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Freddy the Road Man, and the 7 Layer Chocolate Cake

My Granny was one of those traditional sorts of grand southern ladies, a real steel magnolia.  She didn't drink, she didn't cuss, she tried to feed everyone she'd ever met, and she never had an unkind word to say about anybody.  She was funny and hardworking, and friendly as all get out.

Never once in her life did she ever meet a stranger.  By the time I was a kid she pretty much insisted everyone call her "Granny Bass," whether or not that made sense age-wise or social status-wise.

She loved to bake, and was locally famous for her seven layer chocolate cake.  Yes, I really did mean seven layers.  That cake took a full day to make and ice, but anytime we made that cake, it was a good time.  That cake was a beast, but she made it at every opportunity.

Easter?  Seven Layer Chocolate Cake.
Christmas?  Seven Layer Chocolate Cake.
Thanksgiving?  Seven Layer Chocolate Cake.
Freddy, the Road Man's birthday?  Seven Layer Chocolate Cake.

Now Freddy the Road Man, w…

Mustard Seeds and Metaphors

When I was a kid, I had a mustard seed necklace.  It was a tiny glass heart that had an even tinier actual little ole mustard seed in there.  I loved that necklace and wore it all the time.  

I don't remember who first told me the meaning behind it- you only need the "faith of a mustard seed" to move mountains.  It seemed so reassuring to me.  I totally had the faith of a mustard seed, so I could totally move mountains.

The actual quote is from the Book of Matthew (17:20).  Jesus has just cast out a demon and his disciples are questioning why it was so easy for him to do so, when they couldn't.  Jesus tells them they had such a hard time, because they aren't faithful enough.  He says "Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

A couple o f months ago, when I came back home, I planted a garden.  And in that garden I planted mustar…

Both are True

"And I'll ask you what you think because your thoughts and words are powerful"
-"Loose Lips," Kimya Dawson, 

     " ...if you ever hear someone      Say you are huge look at the moon, look at the stars, look at the sun      Look at the ocean and the desert and the mountains and the sky
     Say I am just a speck of dust inside a giant's eye
     I am just a speck of dust inside a giant's eye"                    -"I like Giants," Kimya Dawson

These songs are from the same album, but usually I don't get a whole album stuck in my head all at once.  
Lately though, that first quote keeps popping into my head.  It feels relevant to me right now on a big public all encompassing sort of scale.  Like maybe we all need to be reminded of it today and every day for the foreseeable future.  
Repeat after me.
Your thoughts and words are powerful.  Your thoughts and words are powerful.  Your thoughts and words are powerful.
Keep saying it to yoursel…