Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Nothing Vulgar Here!
While cooking our traditional noon-time Christmas feast, I was taken by the beautiful bunch of Chard my wife bought at the natural foods co-op. The 'Christmas colors' were impressive, so I got out the camera before continuing with my chopping.
dirt. I need to do more research on this. I was then reminded that during an environmental training I did some years ago at UC Davis, we were admonished to quit using the word dirt. It implies 'dirty,' and 'undesirable.' Instead, we were to think of 'soil,' a living community on which all living things are ultimately dependent. I urge you to click on any of these photos in order to get a closer look at the vein patterns in the leaves. The red is due to the fact that more iron is stored there than in other parts of the plant. I love finding the Christmas colors in nature. Better than in plastic ornaments.
For a snowy-day activity, I recommend researching some item you had for dinner. I started with Chard, then got led to Beta vulgaris and Beets. Then to Spinach, bete noire, all sorts of nutrition web sites, and interesting lore associated with all sorts of vegetables. It was hard to stop, but I really do want to take a walk in the snow.
I'm now having memories of what I did on snowy Christmases when I was a kid. Besides playing with the new toys, especially ones that require assembly like Erector Sets and electric trains, I loved to look up things in our huge Webster's Unabridged Dictionary. It was hard to look up just one word and stop. At an early age, I developed the habit of seeing that everything is connected to everything else, and my siblings and I spent hours chasing words and origins through our dictionary. It still worked when the power went out, unlike today's internet.