Friday, June 24, 2016
But for once I would like to point out that while I have required above average amounts of medical assistance these past months, that I have just now really started to make progress on my creative recovery, and the local shop, Home Ec, has been a key ingredient in that success.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Socrates believes that knowledge is innate in man, but that man does not always allow knowledge to rule him. Emotions play a role and they can at times overwhelm knowledge. Socrates asserts that man knows the right thing to do, but does not always choose to act that way. Socrates warns the reader that what is good and virtuous is complicated. He rejects the notion that a certain amount of bad behavior can be outweighed by good behavior. The virtuous behavior does not negate the bad behavior.
Socrates states that all desire is for pleasure and nothing else. Man seeks happiness, even though what brings him happiness is not always good. This premise is necessary because without it there is not an explanation for why man does things that are not virtuous. The desire to do something outweighs the negative impact the behavior will have on your relationship with your parents, which is a virtuous relationship.
Socrates premise that mans desire for a course of action is in direct proportion to the amount of pleasure he will receive. This explains why man would seek pleasure in the short run, because it is an intense and overwhelming emotion that can interfere with man’s pursuit of what is virtuous, even of he has the knowledge of it. For example, man has the knowledge that marital fidelity is virtuous and will bring both he and his spouse happiness. Occasionally man is tempted to have sex with someone who is not his spouse. He is driven by the desire for immediate pleasure, and may not consider the consequences for his long-term happiness in the pursuit of his immediate desire. If he chooses to have an extramarital affair, the pain that he endures later outweighs the pleasure he enjoys in the moment.
Socrates argues that when man demonstrates a weakness of will, what is really happening is that he has not correctly assessed the damage that his pursuit of pleasure will have or that he has incorrectly assessed the amount of pain that he will endure based on his action. Socrates believes that if man was able to accurately measure pleasure and pain, and the consequences of them he would always act in a knowledgeable way. When man makes the wrong assessment, he errs. This can appear to be a weakness of will, but it is actually a failure of knowledge. I agree with Socrates in principle. For example, a robber chooses to hold up a liquor store to steal money for his own pleasure. He is aware of the fact that what he is doing is illegal and that he could go to jail if he is caught. Often the thief makes an inaccurate assessment of his risk of being caught. He is conscious of the bad possibilities that he faces with his action, but he makes the mistake of believing that he will not be caught. His emotions overrule his knowledge, and lead to his weakness of will.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
- 5 ounces rhubarb, washed and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/4 cups water
- Combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan and stir. Place over high heat and bring to a boil. Once the mixture boils, reduce the heat to low and simmer until the rhubarb is falling apart and the color has bled into the syrup, about 20 to 25 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and, using a fine-mesh strainer, strain and discard the rhubarb solids. Let the syrup cool to room temperature, then transfer it to a resealable container and store in the refrigerator.
Monday, June 20, 2016
This is a fitting end to the Rocky story (as played by Sylvester Stallone), and could be the beginning of the Adonis Creed story (ably portrayed by Michael Jordan). For one thing, it mirrors the arc of the original 'Rocky'. There’s the confident boxer from humble origins, his mentor, and the woman who becomes his friend, then his significant other and then his rock of support. There is also the famous boxer who gives our hero the boxing match chance of a lifetime, while at the same time finding out that he is not quite done with boxing himself. Armed with these elements, “Creed” then tweaks them, playing on our expectations before occasionally surprising us. It may be easy to predict where the film takes us, but that doesn’t reduce the power and enormity of the emotional responses it gets from the audience. This is a crowd-pleaser that takes its time building its character-driven universe. There are as many quietly effective moments as there are stand-up-and-cheer moments, and they’re all handled with skill and dexterity on both sides of the camera.
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Saturday, June 18, 2016
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1-1 1/2 pounds snow or sugar snap peas, washed and trimmed
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 to 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tempura sauce
- Sesame seeds (optional)
- 1. Place vegetable oil in a large, deep skillet or wok and turn heat to high. When it begins to smoke, toss in peas and cook, stirring almost constantly, until they are glossy, bright green and begin to show a few brown spots, about 5 minutes.
- 2. When peas are almost done, stir in ginger and garlic, and cook another minute or so. Toss with sesame seeds if using them.Turn off heat and remove peas to a serving bowl. Taste and adjust seasoning.
Friday, June 17, 2016
The good thing about someone saying something out loud to you is that it gives you a chance to take a second look at it, and in my case, be more deliberate about doing things right. I now try to think "Am I moving on or am I stuck?" and while my usual answer is that at I am at least doing it the usual way, in some cases I have been spurred on to do something different.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
So, where do we stand post-Orlando? We have a public health emergency related to gun deaths in our country. If you own a gun you are 9 times more likely to kill yourself and 10 times more likely to die of a gunshot wound. Guns are more dangerous to their owners and the families of their owners than to anyone else. We have a Congress that is bought and paid for by the gun lobby. We have assault rifles for sale legally. It is overwhelming, the problem is so vast.
So, what to do? I have been writing to my senator weekly about the lack of hearings for the Supreme Court nominee, so I can include this, but what would be most effective? What is needed to move forward? That is what I do not know.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Family meals give us a chance to catch up on what has been going on and anytime you put 8-12 people around a table it feels festive. The other opportunity it affords it to put a nice meal on the table at least once a week. That could be a blessing or a curse, but it is a very welcoming crowd that allows for missteps in the kitchen, so the bar is not high to please people, and if something is a complete flop, we move on. No harm, no foul. My eldest son and his wife will soon be moving away, and I will definitely miss them, and their additions to the Sunday night menu.