Saturday, April 5, 2014
Things I Learned in March
I'm a few days late with this, but here is my look back at the last month to see what I learned from it.
1. I stopped ordering from Amazon this month, after deciding I could no longer support their employment practices, and I learned that I could do without it except for hard-to-find used books, which is going back to the original Amazon business model. All the other odds and ends I had gotten into the habit of ordering through them can be found in local shops, ordered from different online businesses, or we can simply do without them.
2. This lenten season my husband and I gave up alcohol for Lent, and learned just how much alcohol is part of the normal social life. I had expected to find it difficult to not enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail in the evening with my husband, but I had not thought about the times when drinking is part of social interactions with others. Whether it is beer at soccer games, wine at a professional gathering, or drinks with a nice dinner at a restaurant, we just hadn't noticed how much alcohol moves the social scene. I have a whole new sympathy for those struggling with alcoholism or who simply do not drink, when it seems to be so saturated in our culture.
3. Reading the book Six Degrees has been horrifying and galvanizing, and I've been reminded yet again that I need to dedicate myself to a low-carbon lifestyle and advocating for a collective shift to a low-carbon society.
4. My mother and I studied the Psalms this month in our Mother-Daughter Bible Study, and learned that we were both disappointed by the psalms and disturbed by how much "my enemy" language they contain. I still struggle to pull the religion of universal love out of the religion of tribal loyalties and judgment.
5. I learned that the kale I planted in August was able to overwinter and is perfectly lovely to eat in March. I also relearned just how much I love my land and my garden and life here once we are past the winter. The sun really does come back and spring returns and I can happily live here without ever leaving the gates of my own property.
6. I had heard it was possible, but this month I verified that I can sprout leeks from the cut off bottoms of other leeks. I kept the bottoms from some grocery store leeks, started them in my kitchen window, and then planted them in the kitchen garden after they were a few inches tall. Now how well they fare will be the April learning. :)