Plug Back in to the Real World Every Now and Again
I was walking from the train station to work one morning, and a young man was walking right toward me, too engaged with his iPhone screen to bother to look up, thumbs a-blazing. I didn’t say anything, nor did I move out of his way; I kept on my path to see if he would eventually notice that there was a reality happening around him. He didn’t. He collided with me head on. Shocked, he took a couple of steps back, dumb-struck (dumb being the operative word here), gaping mouth, wide-eyed. He looked like he was sleeping, and someone just slapped him awake. Since there was no pardon or apology coming from the distraught lad, I just half-smiled and said with a snarky tone: Don’t you hate it when we humans get in the way?
This is not a new idea I’m throwing down– that we, especially the younger generations among us, have become so attached to our web-enabled devices, that we have begun to degenerate as a society. We have become so self-involved and wrapped up in our smartphones, tablets, and phablets that we lose out on real social interactions. And no, I do not feel like I am making a profound, ground-breaking statement here, nor am I hating social media by any means; after all, you and I wouldn’t have met without the wonders of Twitter/Wordpress/Facebook/Google+/LinkedIn/Pinterest/Tumblr.
I just hope we can somehow turn this around, that we have not become so self-important that the smallest bit of acknowledgement of another being’s presence is a nuisance. I challenge you, dear readers, to put the devices down more often. Have real conversations from time to time. Enjoy the company of others. Observe all of the beauties surrounding you as you walk. If nothing else, put away your device while on the road, mmkay?
Better yet, host a hearty, healthy, easy meal this week, such as my Turkey Sausage and Kale Soup! It’s perfect for these chilly evenings that are creeping in, and it’s incredibly healthy and filling! I love this soup with whole wheat toast or rolls. For an even quicker meal, you can use natural pre-cooked poultry sausage, such as alfresco.
Turkey Sausage and Kale Soup
- heavy-bottomed large pot, such as dutch oven
- cutting board and knife
- measuring spoons
- 6 links of Italian, cajun, or andouille turkey (or chicken) sausage
- 1 T olive oil
- 1 can cannellini beans, drained
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 3 c chopped kale, stems removed
- 1 T garlic
- 3 c chicken stock
- 1 tsp oregano
- 2 tsp rosemary
- 1 tsp black pepper
- salt to taste
- Parmesan cheese, for garnish
- Heat oil over medium-high heat in a heavy-bottomed stock pot.
- Cook sausages until just cooked through, turning the sausages to brown on each side. NOTE: if your sausages are pre-cooked, you can skip this step!
- Remove sausages from pot and place on your cutting board.
- Add chicken stock, tomatoes, oregano, rosemary, and black pepper to the pot. Bring to a boil over high heat.
- While your stock and tomatoes are heating, slice each link in half, then chop into thin slices (creating half moons).
- Once your stock and tomatoes are boiling, reduce heat to medium add kale. Simmer until kale is tender, about 5 minutes.
- Add sausage slices, garlic, and beans to pot, and cook for 2 more minutes, or until all ingredients are heated.
- Garnish with parmesan cheese and toast, if you wish 🙂