Food inspires me. Cupboards and refrigerator full. Homemade bread baking in the oven. Fresh fruit in a basket on the counter. A big green salad with my dinner. If my kitchen is full of food I feel safe. I could tell you why this is but then I would have to spend some time on your couch and you would probably charge me for it.
So just take my word for it. Food keeps me happy.
I am sure it keeps you happy too. Food security according to the World Food Summit of 1996 is, “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life”. That is a pretty tall order isn’t it?
For most of us in the United States, we have pretty good access to the food we like to eat. There are organizations and state agencies created to provide for the poor in numerous ways. Most of us give in whatever capacity we can to others who are less fortunate than we. We are a wealthy country. We have been blessed abundantly. Yet, there are signs on the horizon that this easy access to year round food trucked in from all over the world may be coming to an end sooner than we think. The average head of lettuce travels 1800 miles to get to your dinner plate. Food prices have doubled in just a couple of years.
Our economy is struggling. Debt to other nations is crippling. Massive environmental regulation, perhaps begun with good intentions is severely hampering even our personal ability to succeed.So I am inspired by preparation. I am inspired by personal responsibility. The responsibility to provide for a family and look to the future. How much of our own food are we capable of providing ourselves? What contacts do we have in our own neighborhood that we could partner with?The same abundance that has made us the most prosperous nation on earth has unfortunately led to being one of the most unhealthy. Chronic disease, obesity, and cancer have all skyrocketed with our prosperity.
No matter how much we want to ignore it, these health issues are inseparably connected with what we eat. Our genetically modified, ultra-refined, fast food lifestyle is killing us. It has been said that children today, who continue living on the Standard American Diet (SAD), will be outlived by their parents.
So I am inspired by vibrant health. I am inspired by energetic lively children. What can I change about our family’s lifestyle that will give our children long term food and health security?
Food security for all is a tall order, but, thanks to home aquaponics I can start at home.
My grandmother is getting on in years and starting to forget things. She cannot remember, for instance, things that she said to people or how to complete some of the simplest of tasks. We have thought about placing her in a senior center where she can be more closely supervised, but we first have to look at the pros and cons of assisted living for seniors.
I think the biggest pro of assisted living for seniors is the constant supervision they are under. I know that she will be a lot more safe with nurses and health care professionals around than she will be in her second story apartment. If anything were to happen, she would have someone there to help her immediately and would not have to worry about some of the difficulties that seniors sometimes face, such as getting up after falling or being able to get out of the bath tub.
Another big pro when it comes to assisted living for seniors is that she would be around people of her own age. We try to spend as much time with her as possible, but the reality is that we all have our own lives, and are just not interested in many of the same things she is. If she was at an assisted living facility, she would be able to socialize and go on outings and have that companionship that she is really lacking right now.
Probably the biggest con to an assisted living for seniors facility is the lack of freedom she would have. She has always been able to live in her own place and make her own decisions. It is apparent that she takes a lot of pride in how she keeps her home and her independence. Those things would be largely gone with a move to such a place, and I can only imagine how that would feel for her.
Another problem with an assisted living for seniors center is that she hates the idea of being isolated from the rest of her family. While she does live on her own, she is only a few blocks from practically every member of our family in either one direction or the other. She likes the neighborhood really well and has everything she needs within walking distance. It would be a major adjustment for her.
Ultimately, I think what it will come down to is just how much of a threat we feel she poses to herself and other people. I do not want her to have to move into an assisted living for seniors facility without seriously discussing it and making sure that it is our only option. However, I do want to make sure that she is not going to do anything that could jeopardize her own well-being at the same time.
Since the two Pauls paired up in 1995, their performances – concerts, ceilidhs and social dances – have featured on radio and TV, at clubs, village halls and festivals throughout the UK, Germany and the States. Recordings include an album for Beautiful Jo Records, two with Ian Bruce as the Breezeband and four on the Wild Goose label.
They’ve also had a spell at an Aberdeen web design agency and tried their hand at making custom jewellery, believe it or not?!
Whilst the previous album, John Playford’s Secret Ball, is a celebration of the 350th anniversary of the first edition of The Dancing Master. These albums are follow-ups to the highly acclaimed albums, One Too Many and Drop the Reed