T2 - Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and Thoreau's Wild Fruits

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle – A Year of Food Life
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Elsie and I felt sorry for Miracle, because our neighbor, Mrs. Billingsley, didn't consider Miracle, to be her responsibility. You see, Miracle was born when Mrs. Billingsley's cat, Shnookums, got pregnant by one of the neighborhood Tomcats. Elsie and I tried to tell Mrs. Billingsley that Miracle was her responsibility, because she didn't have Shnookums spayed, like a responsible companion animal guardian would have, and thus, Miracle was her responsibility. (Miracle's brothers and sisters were given to Mrs. Billingsley's grandchildren, who love cats). Mrs. Billingsley had kept Miracle, and to this day, we wonder WHY, because she doesn't treat him like he deserves to be treated. Miracle spends his time outdoors, even in hot and cold weather. Elsie and I HATE the thought of Miracle shivering in the cold December winds, or panting during July's fierce heat waves. Don't get us wrong....cats can survive happily outside, but Miracle was a former indoor only cat, until He arrived at Mrs. Billingsley's and all of a sudden found himself outside now.
VCA Miracle Mile Animal Hospital
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If you'd like to donate to the homeless cats and dogs awaiting adoption at Small Miracles, consider shopping online for the animals. We have started a . Items range in price from $5 on up. We've listed necessities, as well as some creature comforts and special treats for our furry friends. Items can be purchased online and shipped directly to the shelter, saving you a trip! Our top requested item right now is AvoDerm wet cat food. Thank you on behalf of all the animals in our care! So, Tim and Sam: will you read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle?
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Lily Hopp Kingsolver, was too young to sign a publishing contract when Animal, Vegetable, Miracle debuted in 2007, but was always an integral part of her family’s local food efforts and story. She has joined AVM’s trio of authors in writing new material for the 10th anniversary edition, reflecting on how her land-based upbringing influenced her decisions to pursue a science degree at the University of Virginia, field studies in Panama, and an eventual career as an environmental scientist.Kingsolver, Barbara, and Steven L. Hopp, and Camille Kingsolver. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2007.ANIMAL VEGETABLE MIRACLE has only become more relevant since its publication, increasing our awareness of how the agricultural establishment can affect our health and environment for the worse, or for the better. And how a world of choice is in our hands. My less than awe leads to my final point. I have simply adored in every way all the other books Barbara Kingsolver has written. I read them quickly and buy them at used book stores whenever I see one. I think in the end I equally adored about 70% of this book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Kingsolver does have such a unique way of making information accessible and digestible with some humor and irony mixed in. She also models a lifestyle I would really love to see myself growing towards—more time in the kitchen baking bread and canning foods for later and loving family the whole while. And then there’s that 30% where I found her and her family’s writing to simply be wholly pretentious and snotty. The critiques came too close for me—and I am even very aligned with her politics and thinking! There was not evidence of a deep well of grace for the world and its choices of buying bananas and tomatoes in February, something I would have expected. The feelings I have after reading her book make me take a great pause—food choices are deep choices we make. Insulting them and adding them up to be evil will not change hearts immediately. There needs to be grace in the meantime and an understanding that I’m still growing too. Barbara didn’t offer that in her book. Maybe that’s a difference between churches and farms. I hope I can offer the grace or perhaps more exactly, keep pointing to the source of grace. Since I am on the way to obtaining a Masters in Divinity, I’ll make some theological remarks. In earlier books, Barbara Kingsolver used much spiritual language. One of her most famous books, The Poisonwood Bible is completely about religion as she follows a missionary family in the Congo. In Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, no real spiritual musings is recorded. At one point she mentions that their household holds different spiritual backgrounds; as this book was a joint effort between herself, husband, and daughter, perhaps taking out spirituality made sense. But as I read the book, I think Barbara and her family very nearly worship gardening/biology/farming. In the framework of ultimate trust, I think it is a fair assumption that in this book, her ultimate trust resides in her garden processes and her farming as the means to the salvation her family found in eating local. They were “freed” in a sense from the tangled food web of U.S. culture and their farming saved them. The real issue I take is not about where they choose to put trust but in how they reference over and over how grateful they are about food. Because the Kingsolver-Hopps have now become intimately aware of how food goes from seed to their table, they are filled with gratefulness. That gratitude is never directed towards a divinity or other source. Based on what I deduced as their ultimate trust—themselves and their gardening, I draw the line to conclude that their gratefulness is towards themselves, whether realized or not. As I see my problems with food and food culture in the U.S. more through the lens of a broken relationship with God and creation, I am less than awed about their gratitude in their own human abilities.From the first season of Animal Miracles with Alan Thicke, this story is about a top cutting horse that went painfully blind at the peak of his career. Supported by his devoted owner, 'Bud' finds life in total darkness is possible with a little help from his friends.