It’s that time again. It’s Stir-Friday! For an intro to this series see the first post. Today’s recipe is a gem. Pulled pork is definitely a comfort food, and this recipe is super easy. Also, it’s pretty cheap to make if you happen to catch pork shoulder or boston butt on sale, which I did ($0.98/lb? Yes, and please). Sweet! As the title suggests, you will need a slow-cooker (you might call it a crock-pot) to cook this recipe. Luckily if you don’t have one, you can get a brand new one for about $30 (or score a used one off craigslist for super cheap), and then you can make all sorts of stuff with it. Anyway, on to the pulled pork.
Money issues are the source of a lot of our stress and problems. Especially if you have joint finances with a spouse. Here’s an article from the New York Times with research that suggests what everyone with a brain already knows: finance-related tensions raise the risk of divorce. Here’s one from About.com’s ‘Divorce Support’ section that lists “Economic Tensions” as one of only four valid reasons to divorce your spouse.
But even if you aren’t married and worried about someone else, money is still a big stressor for most of us. In this article I’m going to offer you some good advice that also happens to be common sense. I know that in some circles it’s rude to talk about money, and it can be a touchy subject, but (unless you have oodles and oodles of money) having a financial plan is absolutely required for long-term happiness, so here goes.
This is a post about something that makes me, specifically, happy. As I said in the other posts, this may or may not make you happy. But I don’t care, because it works for me and you have to find out what works for you. I really get a kick out facial hair. I like to sport all kinds of different facial hair styles (as evidenced by the pics below), but I also appreciate seeing some sweet facial hair on other dudes.
As most of you probably know, Roger Ebert passed away recently. You may only know him from giving ‘thumbs up’ to movies, but he was also a kind man, a philosopher, and just a good person in general. Here is an article from Salon.com that re-prints an essay from his book “Life Itself: A Memoir.” It’s a wonderful essay that has a lot of comforting and insightful things to say. Given our recent discussion of kindness, I want to share this quote, which I think gives you a nice snapshot of the kind of person Roger Ebert was,
“Kindness” covers all of my political beliefs. No need to spell them out. I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.
Thanks for everything, Mr. Ebert. I hope your celestial locomotive* reached it’s destination quickly, and you got to sample everything in the food car.
*This is a reference to the essay linked above.
It seems these days that almost everyone is super career-oriented. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Having a good work ethic is an excellent trait, and it’s one that I highly recommend trying to actively cultivate in yourself. But, just like everything else, some people take it too far. Just think of the common storyline, “Mom/Dad is trying hard to get ahead to provide a better life for their kids than they had growing up. But somewhere in the process, they lose sight of what’s really important and don’t spend enough time with their family. Angst and life-lessons ensue.” Sound familiar?
This is the second post in the Challenge series. Here’s the first one. The rules are 1) I will only challenge you to do something if I think it will make you happier, and 2) I will never challenge you to do something illegal (so don’t interpret it that way). So here is the challenge: I challenge you to commit a random act of kindness for a random stranger every day this week.