Fostering Allies

The Liberty Zone

A recent workshop at Kennesaw State University got some heat for segregating participants based on color during breakout sessions. The workshop, titled “Being, Becoming, and Fostering Allies: Building Relationships across Privilege,” asked those who identify as white to go to one room during the breakout sessions, and whose who identify as “people of color” to go to another.

The panelists, the school’s website claims, highlighted “the essential conceptual, relational, and emotional processes involved in ally development, using their long-standing relationships to illustrate key concepts and identify and model strategies for enacting ally intentions.” Panelists also explored “the ongoing process of developing and fostering allies and the challenges that emerge in these journeys,” and discussed “the essential roles of self-reflection, cultural humility action, and re-engagement after failures, as well as the qualities of relationships that facilitate ally development.”

The university claims the event was misrepresented as segregation.

“The goal of the workshop, which…

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Wabbit Season!

Shortly to be followed by Duck Season.

…You think I’m kidding? I have a 14 lb duck in the freezer waiting for space in the fridge. 😛

So here recently we got a rabbit for a second time. (The first time didn’t work out too well.) In case you’re wondering, they are good when done right but the leftovers tend to be…challenging. Especially if you do it as simply as I did. Also for those wondering, yes Maggie begged the entire time and every time I made something with the rabbit.

Rabbit got thrown into the crockpot on low heat for over six hours and yes there were a decent number of drippings however I don’t have recipes for that part as I dropped the bowl a couple days later on accident.  Made the dogs VERY happy.  I kept it simple with a dry rub of salt, pepper, dried garlic and dried basil. Put about one cup of water in the crockpot with it.  One done rabbit and the end result after de-boning about 6-8 cups of shredded meat.

DR used a lot of it up in rabbit omelettes. And yes those are as good as you think.  But after awhile those got boring and I had already tried once at making rabbit patties. So this is the recipe after the ironing out cooking time. Ya’ll should feel damn special I actually measured everything instead of guesstimating. Now the inspiration for this was, you guessed it, Tuna Patties.

1 cup of rabbit
1/3 cup of green bell pepper
1/4 cup of a colorful bell pepper (I used red, but you can use yellow or orange as well)
2 eggs (Duck eggs work great for this!)
Salt and Pepper to taste

For variety try out:
1/4 cup of green onions
1-3 tsps of cumin (depending on how much you love cumin)
Sriracha sauce
Fresh garlic and Cilantro

Chop your rabbit up really really finely. I found out the hard way that even when you debone rabbits by hand, it’s really easy to miss several of the smaller bones, so chopping finely should help you find the ones you might have missed.

Chop your bell peppers finely as well, so that when it’s mixing time, it blends more evenly.
Add your seasonings and then your eggs. (Note for those of you who decide to try with duck eggs, be careful as you well know the shells are way harder to crack and way easier to end up with a small piece of shell in your batter.)

Now mix! I like to grab a food prep glove and use my hand but a fork will work just as well. Not thick enough you thinks? Add a teaspoon of tapoica starch or flour.  Add only a teaspoon at a time. It’s too easy to make this into a loaf recipe if you’re not careful!

Now these can be cooked in any oil that is your favorite.  Wanna give them a spin? Try a combo of avocado and peanut oil.

Ideal temperature is 6 or just a touch to the left of medium heat. Wait until your oil is hot before adding the patties.  Now if you are making “normal” sized burger patties use a 1/4 flat bottomed measuring cup to scoop up, scrape it flat and then you can use the bottom to quickly flatten the patty after you’ve dropped it.
Wanna make them into sliders? Use a tablespoon measuring spoon. Again, make sure to scrap flat and then press quickly after dropping it.

Now comes the tricky part. How long to leave it on this first side. Well, it’s not that tricky really. As you watch it fry, tilt your pan. If your patties slide easily it’s almost time. Wait until you can see bubbles on the edge of the patty. It’s time to flip when the bubbles in the patty pop and then don’t fill back in with batter. (Same way you tell when a pancake is ready to flip.)

