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April 15 is fast approaching.  Do you know what that means?

Your taxes are due. Well, they are, but I’m not really here to remind you of that.

April 15 is the day that Irene Design moves to its new home!

In an effort to streamline everything I am doing, I am moving my blog to a blogspot address.  Between now and April 15, I will double post on both blogs (so they will be the same).  However after April 15, I will only add new posts to the blogspot domain.

I thought long and hard about this because I do not want to add to anyone’s confusion, and I do not want to loose any readers.  If you currently have my blog bookmarked in your internet browser, or if you subscribe to my blog with a feed reader (RSS, Google Reader, etc.) please replace my wordpress address with this one:

http://irenedesign.blogspot.com

I value each one of you readers and want to make sure I don’t loose you in the move!! However with my Real Food blog, and with the ease with which I can customize using blogger, this move in necessary.

I would love to know that you are following me over.  Please check out my new blog (it’s got all new background, header, link icons, fonts, and all), and leave me a message letting me know you made it!

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Our weekend revolved not only around the Easter Celebration but also the celebration of a good friend’s wedding.  Besides the obvious importance-of-marriage highlights, my top ones include

Taking lots of pictures (I love family photos!)

The band.  Seriously, this bluegrass band was amazing.  They led the party all night at the reception (we square danced!) then back at the Inn (yes, I laid in bed listening to them play until 2am), and then on Easter morning the cellist played right outside of our window to welcome the morning. 
(that is a cello, right?!)


Sunrise on Easter Morning

Hiking at the Natural Bridge State Park in Eastern Kentucky

We really had a great weekend full of friends (we did go up for a wedding!), great food (our friends are farmers!), laughing, fresh mountain air, and enough dancing and hiking to make my calves ache again this morning.

To top it all off, we had an Easter morning celebration that included singing Down in the River to Pray and Amazing Grace, a message about the significance of the historical ressurrection of a man named Jesus, and reading a poem by Mary Karr.  We sat out on picnic tables over-looking a cliff and had nothing but our voices–no instruments, microphones, slide projectors, anything.  It was serene and beautiful, perfect to reflect on the significance of what we were celebrating.

Descending Theology: The Resurrection

by Mary Karr

From the far star points of his pinned extremities,
cold inched in—black ice and squid ink—
till the hung flesh was empty.
Lonely in that void even for pain,
he missed his splintered feet,
the human stare buried in his face.
He ached for two hands made of meat
he could reach to the end of.
In the corpse’s core, the stone fist
of his heart began to bang
on the stiff chest’s door, and breath spilled
back into that battered shape. Now
it’s your limbs he comes to fill, as warm water
shatters at birth, rivering every way.

Descending Theology: The Resurrection

by Mary Karr

From the far star points of his pinned extremities,

cold inched in—black ice and squid ink—

till the hung flesh was empty.

Lonely in that void even for pain,

he missed his splintered feet,

the human stare buried in his face.

He ached for two hands made of meat

he could reach to the end of.

In the corpse’s core, the stone fist

of his heart began to bang

on the stiff chest’s door, and breath spilled

back into that battered shape. Now

it’s your limbs he comes to fill, as warm water

shatters at birth, rivering every way.

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Yesterday while the hubby and I were sitting in the OB’s office waiting our turn, he mentioned an article he read on the BBC’s website regarding a study that has shown that “there is no evidence that organic foods are any better than non-organic foods.”  I thought that was an interesting concept and wondered what he might mean by “better”.  Better looking? Better tasting? Better for the environment?  So, I read the article.  You can read it too by going here.

Now I am no scientist by any means, and I have done little research compared with these folks, but it seems pretty clear to me that the title of the article is slightly misleading.  (The article says “Organic has ‘no health benefits'”) .  What the article is actually getting at is that based on the study cited, there is no proven nutritional benefit to organic foods over conventionally grown foods.  OK, I’ll grant that.  Like I said, I’m not a scientist.  However, I think it’s still safe to affirm that organic foods are indeed healthier if not for the nutritional benefits.  Think of all the things you do not ingest when you eat organically grown foods.  Pesticides, chemically-derived fertilizers, anti-biotics and hormones in meat…the list goes on.  To me the common sense still says that organics are better (i.e. healthier) whether or not they are more “nutritious”.   Just my humble opinion; did I mention I am not a scientist?

I will continue to buy organics where it seems to make the most sense to me.  I will continue to savor every bite of the vegies I am fortunate enough to be able to buy from a good friend at the market every week.  (He currently has the tastiest onions I have ever had.  I think I could sautee one of those and just eat that if it weren’t for the inevitable heartburn that would ensue!)

With all this to say, I’m curious what you all think.  I know that for some folks this is a very touchy subject and others rarely think about it.  Also, on a similar note, has anyone seen the documentary, Food, Inc. yet?  It only played in select theatres, unfortunately not in a city near me.  I’m curious how that was.

Enjoy whatever food you are blessed to be eating today!

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