Month: April 2014

Thought Questions, day 30: If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large group of people, what would your message be?

I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too!

Day 30: If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large group of people, what would your message be?

That all people are equal and deserve the same measures of love and respect. Don’t judge. Treat others as you wish to be treated, and always, always love. I detest people who degrade others for being different–of a different culture, perhaps disabled in some way, whatever. It’s even worse if there’s a high level of ignorance behind the statement–for example, making fun of someone with a mental disability because they struggle to communicate at work. 

I openly admit that I often fail to act with love toward the people around me. It’s hard on days when you’re not feeling patient or someone just irritates you from the get-go. But it’s a practice that gets easier the more you do it.

Thought Questions, day 29: When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?

I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too!

Day 29: When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?

Considering that I tend to be kind of quiet person, I don’t think I’m in any danger of that! :P In all seriousness, though–I hope not. I like to think that I work to back up the things I say. People who talk and talk and never follow up with any action drive me nuts, and I start to tune them out after a while.

Thought Questions, day 28: What makes you smile?

I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too!

Day 28: What makes you smile?

Books. Tea. Sweets. My cats. My family and friends. Sunshine. This week we’ve had lots of sunshine so I’ve been able to sit on the porch with the cats and read and drink tea, so it’s been a big combo of things to make me smile!

Thought Questions, day 27: Would you break the law to save a loved one?

I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too!

Day 27: Would you break the law to save a loved one?

My initial answer is, “Of course, who wouldn’t?” This does, however, remind me of an interesting experiment that I read about (I can’t find the source, unfortunately). Children were presented with the scenario of a poor man whose wife was dying because the couple couldn’t afford a life-saving medicine; they were then asked if the man should steal the medicine for her. Many of the boys said yes, but many of the girls said that he shouldn’t, because he might get caught and go to jail and then she would really be in trouble.

So I guess the answer is, yes…but you can be damn sure I’d be sneaky about it. I think there are times when laws must be broken for the greater good, or because they are unjust.  But going back to Wednesday’s question, you need to be smart about what you’re doing, so you don’t get yourself in trouble and leave the other person in even more dire straits.

Thought Questions, day 26: How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too!

Day 26: How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

Probably in my late thirties. I feel much older than I am, physically and mentally. Also, I’m not much for clubbing or social events, and would rather sit in my cozy chair with a book and tea, which I believe is kind of atypical for a youngster. When I look in the mirror, though, I don’t look older than I really am, thank goodness. I’d like to think my diet and lifestyle will keep me looking young for years to come!

Recipe Writers, April 2014: Spring Has Sprung!

Guys, we made it! Spring is officially here. We had fun baking Christmas cookies, enjoyed some Irish food (Shamrock Hot Cocoa or Irish Roasted Shallots, anyone?), and now it is time to embrace all of the freshness that spring has to offer. Let’s celebrate the changing of seasons with this month’s theme:

Spring Has Sprung
This month is all about fresh food. We are transitioning from cold and cozy foods to crisp, light and fresh flavors. Maybe you have a new twist on a salad, or a family standby for when the weather gets warmer. I can’t wait to see what spring foods you are cooking up in your kitchen! Link up your favorite recipes after the jump!

Here is how Recipe Writers works: at the beginning of every month we will introduce a new theme and all share our recipes here. The link party will close on the last day of the month. This way you will have time to share a recipe before and after the holiday (if there is one) so others can try it, check out other recipes to try yourself  and impress your family and friends with the delicious flavors of the season. For example, January was Healthy Eating, February was Valentine’s Day sweets and March was St. Paddy’s Day Snacks!
Co-hosts:
Amanda Rose from Sew Much 2 Say
 
Remember, this link up is open until the end of the month and we will have a new one next month starting on the 1st.  Don’t forget to check in next month to see if your recipe was featured. So, what are you waiting for? Make your favorite spring salad recipes, blog about it and share them with us!

 

 

 

Thought Questions, day 25: When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards and just do what you know is right?

I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too!

Day 25: When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards and just do what you know is right?

I think there’s a complex answer to that, and you can absolutely disagree with me in the comments. People say, “The time is always right to do what is right” (a quote from Martin Luther King Jr.), but I think you have to weigh your options carefully when considering how to go about doing what is right. For example, many people in Nazi Germany who helped to hide and/or smuggle Jews away from the Nazis had to be careful about maintaining an outward appearance of loyalty to the government in order to remain in a position to help their neighbors.

I certainly wouldn’t say that you should do the right thing only if it will be personally beneficial, but I think we need to remember that you can’t help others if you are helpless yourself. This is why, in the event of an airplane emergency, you put your own oxygen mask on before helping your neighbor; you can’t help them out if you pass out first.

So, I think that you have to be aware of the risks when trying to do the right thing, so that you can plan accordingly in order to get around those concerns and be more effective. You can’t help other people if you’re in jail or hurt or dying.

I also think that’s important to remember that if you’re trying to help someone else, you might need to proceed cautiously to avoid harming them. If you see someone being bullied, you might want to march right up to their harasser and threaten to report them to the police, but that might lead to negative consequences for the victim. It can be better to quietly help the victim exit the situation and contact the authorities after the fact. Otherwise you risk inflaming the situation and provoking greater violence toward the victim. This is especially true in cases of domestic violence.

What do you think? Are you strategic in doing what you feel is right or do you jump in feet-first, and damn the consequences?