Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Cold Day, Hot Breakfast, Warm Hearts

It’s 27 degrees outside. I didn’t want to leave the cozy stove to make breakfast. So,
after a little inspirational reading, I tried an experiment I should have tried long ago.

The eggs and bread came from Esther and David Miller at the Jeffersonville Farmers’ Market (Winter Market is in our church’s gym). Butter came from an Amish farm nearby. I sliced a tomato from our garden to slip between toast and eggs, and added a dollop of applesauce on the side, made from apples from an abandoned tree three blocks away. Don chopped the fuel from our own fallen trees, the last of the ones that Hurricane Ike blew over in 2008. That fan, by the way, runs on the stove's own heat, and the catalytic combustor reburns the smoke so the stove's emission is no more than that of a cigarette, or so we are told. 

While eating by the fire, I read the article in today’s paper about our recent Crosstown Pilgrimages to the River Road Islamic Center and Assumption Greek Orthodox Church.

Yesterday I spoke with a group of Louisville Seminary students and faculty about the importance of faith communities in addressing environmental issues, especially climate change, as part of the school's Green Week. It was heartening to see so many there, especially on a busy day. Kudos to Rebecca Townsend, the seminary's sustainability coordinator, to her field ed supervisor Dianne Reistroffer, and to the seminary for creating the position. 

My Thoughtful Christian study The Exile: A Key to Understanding the Old Testament came out this morning too. It's a pretty good study for considering the realities of exile today.

Tomorrow I'll make fairtrade coffee on the stove with warm local milk. Yum.


  1. I love knowing the origin story behind each bit of your breakfast. How many of us know that about what we're eating/using? Too few.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. You are an inspiration, Trish! I knew where my apples (local farm) and coffee (Haiti) came from, but not my peanut butter!! I'll try to do better. :)

  3. You were cooking on your wood burning stove in the living room? Nice! I guess people used to cook on those things and not just use them for clean, efficient house heating. Funny how easy it is to forget that just because it's not in the kitchen.

  4. Hi, Egg: I'm trying to think more creatively about the multiple uses of our home resources. Drying tomatoes on the car dashboard, where the sun's heat is concentrated, is my favorite. But far more important is simply turning off what isn't really necessary. Just building different habits of life and thought.