So Let Us Be Loving, Hopeful, And Optimistic

Thank you so much for your kind words and congratulations about my bloggiversary.

In all the memories I forgot to share with you my fabulous dinner last night.  It was a version of my Bad Day Mac N Cheese.  I made it with peas and used three different kinds of cheese: mozzarella, white cheddar, and Daiya cheddar.  Oh and see them tomatoes on my salad … oh yeah they’re from my garden, no big deal ;)

So cheesy!  Also on my meal plan for the week are Chocolate Quinoa Protein Bars from No Meat Athlete and  Chickpea Tacos from Peas and Thank You.  I also have to make a batch of tomato sauce, but I don’t use a recipe for that.  I just wing it every time, it makes Brad rage.  This is how things usually go at dinner time when I have not used someone else’s recipe:

Brad: “hey is this a new recipe?”

Me:  ”yeah I just made it up”

Brad: “yeah it’s good did you write it down?”

I never do, why he asks this is beyond me.  I rarely answer, I just look away – the look says it all.

Brad: “Morgan!” (uh oh he used my real name, I’m totally in trouble!) “why do you do this to me?  Why can’t you just write it down?  You know if you wrote it down you’d have something to share on your blog.  Now next time you make this it might taste like crap.”

I shrug and smile back.

So anyhooooooo – I rode my bike to the gym a little while ago before I get to all my cooking.  Oh and I also have quite a bit of writing to do today.  My bike wanted to show you something, he has junk in the trunk.

I love this little bike purse, Claire bought it for me and it holds everything you need for the gym.

And now if I may switch gears (get it like my bike) and get all serious.  This morning a very important Canadian passed away.  I know I have readers from other countries so let me explain:  Jack Layton, the leader of the opposition party of Canada (the NDP) lost his battle with cancer.  It was a truly shocking and sad morning regardless of anyone’s political ties.  He left a letter with his wife that would be shared in this event.  I wanted to share some of the parts of the letter that meant the most to me.  You can visit CBC News to read the entire letter.

To young Canadians: All my life I have worked to make things better. Hope and optimism have defined my political career, and I continue to be hopeful and optimistic about Canada. Young people have been a great source of inspiration for me. I have met and talked with so many of you about your dreams, your frustrations, and your ideas for change. More and more, you are engaging in politics because you want to change things for the better. Many of you have placed your trust in our party. As my time in political life draws to a close I want to share with you my belief in your power to change this country and this world. There are great challenges before you, from the overwhelming nature of climate change to the unfairness of an economy that excludes so many from our collective wealth, and the changes necessary to build a more inclusive and generous Canada. I believe in you. Your energy, your vision, your passion for justice are exactly what this country needs today. You need to be at the heart of our economy, our political life, and our plans for the present and the future.

My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.

All my very best,

Jack Layton

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5 Responses to So Let Us Be Loving, Hopeful, And Optimistic

  1. Sarah Carere says:

    Hi Morgan,
    As a fellow Canadian, I appreciate you sharing this with your readers. I agree that despite whether or not you are aligned with Jack Layton’s political views, you can’t helped but be inspired by this man. And how fitting that he left us with such a positive and inspiring message. It seriously brings tears to my eyes every time I read it!


  2. donna weaver says:

    Wonderful letter!

    How sad that we’re reading it under these circumstances. Regardless of political views, I don’t think there was anybody who wasn’t hoping that he really would return in September.

  3. I read that letter this morning. Its so sad, I totally expected him to pull through.

    Now, about the not writing down recipes thing – I do that too. So does my mom. My dad still complains about a soup she made when they were first married that she didnt write down the recipe for. Apparently it was delicious.
    Umm . . . and did Brad really just say that next time it might taste like crap? Does he not trust your cooking ability?

  4. Thanks for sharing this! My mother woke me up this morning with the news, my inbox and Facebook have been flooded with sentiments about Jack Layton – and barely any of them even vote NDP! Seeing how everyone has been so touched by his battle and saddened by his death despite their own political views is really a testament to his political and social legacy. I definitely cried reading the letter!

  5. So sorry for Canada’s loss:( I love that letter. It makes me glad that me and the hubs are involved in local politics and actively vote.

    I want your mac… fact, looking at it made me want lobster ravioli. I haven’t had lobster ravioli since before I went vegan but it was so good, and I want it, like now.

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