They should be golden brown at this point. Once flipped about 3-4 minutes, just sure the egg is cooked all the way through.

If you made full sized so speak, you’ll get anywhere from 4-6 patties, depending on big you think a good patty should be.
With sliders, you’ll get anywhere from 8 to 12, making it a great appetizer for friends to try out.

How can I make it more like Keto?
Leave out one of the bell peppers and have it on lettuce.

Rabbit patties
The lettuce in this instance is SO THAT I CAN EAT MORE OF THEM!

Of Ancient Plate Tectonics and Unknown Carbon Reservoirs By Stephanie Osborn

According To Hoyt

Of Ancient Plate Tectonics and Unknown Carbon Reservoirs

By Stephanie Osborn

A couple of articles were recently brought to my attention by my particle physicist friend. One of them is a patently alarmist article in a UK newspaper. ( The other is the scientific article it purports to reference. ( [NOTE: this one is behind a purchase wall, but the abstract is available to read.] I won’t go into the whole contents of the articles; you can read those for yourself, or at least the abstract of one. The gist of it is, the UK newspaper is claiming that a recently-discovered deep-Earth structure and a possible ‘volatiles’ reservoir associated with it could create a catastrophically huge release of CO2 into the atmosphere.

This brought on some brief email discussion, as not everyone has a strong background in some of these sciences, and I thought…

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If They Take Milo Down, You’re Next

Love him or hate him, worth the read.

According To Hoyt

*I’ve spent the last day and a half in dread, looking at the coordinated attack on Milo, and the debacle on the right.  As someone who was never-Trump before it was cool, and who only capitulated because she was never-Hillary more, and an anti-communist from the time she could understand the word, I felt divided when people piled on on never-trumpers.  But this is ridiculous and has passed all bounds of civilized behavior.

The charges against Milo are contrived from a) video editing and b) rumor and innuendo and c) pretending no one ever used the word “boy” to mean man, thereby meaning playboy is for 10 year olds and “playing with the big boys” means middle schoolers.
IF the attack on Milo were about, say how outrageous he got before the election (he’s been walking it back since.  I suspect he gets a little battle mad as I tend…

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JRZT listings: Dice/Rune bags.

And these are just the first wave of bags to come.  I’m working on using a particular grouping of yarn from my stashes and have developed a knack for making very sturdy dice and/or rune bags.  Also going to be having deck bags soon (once I get more than one made…)

There are several folks who’ve been gifted one of these over the years and they tell me the bags are still kicking.

Each bag is unique and will never have one quite like it made every again. Click on the caption to be taken directly to the listing.

Dice bag.
Dice Bag number 2
Bag number 3


Bag number 4
Multi Purposed bags


Rambling on.

I’ve been musing on how to fully utilize this blog and there are a few ways that I can put it more fully to use other just the occasional word dump or I’ve been able to finally articulate bits and pieces of what I’ve been dealing. I want to push Jade Rose Zen Threadworks more. I want to focus more on my fiction writing.

I’ve been evaluating the various projects that I have my various irons in and have plans for ending my involvement with some of them and pushing several back onto the back burners as I can’t work on them right now anyways as the ground work projects are stalled a little bit.

There was the plan of going to Wasteland Weekend that has been abandoned for this year at least as there’s just too much going on behind the scenes here at Hively-Zinn Casa that is interfering with gathering supplies for it and just wouldn’t end up be a wise choice for us. Especially with it being a month after JackFest.

There’s two other new things I am gong to be working on but let’s go ahead and get this list laid out so that the map I have in my head will make sense for everyone.

