Category Archives: Resistance of ordinary seeds

emma’s california rainy day, penne pasta and cannelloni beans

two cups cooked penne pasta, drained

1/2 cup zucchini, diced

2 cups spinach

1/2 cup diced mushrooms

2 cups diced stewed tomatoes canned or home cooked

2 cups cannelloni beans canned or home cooked

2/3 cup pine nuts

oregano, basil, parsley, salt and garlic to taste

grated parmesan cheese

saute the zucchini until soft, add mushrooms, then spinach.  add tomatoes and beans, pine nuts and herbs, until hot. add pasta. heat for  3 minutes.  serve.  top with  cheese.

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In My Language, By Amanda Baggs

I just discovered Amanda Baggs on youtube.  Also the blogger, at,  http://ballastexistenz.autistics.org/  

Her writing and videos are creative, human and speak to the experience of people with disabilities in general, people with autisism specifically.  

She dedicates an entire page to her medical documentation, for those arrogant members of “normal” society, who can’t believe that someone can be disabled and also extremely brilliant and articulate.  

 

This speaks to my own thesis; that we all benefit from full inclusion, the insistence that each human being has value and her existence and work (paid or otherwise) contributes to our greater humanity.

This is a very important utube film about language, humanity, communication.  Please note, that this film maker chose to close caption her video so more people could have access to the information.  Few youtube videos provide this service, denying this service to people who don’t fit within the  auditory or cognitive  norms  of society.  

Recipe: trout with millet and fennel

This is an older post, from the old house, in Baldwin Park.  It got lost in the blog move, and resurfaced with a strange date on it. I resubmit it now!

 

emma’s trout and millet with fennel

1 cup millet
1 onion, chopped
1 cup chopped end of season, green tomatoes*
2 stalks celery, chopped
olive oil, to coat pan
1T chopped or minced garlic
3 cups water
2 lbs fresh trout
2 T rosemary*
1 1/2 cups chopped fennel stalks*
2 lemons*

coat a large hot paella pan with olive oil. add onion, tomatoes, celery and garlic. cook until tender. add millet. sauté for one minute. add water. cover for 25 minutes, simmer, stirring occasionally. add trout. cover with fennel. add juice of one lemon and slices of the other lemon. cover and simmer until fish is cooked.

*from my garden

Diary Post: The destruction of the farm

Today bulldozers and swat teams are destroying the South Central Farm.
I am heartbroken.
The land belongs to those who seize it.
We have much work to do to reverse the perverse order.
We must beat their bulldozers into plowshares.
WE MUST BEAT THEIR BULLDOZERS INTO PLOWSHARES!
I spent the morning emailing, blogging and phoning.
There is much I cannot do.
I wish there were more I could do.
I am stuck, frozen.
I am just a sick woman in a bed.
It is a perfect day; cool, comfortable.
The dishonest California sun pretending that everything is fine in the world.
They are destroying the farm today.
What can I do?
What can I do?
Sitting alone in my grief will not bring us the farm.
Prayer will not bring us the farm.
Holding a space will  not bring us the farm.
Lighting a candle will not bring us the farm.
I do all these, all these.
I cry.  I water my meager seedlings and bid them grow.
What can I do today that might make a difference in the world?
What can I do today that might make a difference in this world?
How can I stand down the hubris of bulldozers.
I have come to hate bulldozers.
I have come to hate bulldozers.
What can I do today to make a difference in the world?
How do we begin to dismantle the monuments to death and theft?
How do we wage the resistance of ordinary seeds?

©2006 All rights reserved Emma Rosenthal    South Central Farm and the L.A. Skyline

Counting the omer: day 35


35 days of the omer

text:_35 days of the omer_five weeks of the omer_malchut in hod
justice justice justice justice justice justice justice justice justice justice justice justice justice justice justice justice justice justice justice justice justice justice justice justice justice justice justice justice justice justice justice justice justice justice
i reject the rule of kings_the rigid hegemony of law and order _tradition _the way it has always been done
i wage the resistance to the rule of kings _i fight with heirloom seeds _paint brushes _shards of pottery _computer keys _crafted words _collaboration_collective acts of subversion _pots of soup _yeast flour and honey= rising bread

COUNTING THE OMER: DAYS 29 AND 30

Week 4 Day 29

Text_Week 4 Day 29     four weeks and one day of the omer
the beginning of the week of hod
order and theory
hard work_the danger of detachment_rational thought_the origin of hegemony
if left unchecked: patriarchy, prisons rigidity, marshal law
hod in balance is space, form, a container, exercise, ritual, routine
it is the quill that holds the ink_the brush that holds the paint
the pause that holds the thought
chesed in hod:  lovingkindness in order, theory
the work of love, tending to the garden, being the one that those i love can count on_ eating well_ preparing good meals waiting for bread to rise.
chicken soup
Day 30

Text:_Day 30_gevurah in hod
reminds me of abraham the patriarch unchecked  willing to kill sacrifice his son to the authority the law the command sends out ishmael and hagar into the wilderness with only a loaf of bread and a skin of wine.
gevurah desicpline limits strength
In
hod
theory order splendor
the regalia without beauty balance lovingkindness creativity intuition
daddy’s coming home  –now you’re in trouble
this is the seat of power a day of limits restrictions laws obedience this is not my home i cannot live here.
on a day like today i am a flower blooming in a crack in the pavement  i am sunlight breaking through a prison window  i am rain cloud in a drought i am an island in a sea of despair
scripture often reflects the brutality of hegemony
this is a rigid space  the only response is to dance
are you revolutionary or enforcer?
subversion.

Counting the omer: day 25


Counting the omer: Day 25

Text:_Day 25_Netzach in netzach_inspiration creativity endurance
i am very weak today_i wait for strength to bring inspiration to fruition_i am a seed in fertile soil
waiting
i am a tired woman in a bed
in a bed
the time allotment of illness affords me the luxury of sensation_the taste of morning air _the brush of fresh breeze on tired skin_the courage of seedlings breaking soil
the organic intelligence of living things_the shape of rocks the hue of pebbles _the composition of varied stones