Natural Beauty at the Asian Grocery Store

This past weekend, Hubby and I made a trip to the local Asian Grocery Store.  Uwajimaya has two big stores in the Seattle area, the flagship store in the International District of Seattle, and a new branch in Bellevue where we went.  This family-owned store has been in business since 1928, and stocks a bewildering variety of goods, from packaged noodles, produce, and meats, to every imaginable kind of Asian spice, sweets, and sauces.  A trip there is to walk into a wonderland of colors, smells, and sights.  I again discovered the utility of that smartphone in my pocket.  If I see something interesting, I can just whip out my phone and take a picture.

I am always fascinated by the variety of totally unknown (to me) fruits and vegetables to be found there.  Here are some pictures I took with my new phone.  The camera is awesome!


Did you know there was a vegetable called “Buddha’s Hand”?  Neither did I, but it is aptly named.





Have any of you seen the Anime series “Daikon Brothers”?  Named after those Daikon Radishes you see on the left!



No, you don’t necessarily have to range far and wide to see beauty, just head on over to your local Asian grocery.

A Politically-incorrect way to think about the conflict in Syria

So while our president is tying himself and his regime in knots trying to figure out what to do in/about Syria, here are some facts. The Iranians have said that, if we bomb Syria, they and their buddies, Hezbollah and Al-Quaeda, will take out the state of Israel. First of all, unlike our so-called commander in chief, I believe everything the Iranians say. If they say they will take out Israel, they mean it, and are prepared to do it.

So, let’s think a moment about who, and whose countries, would be at risk here. The majority (soon, the entire population) of Syrians are one flavor or another of Muslim. Sunni, Shia, Alawite,… All Muslim. These are the people whose co-religionists gladly strap explosive vests on their children, and send them to die in order to murder their Jewish and Christian (and Muslim) neighbors. It makes me think that Muslims don’t have a very high respect for human life, if they’re willing to blow up their own children. Can anyone think of even one good thing the Syrians, either as a people, or as individuals, have done to improve the world in, say, the last 1,000 years?….I can’t either. The only valuable items in Syria these days are ancient ruins. Ruins of the beginnings of modern civilization. How the mighty have fallen.

The Israelis, however, are the antithesis of destruction. They took their original homeland, given to them by God 4,000 years ago, and made the desert bloom, in a mere 60 years. They made gardens and fields blossom with fruits, vegetables, and grains. They hewed the native stone of Jerusalem, and made their city grow and prosper. They welcomed their Arab brethren to live and work in their Israeli cities, and there are thriving Arab districts in most cities. And they have made their economy grow and prosper, starting and growing their own technology, pharmaceutical, and aerospace industries into the best in class in the world. Their archaeologists continue to dig in desert and city alike, bringing forth new evidence of their ancient civilization. Israel sprouts musicians like citrus fruit, sending orchestral and chamber musicians around the world to perform.

To my mind, Obama should not bomb Syria, if it would mean the destruction of Israel. The Syrians come up badly wanting, and the Israelis are much more valuable to preserve. Too bad Obama is a Muslim-sympathizer. His sympathies are misplaced.