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JenniferEgnor

JenniferEgnor

Joined June 2016

Medium, medievalist, book nerd, dog/cat mom, clinic escort, hospice volunteer, death doula, atheist, pan, activist 4 RJ. Anti-Fascist, she/her
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Weyward: A Novel by Emilia Hart
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My husband and I just watched these documentaries. They are about Christian Nationalism, and the Republican Party‘s goal to turn America into a theocracy. I read Stewart‘s book and it was infuriating. When watching these tonight, I realized that the 7 Mountains Mandate is the same thing as Project 2025. I grew up within a fundamentalist household and had to educate myself about the dark side of what that meant. Now, I am atheist. We barely⬇️

JenniferEgnor have a separation of church and state. It is crumbling in real time. Jerry Falwell and Paul Weyrich‘s visions are becoming a reality. This is something to fear but also to fight. We are not the minority, they are. We will not go into a fascist totalitarian rule quietly. In the name of humanity and all that is good, refuse fascism, fight back. These documentaries are on Tubi for free, watch them. 3d
JenniferEgnor Links here: 1️⃣https://link.tubi.tv/GJqPGkO8rLb. 2️⃣ https://link.tubi.tv/qPRdRyQ8rLb 3d
JenniferEgnor Subscribe to this podcast for updates and calls to action on Christian Nationalism and preserving democracy: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/straight-white-american-jesus/id1441649707 3d
JenniferEgnor Read the Project 2025 Document here: static.project.2025.org 3d
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My heart feels a lot right now. I imagine his is broken. I know B. did the right thing, but I am so afraid. I don't think my heart can hold everything that will come if this wicked man gets back in the office again. I will do everything I can to get peoplx to vote. I will vote. I will continue to try and help others like I always have. I will try to hold on to some hope…we are at a critical point right now. This is not the time to sit it⬇️

JenniferEgnor out. We can choose to work to create a more loving, just, and democratic future, or we can choose a fascist, totalitarian nightmare. Choose wisely. This is not a game, this is not hyperbolic. Pay attention. This is it, folx. If we go over this cliff, there is no coming back from it. Choose wisely. Remember this—in the end, fascism comes for everyone…even the fascists. Choose wisely. 4d
Leftcoastzen Love this post , ready to reread this book 4d
dabbe Agree 💯! Dare I say #harrisandbuttigieg!!! We're getting involved in the swing state of Arizona, too! 💙💙💙 4d
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Cuilin @dabbe I would love Buttigieg too though I think they‘ll pick a governor from a swing state though I heard Mark Kelly is also on the list!!! 💙💙💙 3d
Cuilin I spent a lot of time on TikTok yesterday, checking out the vibes. I feel really hopeful most that younger generation seem to be ready to vote for Harris. 3d
dabbe @Cuilin We love M. Kelly and all he's done for our state. We lost our governor (Napolitano) to Obama's administration, and our state has just now just recovered. I would hate to lose a Senate seat because who knows what our purple state would do if he left. 3d
Cuilin @dabbe I believe your governor is a Democrat and gets to pick a replacement for Kelly if needed? 🤞 3d
dabbe @Cuilin Yes, but then comes an election, and that's when things can get crazy in this state. 🤪 3d
Cuilin @dabbe got it. NH is a weird little purple surrounded by blue. 3d
dabbe @Cuilin I have high hopes for both of our states! #gobigblue 3d
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How to Be Eaten: A Novel | Maria Adelmann
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Maybe I wasn‘t an ottoman, but I had transformed in that basement too. It was like there had been an earthquake inside of me, like I had been hollowed by it, and now I was left to live in the ruins. Who could ever really understand but them? Tonight I will go back home, and they will be there, talking, telling me over and over about how they lived and how they died. Mostly how they died. I will never get to tell them my story, because it‘s ⬇️

JenniferEgnor my duty to listen, because what I do get—isn‘t it enough?—by pure, stupid luck, I get to live. 4d
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How to Be Eaten: A Novel | Maria Adelmann
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AI‘s creepy rendition of the misogynist murderer from Bernice‘s story, Ashton/Bluebeard.

