Caffeine is NOT an addiction, repeat not an addiction!

 

Alarm – 5 am … wha?? huh???? OHHHH DAMMMIT!  Another day.. and I fling, yes, fling my body out of my wonderful king size, luxuriant bed replete with 400 thread count sheets and feel my way out to the darkened hallway…
I stumble to the kitchen where shards of my psyche lay disassembled on the countertop – it reclines in a repose next to a wondrous machine that drops water through crystalline Arabica beans..this, the homeopathic glue will reassemble my mind after another night of  perio-menopausal “sleep” – ha my first oxymoron of the morning…
The spinning star wheel I had mentally placed my husband on (due to his cursed ability to soundly slumber through the night and awake without need of the brown black liquid now sloshing in my mug) is no longer spinning and that thought cast aside as I slug the “joe.” Must admit I really wanted to try knife throwing for the first time  but the caffeine passes the blood brain barrier and as I head to the shower – I hear my Chicago cutlery set sigh  a breathe of  relief —– til the next morning.

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I am posting/Blogging more in 2011!

 

I’ve decided I want to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now.  I will be posting on this blog once a week for all of 2011.

This goes along with my weight loss plan and my plan to quit smoking.. half century mark is coming and in the words of my best friend – “I am going to shake things up a little”

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similiar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.

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Am I Socialist Because I Feed Wild Birds?

So in this political climate/feeding frenzy we are floating in like flotsam I am curious as to how my daily activities equate to my political leanings? So I am starting with this – am I a Socialist because I feed the wild birds both at my home and office?
First, let’s define socialism and then I can trace my activity back to my politics?
SOCIALISM – well, here it gets sticky because within the general definition of socialism – there are different schools of thought – Marxism, Reformists, Leninist, Trotskyists, Utopian, etc.. so now before we get to the birds I have to make a distinction and I guess perhaps I lean toward Marx (if I lean anywhere at all) “from each according to his ability, to each according to his contribution.” Ultimately, I don’t know whether I am a socialist at all but I do believe in some sort of leveling of the classes so that opportunity exists for all to achieve. I just have never understood why sharing the wealth is so counter intuitive to America at large. I am not suggesting a free ride but I am suggesting a less capitalistic endeavor and a more utopian socialist community like New Harmony.

I started feeding birds partly due to my mother – her Germanic heritage led to the natural inclination of feeding all people and all beings – so it was always done at my home as I grew up.. salt licks for the wild deer, peanut butter suet balls and any stale grain product for the birds, grain corn for the squirrels and on and on.  She always fed nature and as a consequence we had a plethora of amazing wildlife as a backdrop to our youth!  Cardinals, blue jays, woodpeckers, squirrels, deer.. all knew they were welcome and would be fed.  Why did she do it? Because she thought she should share her “wealth” of food to the creatures of the wild and in return they provided entertainment and a color spectrum to our world. Mom would not have defined herself as a socialist for doing what she did – far from it but many people would ask what did she get in return?  Did the animals provide some sort of return on investment – that’s the question.. or was it truly a altruistic gift?  I can’t answer for her but for me it is a “grounding” process.. I watch the social interactions as the wildlife feed and I notice.. maybe that’s it – it makes me take note.. away from my Iphone, Ipod, Facebook, Netflix and any other number of created distractions – it makes me stop, listen, look, laugh and it is real!!  100% unfettered reality..
It is not just me giving but I receive as well.. perhaps it is not as tangible as what I give – e.g., food but it puts me in a space that allows me to truly see. 

Perhaps feeding the birds is socialism if socialism is ascribed as Tocqueville and Delors view it in their writings –

For me, socialism has always been about liberty and solidarity, but also about responsibility
Jacques Delors

Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.
Alexis de Tocqueville
 
Yes, responsibilty, restraint and servitude would be an accurate depiction of why I feed the birds so the paradigm is resolved – I am a wildlife socialist
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