  1. Write at least a dozen more articles for Blue Collar Prepping but make it clear this is my last year.
  2. Write and publish articles here for new listings for the store as it may have help drive up traffic and hopefully sales as well.
  3. Finish at least one of my manuscripts.
  4. Build up an inventory for JackFest of pot holders, washcloths, shawls, a few blankets, and a couple other ideas that I’m keeping to myself for now.
  5. Save up enough money so that we are able to move into a bigger place with a yard with a fence or can be fenced in, washer and dryer hookups, a garage and three bedrooms.
  6. Buy a brand new desktop.
  7. Buy a dress form and a head mannequin.
  8. 100 items for the charity project I’m working with this year.
  9. Get at least ten of my recipes written down.
  10. Start designing the future nursery that will hopeful be needed by this time next year. (I’m holding my breathe on that one.)
  11. Build myself a little bit of a reputation as a rock hound, which means also investing in a rock hammer, a couple of really good field guide books.
  12. Begin to work on becoming a Mythologist. Yeah you read that right. I’ve always been inspired by Joseph Campbell so I’m going to put in some work in following in his footsteps this year.

So those are the main ten things.  I’m keeping it simple. Twelve goals that will be easy to achieve.  Anything else I get done this year will be bonuses.  There are other projects that I’ll start outlining once the appropriate project on the list above is done but those twelve  things are the main things that I am going to be working on.

One of the problems I’ve been noticing is that I’m not keeping tracks of what all I’m involved with as well as what I could be. That’s changing this year. My hope is that it will also make it easier for me to deal with some of my problems more efficiently.

Side goals are including setting up the new yard with container gardens, building a crib, getting my rocking chair (finally), build new (sturdier) bookshelves and pantry shelves, buy a camera for better product photos, sell a thousand dollars worth of product this year, sew more things, starting canning and packing dehydrated foods, and start our human family. Though some of these have a higher chance of happening than others.

So that’s the goal map so far. 2017 is going to be what I make it. Each day I will be working towards making each and every choice more concisely, consciously and clearly. Mindfulness applies to everything and it is the key to balance. This year I will balance my life, my home and my work more so that past years.

Lessons in a hard reality.

I have to give credit to that bullet journal system again.

I know you’re probably tired of hearing about it.  Tough.

So, one of the things that I’ve been working on with is monitoring the internal feelings and working on trying to come up with a color guide I can use to make notes on where and when things get worse.  It means keeping an eye on things like my period because hormones are a bitch.

It also meant realizing that I wasn’t eating like I should.  There were some days I wasn’t eating anything. Even now after adding to each day a check mark for eating at least twice, I still have the bad habit of not eating withing a couple hours of getting up.  I’m on a third shift schedule and “morning” for me is anywhere from 1pm to 3pm depending on how fast I manage to get to sleep.  Some days… I don’t eat until way after sundown.  Yeah, the math that just popped into your head on how many hours that is, is a few times a week.

I don’t like noticing patterns like this as it means it’s something that’s been going on for awhile. Thirty days isn’t a pattern.  Sixty and ninety days can be indicators. It’s when you hit more than a hundred days that you’ve either broken a bad habit or noticed a bad pattern that needs closely monitoring.

Part of what makes the eating meals a bit easier these days is making enough as though DR was going to be home and then putting it into the fridge for him for later. Hilariously enough I am a slightly social eater but the dogs don’t count.

Back to the color guide, there are a lot of creative people out there who have come up with tracking methods and the like. I haven’t found one from anyone that’s really clicked yet for me. So I’ve been working coming up with one of my own that is more based on what color pen I use to write that day than coloring in a box.  It’s sort of working… though considering we have a move coming inside of six months… the journal is gonna be messy again after I did a crapp ton of work figuring out what might work in helping me keep on top of things.

Then we have the internal stuff that bogs me down that I have no idea what the right word for it is. A few days ago even, I had been horribly stalled out almost all month on the projects I need to finish. I turned on my computer game and boom, three things caught up to a point that they should have been at two weeks. I need to pull some more games into my day.  I know that doesn’t make sense, but having games like Wizard 101 which have parts where you are just clicking around with your mouse give me a chance to game and play puzzles while creating.


Why do I do this to myself?

Why do I spend hours looking at and reading hundreds of topics, knowing I will never use 90% of any of that knowledge?  Why do I indulge my curiosity so much? Because I don’t like feeling dead. I have plenty of people I know that are dead like that.

