Social Justice is Not Charity

“When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed.” ~Mother Teresa 

The simplest thing would be to take Mother Teresa’s words at face value. That she was speaking of food – meat, vegetables and fruit.

I believe she was speaking of justice. Not of giving people charity, which offers people what we want them to have and what we think they need, in a sense our leftovers; but to give everyone a place at the table. An opportunity to feed themselves. Continue reading

Cancer In A Casserole

I didn’t grow up with casseroles. The result is I don’t know how to make a casserole. It looks so easy. Take a bunch of stuff, throw it in a “casserole” dish, and there you go! A casserole!

As a general rule, I love going out to grange suppers because I like especially, the variety of casseroles. But the casserole that never appealed to me is often times a Thanksgiving tradition at many homes across the country. I never had it growing up and that is the tradition I have chosen to continue. Continue reading

Bread Making101

I made bread today.   Not such a feat for me. I used to make it, regularly. But like many busy parents, I found it easier to buy it from the local grocer.

I  find myself returning to the rituals ingrained in me while growing up in a small, rural Maine community. Control of ingredients and cost are motivating reasons. Other spillover effects are health benefits, fabulous aromas that fill my home, and smiles I see on everyone’s face when they dig in. Continue reading