03 December, 2010

Of Fruitcake and Fruitcakes

A little inconvenient truth from Marley



















With all the uproar over leaked diplomatic documents at wikileaks, and all those red-cheeked politicians who now want to declare people who tell the public what's happening behind closed doors "terrorists", with all the madness afloat in the chilling air, it might be nice to seek a little pre-Christmas refuge in making our family's traditional fruitcake. I put up this recipe last year, but since it's gluten-free and every bit as delicious as the gluten-full ones, or maybe even better, I'm posting a link to it here and hoping that in between all the cold, and hot, air on offer right about now, you might have time for a little baking session that will bring the smell and taste of less complicated Christmases-Past to your kitchen.

And in between baking sessions, you and maybe those huffers-and-puffers in government. might find a little timeless wisdom in this classic, which I just finished re-reading this week, whose author introduces this way:
" I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it. "
A Christmas Carol, the book, rings clear with humour, wit, and wisdom. To read it is to take Charles Dickens by the hand, as much as Ebeneezer does any of the ghosts, and fly with him through the realms of childhood, family, work life, old age, and the human soul and come out the better for it, the more human, on the other side. For such books as this, in times like these, as well as truth-tellers of every kind, I am most grateful at this approaching Christmas season. I suppose the businessmen that Dickens targets in this tale might have dispised his message. The message is often despised, but truth prevails, as it can and where it can, and if the truth is like a ghost that won't be laid, and lives on to haunt us, we may just, like Ebeneezer, learn something that makes us better, every one.

2 comments:

  1. Kia ora VJ,
    Well most often it seems todays "terrorists" are simply yesterdays 'Freedom Fighters". And then business and banks, whom learned under Reagan to run rampant under the libertarian banner cry out for government and tax payer bail outs when the proverbial finally hits the fan. The world out here seems to make less and less sense at times. I guess that is why the mountains pull me stronger as I get older.
    Might have to give the fruit cake a lash as now both my mother and father in law have been diagnosed as gluten intolerant this past year.
    Hope you have had a wonderful year and a great and peaceful Yuletide season. Kia kaha!
    Aroha,
    Robb

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  2. Hi Robb:

    The things we are learning from wikileaks makes it pretty evident that the "leaders" of many countries are full of self-interest, agression, and duplicity and that we need to think carefully about what democracy really means.

    I am shocked to the extent that the USA is willing to go to try to shut down journalists, and it really brings into the open what has been happening in America post 9/11 and the lengths government is willing to go to try and hush up the truth.

    The fact that a few comments and threats from leaders has led to the shutting down of wikileaks access to Amazon, Paypal, Visa and Mastercard, without due process of law, leads me to believe that any claims to freedom the US once had are gone the way of the Dinosaurs. And the Press, most of them, are censoring the leaks too. You have to go to the Guardian.co.uk site to see what's going on.

    Tragic and shocking.

    Not the best year, Robb, but I think the next will be better. A most happy and warm holiday to you and your family, and I hope the fruitcake will be appreciated by them. It really is very, very good and worth the effort.

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