Monday, December 2, 2013
|Flying over Seattle and Lake Washington at night.|
It requires a lot of energy to light up the surface of the Earth. In Seattle, each home draws energy from a hydro-electric power plant. In Kentucky, my final destination, from the aircraft you can see plumes of steam arising from their coal powered plants. Departing after sunset in Louisville reveals the scale of the energy problem that we face today.
Twenty thousand feet in the air, one can see a thousand square miles of the glowing grid powered by carbon fuels that is destroying our natural world. The sixth mass extinction has begun. The spasm of permanent loss to the diversity of life, that which is the creation of life on Earth, will leave a void not only to future generations but on a cosmic scale, a deeply devastating blow to billions of years of creation that exists on this blue jewel that orbits inside the Milky Way Galaxy.
Our belief of personal fulfillment through material acquisition is compounded by inability to see the ramifications of our consumption. Ultimately, we will risk the entire creation to propel the human race into directions not guided by human moral values but human material values. Only through outspokenness and commitment to lives guided by globally minded values we may turn the helm of our ship and avert this inevitable tragic disaster from occurring.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
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Thursday, October 10, 2013
Twice a day the Manette bridge, east of downtown Bremerton, WA, has millions of gallons of sea water rush under its arches. Filling and draining Dyes Inlet with the rising and falling of the tides caused by the gravity of our orbiting moon. Don't get caught up in the current as you do not have a choice in where it will take you.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
The pizza sauce was made from rehydrated freeze dried tomato sauce with sage, oregano, and minced garlic. The sauce was still acidic and not tangy so I added a few tablespoons of white and balsamic vinegar.
I sliced potatoes and onions very thinly and placed them on top of fresh mozzarella cheese. Since the dough was mostly cooked, I broiled the pizza on the bottom rack of our small oven.
Broiling the top of the pizza made the potatoes crunchy and the cheese full of color. The crust had a wonderful texture that crumbled in your mouth. The sauce stood on it's own in with minimal competition from the potatoes and onions.
The problem with being an artistic chef is that these are one time creations. Like the rest of life, the pleasures will be consumed with time and what is left is our fading memories and the effects of the event on the rest of time.
They say time heals wounds but I also believe that time devourers joy. "This too shall pass" says one who is in displeasure. "This too shall pass" is the realization one who lives in the moment will soon fear when experiencing the joys of life. Moments of joy pass by so fast. They are non-material and we cannot carry them with us. They are fleeting and may only last the duration of a humming bird jetting over the setting sun or the time it takes to eat a slice of pizza. The mistake is not fearing the end of moments of joy but not recognizing them in the first place.