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Let’s Look for Ourselves – Don’t Buy into “all Muslims are bad”

With everything that has been going on lately I have been seeing a lot of anti-Muslim sentiment and I understand that people are angry about tragedies and evil acts which have occurred.

However, I have a major problem with the generality that Muslims are bad. The only thing that happens when we buy into that is the justification to harm billions of people.

There are approximately 1.6 billion Muslims (compared to 2.2 billion Christians)*. If all of the Muslims in the world wanted us all dead and were all extremists and terrible people – things would be a heck of a lot worse than they are. The vast majority of Muslims are good, peaceful people. Attack the individuals and groups within that religion who are evil – do not attack the entirety of the group.

I see warning signs of Nazi Germany type propaganda – where one group of people is vilified in order to justify great evil. There is no race, country or religion that is all bad. There are evil individuals and those individuals sometimes act and poorly represent the others in their group.

I am Jewish. I am a member of a minority which has been attacked, which has been generalized and which has been misrepresented. This has never created a positive outcome. As someone who could be easily attacked, misunderstood and believed to be something I am not – I choose to defend those who are open to the same misconceptions.

Please – go meet some Muslims, go learn about their traditions, customs, and beliefs. (And please, don’t use a few lines of the Quran to represent its whole. If you are going to quote it – take some time to understand it as a book, with the whole concept of what it conveys.)

The correct target is extremist hate groups – regardless of race, color or creed. Don’t help create another Holocaust.

*pewresearch.org

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On Education – What should we be trying to achieve?

In looking at my life today – what I want to achieve and the legacy I want to leave behind, I began think about what education really should bring about.

I began to ask myself: What is education really supposed to bring about? What is the purpose of sending kids to school? Is it to read and write? Is it to get a good job, make a lot of money and keep up with the Joneses? Is it to stuff useless facts into a child’s head so that he can get into a good college, where he can do more of the same?

What is the REAL aim and value of education?

I think that education is only as valuable as it teaches people to think and live effectively. Education is supposed to give the individual the data they need to best survive and accomplish their goals.

Education should teach people to communicate effectively, so that they can understand and be understood. This would, of course, include reading, writing and grammar (simplified so that people can actually understand it and use it to communicate more effectively).

Schools should teach children how to learn, so that the student may learn anything he or she so desires or needs for life. This of course would include the ability to observe what is, and the oft neglected dictionary. It is a fact, that is often neglected in the modern day of context clues, that in order to get a precise of what someone is saying, you must understand the words that are being used.

Children (and people in general) should be taught to reason; to assess situations, weigh the factors, determine what is correct and incorrect, and finally to determine the correct course of action.

An education should provide students with sufficient data so that they can understand the world around them, the people that live in it and how it all works. It should be applicable knowledge and should enable them to effectively live life and achieve their goals. This of course would include some understanding of society, governments, religion, mathematics, science, etc.

Education should prepare people for life. We all need to know how to properly feed our bodies; to care for our possessions; to cook, clean, sew and iron; to file our taxes; to get a job; to take care of our cars.

An education should include the formation of positive character: the value of giving back and caring for those around one; that each individual has the responsibility and ability to bring about a great change in the world.

In summary, education should prepare people for life, by giving them the ability to learn; to understand and evaluate that which is around them. It should provide enough basic data to the individual so that he can survive and make his own way. Finally, education should build character and teach people to care for each other and the world around them, for no man is an island. 

What do you think?

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Greatest Idea Ever – Crockpot Freezer Meals!

My boyfriend used to constantly bring up the idea of batch cooking. His idea, we hire a chef for the day and this chef will cook up huge batches of different foods. We will freeze most and keep some in the fridge, then throughout the month, we can pull food out of the freezer as we need it.

While I loved the idea of hiring a chef (or even someone who can cook well for the day), I wasn’t so crazy about having everything pre-made and just grabbing it from the freezer.

I am the kind of person who REALLY appreciates a hot fresh meal (and I don’t mean one that just came from the microwave). Then I came up with a brilliant idea. Crockpot freezer meals…I’ll explain more below.

I was already in love with the crockpot by this time. Crockpots are amazing because you throw the food in and walk away. Hours later your food is ready. You get a delicious hot meal, with a minimum of effort.

So what was my great idea?

Crockpot Freezer Meals: You prepare all the ingredients for various recipes and then put them in a large ziploc bag in the freezer. Then the day you want to use that recipe, you simply pull out the bag and dump the contents in the crockpot. Let it cook and viola, you have a fabulous hot meal and leftovers.

Well, I searched online, and it turns out I wasn’t the first one to have this idea. In fact, I found two other women blogging about of it (and many, many more as I continued looking). One of them even made their own cookbook based on the idea. I promptly bought that and used it for my first experiment. http://www.mamaandbabylove.com/2011/04/05/freezer-cooking-with-slow-cooker-recipes/ Note: If you buy her cookbook make sure you read the intro, she explains how things are organized (example, most recipes make 2 batches, not 1).

I froze three recipes from the book (2 batches of each). I have tried two of the recipes and they were both good.

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Here are some other websites I found that use this same idea. (Note: I have never used these websites):

http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2013/02/10-slow-cooker-freezer-meals-in-less.html

http://thekrazycouponlady.com/family/crock-pot-freezer-meals-im-sharing-my-recipes/

http://www.slenderkitchen.com/crockpot-freezer-meal-for-summer/#

http://ashleynoelbarnes.blogspot.com/2013/05/10-freezer-to-crockpot-meals.html

http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2013/03/crock-pot-freezer-meals-for-summer.html

http://www.stacymakescents.com/crock-pot-freezer-cooking-tutorial-6-meals-1-hour

I am excited about this new way of cooking and managing meals. I will detail the actual process I followed in later posts.

Happy Cooking!

Aiden

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