Sunday Somethings

Hello, Sunday.

I hope that your grill is fired up and ice cream ready to churn (mine is…two kinds.  I have a problem).  It’s Sunday, and I’ve got no where to go and no reason to get out of my jammies and  it’s such a nice and rare feeling and I’m embracing the heck out of it.

Thank you to all who have served our country for making this Jammie Day possible. 

The news continues to suck and bring out the worst feels. I wish I could do better, but here is this week’s internet’s best.

Remember when the Cubs won the World Series?  Well, this speech brought back all the special feels. Congratulations to all the graduates!

People are leaving Chicago (myself included), and it’s kinda sad.

Our incomparable nation. This is why we’re great America! Let’s try and rise up to it again because we are so much better than we are right now.

Related:  Stupid lawsuits are…well, stupid.  Let’s not be quite so litigious.

What is happiness, really? Well, that one word really does embody so much. A whole glossary.

Sorry about another Beauty and the Beast comment, but here’s some behind the scenes of the transformation of Dan Stevens to Beast. Pretty cool, IMO.

If cultural appropriation is a thing, then I guess I should shut down this blog. I think food and sharing recipes and stories, is one thing that makes the world a smaller, friendlier place.  And adapting and creating recipes for oneself is just another form of creative expression.  Why is this suddenly a bad thing?  Enter thoughts below, please.

Teachers really are so many times the unsung heroes of a person’s success, so it’s awful when some take the privilege they’ve been handed to do bad things.  Texas teachers give one child mock award of “most likely to become a terrorist.”  How is this even funny in this day and age??

What exactly does it mean to “be a man“?  Well, it’s really not all that great. 

Science, ya’ll. Does anyone agree with the looming decision to pull out of The Paris Agreement?  This is what that really means. Brace yourselves, and move inland.

Oh, and I’m sorry to do this but I’m participating in Chicago Cares’ one-day serve-a-thon where we’ll renovate schools, maintain community green spaces, serve meals to seniors and more.  If you feel so inclined to support me in my endeavors, thanks!

That’s all I’ve got. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

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  1. I don’t think that making/eating dishes from other cultures is the same thing as cultural appropriation, and in my experience most people upset about cultural appropriation aren’t saying that. It’s when you are financially benefiting at the expense of others, or trying to pass something off as authentic that’s not, when it gets problematic. In your blog you encourage people to go and experience this food for themselves, not just tell them they don’t need to travel because they can make everything as good as the original at home, which I say falls on the side of celebrating others rather than stealing. And you really celebrate variety instead of dismissing some traditional ingredients as “gross” (although you admit that some things aren’t your personal preference), and you cite your sources.

    Also, it’s about context – it would be great if both Mexican immigrants and random white girls could both thrive selling burritos, but the current American reality is that Mexicans are called rapist and stereotyped as being ‘dirty’ and people accuse Mexican restaurants of being overpriced if they don’t give out free chips and salsa. Or when white people hang up dream catchers to “celebrate” Native American cultures but Native children were taken from their homes and punished for practicing their own traditions, or when black hairstyles are copied by white celebrities but black girls are told that the same hairstyles aren’t allowed under their schools’ dress codes.

    TL;DR… cultural appropriation is real and it’s not okay but don’t take down your blog. 🙂

  2. Thanks for your thoughts! I completely agree with all of it, and I guess I just never really thought of all that in terms of “cultural appropriation,” but rather about respect, ignorance, close-mindedness, elitism and in a sense, plagiarism but I guess when you wrap all of those things together, the CA moniker is appropriate. Still, on I cook and thanks for following along 😉