Looking for Lyndon #2: If You Let Him

Looking-for-Lyndon

 

I need to borrow from Whitman in order to talk about Lyndon Johnson. He contained multitudes.

This is a part of the draw, a part of the attraction to him.

There are so many stories of Johnson’s crudeness, the id taken over. There are stories that I would find disgusting if they were about anyone else. But from Lyndon, there is something endearing about it. Who hasn’t once been swept up by ambition? Who doesn’t have those horrible, base thoughts that beg and tempt? Lyndon knows. He understands.

Lyndon can make you feel more human.

If you let him.

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I might have to ask you to forget that you saw this here.

Why do I want to make these carrot waffles so bad? Somebody tell me (George Michael voice goes here).

I have been all into Skillshare over the last couple of weeks. I want to know all of the things.

Finding out about an Oreo S’mores Blizzard might be hazardous to my long term health.

Hmmm…Kale & Salmon Ceasar Salad? I’d need make my own dressing in order to be mayo-free, but I’m intrigued.

Why am I so attracted to carrot-based recipes? This time–a smoothie.

These sure are some pretty chocolate bars. This is not a euphemism.

Understanding fully that there is nothing cute about drooling, I leave this pastrami-brisket hash here.

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I am always attracted to things like this Vegan Budhha Bowl, but I seldom follow through with making my own. 

Look at this raspberry chocolate cup!!

I’ve never heard of passionfruit curd before. But curd-filled donuts are something I can get behind.

Fruity kale salad? Don’t mind if I do.

Churro. Cream. Puffs. Excuse me while I wipe the drool off of my face, neck and upper chest.

My left eyebrow is raised at this gummi bear sangria. I haven’t decided quite what the arched brow means though.

These pumpkin spice brioche knots are super cute.

I’m not telling you anything that my s’mores pinterest board hasn’t already revealed: I am a huge sucker for anything s’mores-related.

Wait, what do you mean no yeast cinnamon rolls?

 

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Alex recently gave me the side-eye because he thought that we ran out of homemade granola. He was wrong, and he happily has something to eat with his morning Greek yogurt. But maybe I need to find some new granola recipes nonetheless.

A three-ingredient, delicious-looking chicken recipe? Sign me up!

Apples + cheese. I’ll be in your wedding.

I do love kale salads. I might have all of the ingredients for this one. Hmmmmm….

JalapeƱo. Popper. Dip. Excuse me while I wipe the drool from my chin.

I have a soft spot for meatballs. I also have a collection of physical magazine clippings of meatball recipes.

I am so afraid by, yet intrigued by kombucha.

Churro donut holes!!!!

I would like very much to have this Pulled Pork Fried Rice all up in my mouth!!!

Don’t Drink the Water #4


waterA Flint native, I can’t quite stop thinking about the water crisis though I no longer live there. I wondered what my peers were thinking, so I asked them, via a form. They answered.

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Nickole, raised in Burton, attended college in Flint.

What is your relationship to Flint, Michigan?

Went to college there.

Do you currently live in Flint?

No.

When did you first become aware of a problem with the water in Flint?

Heard about it on the news.

How did you become aware of a problem with the water in Flint?

News.

How confident are you that this issue will be solved satisfactorily?

Skeptical.

What does a satisfactory solution look like to you?

Fixed, new pipes, no lead,

Do you have family directly impacted by the water crisis?

No.

Are you eligible to vote?

Yes.

Have you voted in the past?

Yes.

Will you vote in the future?

Yes.

 

Looking for Lyndon #1: An Obsession Begins

lbjFew presidents would ever know more triumph, few suffer such a swift and tragic fall. -LBJ. American Experience

I wasn’t always obsessed with Lyndon Baines Johnson. 

This particular itch began several years ago. I was at home, nursing a cold, when I decided to watch a documentary about Lyndon Johnson. On the couch, sniffly, and uncomfortable I fell into and out of sleep, the movie playing in the background. When I woke up, I had been impregnated with a new desire to know Lyndon. He had entered my heart. He has been at home there ever since.

LBJ, Lyndon Baines Johnson — Texan, Democrat, political virtuoso. He rises up out of the 1960s like a Colossus, like something from Shakespeare, filling the stage — 10, 12 characters in one. He is admired and he is detested. Everybody who knew him had stories. -LBJ. American Experience

This, ahem, interest has developed into something that other people don’t understand. Many have told me as much. Wonder is what’s plastered across acquaintances’ faces when they ask themselves what I see in him.

I can’t explain it either.

It just is.

And my life is better, richer for it.

But that isn’t enough for me. I want you to see him how I see him.

Join me?

Don’t Drink the Water #3


waterA Flint native, I can’t quite stop thinking about the water crisis though I no longer live there. I wondered what my peers were thinking, so I asked them, via a form. They answered.

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Tyrell Straubel

What is your relationship to Flint, Michigan?

Resident, homeowner.

What are you doing about water?

Bottles, lots of bottles.

If you’re buying bottled water, how much does it cost you per week?

$15-20.

What, if anything, are you sacrificing in order to buy water?

Time and money, peace of mind.

When did you first become aware of a problem with the water in Flint?

When the switch to the river made it brown.

How did you become aware of a problem with the water in Flint?

My faucets.

How confident are you that this issue will be solved satisfactorily?

Skeptical.

What does a satisfactory solution look like to you?

A U-Haul.

Do you have family directly impacted by the water crisis?

Yes.

If yes, then how many?

0-5.

What do you want people to know about Flint?

This was preventable.

Are you eligible to vote?

Yes.

Have you voted in the past?

Yes.

Will you vote in the future?

Yes.

What are your hopes for the city of Flint?

Tumbleweeds.

Links I Like #32

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I loved pomegranate the first moment one of the arils crossed my mouth. These Pomegranate Skirt Steak Tacos speak to me.

So does this Pomegranate Feta Salad.

A long time ago, in an early occasion of spending time with someone, he and I made citrus curd. I don’t remember what kind now. I had told a friend about it, and she quickly informed me that the sentence sounded disgusting. Seeing a recipe for Orange Curd Sweetened With Honey brought the memory back to me.

This is a gorgeous black forest cake.

Muffins are one of those foods that I think that I like more than I do. I think. These sweet potato muffins tempt me.

In the case I entertain a bunch of vegans, I’ll have queso dip for them.

This sweet potato salad looks delicious, and also like a satisfying meal.

I’ve never tried a green shakshuka before. I may need to change that.

Sitting here in front of a space heater, it feels wrong to make a note of this ice cream recipe.

Ramen bowls always look complicated to me. However, some of them are really striking.