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How to Be Eaten: A Novel | Maria Adelmann
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I knew I should be grateful—for the sky, for the sun, for days at all—but I wanted to escape, to shoot out of the atmosphere into the blackness of outer space, or else I wanted to fold into myself, like origami, so that I could see only the darkness of my own inner edges. But even then—or especially then—I knew the dead women from my dreams would be waiting, stretching their bony, decaying hands out to me, begging me to give them faces, to give⬇️

JenniferEgnor them names. 4d
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It‘s about to go down between Totoro and mama goose. She‘s not letting him get those golden eggs! 🤣 🥚 🥚🥚🥚

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I wanted to like this book but I just couldn‘t get into it. I love the concept but the stories of the ‘buried‘ just didn‘t appeal much to me, and I wasn‘t into the writing style.

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Thunder Cake | Patricia Polacco
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Have you ever made a ‘Thunder Cake‘? I love this story and the challenge! Meanwhile I imagine that the ingredients are made with all the elements of a storm, and that a storm is happening inside the cake…

Recipe here: https://www.mycookabook.com/thunder-cake-recipes.html

TheBookHippie Something to put on the TO DO list! 5d
JenniferEgnor @TheBookHippie I would love to see a cook pull this off on tv, totally old style. Meaning, you have to be on the farm…go get the eggs from the free range chickens, pick the berries…I think if you‘re testing the center of the cake when the first drops of rain begin to fall, as long as the tester comes out clean…that‘s a win! 5d
TheBookHippie @JenniferEgnor I can get this done sort of 🤣 I can get the eggs from a chicken and pick berries but I have to walk to one drive to the other 🤣🤣🤣 5d
JenniferEgnor @TheBookHippie no one said a word about driving…go ahead and drive it like you stole it! 5d
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This book doesn‘t have good reviews, but I think the plot is interesting. Discovered in an issue of Book Page from my local library; the title and especially the cover art captivate me. AI came up with this image.
Hoping I‘ll like this one…I‘m reminded of the cemetery scene from the 1994 Interview With the Vampire.

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I loved this book. Vastly different than the hit Netflix series; similar concept to Paulo Coelho‘s ‘Veronica Decides to Die‘. Philosophy, fantasy, drama—this book makes you think about reincarnation, parallel and multiverses. Oscar Wilde once said that to live is the rarest thing in the world, most peoplx exist—that is all. Nora‘s story is everyone‘s story. Are we existing, or are we living? What do we truly desire? Is that desire enough⬇️

JenniferEgnor for us to discover and keep joy? Or are we doomed to always want something else? We all have regrets. If we could go back and change one thing, would that change cause more harm, or create something beautiful? The universe is our library, and the shelves are endless; we are the authors of the books that are our lives. What if the choices are infinite? What if we do, get to do it again and again, in slightly or vastly different ways? This⬇️ 5d
JenniferEgnor book asks, how much do you really want to live? Death is the greatest teacher of all. An excellent book to discuss at a Death Cafe and for the bookshelf of Death Doulas. 5d
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Every life contains many millions of decisions. Some big, some small. But every time one decision is taken over another, the outcomes differ. An irreversible variation occurs, which in turn leads to further variations. These books are all portals to all the lives you could be living. You have as many lives as you have possibilities. There are lives where you make different choices. And those choices lead to different outcomes. If you had⬇️

JenniferEgnor done just one thing differently, you would have a different life story. And they all exist in the Midnight Library. (edited) 1w
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Between life and death there is a library. And within that library, the shelves go on for ever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be different if you had made other choices…Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?

