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The Living Without Series

This is a series of posts that I wrote back in 2006 on living with less stuff. Check them out: liv011Living #2liv031liv04

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The Chicken Doctor


The Architect


Corn Queen

I’m trying to write a post about corn.  A serious post.  One that will start an epidemic of massive proportions and everyone in the tri-state region will want to change the way they eat for now and forever amen.

But, then my sister posted this.  And how can you ever look me in the blog and take me seriously after watching that?  
Listen.  I need to tell you something.  I, I, I, I was a cheerleader.  And….and I still am.  I use my old cheers to motivate my family.  It’s kinda like yelling at them, but with clapping  and hopping incorporated.  It’s just a small piece of what’s leftover from my strange and bizarre childhood.  There will never be another cheerleader in my house.  My daughter would rather shave her head and squirt cheeze whiz up her nose than be a cheerleader and the boys, well…, they won’t be doing any cheering unless it’s from a couch or sitting on a bench court side.
Now, back to corn.  I’ve been trying to eliminate high fructose corn syrup from my diet ever since I watched King Corn.  This documentary is quite an eye popping, head whacking, heart wrenching, gut gurgling dose of education.  Please, find a way to watch it, please. 
Why high fructose corn syrup? Because, when I saw what it took to make it…..uh, wow.  Why do we eat this stuff?  Why?  It’s in everything and it’s not even a real food.  It’s a synthetic liquid that we pump into everything that goes into our mouth.  You know why?  Because it’s cheap.  CHEAP.  But, what is our health worth?  If we got rid of HFCS would we see a decline in type II diabetes?  Hmmm, just wonderin’.
So, who’s up for a challenge?  Huh?  Who’s been living without corn syrup?  Tell me about it.  Who wants to start?  You?  You?  Yes, you in the back.  Okay, let’s start with reading labels.  No HFCS.  Can we go a week?  Let’s try.  Ready, set, go.
Need some inspiration?   Go to and search king corn and watch all the videos.
Okay, now go one and get yourself some edgecatin’ about that there high fructose corny slurp.
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