Saturday, October 24, 2009
As I was eating my zero sugar cereal yesterday morning, I happened to check out the Trader Joe's unsweetened rice milk I pour over it -- 12g! I picked up the 1% milk that my husband uses, and it's 11g. Ugh. And there's high fructose syrup in my English muffins. So I guess I'm going to have to shop a bit more carefully. I know I said I was just going after desserts, snacks and other obvious forms of sugar, but I think I have to refine that just a bit more now. I'm not turning into a sugar cop, but I am going to try to be more careful.
Leroy says the key isues are "fresh" and "not more than 3 ingredients" and "look out for most forms of "-ose" in the ingredient lists. He patiently explains to me that the body can't live without sugars and that they are in all fresh fruits and vegetables. As a diabetic, he has studied sugar in more depth than most doctors, and was taught by an endrocrynologist and a dietician.
He reminds me that Irish whiskey certainly has a fair amount of sugar, which I know. It's the one over the top exception I identified at the outset, along with promising him and myself that I would not become a sugar cop.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
This may sound a little extreme, but I think it's true. Life is made up of many new beginnings. Some of them are called "changes," and may include elements of fear and anxiety. Many of them are filled with joy, if we could just slow down long enough to recognize it. How hard is that, really?
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Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Honored Council Members –
My name is Annie Searle, and I am a member of the Seattle Public Library Foundation Board. I have used the library for over 30 years, in particular the University, Green Lake and Northeast branches. The Mayor requested cuts to the Library’s 2010 budget of 5 per cent. That’s $2.8 million for a public institution that provides basic services to the entire community and is our most democratic of institutions. I do not envy your deliberations, but think it is as important to present a full case for not making these cuts as it is to maintain our public safety budget.
We have now completed work on 27 new or expanded libraries, including the Central Branch. Citizens, as we saw last month, expect their libraries to be open.
Every essential service is stretched thin in this economic climate. When I was last here, I talked about those who are out of work and their dependence upon the library to prepare resumes and perform job searches. Since then, the branches have begun to feel the impact of students whose school library services have been reduced in the current climate. In this environment, library services like the homework center become even more important as teachers and parents are stretched.
Susan Hildreth will explain the calculation that she and library board made on reducing hours past a one week closure. To me, these reductions are as unacceptable as any cuts to the library’s materials budget. It would be a different story entirely if we had seen use of the libraries decrease, or if we had not invested heavily in the library’s infrastructure so as to serve greater numbers of people.
I ask the Council to decline the Mayor’s request for these cuts, and to restore the budget so that the citizens of Seattle, especially those out of work, can depend upon the tools and resources that the library offers to each of us. Thank you.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Here's table captain Julie (center) listening to KOMO-TV's Kathi Goertzen, the mistress of ceremonies. From the program: "Over the past few years, Kathi has had several surgeries to deal with a recurrent non-cancerous brain tumor. She continues to recover from the effects of surgery and radiation on the nerves that control her voice, swallowing and facial movement. She has been open about her experiences and tries to help others faced with similar health challenges."