curbing its excesses. Otherwise we are all good Germans -- something I certainly do not ever want to be.

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Response to Generic Other (Reply #30)

Sun Jun 22, 2014, 10:49 PM

44. yes, I remember that Sunday morning

What a slap in the face of reality that was, seeing the NY Times cheery photo of bush waving and not a word about the huge protest. And that picture of he and Cheney walking down PA Ave--what a laugh. They were only able to walk the last 25' or so because of all the egg and tomato throwing. The rest of the time they were in their cars getting pelted.

And sure enough, that was the way it went on for years, with the media ignoring us and being lapdogs for bush and cheney propaganda.

If I had not experienced it firsthand, I would never have believed it.

We owned the streets of D.C. that day.

Interesting that you did a video. I have a video of that day. I show it to students and then I show them the NY Times coverage so they understand we don't have a free press.

But to your final point, as long as I publicly protest it and do all I can, I hold myself free of blame for what this government does. I am not a good German.


Cher

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Response to Generic Other (Reply #27)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 11:12 AM

32. So sorry that you're apparently a very unhappy person.......

.......unable to appreciate what you do have because you're too preoccupied with dwelling on what's wrong with the world.

I hope that things improve for you.

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Response to WillowTree (Reply #32)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 11:19 AM

35. So many have nothing and I feel partially responsible

so I feel it is hypocritical for me to dwell on how "lucky" I am without acknowledging the reasons I am better off. I apologize for mentioning the dark side of our lucky penny. Clearly, we all do what we can to work for positive change.

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Response to Generic Other (Reply #35)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 11:32 AM

37. I understand.

If it make you feel better, I'll go flog myself as penance for the breakfast I had this morning.

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Response to WillowTree (Reply #37)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 11:34 AM

39. Plant a vegetable in a pot to help support the bees!!

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Response to Generic Other (Reply #27)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 11:27 AM

36. Understand your logic, but some of us labor each day in our gardens and

in the kitchen preserving our harvest of locally grown. It isn't easy, has a learning curve, and the initial investment can seem steep, but the benefits are eating well and the benefit to the planet and bees is important. Local grown support is so important. Learn to grow. Organically.

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Response to WCLinolVir (Reply #36)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 05:11 PM

43. I applaud you for trying to effect change

especially by gardening. I only wish my own efforts were as fruitful. My tomato plants are looking very yellow this year.

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Response to WillowTree (Original post)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 10:25 AM

29. I often think how blessed I am. Heat in the winter, all the food we want, great water.

Wonderful view out the window, great cats, good public library. We focus too much on what we want, not what we have.

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Response to WillowTree (Original post)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 10:57 AM

31. Not only do I have plenty of food in the refrigerator, I'm appalled at how much of it goes to waste.

Granted, I'm one of those people that hardly cleans out her fridge and a couple of organisms in it have probably achieved a few steps up the evolutionary ladder, but I toss out left overs and wilted veggies, fruit and spoiled milk, etc., in copious amounts. When I think of how much even a few bites of our leftover pizza a starving person would benefit from, I just cringe. But, so much goes to waste. I try and cook to the proportions that just two people eat for, but on some days, we're just peckish and too much is wasted. Over time, it adds up to shocking amounts. When you add in how much that is for all Americans, it boggles the mind. We could feed the world.

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Response to WillowTree (Original post)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 11:17 AM

34. Proud to rec this thread....makes me think about volunteering too..thank you

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Response to WillowTree (Original post)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 11:32 AM

38. I feel rich when I open a fabulous jar of food that I preserved from organic sources.

I know I could not afford the store bought version, and it would not taste as good. I feel rich when I pick baskets full of peppers to freeze and can with other vegetables for the coming year. Same for my other harvests.

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Response to WillowTree (Original post)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 02:44 PM

41. Sounds like life is good for you. Sounds like you're good people. Think I'll have some chocolate....

pudding in solidarity. Good on you!

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Response to WillowTree (Original post)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 04:06 PM

42. Kicked and recommended!

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