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raw milk & baha'i
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In an effort to continue to eliminate processed foods from my diet, I've been researching alternatives to my morning soymilk. I personally believe that my Westsoy organic soymilk is better for the environment than milk from CAFOs, but it still undergoes processing. Additionally, I am trying to eat in a more local, sustainable way, and to learn exactly where my food is coming from and what goes into its production. My gram and I just got accepted into a CSA, and we are really looking forward to fresh, organic, seasonal produce! I loved meeting the farmers and producers at the winter farmers' market I went to earlier this month, and I'm really excited to meet the people who are going to be feeding me throughout the summer!

I digress. Back to the milk.

I'm thinking about going raw, and buying it locally. has full and lowfat raw milk AND the most delicious yogurt I have ever had. Plus I can go to their farm, meet them and their cows, and see how their whole operation is run. How freakin' cool is that?! I can meet the cow whose milk will be going on my cereal. I am so excited. They also have this amazing dairy product called quark. It's amazing.

From their website:

All about Quark

"Quark," German for "curd," is a soft, fresh cheese similiar to cottage cheese or cream cheese. The texture is like a dry sour cream. It has a mild, fresh taste and isn't too tangy. It's common in central and Eastern Europe (Germany, Austria, Poland, Czech Republic, etc).

It's delicious with fresh fruit, chopped nuts and honey. It can also be used to make cheese cake or for dips in place of sour cream. Try it on a bagel instead of cream cheese. For more information, visit the Wikipedia page on Quark.

More about my dairy adventures at another time!

The other topic of today was a little more research into the Baha'i Faith. Turns out there's a retreat/school right across the border in Eliot, ME. Go figure! I emailed them about info on their upcoming weekend courses.

Here's a brief overview of the core values of the faith:

Baha’i Faith
  • Unity of religion
  • Unity of humankind
  • Gender equality
  • Elimination of all forms of prejudice
  • World peace
  • Harmony of religion and science
  • Independent investigation of truth
  • Universal compulsory education
  • Universal auxiliary language
  • Obedience to government and non-involvement in partisan politics
  • Elimination of extremes of wealth and poverty

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As far as an auxiliary language is concerned, can I put in a word for the global language Esperanto?

It's unfortunate that only a few people know that Esperanto has become a living language.

During a short period of 121 years Esperanto is now in the top 100 languages, out of 6,800 worldwide, according to the CIA factbook. It is the 17th most used language in Wikipedia, and in use by Skype, Firefox and Facebook.

Native Esperanto speakers,(people who have used the language from birth), include George Soros, World Chess Champion Susan Polger, Ulrich Brandenberg the new German Ambassador to NATO and Nobel Laureate Daniel Bovet.

Further information can be seen at A glimpse of the language can be seen at

Thank you, I had heard of Esperanto but I had no idea it was so popular! I will definitely check these links out.

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