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Ghost Music | An Yu
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This was a really strange book. When there are mushrooms involved, I‘m always interested. The main character is a pianist stuck in a loveless marriage, when ghosts of the past suddenly come calling. The lines of reality, dream, and hallucination blur. This is a novel about grief, and the journeys we take to the path of self-realization. I couldn‘t help but think of themes of China‘s ‘left over women‘ in this novel. More on that here:⬇️

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I recently discovered Gina‘s books and website—I was enjoying so much that I bought 3 of the books! I love the fact that they are healthy and contain nutritional info. This panna cotta was supposed to use raspberry but we wanted to try passion fruit. Delicious!

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You think you‘re ready to read something like this, but you aren‘t. There are moments when your breath is taken away, and the tears come. All of us can become a victim of war at any moment—imagine it as a child, that suddenly everything is stripped from you. Imagine what it would take to survive. In this collection from Soviet children, there are horrific accounts of WWII events. These stories must be told. I am reminded of Gaza‘s children.

JenniferEgnor No matter how hard it is, keep reading. Do not look away. 2w
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This book is the story of the author‘s discovery of her family‘s past in Nazi occupied Ukraine, the ones who survived, and those who didn‘t; and her journey to not only learn as much as possible about them while they grew up and lived in Trochenbrod from those who survived and remembered, but her desire to step foot on the soil where such unspeakable things happened, to find the graves. Once a thriving village, nothing remains of Trochenbrod⬇️

JenniferEgnor today. Like so many other places during the war, the Nazis tried to erase all evidence that anyone had once lived there; murdering them and tossing their bodies into mass pits and then covering them up into what can be seen today. Sadly, there is a continuing Nazi movement today, and those who deny the Holocaust ever happened. I can‘t imagine what it must have been like for the author to try and retrace her family‘s steps. The most important⬇️ (edited) 2w
JenniferEgnor thing she wanted to do was keep their memories alive; to keep going, ever in defiance of the Nazis. An important read. 2w
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The author came into this work knowing what he wanted to do, but he didn‘t realize how hard it would be, or that it would change his life even more than those he served. This book isn‘t just about the work of Equal Justice Initiative; it‘s about how we treat others, and the vision of systems of compassion, instead of systems of oppression. The story of Walter McMillian is featured heavily in this book, but there are also stories of other ⬇️

JenniferEgnor criminalized persons. The author was able to help some of them. Not only did he have to go up against a system of injustice, he had to go up against old hatreds; doing this work in the Deep South was dangerous. America has a problem with mass incarceration, and criminality. This book takes a deep look at the flaws in the system, showing the threads of racism that still hold it together, and asks us to look for another way; asks us to look at⬇️ 2w
JenniferEgnor and within, the individuals that we are so quick to lock away and kill. This way of doing things is not loving, not sustainable, not just. Another way is possible; we must work to achieve it. Highly recommended read. 2w
JenniferEgnor Link to the website here: https://eji.org/ 2w
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There is a strength, a power even, in understanding brokenness, because embracing our brokenness creates a need and desire for mercy, and perhaps a corresponding need to show mercy. When you experience mercy, you learn things that are hard to learn otherwise. You see things you can‘t otherwise see; you hear things you can‘t otherwise hear. You begin to recognize the humanity that resides in each of us. What would happen if we just⬇️

JenniferEgnor acknowledged our brokenness, if we owned up to our weaknesses, our deficits, our biases, our fears. Maybe if we did, we wouldn‘t want to kill the broken among us who have killed others. Maybe we would look harder for solutions to caring for the disabled, the abused, the neglected, and the traumatized. If we acknowledged our brokenness, we could no longer take pride in mass incarceration, in executing people, in our deliberate indifference to⬇️ 2w
JenniferEgnor the most vulnerable. 2w
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America‘s prisons have become warehouses for the mentally ill. Mass incarceration has been largely fueled by misguided drug policy and excessive sentencing, but the internment of hundreds of thousands of poor and mentally ill people has been driving force in achieving our record levels of imprisonment. It‘s created unprecedented problems.

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Capital punishment means them without the capital get the punishment.

