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The Yoga of Cooking and Eating…in the South

If I had to pick one thing that defines and affects the southern day, it would be food.

Food in the traditional origin of sowing and reaping the harvest and the daily tasks that come with it, the ebb and flow of tides throughout the day that affect when you fish, the sunrise and sunset that affects when the ducks fly and the deer run. So it’s no surprise that these origins are reflected in the southerner’s love and affinity for good food, fresh food, and preparing food for the love and entertainment of others. Why do you think we’ve always heard the old saying, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” As trite as it may be conceived in today’s standards, it truly means well in its reflection for the love shown by mothers and fathers in preparing time-tested meals for their families.

And what I love about this article, is the merging of my love and understanding of the yoga heart with my southern love and understanding of the kitchen. How awesome when two distant worlds merge.

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Mark Zuckerburg, Outdoorsman

So, read in the news today about Mark Zuckerburg, bajillionaire owner of Facebook, has taken a stance on meat this year. That’s right, just a year..so we all do understand this a time sensitive publicity stunt and not truly a life changing experience. The stunt being, he’s pledged to not eat any meat this year unless he kills it himself. Now my first thought was, ok, the computer nerd for life who is probably too smart for his own good to be socially functionable—hence the entire part of him being the brains that was more inclined to build the number one social network instead of enjoying the outdoors as a kid? I may not have built Facebook, but I know how to kill my own food.

But he’s not even doing that. Oh no. He’s simply paying (I presume) to visit farms and fields so that he can “kill” his meat. As in literally be the hands behind the slaughterhouse’s humane slaughtering practice. Mark Zuckerburg stated, ““I think many people forget that a living being has to die for you to eat meat, so my goal revolves around not letting myself forget that and being thankful for what I have. This year I’ve basically become a vegetarian since the only meat I’m eating is from animals I’ve killed myself. So far, this has been a good experience. I’m eating a lot healthier foods and I’ve learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals.”
So because he’s stepped up the sustainability plate how many hipsters now are we going to have burdening area farmers about wanting to slit throats of goats while all of them—Mark included—overstep and miss the most basic of all points of hunting. I mean did anyone feel like he missed the mark on sustainability and learning where our food comes from? Here’s a hint, our main stream of commercially bought meat may come from “raised animals,” but that’s not where food originated. Visiting sustainable, healthy, clean, organic, grass fed beef facilities so that you can kill and pack up your meat is so far from the point, that you may as well go ahead with that vegetarian route. 

In other words Mark, please re-think your publicity stunt for the better good of real hunting so that your social status could actually do some good and empower and educate other computer nerds like you to learn proper hunting practices…not visiting the nearest farm and asking for a sharp blade. I’m all about people wanting to learn and educate themselves but you’re skipping that big step. And on top of it, your publicizing it as if you were the originator of some novel idea. I mean you were for Facebook, but you’re not for this. It happened long before you graced this earth. So would it be so hard to demonstrate you learning from true outdoorsmen and hunters who truly get it and use your status to inform others? Don’t worry I made you a starting point.

Here are some real outdoorsman and life-long devotees of your petty year long pledge—you know, if you need a role model:
Received his first rifle at 12 and eventually provided for his entire family as a market hunter and outdoorsman

Learned taxidermy before the age of 10 and responsible for collections in the Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural History, you know, to benefit others so they could learn

Can’t say enough good things about his journey, education of others, and interaction with present day hunters and gatherers around the world
Last Frontiersman that lives secluded in the Artic Refuge of Alaska year round, 500 miles from his nearest neighbor and completely provides for himself. If you haven’t seen this brief documentary (1 hour glimpse is brief in a life lived as he does) I highly suggest you watch and read the book his nephew wrote about him, The Final Frontiersman







Bream Beds

While many areas provide recycling programs for Christmas trees to help you with post holiday clean up, another great alternative for helping your area ecosystem, granted you are near a lake or river, would be to feed your tree to the water as a new home for bream and other panfish.

Once on the lake bottom, Christmas trees and other suitable materials provide a surface where aquatic insects live and grow. These insects in turn attract small fish that are fed upon by larger fish. When selecting a site for trees, it’s best to choose an area shallow in depth located near a drop off. The size of your tree can effect its ability to sink to the bottom on its own and you will need some sort of weight—cinder blocks usually work best and provide additional cover. Be sure to mark your site by GPS so you can return in the spring to monitor and enjoy your new fishing spot.

If you are unsure, you can always contact your state DNR who often times will accept bulk trees so they can build beds where needed based on current fish populations.

Here is a great article from our DNR detailing the above and other great uses for trees after the holidays:

http://www.dnr.sc.gov/news/yr2010/dec23/dec23_tree.html