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1 Per Purson/Relationship w/Cauliflower

Dear Kim:

What cancer didn't seem to do, my fear of heart disease and diabetes seems to be doing, That, and finally having some real time and space to concentrate on myself: my feelings, my body, my writing.

I have been losing weight and exercising and enjoying it. I am now 14 pounds thinner than my all time high last year.

Here in California, the fruit and vegetables taste so good, I don't feel the need to stimulate my taste buds with chemicals and sugar. I have never had a relationship with a cauliflower like I have here.

And its various varieties. Before I came here, I had never had a green cauliflower, or an orange one. Or purple!

The green one looks like perfect spirals and is called a Romanesco, a variation on the architecture. The orange is called cheddar, like the cheese. And the purple is called Graffiti. Go figure. Now, that one, at least should be named for Prince. Don't you think?

Do you know that I have not been to a grocery store in a month? I have been going to the Farmers Market on Friday mornings next to the Venice Library where I now have my favorite vendors, including Mrs. Lindner who sells grass fed bison burgers.

The taste of the oranges that are always available as samples is enough to make you sink to your knees and praise Jesus.

I had to go to a Sav-on to buy paper towels and a new toothbrush since I have been here but have managed to avoid grocery stores. Those over lit, over chilled, over chemicalized stealers of sensuality. I would be happy if I never had to go to another grocery store or to buy anything frozen or preserved again.

(Kim: Sounds like you want to permanetly migrate to Calif. It is certainly strange to consider the range of priviledge. I just finished reading about some in the world who have never drunk clean water and consider themselves lucky if they live near a gutter where they can scoup out filthy water. And then we talk about freshness in such a different way.

And then I just saw the Walmart movie because I mistakenly mentioned to someone that I go to Sams . . . and they insisted that I watch the movie. It is a Michael Moore like film without his agressive charm. I think someone could have made just as convincing a counter pro-Walmart movie.

So now to decide, do I make another drawing or finish my taxes? Drawing wins . . . yea!)

It is a new and exciting experience to eat and enjoy food for the right reasons.

Later,

Joan

Thursday, Feb 16, 2006

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