A favorite at our house is sauteed fresh spinach with red onion and bacon. And it is so convenient that it comes bagged and ready to use . . . maybe. Yes, most fresh spinach products claim to be freshly-washed but I never feel it is freshly-washed up to my expectations!
I’m making spinach this evening and decided to show you what you can expect if you don’t wash and soak your spinach.
First of all, always clean twice as much spinach as you think you will need as it cooks down drastically. My cleaning method is to put it into a very large bowl, fill the bowl with water to cover the spinach leaves and then pour in a half cup to a whole cup of cider vinegar depending on how much I’m making for dinner. I stir it around a bit and let it sit for 15 or 20 minutes while I work on other dinner prep. When I’m ready for the spinach, I put a colander in the sink and put in several handfuls of spinach into it, rinse, and place on a triple layer of paper towels, usually about four ‘sections’ of paper towel long. I continue this way until I have rinsed off all the spinach. Now, look at the water left in your soaking bowl. Doesn’t look too great, does it?
Have you heard? The newest ‘privilege on the block is now Christian Privilege. Up to now, the ‘privilege’ affecting so many of us has been ‘White Privilege’. Well, I still haven’t wrapped my head around what White Privilege is or how I acquired it and now in addition to possibly being in legal sin of some sort with that, I find out I am also endowed with Christian Privilege.
First of all, just to clear the air a bit, I do not remember at the time of my conception being given a choice of being white, black, or brown. Nope, I was born and that was that, I was white. And, if white was the color du jour and God is a merciful God, why did He arbitrarily assign skin colors rather than coming up with a neutral tone for everyone? So, I resent being condemned for something I had no control over.
Now, the White Privilege masses are also entitled to belong to the Christian Privilege group. A pause for a question: If, to avoid the label of being a part of Christian Privilege, someone denounces any kind of Godly faith, does that now label them with ‘Atheist Privilege’?
A thought does come to mind, however. Not just white people (or whatever variation of the color wheel you might belong to . . .) are Christians. In fact, attend a Christian service most any Sunday and you will find quite a variety of ‘color’ in the congregations. Now, are only the white people in attendance of the Christian Privilege persuasion? Should the other races be parceled out in title because they are obviously sharing that church time with us white Christian Privilege people.
Given this mixture of races sharing time with God in the same pews at the same respective churches, wouldn’t it be safe to say that if you want freedom or prejudice from race, color, or creed, Christianity is the way to go? As one of our hymns go, All Are Welcome . . .
Now, the media didn’t come out and say that all Christians are white but there is always the insinuation and the Christian Privilege seems to be quietly linked to us pale pew warmers. With some thought (not a liberal strength), it seems to me in my humble opinion that Christian Privilege is actually a good and noble state of being. It is the one thing that includes all people, that doesn’t judge, and makes better people of all that attend.
I say we all drive the crazies that came up with Christian Privilege into turmoil by regarding the title as a compliment acknowledging our faith in God and wanting to be the best people we can be.
I came across this information this morning and cannot believe that a person’s freedom of choice can be against the law if the choice doesn’t come under what the State wants rather than the individual.
People should have choices and even if one doesn’t always approve of another person’s choices, it should be their choice, right? Not according to a new bill being considered seriously in the State of California. The bill will make it unlawful for a person who is gay to decide to seek counseling because they might want to change their sexual identity. The law would also take away the right to separation of church and state as even a priest, rabbi, or minister would not be allowed to do counseling to that effect.
I’ve been coming across this information for the last week or so and am wondering if NOW, our priests and bishops will stand up and speak against this bill as it does affect the way they can deal with parishioners in conflict legally.
In California, we tend to avoid musing over ‘what next’ as the future ‘what next’ is always worse than the last one. Don’t we have enough serious problems in California to keep our government busy that they seem to feel they have to meddle in everyone’s personal life? It’s truly not constitutional but that hasn’t really stopped many politicians up to now.
And the rest of the country shouldn’t get too complacent because the liberal factions are constantly trying to make the changes they want not the the changes that truly benefit the citizens.
To all the teens that walked out of school in favor of taking down the Second Amendment and taking away everyone’ guns. . . These are the shoes of Jews that were forced to give up their firearms to Hitler. They were marched into gas chambers, murdered and buried in mass graves . Today’s world is based on learned lessons but if you don’t study even the basics of history, you will repeat history and things won’t turn out the way you view your idea of a perfect world. Pick up a history book and you’ll realize what happens when you give up freedoms and why we have them.