11.26.2014

Want Peace? Stuff Your Pie Hole


Is it just me, or with the passing of Marion Barry
is anyone else tempted to make a marionberry pie?
For this first Thanksgiving in the Olympic Peninsula my pie-making skills have been called upon to work their wonders.  A suggestion was made that both a pumpkin pie and a banana cream pie be the desserts of the day and I found no good reason to argue against such a delicious idea.

So with pie on the mind and a world of humans fighting, it got me wondering: Could pie help bring peace?  As Egon would affirmatively reply: Is the atomic weight of cobalt 58.9?



Mind you, I am not talking about world peace or a pie-bedazzled utopic dreamland where everyone gets along all the time.  As if.  I accept that, as a human and having observed humans all these years, humans are only capable of so much, and world peace is not something humankind has proven to be capable of at this juncture.  However, that is not to say that peace, in and of itself, is unattainable.  I know peace is possible in pocket-sized amounts, from my own experience; it is just that I do not expect to see peace on any grand scale, though I welcome being proven wrong.


So, while pie may not stop the unending conflicts of the world, pie may help bring peace amidst the unsettling problems that occur everyday in a household, in a relationship, in a family, in a business, or elsewhere.

Be a hero, keep the peace.

Think about it:
  • There is the peace that comes with preparing the pie, since fussing in the kitchen is more productive than fussing with a man or other family members.  
  • There is the peace that comes from inhaling the pie's scent, so that the exhale is filled with thoughts of pie instead of moot political points.  
  • There is also the peace that comes with the pie being eaten, the ceremonial stuffing of the pie hole, which can reduce incessant chatter; minus the silent sounds of mastication that overly-alert ears like mine hear.  
  • Then, if you make your pies just right, there is the pie coma, wherein the pie-maker enjoys complete silence while the noise-makers unknowingly surrender in peace, until the next round.
Granted, there are caveats to consider:
  • The peace that a pie creates may not last forever, but neither does a shower, so repeat often for best results.  
  • As well, a pie may not have the same peaceful impact on all humans, simply because that is how humans are, so proceed with caution.

What kind of pie, or other food item, do you plan to stuff into your mouth to keep the peace this Thanksgiving?

Leave a comment.


Happy cooking, eating, drinking, and passing out!


Thank You for Stuffing Your Pie Hole!

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11.24.2014

Autumn Rewind 2014: Moments From Life

Being in a new area means new discoveries, which is just about everything right now because so much is new to me, thus turning discoveries of wonder into distractions from other tasks. I may be a native of this state but the Olympic Peninsula is refreshingly not the same as the south Puget Sound region, so it makes for lots of daily discoveries and first-time experiences.

Not only am I adjusting to a new region of Washington, but I am still adjusting to being back in Washington.  At the time of writing this, it is only a little shy of two years since returning after residing four years in Montana. The first time I visited the state, it made a mark on me, and living in it made more marks on me; it will take time for their imprints to fade. However, I am hopeful that, based on my experiences thus far, being where I am at now will help my ongoing acclimation process for the better.

Please enjoy photos of recent experiences during my first autumn
in the Olympic Peninsula:
A day exploring Port Angeles, meeting locals,
and tasting regional brews @ The Lazy Moon