My friend and fellow blogger Andrew made a post today after receiving a negative comment by an anonymous person that stated s/he liked his blog better when he didn’t write as much about his mental illness, that “we are all fucked up”.

I know that blogging has been, for me, something that has surpassed the internet and lead to positive changes in my real life, hitting all points from creativity, supporting a career, becoming directly involved with my community, being an equal partner in the healthiest relationship of my life, meeting more people in the past year than I had in the past several years of my life combined, and so on.

I have also made the decision to be open and truthful about my journey (“life” in general, I suppose) because I found that the honesty of others continues to help and propel me forward when I get stuck. This also means sometimes, thanks to the internet when everything is instant and can remain anonymous, there is sometimes just plain mean ridicule.

I have moved past being personally affected by this, and instead take these instances as constructive criticism to reflect on areas where I may have misinformed or strayed from my intent. Lingering on negativity for the sake of negativity is like drinking poison from a bottomless cup. We are all better than that. I want to learn and move on.

“To turn a blind eye to the human drama that is living, would be to forever remain on the surface of existence and ultimately, end up experiencing no truth in living.

Our stories, mine and yours define the ways we view the world around us.”

I don’t believe any of us are immune to  direct attacks on the decisions we’ve made, the way we choose to live our lives or unfortunately sometimes things we can’t always control, like mental illness. I encourage you to read Andrew’s post that truly makes us REMEMBER that we should continue to live our truths, even in (especially in) the face of adversity.

WHY I AM TELLING MY STORY – By Andrew Kleiner, Remember 02 February 2011

SAVE THE… PARKS! Event Announced!

Friends, I am so happy to tell you that I have joined forces with Andrew Kleiner, author of REMEMBER, a blog about preserving the natural dignity and beauty of the parks and waterways in the Lehigh Valley. What’s great about Andrew is that while so many of us talk about “saving the planet” in terms of buying recycled-paper products and saving up for a new hybrid car, Andrew spends most of his time in and out of class actually in the environment, outdoors, getting his hands and feet dirty. His efforts just got him unanimously elected to the EAC – Environmental Advisory Council.

We with our powers combined, we are hosting a SAVE THE PARKS & KALES public event! If you’re in the Lehigh Valley, you will certainly want to come out for fun, friends and FOOD (and meet some other veg-folks). Here is a description, as per Andrew’s blog.:

“In the midst of continued controversy, and what is slowly becoming a very active summer season of volunteer stewardship, I imagine it is incredibly easy to forget that our parks are places of refuge, relaxation, community, connection and true spirit.

After yesterday’s storm of comments and seeming concern, I am looking forward to large turnouts at :

Save The Parks: Litter Pick Up at Bucky Boyle
Save The Parks: Old Fairgrounds Clean Up and Restoration

It is with this in mind that I am incredibly excited to announce that Remember will be joining forces with Save The Kales to present an afternoon of food, fun, sunlight (fingers crossed) and connection.

Save The Kales is a blog written by a foodie, citizen-advocate, and all around awesome lady by the name of Jaime K. Jaime also writes a blog focusing on the strength of community in Bethlehem, calledHEART OF STEELcity.

I have rented Pavilion number three and I ask that you please RSVP so Jaime and I know how much food to prepare.

Bring a Frisbee.

Bring a lawn chair.

Most importantly, bring yourself, eat great food, sit back and Remember:

”Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” Muir

I will be sharing many particular details in the coming weeks, but also consider this a great day to kick back after what I am hoping are two great clean ups and restorations.

There will be a lot fun that afternoon. Get excited, spread the word and also, Save The Kales.

More details to come…. MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW!”

This event will be FREE, donations accepted for cost of food (catered by me!) and pavilion rental. Family-friendly.


Please check out Andrew’s blog “Remember”, here: http://rememberkleiner.blogspot.com/

“A woman who writes thinks too much.”

My humble city has been making many great strides in terms of art, new business, progressive politics, eco-awareness and building community. It’s exciting to witness so much happening at all at once, like everyone called each other up and said “Hey guys, let’s just do this, okay?”  I am honored to be a part of it.

I wanted to mention two local bloggers that I have recently discovered and been inspired by. The first is Capri Roth, fellow cooking blogger, who runs a site called Not Like the Pants (“capri pants”, get it?) which I’m sure stems from people that think they’re clever when they meet her for the first time.

I met Capri years ago when I frequented punk shows, and she was always clever, poised and doing something interesting. Among other projects she is currently working on, Not Like the Pants is a vegetarian recipe blog with enviable photography and mouth-watering recipes. (Seriously, you will salivate.)

Perhaps we can all join forces and bat our eyelashes at her to cook us a feast. But in the meantime, head over to her site, and bring some napkins in case you begin to drool. You can find her in my blogroll, or by clicking here: http://notlikethepants.wordpress.com/

The second is Andrew Kleiner who runs Remember Kleiner, a local blog focusing on the eco-system, parks and waterways. Andrew contacted me recently about my own blog, and it’s been a pleasure to correspond with him about the direction of our city and the many efforts being made to develop awareness about important political and social issues.

His blog has caught the attention of local officials, including the Mayor of Allentown and the Director of Parks. If you’re in the Lehigh Valley, you’ll want to see what Andrew’s up to next. And if you’re not, you can still be inspired by the work he is doing which reminds us of the importance of nature and beauty.

In this recent video post which calls local citizens to join him for gatherings in local parks, Andrew says “”Experiencing nature together, as a community, is just as important as experiencing it by yourself.” Visit his site at: http://rememberkleiner.blogspot.com/

A new Save the Kales! cooking video will be up tomorrow – and it will be fast and simple!