Leap! An Unhyped but Delightful Film in Theaters Now

There was little hype for Leap!, a French film redubbed in English, but it’s definitely worth seeing with your kids.

We just took my 4 year old to it, and we all enjoyed it. It’s not terribly original, but it’s got charm and heart to spare.

Visually, Leap’s nothing short of beautiful, and you really believe Paris is a city where anything can happen.

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I have to say this here, too

So I’ve posted and shared half a hundred articles and memes on Facebook condemning the ongoing resurgence of white supremacists and NeoNazis.

But I have to say it here, too: hell, no.

My Granddaddy gave 4 years of his life to the war against the Nazis, and now we’ve got a president who won’t come out and condemn them when they goose step down American streets chanting “blood and soil?”

Hell, no.

If basic decency doesn’t move you, if justice and equality don’t move you, if the horror of repeating the Holocaust doesn’t move you, can you at least not.spit in the faces of your fathers, our grandfathers, who gave so much in World War II?

Darth Enjoyed the Eclipse

And so did we. I hope my little one remembers it (she’s 4 and 1/2). I know I will.

She spent most of the time decorating a shrub with sticks and leaves from other plants … the number of students and staff she convened to help or at least watch while she did it was pretty impressive, honestly.

But every few minutes she would get the glasses and look at the eclipse for a few seconds. then she’d go back to playing.

I alternated between watching it and passing the glasses around so the students could see it. Good times.

I got a few.shots, but nothing epic.

Meat Free Monday: Lentil Burgers

We’ve been cooking with lentils a lot more lately, partly because I got a craving for meatless loaf, and partly because we only recently fully realized just how much sodium is in canned beans.

So my wife made some lentil burgers, and they were great!

  • Lentils mixed with oatmeal,
  • then cooked in a skillet without oil.
  • dusted with curry powder & red pepper,
  • then served with catsup and Just Mayo on toast.
  • Delicious!

    Meat Free Monday: Quick and Fresh-ish Salsa Bean Dip

    This is an easy, quick, and fresh tasting dip, great for a party when you want something vegan that doesn’t seem too out of place.

    Ingredients:

    • 1/2 red onion
    • 1 red or yellow bell pepper
    • 1 can corn kernels
    • 2 cups salsa
    • 2 cans fat free refried beans (make sure they don’t have any lard or pork fat).

    Directions: 

    • Dice the bell pepper and onion 
    • Mix the corn, 1 1/2 cups salsa, and onions into the refried beans.
    • Microwave the whole thing on 70% power for 8 minutes, rotating at least once.
    • Then pour the remaining 1/2 cup salsa onto the top of the dip to give it a pretty red top. 

    Serve with tortilla chips, and enjoy.