Fruits (and veggies) from Chile

Fruits from Chile.

A dear friend from Peru now living in Ohio sent me this awesome link.  I have been posting all the great fruits and veggies that I have come to enjoy on my Facebook page.  This website is a GOLD MINE!! 🙂  Thank you dear Nella.

Some of my latest treasures and late work snacks:

DSC00075All of this for about $4 USD

DSC00078These peaches are going to need a little more time to ripen, but they are going to have very tough competition relative to my Georgia peaches. 😉

DSC00157Those little tangerines are the most amazingly delicious I’ve ever eaten.  I always think about how hunger is so unnatural and a result of poor economic policies and greed.  Just think, God made all this stuff to freely grow and eat at our leisure.  But, we’ve found a way to monetize food production and control the flow of what and who can produce certain foods solely based on economic and commercial agendas.   Seriously, no one should have to starve to death in our world.  Call me an idealist, but that is truly how I think about the matter.

DSC00137The cornucopia of fruits I cut up into a bowl.  Sweet!!  Literally, ha ha.

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Got there just in time this afternoon to get the best strawberries.  I waited too late yesterday and they were all gone.  Also, got some mangos from the local grocery story.  I think they come in from Brasil.  The Mangos are a little hard at this point.  I’m going to give it a few more days to ripen.

The Changes

Working on my movie making skills while musing

There seems to be so much going on in the world that many of us are either not conscious about or simply have tuned them out.  Events in Ferguson, MO, surrounding the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, by a police officer, raises so many questions for me.  Primarily, why are not more people upset about the conditions in that community.  Just imagine, if a “model” young black youth was gunned down in the street and left for dead (and without human dignity) on the street for several hours, our society would have most certainly passed the tipping point.  I am concerned that through the manipulations surrounding this tragedy, the larger community of people in our nation do not see the erosion of human rights and dignity as something that will one day come to touch their own lives.  It is sad that our inability to act, to pay attention, to love our fellow human beings has become so difficult for us as a society, a nation, and a world.

In spite of so many horrible things existing in our world, I still thank God that I have not become jaded, bitter, complacent, or silent.  I often will walk around my community here in Chile and take note of the subtle and sometimes not so subtle changes that are happening around me.  I have come to appreciate that change, is in fact, not inevitable.  Many people live out the whole of their existence maintaining a very simple worldview that does not make space for them to critically think beyond what is immediately before them.  Honestly, I don’t object to that person’s existence, nor how they have limited their ability to engage with life’s complexities.

However, I do object to individuals who hold no empathy, who dehumanize God’s creation who are a reflection of his glory and loving kindness.  I object to those who deny that there exists a structural prison pipeline existing in the US for young black youth that mothers and fathers spend the better part of their parental instruction telling their sons in particular how to avoid that beast.  No, we are not all perfect creations in our present states.  Not immune from youthful poor decisions and perhaps even smoking marijuana.  Yet such developmental rocky roads should not cost you your life when you life in a 21st century democracy.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not naïve and realize that there are some heartless, ugly attitudes that permeates the hearts and minds of some people.  Notwithstanding, we as a community/society are to be diligent to keep a watchful eye on such persons and impose societal standards of judgment and legal restitution/redress commensurate with their misdeeds.  Yet, not slay them in the street as if their life does not matter.  I realize that being a police officer is a stressful job, that is why the correct and appropriately trained individuals should be undertaking this public trust.

Nevertheless, to not be attentive to and hold accountable those who pervert the application of civil and human rights, we can no longer afford.  Those who abuse their power or have been poor shepherds of such stewardship (leadership) is everyone’s business, not just black people’s business (problem).  If we refuse to think critically and act intentionally, one day folks will look to disenfranchise some of our basic democratic rights in the United States, like voting… oh wait, that ship has already sailed.

I hope these beautiful pictures, sights, and sounds will facilitate your own personal reflections–relative to my own musing–that I just shared with you this eveing.   Make sure you go cast your vote during the midterm elections in the US.  Peace, love, and beautiful thoughts toward you. 🙂