Friday, September 7, 2018

I'm Not a Prophet or a Stone Age Man

A month ago it felt like Fall was beginning as normal and then it just stopped.  We had another few weeks of summery type days. Now as I write this, at the end of October we are still very green and just this week I see small color bursts around town as if it's finally trying to continue the transition.  We are entering a different time for sure with not only weather. The mind can't even predict the strange ways in which mother nature will respond.  Maybe the Mayans were right.  That we definitely turned some new corner in 2012.  It just wasn't what anyone expected.  When I think back, nothing was the same after that year.  Weather certainly became whacky on the constant.  Social behavior is extreme. Politics.  Could we ever have even dreamed of Donald Trump?  He is born out of our most demented thoughts.  Sexuality.  How many gender identifications do we have now?   Hatred and fear have all new subdivisions. Every facet of life seemed to split into several more fractals. So many drastic changes and you can feel how the next wave is going to be so compounded.
I just hope there are folks that are also understanding more, becoming clearer on how to steer the boat of evolution.  I can't say I feel better but I can't deny the differences.  Or maybe I'm still adjusting, getting my feet in this new state of being. The anxiety and stress all the diversity has created at least transposed the status quo.  And from what I understand, this is possibly what the Mayan's spoke of regarding  transformation after completing a cycle of the calendar.

Italian Stuffed Spaghetti Squash had my mouth all lit up like a Christmas tree.  The tangy tomato sauce with mushrooms, garlic, basil and ground beef.  The mozzarella and Parmesan combo on top.  The roasted squash itself has a gorgeous flavor that really works well with all of this. You really don't need oil or butter.
These boats were ginormous so they easily became the next days dinner.  Actually, we could only get through half of a half because once you start forking the squash it doesn't end until you get to the skin.  There is a ton of usable 'vegetable meat' so to speak.  It's very filling without being heavy somehow. 
After making a few of these I suggest pulling out all the strands beforehand, tossing in salt and pepper before putting back an edible portion in your shell.  Fill the bottom with a bit of sauce, layer it in other words as it absorbs well.  This way you can reserve some flesh for another dish. 
I always hope to come to the crossroads like Bob Dylan and magically transform into an incredibly talented something or other.  Until then, more spaghetti squash please. 
“We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically.” 
― Neil DeGrasse Tyson

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