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Taking inventory

Thoughts on the way to other things
1) When you've made too much haroset for Passover, and have had it hanging about your refrigerator for way too long, it's a relief to discover that it does quite well as a substitute for bananas in banana bread. It makes the bread nice and moist, although I must admit that I haven't quite figured out whether to substitute baking powder for the buttermilk/yogurt that normally goes in the recipe, along with baking soda. Soda plus buttermilk/yogurt isn't brawny enough for the haroset mix, so the bread tastes lovely, but is a little dense and flat.

2) It's necessary to forgive people, not because they need it, but because I need it. Also, it's necessary for me to forgive the people I want least to forgive. I don't have to like the people I forgive. I
do have to love them, at least enough to forgive them. Why? Because it's my soul at stake. If I can't forgive, I'll start to wither inside, and I won't be very nice to be around. Oh, and no one needs to earn forgiveness. If you could earn forgiveness, from any one, or any god for that matter, then you wouldn't need it, don't you see? When I need forgiveness, it's because I've royally screwed something up. That doesn't leave me much moral high ground, so I'd better hope I'm forgiven by someone who understands that. I'd better think enough of my fellow human beings to assume they're built the same way, and that means I'd better slap myself silly if I start saying foolish things like "I can't forgive him/her/it/them - they have to earn it." I can expect people to earn my respect, or my trust. I owe them my forgiveness.

3) I really, really, really, really want to see Iron Man this weekend.


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May. 13th, 2008 01:06 pm (UTC)
1) I don't know much about baking so I cannot help here.

2) Some I can forgive, some I cannot. I usually save my none forgiveness for political/public figures who have squandered the trust given to them by so many people.

I used to have a tendency to forget but not forgive. I try to make it work the other way around now. It seems to be working better.

3) We took the boys to see Iron Man on the weekend. It was a good movie. Like any comic based movie there are issues you need to take with a grain of salt. If you have time and aren't worried about spoilers there is a thread on James Nicols Blog http://james-nicoll.livejournal.com/1257758.html
May. 14th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
I think forgetting, but not forgiving, is something you do while in the country of youth. As we move to that other country, the reverse seems to become far more logical.

When it comes to Iron Man, or any comicbook hero for that matter, I'm very forgiving. I'm a comic book geek, or was for a long time, so the memes and tropes (what a great name for a band, Memes andTropes)_ are quite comfortable for me.
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