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Monday, November 9, 2009

animal, vegetable, miracle


This is my most recent audio book that I listened to in my kitchen while waiting for things to cook, bake or any other kitcheny task. I really enjoyed this book. It follows a family that is going to eat 'locally' for a year. It is well written and the narrator, which I believe is also the author, is quite pleasant to listen to. My heart has always longed for and attempted home growing, cooking and storing, so this book just really appealed to me. I loved how it went through the whole year as foods are available and how they cook, store, eat and purchase their items. Although a little worldly at times, it is a vision of God's plan for food in the seasons and Barbara has a descriptive gift with words. My only regret is that near the end as she goes on and on about the wonderfulness of all she has written about, you quite fully expect to hear God given all the credit for this amazing creation, but alas...it never comes. Her description of celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas left me wondering how it's True meaning could be so blatantly skimmed over. Even with this and occasional opinion disappointments, however, the book was well worth listening to for it's seasonal, harvesting and local eating accounts.

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Why MAGNANIMOUS?

Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of the American Language defines Magnanimity as such:
MAGNANIM'ITY, n. [L. magnanimitas; magnus, great, and animus, mind.] Greatness of mind; that elevation or dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness, which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence, which makes him disdain injustice and meanness, and prompts him to sacrifice personal ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects.