Welcome to The Pauley Principle!

The Pauli Principle, named for Wolfgang Pauli, deals with atoms and electron-sharing that results in new, stronger bonds. Think 2 parts hydrogen and 1 part oxygen, a shared delectable (!) electron and VOILA! Water!

Similarly, when you prepare whole food to share with family and friends, especially foods you've grown, something amazing happens. Meals become tastier and healthier. Your soul, not just your stomach, becomes fulfilled. You live life more abundantly as a result. During a shared meal, the bonds that people create grow stronger and become something new: GREATER than the sum of the parts! I give you The Pauley Principle.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Feeding the Birds, Caring for People

We got our snow/ice mix, and the birds know it. Some have been huddled in our forsythia bush, twittering loudly and fluffing their feathers. So, it's about time I filled the birdfeeders!

I'm actually doing an experiment to see which birdseed the local winter songbirds prefer: our chicken starter feed (on the left in the photo) or commercial songbird seed.  I will collect the data and try to be unbiased in my research, knowing that in the past our wintering songbirds have preferred a mix that has sunflower seeds. 

Vicki Escarra, President and CEO of Feeding America, will be a participant in "Remaking America: From Poverty to Prosperity", a round table discussion hosted by Tavis Smiley of George Washington University. Other well-known participants will be seated at the round table as well. The discussion will be shown live on C-SPAN, and PBS will be airing the event on Tavis Smiley from January 16 to 18. In the words of Vicki Escarra:
"It is high time that we end the vitriolic debate that continues to spread across our country, dividing us on the most basic issues of human need. Everyone among us has an opportunity and a responsibility to contribute to a bright future for America and that means making sure that everyone has enough to eat. Our nation's prosperity depends on it." 

Click the link above for more info on feeding the hungry. Strive to be part of the solution.  Everyone can do something!  There are good organizations that raise money to stock the food banks.  Local organizations do food drives.  Other organizations provide clothing and shelter in times of need. All of these groups need volunteers at times, as well as money. Click below for some trustworthy, charitable organizations:
Remember:   While a person may strive to be self-reliant, there are times when a person's needs slip through the cracks. Each of us, in turn, needs to lend a hand when we can.
(Although I planned to count birds, it's so cold and windy out that they're not even trying to eat!  Methinks me time could be better spent by making plans to bump up donations and to volunteer in a local food drive.)
What groups do you think are most helpful, either from the receiving end or the giving end?  

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