Ok, maybe not THAT Wonder Woman. But I AM still Wonder Woman!! For those who've known me any length of time I'm sure this comes as no suprise since you've been wondering about me all along. (sorry, bad pun, couldn't resist) Here is why I am Wonder Woman:
I Wonder how people can freak out over the newest and latest food-borne illness, avian flu, or swine flu and not begin to see how it, on some level, relates to the inherent wrongs of industrial farming. I Wonder how they can think the answer lies in more chemicals, pesticides, and poisons. I Wonder how people can be so apathetic about the way things are around them. Common sense is practically extinct. When we have to put the most asinine warnings on things, so that people don't stupidly kill themselves, well ... what happened to the natural balance of nature? Have you seen the movie Idiocracy?? If you haven't, you should. You really only need to watch the first 1/2 hour of it, then walk outside and look around. It is happening, it is already here. I Wonder how we can bail out big companies whose lack of morals make the Devil look like a Saint, how we reward those who "use the system" by not trying and instead making a living off of Social Services, but we punish those who are trying and don't actually do anything to help them out. --- Of course, we do keep calling them, emailing them, and so on asking them for more money. I realize my local fire/rescue/EMS/police services need support .. but I don't want a call from Texas (or some other state they've outsourced it to) asking me for money.
I could go on and on, but really .. I am beginning to depress myself here.
So, with my Wonder Woman powers I will: continue to use the light that naturally comes in the windows to see rather than turning on lights. I will continue to grow as much of our own food, in organic & sustainable methods, and then support local farmers, who grow the same way, for as much of the rest as possible. I will continue to encourage my children to think, to see the world as it is, and to realize that they can make positive impacts on it. I will NOT raise brain-dead zombies who live on video games. I will collect rain water to help water my plants, and continue to try and re-use grey-water from within the house. I will hold Seed Swaps and encourage more people to just TRY planting something that they can eventually eat.
With my Wonder Woman shield I will magically deflect insults about: planting edible trees that might *gasp* produce fruit (aren't you worried about it hitting __X__ -- no); using good liquor in cooking (no, it isn't a waste of it, it is a USE of it); my poor homeschooled children's lack of socialization (this has to be one of the funniest things, especially if you've met my children); how do we think we're qualified to teach our children what they need to know (another insult that is only worthy of me trying not to pee my pants in laughter); using free wood-chips as mulch (saving them from the landfill in the process) rather than spending too much money on "pretty" (I think the wood chips ARE pretty) mulch that will disintegrate within months; not immediately using chemicals and poisons to kill anything that might be seen as negative; and so on.
See, I told you I was Wonder Woman.
... I don't Wonder who wrote the Book of Love though because isn't that the Kama Sutra?
Our roots here feel deeper everyday, but our branches seem to stretch across the country and world to find like-minded folk.
Carrie is out-spoken and not one to ever hide who she is, Justin is the rock of reason that keeps her from flying off into her own world, but who also is always along for the ride!
We're dedicated to urban-homesteading and trying to live as eco-friendly and self-sustainable life as possible, without losing what made us who we are in the first place. The love of beer brought us together, and homebrewing holds a special place in our hearts.
Homesteading, homebrewing, homeschooling, and Hokies -- is there anything else left to say?
Halloween is such a big thing for us and this neighborhood. So, carving pumpkins has become a big thing for us as well. This year we only did two (down from I think 6 last year!) but they were awesome: Jim Morrison & Jerry Garcia
Summer beginning to fade
Our sunflowers going to seed - 7/22/07
Early Spring 2007
A view of the garden in early spring
Beauty of Spring
A white Lily with raindrops
The sense of community and love that came out after the 4/16 massacre was beautiful. I cry everytime I think about everything that happened that day. No, it shouldn't define Tech, but what I will always remember is the love and sense of community & one-ness. So often we feel so alone in this world, the times when we don't should be remembered.