Get on the “Better Lunches for our Kids” bandwagon

I can’t begin to tell you how very happy I was to read that someone influential is doing something about the state of school lunches, albeit starting in his state where his kids go to school, but I think he is starting the ball rolling in America. We can do something to help, as I have mentioned here a few months ago. Even if it’s just to spread the word.

We should go and find out from school authorities or government representatives why the food they feed our children is purely processed junk and not healthy eats.

And if you think that the box labeled Luncha*bles you opt for your kids is healthy, read the label and taste the food. All of it is overly processed. Do we really want to stay on the course of ruining our health while corporate america runs our lives?

Carrot sticks, apples, good cheese, crackers and milk. A good and simple lunch that I’ve adopted for myself, so why can’t we do the same for our kids? They deserve at least that much.

Alice Waters’ message @ Edible Schoolyard
Slow Food Movement USA
Rethinking School Lunches @ Center for Ecoliteracy
Healthy School Lunches
School Nutrition Association

More ways to help

box.gifI heard on NPR last night that you can send care packages to the evacuees in any shelter, particularly the Astrodome. They have been given their own zipcode 77230. If you address care packages to:

“Donated Goods”
Houston TX 77230

– they will be received there.

Mike and I want to put together some care packages to be sent out. There are several shelters that need our generosity. I think the universally requested items are new socks, kids shoes, baby items, & personal hygiene items (soap, deodorant, toothbrushes, toilet paper, combs, etc). The kids could use stationery, school supplies and coloring books too.

Here are good resources on how we can help more:
Hip Mama’s Katrina Help page
Where to send donations for Katrina blog

“Too many dispense with generosity in order to practice their charity.”

– Albert Camus


If their priorities had been set right in the first place, there would be no need for something like this. Does anyone know how ridiculous this makes America look?

Mayor Ray Nagin, you go!

Power of the People

I believe in people. Situations like Hurricane Katrina can bring out the best and the worst in people. I still choose to believe in the goodness of people.

How to help:
Hurricane Housing if you have accomodation to spare
Second Harvest to feed the people
Red Cross to provide much needed medical aid

Or go here for other information on how to help.

Another good resource to see which organizations you can contribute to: Network for Good.

Oh, and buy from these generous crafters who have come together to raise money for a good cause!

BlogDay 2005

Happy BlogDay 2005! For those of you who haven’t heard about it, read here. It’s easy to participate and everyone will benefit from getting to know other bloggers outside of their interest circle. I will update with my 5 recommended blogs shortly.

Summer Bliss


“The winds of change
Are blowing wild and free
But you ain’t seen nothing like me yet
There ain’t nothin’ that I wouldn’t do
Go to the end of the earth for you
Make you happy
Make your dreams come true
To make you feel my love.”
Bob Dylan

Free Wi-Fi

Seattle launches test of free Wi-Fi service and Columbia City’s downtown shops are one of the test areas.

“Wireless Internet access in Columbia City stretches through the business district along Rainier Avenue South from South Alaska Street to South Dawson Street. It covers the library, cultural center and the farmers market.”

Seattle PI [May 19, 2005]

We did pick good. 🙂

p.s. whooops thanks for the typo alert, Terry!

Bike to Work Day 2005

btwlogo.gifJust a reminder that May 20 is Bike to Work Day in the Puget Sound area. It is a launch for a month long of activities, encouraging more folks to commute with bikes.

I wonder how long it would take for me to bike to work if I stopped for breakfast at one of these stations?

Columbia City Farmers Market

Since the market opened this evening, we couldn’t pass up the chance to visit it. I had to pick up some green garlic for potstickers and some peonies. We also took the opportunity to walk around Columbia City since it will be our neighborhood very shortly.

Quite a crowd there

Cheeses, Plants and Jams/Butters

Red Scallions, Green Garlic, Chives & Thin Asparagus

Pretty fuschia peonies waiting to bloom

The market is opened from May till late October, please support our local farmers.