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In debates around the death penalty, I had started arguing that we would never think it was humane to pay someone to rape people convicted of rape or assault and abuse someone guilty of assault or abuse. Yet we were comfortable killing people who kill, in part because we think we can do it in a manner that doesn‘t implicate our own humanity, the way that raping or abusing someone would. I couldn‘t stop thinking that we don‘t spend much time⬇️

JenniferEgnor contemplating the details of what killing someone actually involves. 2w
Sincerely.Sarah Wow this is so compelling. 2w
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Swan Lake | Mark Helprin, Chris Van Allsburg, Juvenile Collection (Library of Congress)
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Enjoy this magical image, brought to you by AI. This is a place I would‘ve liked to have been when I was a child. I love the story of Swan Lake, and I was always fond of the animated ‘The Swan Princess‘.

TheBookHippie My daughter watched The Swan Princess 36785347974 times 🤣 2w
JenniferEgnor I watched it quite a few times, but I think your daughter has me beat 🤣 2w
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This is a short book but heavy read. This is the story Kossola told to Zora, chronicling his life in Africa to his journey through the Middle Passage on the Clotilda (the last illegal slave ship) at only 19 years old; his enslavement for 5.5 years in Alabama, and his life after being told by Union soldiers of his freedom. The last survivor of the Clotilda lived through slavery. The Civil War. Reconstruction. Jim Crow. This book will break⬇️

JenniferEgnor your heart, and that is why you must read it. Zora recorded his words in the vernacular English he spoke. Highly recommended. 2w
TheBookHippie I agree it‘s a 5 star read for me. 2w
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“Know how we gittee free? Cudjo tellee you dat. De boat I on, it in de Mobile. We all on dere to go in de Montgomery, but Cap‘n Jim Meaher, he not on de boat dat day. Cudjo doan know (why). I doan forgit. It April 12, 1865. De Yankee soldiers dey come down to de boat and eatee de mulberries off de trees close to de boat, you unnerstand me. Den dey see us on de boat and dey say “Y‘all can‘t stay dere no mo‘. You free, you doan b‘long to⬇️

JenniferEgnor nobody no mo”. Oh, Lor‘! I so glad. We astee de soldiers where we goin? Dey say dey doan know. Dey told us to go where we feel lak goin‘, we ain‘ no mo‘ slave. 3w
JenniferEgnor 🍇🍓🫐I‘ll never think of a mulberry the same again. From now on, I‘ll think of Kossola—and if I have the chance to eat one, I‘ll do it in his honor. (edited) 3w
Suet624 💕💕 3w
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This is one of the most beautiful Adhans (Call to Prayer) I have ever heard. When I was delving into the Quran, Hadith and other works from and on Islam several years back, I discovered it. I am atheist but I can appreciate the beautiful things that religion can bring…this is one of them. Link to listen: https://open.spotify.com/track/0MyvE90Yr6uwgbtzdPhUJb?si=6uL0AO_IToSOGKHPCHXFgw&...

Suet624 This is beautiful and quite moving. Thank you for sharing. 3w
JenniferEgnor @Suet624 you‘re so welcome! Glad it could add something special to your day. 2w
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This book gave me hope; I saw it on the library shelf and knew it was different from everything else I‘ve read about the disease. I felt it so important, I got my own copy and have saved the ReCODE website; I have shared the information with others. We know there are many contributing factors to Alzheimer‘s—but what if there was a way to hit back against every one of them? Amyloid forms in the brain but the brain isn‘t trying to attack⬇️

