Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Tumblin' Down

I heard this song today and tuned in

I went drivin' today
couldn't help but think of how
you're with somebody else
and now you've got a child

It's been a few years
Since I saw you last
I know you're doin' fine
you don't miss the broken glass

Well I won't waste your time
So I won't come around
I didn't mean to make you cry
I just wanted to make you proud

but it all come tumblin' down
well it all comes tumblin' down
yes it all comes tumblin' down
whenever you're around

Through the years
We tried to make it work
It'd start with a yellin' match
and end up gettin' hurt

And now you're gone
I've changed my shallow ways
I hoped you'd get to see them
But you will never know

Somedays
I miss the noise we used to make
And then I stop and think
That I ain't ever goin' back

Cause it all comes tumblin' down
yes it all comes tumblin' down
well it all comes tumblin' down
Whenever you're around

Please don't forget about what we've had or lost
I'll take it everywhere I go from here on out
I know you'll do the same
Whatever life you make

-blind melon

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Mission:Nutrition

Now, whenever I accept a job offer, I consider the moral of the work.....doing something for the good makes working so worthwhile! From an unpaid Filipin@-American history after-school program, to girls empowerment in sports, literacy, and friendship, and then on to a fitness gym that served tootsie rolls at the counter and pizza once a month (I was skeptical about this job...but I enjoyed empowering others to be fit!)....I realize that I need to feel good about what I do and how I make my $$$.

I particularly love my current job because of the degree of impact it has on youth and families.

What do I do?

I work on the battle fields of child nutrition, fighting obesity, diabetes, and Hot Cheetos by leading nutritious cooking activities in the classrooms.

This last week, an article in the SF Bay Guardian covered a story about the effects of school gardens and nutrition in the classroom. Luckily, my winter school was featured!

When the journalist came into my classroom, I had no idea she was writing for the Guardian. I just did my thing, sang the chants I learned from a co-worker (Vitamin A....helps your eyes today!), led discussions about healthy eating, and cooked a yummy stir-fry with rainbow chard, carrots, spinach, and onions. It's wonderful to have the opportunity to show the Bay Area that children can cook and eat healthy!

While I'm really proud to be part of this program, it's quite humbling to see these kids feel so empowered to cook their own food, learn how it's healthy, try new foods for the first time, then go home and teach their family how to cook the same thing (and tell me about the modifications they did to the recipe! Thinking like chefs!!)

I started a mini-blog for our program, with recipes and nutritional info. Check it out!

Monday, April 21, 2008

I guess I'll see you next lifetime

in the middle of watching a bay area dj video, i thought about my friend Albert, aka Trebla, bka ZeeVee. I haven't talked to him in eons...so i looked up his website, Sqratchattack.



the main page wasn't up, which is not like him, and i really wanted to say wassup...so i googled Sqratchattack. I came across a page where he posted a DIY for his famous slipmats (yea!), which hasn't been updated since '05, but i still couldn't find the actual site....

then i came across this.

i'm shocked. this guy was so amazing....it saddens me to find this. that's how it always is.

this is for you:

ZORLON VODE...turn up the trebla.

i remember your site wayyyyyy back in 96 or so (all that chat is making me is making me itch). we'd talk for eons about things to make people smile, but i still remember that time you really hurt me with what you said....you called me a statistic, but i knew it was just you being real and me being sensitive. don't worry, i'm not hurt anymore, but at that moment it hurt just hearing it come from you .

then years later, in 2000, riding home on bart with you the first few days of school. then going on city treks and mini-excursions to grab lunch in between classes.....you always knew the best spots to eat....
thai food, neiman ranch burgers, that one cafe on haight with the best home fries....i still wanted to eat at the peruvian spot with you!

i was usually late to class but always had a happy stomach. i enjoyed our three-hour breaks.

remember our condom project for human sexuality class? haha, you didn't even touch one! were you embarrassed of our condom lingerie? i wish i had photos.

then sq/c/kratchin at your spot, of course. it was quite transcendental.

i really admired you. your intellect, your ambition, your drive. your vision for sqratch attack inspired me to pursue my own avenues as you built avenues for others. everything was just so interesting.

most important, i remember....

it was you who gave me the book of Tao meditations for my birthday (12/20...you could never forget that, right?).
even the newspaper wrapping paper was symbolic. you told me it's like ripping away everything i know....something beautiful like that. you showed me The Way.

it's been eons since i've talked to you, and it'll be eons until i talk to you again....

and i really wanted to talk to you too!

ZORLONVODE....Rest in peace on the 12 moons!



P.S. I find it no surprise that your birthday falls on the first day of the new year for the 13 moon calendar.