Take today for instance. I’ve been researching cabin blueprints.  Now, I know I’ll most likely never get to live in a cabin again until we’re in a situation with enough land to sustain having two houses and I build my own cabin.  (Yeap, already been reading through the dozens of techniques of doing such building, the tools needed etc.)

I went through the rabbit hole of solar and wind energy and that will continue to stay a rabbit hole I go through frequently as I plan on using a combination of energy sources for the future homestead.

But I’m afraid I’m stuck in OMG CABINS! mode. Some of the most elegant things I’ve been seeing in a home have been recent cabin designs by enthusiasts of the more rustic feel.  I already know how the outside is going to look, with it’s wrap around covered porch. Been trying to decide which parts I’d also like to screen in. There is going to a rail garden of herbs and flowers.

Yeah, I’m just dreaming right now.  Loft beds in the attic and a roof area for star gazing.  Let’s not get into the main bathroom as that is going to be insanely decadent. A standing shower separate from a bath tub big enough to lay down in and not have my knees above the water.  The chimney from the fireplace in between the bath tub and shower so as to heat the bathroom and keep it comfy.

Let’s not get into the other things that are on my list of “Little things that would be nice.”

Shared Laundry Room Etiquette

Number 1 rule – Don’t let your clothing over stay its welcome.  Ten minutes is okay but that’s the bloody max.  Washers take less time and when there’s double the number of dryers you’ve nothing to wait on.  Dryer times… okay seriously, how the hell could anyone be okay with pulling cold dry laundry out?

Number 2 – Pour the bleach you are using into it’s cup OVER THE OPEN WASHER not over the fucking lid of the neighboring machine. Seriously do you know how many times other peoples clothing will be touching that lid you just dripped or spilled on?

Number 3 – Collect. Your. Fucking. Lint. Seriously.  I don’t need to find how how many blunts you smoke in a weed…or how many condoms you went through…or how you got fired from your job because you’re a lazy fuck.

Number 4 – Clean out your pockets AT HOME. It’s not funny, it’s not witty and all you’re doing is being gross.

Number 5 – Always run a hand along the bottom of the washer so ask to be sure you’ve grabbed everything.  Including your security pass, security ID and the 50 tip someone gave you two weeks ago that you forgot had a blunt rolled up into as well. (Good luck whoever decided that was worth taking by the way.)

Number 6 – Repeat number 5 for the dryer.  Stick your hand in it and double check. Yes I know it’s warm but you’ve a better chance burning yourself on the buttons on your jeans than on the inside of the dryer.  I’ve ended up with two pairs of socks that weren’t ours, two black lacy panties, one bra that DEFINITELY was not my size and nine random socks that even though I’ve left out on the folding shelf haven’t yet been claimed.

Number 7 –  If you smoke so damn much that the laundry room reeks of you, your laundry reeks, it makes the washer machine reek AND the dryers… you are fucking disgusting and have no room to bitch when told so.  Because that shit comes off on my clothes.  Seriously even the office person who smokes gagged when she walked into the room.

Number 8 – if there is an open dryer, it is perfectly o fucking k to throw laundry from a washer if the ten minute mark has passed.  You don’t have to start it, but you’ll make the point.

This has been a public service announcement.

Never Forget

The Liberty Zone

As you all know, I’m not particularly religious. OK, I’m pretty much an atheist. Not that I would reject the notion of a deity if actual scientific proof was presented, but I don’t do faith.

My parents are a bit different. They were never allowed to practice their religion in the USSR, so when they came to the United States, my dad, especially, absorbed all the faith. He wrote about it a while back in a Russian essay. I don’t remember where it was published – probably some Russian publication in Philly – but it was beautifully written. It was a heartfelt description of a journey from someone not allowed to worship anything but the all-powerful state to someone who genuinely took his God into his heart.

Me? It never took. I did go to synagogue as a kid (read: my parents dragged me there). I was bored out of…

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