JenniferEgnor itself; it‘s trying to defend itself. There are 3 major key elements into promoting the healthiest body and brain. 1. Prevent and reduce inflammation. 2. Optimize hormones, tropic factors, and nutrients. 3. Eliminate toxins. Like anything else, these things demand commitment and permanence. It requires a change of lifestyle but it can be done. The three keys are good bodily advice in general, which all of us can benefit from. Why⬇️ (edited) 3w
JenniferEgnor not give it a go? My father and step mother both have Alzheimer‘s; I have seen its brutality in my hospice patients as well. This is an empowering book and everyone should read it. We cannot expect the program to work for those in severe, advanced stages; but we can start hitting targets before it begins and even after. Time is of the essence. I learned a lot from this book and will be using Bredesen‘s recommendations. It‘s worth a shot. 🧠🌻 3w
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This is the story of one man‘s experience, in a country which claims to welcome all peoplx. He is American; Pakistani; Muslim. He tells the story of his parents‘ coming to America and trying to achieve the infamous ‘dream‘. He tells his story of the family struggle, and the ongoing struggle of being Brown and Muslim, in a post 9/11. America has a long way to go, and as of late, it looks like the road is growing even longer. Highly recommend.

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My husband loves Chicago Dogs and used to get them at Sonic. I don‘t know how long this place has been around, but we just discovered it and tried it out. We liked it. The old posters with huge hotdogs floating on the water next to a normal sized city made me think of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs for sure!

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This book reminded me a lot of ‘The Art of Dying Well‘ by Katy Butler. The author heavily emphasizes aging well and dying well. This is a book that forces you to think about your mortality and the mortality of those around you. It asks you to start planning ahead, start thinking about what you do and don‘t want. None of us wants to think about it, but we must. Death Cafes are a great place to start! Find one near you or start your own:⬇️

Suet624 I liked Butler‘s book a lot. I‘ll have to check this one out. 3w
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Food: A Love Story | Jim Gaffigan
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I‘m convinced this book was actually written by Homer J. Simpson. This has got to be, hands down, the funniest book I have ever read, and the most enjoyable (and honest) food memoir I‘ve read yet. There is something in this book for everyone. We all know that food is one of the best things about life. So eat something delicious today that brings you joy (and hopefully, good health).

Suet624 I need a laugh. Just put myself on the Libby waitlist. 3w
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Food: A Love Story | Jim Gaffigan
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Most regular restaurants try to set a mood or an atmosphere. French restaurants may have a quaint garden. Some Italian restaurants make you feel like you‘ve been transported to a Tuscan villa. The atmosphere in a fast-food establishment looks like they are trying to re-create the environment of a mental institution. The bright lights, the smell of bleach, the employees with the smile and personality of kidnapping victims, and for some reason⬇️

JenniferEgnor the furniture is bolted down. 3w
Suet624 😂 🤣🤣 3w
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Food: A Love Story | Jim Gaffigan
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It‘s amazing how fast our attitude toward fast-food places changes over our lifetime. When you‘re a kid, a fast-food restaurant is one of your favorite places ever. A stop at McDonald‘s or a Burger King is like a visit to a toy store or Disney World. What‘s for a kid not to like? Bright colors, French fries, an indoor playground. You even get a free toy with your meal. No wonder I begged to have my ninth birthday party at McDonald‘s. But⬇️

JenniferEgnor as an adult, a practical wisdom sets in, and we see fast-food places for what they really are: a place for convenient, mediocre, super-unhealthy food. We view fast-food places like they are someone we used to date. You drive by and look at them like, “I can‘t believe I went there.” Then a couple of nights later you find yourself at their doorstep: “It‘s late. I‘m drunk. How about one for old times‘ sake?” 3w
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Food: A Love Story | Jim Gaffigan
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Ten years ago nobody ate kale. Then someone (probably a kale farmer or Satan) discovered that kale had some health benefits, and off kale went. Now we are in the middle of a full-fledged kale trend, or as I call it, a kale epidemic.

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Food: A Love Story | Jim Gaffigan
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Because of the fact that granola has the same consistency as ground-up animal teeth, the granola “bar” was developed.

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Food: A Love Story | Jim Gaffigan
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I guess I do enjoy a salad every now and then. Well, I should say I enjoy salad dressing with just a touch of lettuce. I don‘t even like lettuce on a cheeseburger. I need salad dressing. Without a heavy dose of salad dressing I feel like I‘m eating a bag of yard work. Salad dressing is lettuce gravy. It‘s there to mask the inadequacies.

