"Blogging has become so popular that all meaning has been lost. People call themselves 'writers,' and ramble on about nothing, as if the minutia of their lives are as important as the big issues of the day, the tragedies that confront us all.
Which brings me to my story of the shower curtain." - Neil Kramer
This was how Neil from Citizen of the Month started a recent post. I love it. Neil continues the post and tells a story about something as simple as replacing a moldy shower curtain. It's entertaining and funny. Neil's a real writer though. He can write well about anything and it makes the rest of us look like we're writing a sixth grade essay. [Although I don't believe it's his intention to make anyone feel inferior. He's supportive of the individuality of bloggers. He's the "Citizen of the Month"!]
I struggle with how much minutia to include in blogging. Blogs that are well written interest me and like Neil's, I'll read a variety of content by a blogger who's writing style I admire. If I haven't been hooked by a blogger in some way [the writing, the photographs, the recipes, a personal friend who I love regardless of what they publish], and the blog is purely a ramble of daily events, with too-frequent postings, I lose interest. It's like listening to someone whine at length on the phone, and you tap your receiver to make it sound like your other line is beeping - Sorry. I don't mean to be rude but that's my other line and I really need to take it. Catch ya later!
This brings me to my story of the cleanse. [I understand if your phone's ringing, or there's someone at your door. Go handle it.]
Chris and I have been struggling with cravings for foods that aren't good for us [more than we typically do]. We've also wanted to lose a few pounds that are hanging on like baby opossums. We know the benefits of eating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains - organic whenever possible. We've read John Robbins Diet for a New America and May All Be Fed, as well as many other books encouraging vegetarian and earth friendly food choices. We still grab handfuls of cinnamon bears, chug coffee, and troll the pantry for refined snacks.
We started The Master Cleanse yesterday. We'll be ending it today. You're supposed to do it for 10 days or longer. The basic theory of a cleanse is that a person takes great care in cleansing the outside of the body, but rarely if ever cleans the inside of the body, therefore an internal cleanse is a good thing. [So "they" say.] This cleanse involves drinking a lemonade made with purified water, lemons, maple syrup and cayenne pepper - I'm sure many of you have heard of it.
A part of any cleanse is eliminating. "They" say we shouldn't stir up the dust [toxins] then let it settle somewhere else. It should leave the body.
Yesterday morning and this morning Chris and I did the "salt water flush" portion of The Master Cleanse. We followed the instructions and dissolved two teaspoons of sea salt in a quart of warm, purified water, and drank it. "They" say this will thoroughly cleanse the digestive tract. "We" say, buy the best toilet paper you can afford if you ever choose to do this.
The jury's still out on the effectiveness of our cleanse project. We have both sufficiently eliminated. I'm hungry, but I must admit I'm craving a bowl of steamed vegetables... and beans sound good. I thought I'd want a cheeseburger and a beer. I was tired yesterday and today my energy level feels normal. I'm leaving to run errands soon.
I took a photo of Chris with his laptop and his lemonade this morning. He was in his pajamas and had a healthy, post-elimination glow. He doesn't want me to share it. Too much minutia, he says.