Soul Kitchen is a new restaurant opened in Red Bank, New Jersey, by Jon Bon Jovi and his wife, Dorothea. The establishment offers a “pay what you can afford” payment model, and serves wholesome, gourmet food made with fresh ingredients grown in the restaurant’s garden, and other local produce.
On the website, they explain that Soul Kitchen is “A community restaurant with no prices on the menu; customers donate to pay for their meal. If you are unable to donate you may do volunteer work in exchange for your family’s meal.”
“I have an amazing mother, but when I was growing up she didn’t always have a tremendous amount of material resources at her disposal. We were on welfare and very poor for some time and we were homeless for a while. When I was eleven, we were taken in by [friends who let us live on their] farm for several months. They were unbelievably generous with us. They gave us essentially room and board for months because they knew we didn’t have a place to go, and they enabled us to feel like we weren’t a burden there, by allowing me to work on the farm and to earn my keep. Of course at eleven, I was completely useless and probably more in the way than anything, but it was just like an extension of their kind act to allow me to think that I wasn’t a burden there, and so I would go out in the field and transplant leeks and rake hay into rows and things like that. It’s something that has stuck with me and there are other incidences in my childhood that have stuck with me, you know, a woman that gave my mother $100 when I was six so that she could buy me and my brother Christmas presents that year. I didn’t even know who she was, it was just this really generous act that made a huge difference in these small children’s’ lives and to my mother as well.
“Thirty years later I still remember that, and it still impacts on how I behave, not always … (laughs), but when it comes to my mind it affects how I behave and I think that that is kind of what I am getting at. It can be infectious and exponential. I mean, I probably wouldn’t be trying to do this random acts project if somebody hadn’t demonstrated that kind of kindness to me when I was young and likewise people who receive, who are the recipients of the random acts that we do now, will probably carry on that tradition later.”
A white dragon is indeed a rare thing… and fitting. For in the dragon tongue, you named him after the light of the sun. No dragon birth is without meaning. Sometimes the meaning is hard to see but this time I believe it is clear. The white dragon bodes well for Albion, for you and Arthur, and for the land that you will build together.
the most disrespectful argument i think i’ve ever gotten from a pro-life is the oftquoted “well if you can be pro-choice can’t i choooOOOooOOose to disagree?”
if you are personally anti-abortion and therefore “would not get an abortion myself!!!!!!!! EVER!!!!!!!!1!,” (usually…
But…that baby inside of a pregnant woman is not part of her body, it’s just inside of her. Big deal. It seems people have forgotten about ADOPTION.
people have not just FORGOTTEN ABOUT ADOPTION!!!!!!!!!!1!11111!1111
no. first of all, you seem to not understand how babies are made. abbreviated version: an ova (egg), when fertilized attaches itself to the uterine lining (that’s the gross bloody stuff that comes out of your vagina when you’re not pregnant and have a period). attached. so no, the womb isn’t just some tupperware container that people stick a baby inside and then pop open after nine months like some kind of super microwave. (WHAT)
when a woman is pregnant, she undergoes significant bodily changes. aside from the magical microwave part that we see (the stomach swelling, for those of us who don’t seem to think that the womb can be likened to rubbermaid), the mother now needs to feed two growing lifeforms - herself, and the fetus. in addition, hormones being sent to the womb and all over the body are going CARAZAY which is why pregnant women tend to have cravings, like pickles and m&ms, or go on rampages, like my type professor last year. so yes, the fetus is actually a part of her body. it is a part of her body until the umbilical cord connecting the mother to the child is cut at which point it is now a fully functional being. (fully functional, of course, being a relative term - unlike some wild animals, babies still require their mothers for much longer than a few days. we’re a weak species, believe it or not.)
so now that some ~science has actually come into this discussion i hope you’ll understand once again this disparity
these are NOT THE SAME THING!
now, anyway. adoption.
well, adoption isn’t easy. first- the mother, who obviously you see as a plastic baby container, so idk if this is going to be of interest, can suffer extreme grief and depression symptoms. giving a baby up for adoption is a massive toll on the mother. it’s expensive, sometimes, and it requires emotional support, which many mothers do not have.
now let’s think about our tupperware resident. i am not adopted and while i have many friends who are adopted and are healthy and happy, it also have a few friends who were adopted and it’s given them some pretty heavy emotional baggage. i am not an expert (um, my guess is neither are you) so i don’t want to speak too much about emotional repercussions of adoption but here’s a site that can help you understand.
more importantly: adoption doesn’t stop a few things. if the mother is in danger, she can’t just lift the baby out of its tupperware to save herself. or rather, she can (in a looooooose comparison) but it’s called an abortion. in cases of rape, a mother may undergo severe psychological trauma that could result in her harming herself because she is carrying her rapist’s baby. so yeah, adoption, sure, easy, big deal. how about the nine months between?
finally, your use of the words “big deal” is kind of troubling. having a fetus inside you is a big deal. it means that your body is going to change. your mind is going to change. your hungers, your desires, your personality, your bone structure… you are going to change. and that doesn’t erase itself with adoption, nor does it erase itself with an abortion, nor does it erase itself with a happy and healthy birth that results in a family sitting around a campfire singing kumbaya. the fact is that each mother will undergo her own changes, and that you have no business telling me or any other woman what i can and cannot define as a “big deal,” especially when it comes to my uterus.
so if you have anything to say back to me i’d be interested. my ask is open. i just would hope that you come with slightly more background knowledge than you’re showing here.