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Food: A Love Story | Jim Gaffigan
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From my uneducated viewpoint, chili makes no sense for Cincinnati. Even what they do with the chili in Cincinnati makes no sense. They serve it over pasta. Yet somehow it works. The story goes that a Greek immigrant in the 1920s wanted to cater to the local taste buds, so he started serving chili over spaghetti at his hot dog stand, which I‘m pretty sure makes no sense whatsoever. Either way, Cincinnati chili does appeal to people like me⬇️

JenniferEgnor who have trouble deciding between two entrees. 3w
JenniferEgnor 🍝I LOVE 3 way Cincinnati chili! I need to make some again 🔜 3w
dabbe It also proves the point that pasta is fantastic with ANYTHING. And chili is fantastic with ANYTHING. Well, there's the answer! fantastic x fantastic = #yummyinthetummy 🤩😂🤗 3w
JenniferEgnor @dabbe pasta is my weakness! 3w
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Food: A Love Story | Jim Gaffigan
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Jeannie, the kids, and I were on a bus touring the country, and it was highly recommended to me that I eat at this great BBQ place in a gas station. I figured, Why not? If the food is bad, at least it will be a great experience for the kids to eat surrounded by flammable liquid.

🤣 ⛽️🔥🍖

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An interesting read about how our bodies respond to our grief. It turns out, we really do have ‘heart strings‘…and we can die from a broken heart. I remember when one of our dogs died a few years back, how I cried the next day. I cried so hard I couldn‘t breathe, so hard my chest was starting to hurt, my heart began to palpitate (dangerous, because I have Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome). My heart was broken because I‘d lost my little boy. ⬇️

JenniferEgnor In this book, the author shares her journey of grief after a marriage of 30 years suddenly ended. It was a wild ride and she learned the deep connections we have between body and mind—how sick she really was. She ultimately had to make choices that if not addressed could have taken her down a much harder road, one where she would have been sick with more than just grief. 3w
Suet624 😥 😥 3w
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Food: A Love Story | Jim Gaffigan
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Once I had a friend defensively point out to me, “Pearls come from oysters.” I never really understood his reasoning, but I explained I make a rule to not eat things that also make jewelry. Diamonds come from coal, but we aren‘t dipping that into cocktail sauce.

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Food: A Love Story | Jim Gaffigan
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Paradise, also known as butter.

YES! And this is my favorite brand! Sooooo good

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Food: A Love Story | Jim Gaffigan
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We are totally out of control. We‘re a country that loves to eat so much that instead of learning how to eat less, or honestly exercising, we find ways around it, like wiring our mouths shut and undergoing surgeries in which our stomachs are stapled smaller. “I don‘t want to do something barbaric like exercising, so I‘m just going to have someone vacuum the fat out of my body.”

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Food: A Love Story | Jim Gaffigan
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I treat my body like a temple. A temple of doom.

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Food: A Love Story | Jim Gaffigan
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Some people lie about their age. I lie about my weight. Sometimes I catch myself telling total strangers that my belly is not real. That I actually had to get stomach implants to ward off female suitors.

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This book was interesting but not at all what I was thinking it would be. I thought it might discuss how Nordic traditions are valuable in climate change actions. In a way, it was. The book isn‘t so much about elves, but about what the land means to humans living within it. How much value do we place in it? When we see it as sacred, we have more respect for it. If we care for it, it will care for us. The old pagan and indigenous traditions⬇️

