Maybe! Maybe not. But Kitchen Sage will deliver a message that we ALL can do better, we ALL can build each other up and that we all can do this with compassion, not righteousness. I look forward to my next blog introducing our advisory board, but I thought that since it is Memorial Day Weekend, I would like to take pause to thank ALL those that have sacrificed so much so that we could abuse the privilege of living in truly a free country. When I say ALL, I must clarify that those who shared in the hope of a better country and a better future. From Rosie the Riveter to our Buffalo Soldiers, every color, creed, heritage, and gender that have all suffered and sacrificed to make America a country based on personal freedoms. Perhaps some have sacrificed more than others.
But who needs to keep score, when we are all going toward the same goal? We definitely need to know our history, our correct history, not propaganda. Realize that EVERYONE loves their children, EVERYONE wants to create a better future for their family and WE all want a better world . But sometimes we stumble, sometimes we fail, and frankly sometimes we get so lost that the way home seems too far away that we give up. That is when we as Americans have the honor and privilege to help out our neighbor. We should not do this from righteousness, but from compassion. I have stumbled, oh I have failed(miserably!), and I have been so lost that if it wasn’t for my family, my friends, and my America I would still be searching for my Kitchen Sage.
Now that I have found MY Kitchen Sage, it is my absolute duty to pass it on to our children. I will assure them they will fail! I will tell them “You will probably cut yourself with a big sharp knife, you will probably slip, and you will definitely burn something!”-“But you will also learn to use a knife properly, you will learn to clean as you go(especially if you spill bacon grease on the floor!), and you will definitely know what a burning stew smells like so you can turn off the heat, and transfer to another pot to save it!” I would be doing a disservice to them and our community if I told them otherwise. We will breed a county of losers if everyone wins all the time!
Since I am gushing with an ideal of a better world, I would love to share with you an email that I just received from a dear friend of mine, and my (expanded and edited) response.
Wow this is my kind of customer service!
GOOD MORNING, WELCOME TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, a Christian nation, land of the free and home of the brave. How may I help you? Press ‘1’ for English. Press ‘2’ to disconnect until you learn to speak English And remember only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, Jesus Christ And the American Veteran. One died for your soul, The other for your freedom. If you agree. Keep it going
2013 IS HERE A Nation of Sheep – Breeds a Government of Wolves! I’M 100% for PASSING THIS ON!!! Let’s Take a stand!!! Borders: Closed… Language: English only…
Law . . . NOT shiria ! ! ! anywhere in these borders ! !
Dearborn, Mi. included ! Culture: Constitution and the Bill of Rights!!! Drug Free: Make a drug screen mandatory for anyone on welfare and/or food stamps! NO freebies to Non-Citizens! We the People are coming Only 86% will send this on. “Should be a 100%”. What will you do?
This is my response:
My Friend!Cut this shit out! This stance is horrible for any business and inappropriate! We are America, and as Americans we have the absolute right to be who we are free of judgement and discrimination from ANYONE!This absolutely stinks of racism. As a Catholic with Jewish and Muslim heritage and family, this really hurts my feelings. Jesus never set foot on our land, and our forefathers built a hope of a new land on a promise that we are ALL GOD’S children.It’s the same god, different marketing reps! As a small business, I would think that you most of all would want everyone to share in the American dream.The only correct thing about that greeting is “home of the free”America is NOT an exclusive Christian country, it is INCLUSIVE COUNTRY for everyone. Just as Jesus was inclusive of all tribes, man, woman, child alike. Sinners and the just.As far as immigration, yes we need work permits so not just our mexican neighbors can come here safely and have the opportunity to become part of our melting pot! Could you imagine a world with out SALSA? Get your head in the right spot! And by the way, SE Habla Espanol, not because I have to, but I am educated and happen to ADORE all hispanic culture! Maybe if we all had to learn a second language we could learn about other viewpoints not to mention show a little respect.By the way, the BRAVE stand up to bullies like this when they are ignorant,hurtful and mean. So if we are home of the Brave, it is time to put up or shut up!Stop watching FOX and other bias news sources, you sound brainwashed. The only way to drive American into a better future for ALL is down the middle of the road, not to the far LEFT OR RIGHT, we will only end up in the ditch if we do that!I love you and your wife! But already these posts are making me and our friends concerned.Would you rather be righteous or compassionate? My Jesus was ONCE righteous, on the Temple Mount. What did that get him? He learned that violent behavior only creates anger and more violence The rest of his life he lead with compassion and love. That’s why he is my shepherd.I hold you and and your wife so dear to my heart because of your amazing hearts and actions! These words DO NOT reflect the people I know. So at least for our friendship, stop saying things like this within my earshot.Give pause this MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND to all those that sacrificed to uphold the ideal that ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL.With GREAT LOVE, HOPE, AND SINCERITY….and
With Great Taste!Tommy
I know this blog seems like an idealist rant, but we really need to teach OUR children that sometimes you don’t have to fit in when you are meant to stand out. I think that those that treat America’s GREATEST asset of diversity like a liability, live a life less full and rich. Really, they are enslaved to their own righteousness.
So to my friends that wrote this email and think by sending it out like a chain mail letter that they are doing good, I recount the Haggadah:
Until all of us are free, we are all enslaved.
Feel free to respond, and lets be a part of the 86% that share why this mentality does NOTHING to build a better America, this only serves the few with their own agenda.ADD YOUR SPECIAL INGREDIENT TO REAL FREEDOM and INCLUSION!Freedom from Ignorance, Freedom from Hunger, and Freedom to be YOURSELF!May EVERYONE’S GOD Bless America AND ALL THE WORLD!Happy Memorial Day weekend, Cook Hard with the people you love!Don’t worry, less ranting and more Kitchen Saging coming soon!