April 10, 2008

Nepal's Election; World Food Crisis; How to Cook Your Life

Nepal's election is here, but it may be dangerous to vote. Manjushree Thapa writes:

Democracy may be imperfect, but unlike absolute systems like Maoism and monarchism, it incorporates mechanisms to correct its own flaws.

So, yes: I am planning to risk my life to vote today.

Not that the election will resolve much. Most Nepalis recognize that it will, in fact, send our country into an era of heightened instability.

Plus the world's growing food crisis, and how biofuels are at least somewhat to blame. And speaking of food, I recently watched the first half of "How to Cook Your Life", a movie about Edward Espe Brown, the author of The Tassajara Bread Book, teaching people to make bread as part of their Zen practice. Here's the trailer. It's quite entertaining and well worth watching. (There's a lot of reviews online if you're interested.)

"Take care of kitchen pots and tools as if they were your own eyes."

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