JenniferEgnor have a relationship with the land. Not only are there spirits within it, the land itself is a living thing—as is the water, the sky. Christianity largely stripped these traditions away and punished those who held onto them; it taught to subdue, not to live in harmony with. Where has that gotten us today? Harmful systems of oppression, and a dying planet with a swan song we refuse to acknowledge. This book is mostly memoir, some history, and⬇️ (edited) 4w
JenniferEgnor a lot of literature references (the Icelandic Sagas, Tolkien). An enjoyable read; I hope to visit Iceland one day to experience its magic before it disappears. (edited) 4w
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This book is just 190 pages, but it‘s powerful, and beautifully written. Black women have been telling us to look at the whole picture. We must do it through the lens of Black Feminism. White Feminism has failed us, time and time again. The author breaks down liberation and decolonization, giving us a new way to think about and apply, what she calls ‘Sensuous Knowledge‘. Highly recommended. Link to her website: https://msafropolitan.com/

TheBookHippie White feminism is just that white as in mayflower white and only causes that affect them (not the LGBTQIA, not Jewish women, no brown women…). 4w
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When it comes to beauty, we need to detach our ideas of beauty from heteronormativity, patriarchy, and racism and redefine beauty from a woman-centered point of view. We need to explore beauty from an active rather than a passive position of womanhood—as subjects and not objects, as directors of the orchestra rather than the instruments to be played. The orchestra might look similar, but the song will sound different.

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At some point in life the world‘s beauty becomes enough. You don‘t need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough. No record of it needs to be kept and you don‘t need someone to share it with or tell it to. When that happens—that letting go—you let go because you can. The world will always be there—while you sleep it will be there—when you wake it will be there as well. So you can sleep and there is reason to awake. —Tony Morrison

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Rivers start out as tiny streams at mountaintops. As the streams trickle down, they are met by other small streams and tributaries, together growing larger, and larger until their mutual flow becomes a river. The more the river widens, the more power it has to circumvent the barriers in its way. In this sense, rivers show us that there is high power in collective action. Yet once a river reaches the ocean, it streams separate again, reminding ⬇️

JenniferEgnor us that in the end, each individual has their own journey to selfhood. The river reminds us that power is not necessarily tied to the state. States have derived a source of power from the world‘s rivers, but rivers sustain everyone—all living species and nature. It was heartening when, in 2017, New Zealand granted the Whanganui River the same legal rights as a person.The Whanganui became the first river in the world to be recognized as⬇️ (edited) 4w
JenniferEgnor the living entity that rivers are, each with their own character. Rives—like power—defy simplistic measurement. The Niger knows her kismet; she is not waiting for kindhearted humans to remove the obstacles that disrupt her labyrinthine journey toward self-actualization. Instead, she calmly keeps moving and revolts when necessary. This tells us that power is not something to feign but rather something to embody. But perhaps most important, the⬇️ 4w
JenniferEgnor branching of rivers teaches us that exousiance, the coming to power, is a complex process. At times the process is barely visible, like the gentle, lapping flow of a river surface while deep at the river‘s bottom, a mighty stream surges. At other times a river‘s explosive movement is visible to the eye, for instance, when a dam can no longer stand the force of the river dashing against it. However the movement happens, the river‘s motion is⬇️ 4w
JenniferEgnor continuous. It is life and aliveness thrusting from within—the antidote to passive inaction. Power. 4w
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Resistance against racism and sexism is like bench-pressing weights. If you lift only with your right hand, the left weight will collapse on you and vice versa. We need to resist sexism together with those black men who oppose it, and racism with white women who oppose it. Without a sense of political sisterhood, the fight against patriarchy is moot.Acid rain may not kill every single tree in the world, but it is a threat to every single tree on⬇️

JenniferEgnor this planet. Patriarchy is similarly a threat to every single woman in the forest of humankind. Sisterhood is the vine, and our thorny and entangled connections are the branches of the vine. 4w
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If I spend my life despising you because of your race, or class, or religion, I become your slave. If you spend yours hating me for similar reasons, it is because you are my slave.I own your energy, your fear, your intellect.I determine where you live, how you live, what your work is, your definition of excellence, and I set limits to your ability to love. I will have shaped your life. That is the gift of your hatred; you are mine. —Toni Morrison

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