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Thoughts on Eating

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As I’ve approached all the food of the holiday season I’ve thought often of the passage below from The Supper of the Lamb by Robert Farras Capon.  I’ve been trying to lose weight for eight months and I’ve often been frustrated as I’ve wanted a philosophy of food more than I’ve wanted to count calories.

supperofthelambThe passage below has helped me think about food as a something that is limited and precious and that I should only dole out the space in my stomach to deserving foods.  The bit on eclairs particularly has helped me pass over the constant supply of store-made sugar cookies in the break room at work in favor of a tastier apple.  It also helped me justify an extra schnitzel on Saturday.

“The calorie approach is the work of the devil.  He has persuaded otherwise sane men that festal (rich or extraordinary) eating should not alternate with ferial (reserved, regular) eating at all, but with dieting – an activity which, while it uses food, hopes that it can keep food from having anything significant to do with us.

The modern diet victim sees his life at the table not as a delightful alternation between pearls of great price and dishes of lesser cost, but as a grim sentence which condemns him to pay for every fattening repast with a meal of carrot sticks and celery.

In fact, of course, the insane distinction of fattening/ dietetic cannot be squared with the rational one of festal/ferial.  The first fastens its attention, not on food, but on little invisible spooks called calories; only the second honestly addresses distinguishing good food from bad.

Take eclairs, for example.  The world is full of them, mostly awful.  Any true eater, ferial or festal, will be able to give you an accurate judgment as to which of them are worth meeting and which should be avoided.  The dieter however, has lost all criteria for judgment.  That eclairs are more fattening is his sole piece of information.  If his is in a mood to diet, he will pass up the best eclair in the world without even a backward look; and if he is a mood to eat he will devour a corner-bakery, cardboard-and-cornstarch monstrosity as if it were something out of Brillat-Savarin.

He is a man who for all practical purposes has lost his taste.  He will choose tough steak in the presence of elegant stew, and canned stringed beans when he might have dined on mashed parsnips drenched in butter.”

schnitzel and dumplings

Here was a meal worth eating.

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December 26, 2008 at 2:30 pm

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DPP Day 25: Outside Looking In (H’ville)

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outside looking in hvilleSo ends the DPP.  Merry Christimas!

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December 25, 2008 at 1:44 pm

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DPP Day 24: A Sister with Her Mac

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katies hands on powerbook

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December 24, 2008 at 11:45 pm

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DPP Day 23: On A Date

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onadateat411

Finally, caught up and legit with the DPP!

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December 23, 2008 at 9:06 pm

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DPP Day 22: Blurry, Geeky Joy

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blurry geeky joy

What do you do when you go visit people’s houses?  We read their poetry.  We challenge the words they use.  We’re triumphant when we’re right.  Turns out that “buttfarts” is two words not one.  Ahha!  Take that you smart 13-year-old!  Her suggestion after Charity was triumphantly vindicated by the dictionary?  Our young author said without flinching “Use this pen, write it in.”

I love that I hang out with women who argue using dictionaries, use words like “butt farts,” and aren’t afraid to write words in themselves.

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December 23, 2008 at 10:57 am

Posted in Church, Laughter

DPP Day 21: Condensation

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lights out the window with condensation

After many days of warm damp weather the sudden cold made the lights behind the house sparkle.

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December 22, 2008 at 9:54 pm

Posted in At the House

DPP Day 20: Hands and Feet

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hands and feet

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December 22, 2008 at 12:34 pm

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DPP Day 19: Evening Service

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gccbycandellight

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December 21, 2008 at 7:33 pm

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Other People’s Pictures

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volcanic lightningThis week my sister Katie sent me links to the Boston Globe’s “The Year 2008 in Photographs”  parts one, two, and three.

She wrote “I am totally stunned. The photos cover the year’s stories, but they are so much more than that. They are mostly international, and the breadth of human experience explored is just astonishing.  I can barely believe sometimes all the things that are happening right now in the world…” chinatvtower

I couldn’t agree more.  The photographs are particular and stunning, stunning for their beauty and stunning as the show a powerful glimpse of the bigger trends that they capture.

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congorefugees1.

PS. The most difficult pictures are hidden with links that will reveal them.  I recommend reading the captions before you decide whether or not to click on those photos.

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December 21, 2008 at 11:12 am

DPP Day 18: Scrabble?

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piddling with scrabble racks

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December 20, 2008 at 11:20 pm

DPP Day 18: Finding Doughnuts

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krispykremegeodeticsurveyPeople at the Capital are serious about knowing where their doughnuts are.

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December 20, 2008 at 9:17 pm

Posted in Laughter, On the Job

DPP Day 17 – 14,000 Steps

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14000 steps

The internet informs me that this is close to 7 miles.  Dang!

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December 20, 2008 at 12:12 pm

Posted in UNC

DPP Day 16: At Work

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Sometimes I sneak out of my office and sit in this conference room to work, as I did this afternoon. It has windows and even on this gray day it was a welcome change of scenery.

thebackroom

Somedays billion dollar decisions are made around these tables.  Somedays it’s used for internal meetings.  Somedays it’s used by a lonely young analyst who’s just grateful to peer out at the gray of the day.

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December 18, 2008 at 10:59 am

Posted in On the Job

DPP Day 15: Preaching to the Choir

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preaching to the choir

In fairness some of these signs are by the elevators as well.  Maybe these are just to help the people in the stairs have high self-esteem.

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December 17, 2008 at 8:38 pm

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DPP Day 14: The Sidewalk Near Work

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BricksofRaleigh

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December 17, 2008 at 8:34 pm

Posted in On the Job, Pictures