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post office box score!

I haven’t been to my Post Office box in awhile, so I decided it was time to go and kill two birds with one stone. I’d have a bunch of crap out of my box, and the postmaster could now do her job and fill it back up. Low and behold however, on this day, I had a fancy key to a fancy wall locker that had something in it too big to fit in my PO Box.

OK. Full disclosure. I knew there was a package coming. The sender told me to keep an eye out. So, I pick up a nice, thick, padded folder size package. Felt like a large book. Thanks Am– Angela? Wait a minute, this is from someone else! I rifle through my junk mail and contained in that mess was a card for a counter pickup.

This box was massive! But, oddly lighter than expected.

The first item was the Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites: Flavorful Recipes for Healthful Meals

I flipped through this 465 page behemoth and saw tons of really nice recipes that I intend to try sometime very soon.

Two of them were tagged for me to try; Festive Black Bean Chili, and Ukrainian Beet and Bean Stew.  Is your mouth watering yet?  Holy shit those both sound fantastic!

Festive Black Bean Chili has onions, garlic, cumin, coriander, green and red peppers, black beans, canned tomatoes, corn, hot peppers, cilantro and salt.  WOW.  If it wasn’t so late, I’d be tossing all of that in my crock pot right now!

The other recipe, Ukranian Beet and Bean Stew consists of; onion, celery, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, beets, whole tomatoes, caraway seeds, vinegar, kidney beans, dill, salt, and pepper.  Also, scallions and yogurt (soy for me).  Look, I suppose one could understand how this doesn’t sound freakin’ awesome, but I don’t know you.. so, more for me!!!   I’ll let everyone know how these turn out… sooo exciting.

Thanks Angela!!

This leads me to the second package.  This one is from a friend I met for a bit while hiking out on the Appalachian Trail last year.  I had recently contacted her to see what she was going to be doing the weekend of April 27th.  For some reason, she felt compelled to send me a birthday gift.  How awesome?

As I said before, this box was way too big.  Past all the packaging peanuts and eco, air-filled bags was a large, coffee style book, The Life & Love of Trees.  What a stunning collection of photos by Lewis Blackwell.  Jaw dropping really.  So far, my favorite quote is:

If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer; but if he spends his whole day as a spectator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is esteemed an industrious and enterprising citizen. – Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Amen Henry, amen.

This book is amazing.  Amazing indeed, but only introduces, yet again the peculiar juxtaposition that authors and photographers like Blackwell and many, many others have.  We have to destroy trees to produce the very work you wish to share and exhibit.  Why?  I found nothing of any sort stating that any recycled products were used, attempted to be used, or anything.  Also not mentioned was any regard to reforestation based upon any analysis of how much wood was used in its manufacturing process.  If, as stated, in this book in particular, Life & Love of Trees, why are you killing them?  It seems, once again, that people don’t believe that it’s their particular responsibility.  Or, that, if they buy carbon credits, or wind credits, they are doing good.  Here’s an idea, how about don’t do it at all?

I digress.

It’s a fabulous book, I will spend some time thumbing through it and give my assessment.

Thanks Amy!!

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