You’ve Got a Friend In Me


You’ve Got a Friend In Me

You guys, it’s time.

I’ve debated making any grand political statements in relation to The Real Good Life but when the business = me (and one behind the scenes, like-minded gal), I think I’m doing a disservice to both the business and my customers if I don’t let you know how I feel.

I’m not yet ready to go full Penzey’s (though I say “three cheers” to Mr. Penzey for his voice!), but y’all…We need to get our act together.

Statement 1: I respect the office of the President.

I do not believe our current president shares that same respect. That is all I have to say about that.

Statement 2: The Real Good Life exists to support and empower women.

The obvious way I do this is through helping with the task of feeding your family and self; allowing you to focus on ways you can make your own impact. That will always be my priority.

Together, we are also supporting other women (and men) in our community, through the 2% of all sales that goes to the Hunger Task Force. Now more than ever, we need to give those down on their luck a glimmer of hope for brighter days ahead.

As this business grows, I hope we can expand on our championing efforts. Currently, please know I am always here to cheerlead you down whatever path you are trying to take. In the future (when I figure out how to stop time to give me the time for more tasks!), I hope to take on more motivational writing and educational activities for women young and old to understand they can be anything they want if they work at it.

Statement 3: I support all* opinions and All voices.

Heated debates over a campfire used to be one of my favorite ways to end a night and now is no different. If you have educated yourself on factual information, I enjoy a spirited dialogue. Please continue to educate yourself and not resort to name-calling, and you will always be welcome at my table, no matter how much we disagree.

* Ah, the astricts. In my little world, you are allowed your opinions if and only if, they treat every human as an equal human. Gender, race, nor sexual orientation does not matter in my eyes. If you think that Milo guy is one of the good guys, I thank you for stopping by, but I don’t think I’m the meal delivery service for you.

Statement 4: We need to watch out for each other.

Here it is guys, my cold-medicine induced honesty… I’m scared. I just don’t see how we weather four years of constant treading on civil liberties. I appreciate that as a middle-class white lady who is done having kids, I might be okay, but that is the absolute wrong answer. I saw this story a few weeks ago and immediately thought this would have been my dad had he been alive today.

He’s not, but I am and dammit, I’m not taking this crazy turn of events quietly. We MUST support our community. From the business perspective, I would like to double our efforts for the Hunger Task Force.

For the next two deliveries, I will pick up food or cash donations to give to the Hunger Task Force. For every item or dollar, Randy and I will match your gift.

If you don’t place an order with me but want to contribute, please be on the lookout for events in your community or go straight to the Hunger Task Force website to give a financial contribution. Shoot me an email after so I add it to our match.

Today I am grateful for each and every one of you; for everyone that makes me think and educate myself. Our community is mighty, dear friends.

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    Penn Engebose

    I loved this blog and I love your honesty. I was glad to see you post about Hunger Taskforce because for the last seven years my place of business has conducted a peanut butter drive and it reminded me to get my signs and boxes up. My employees usually bring in 100 jars and I am very proud of this staff of 21. Even when people have been in office that I have not voted for, I have always trusted my government to basically do the right thing. I no longer feel that way and am terrified most mornings. What grounds me is that every morning I look at a sign hanging in my kitchen “There are things you do because they feel right & they may make no sense & they may make no money & it may be the real reason we are here: to love each other & to eat each other’s cooking & say it was good.” And I find it interesting that two businesses I support Penzey’s and The Real Good Life are involved with food and cooking and with treating all people with respect. Thank you for that. I do believe that if we continue to raise our voices we will make change. Keep up the good work.

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      Maggie J

      Penn, thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts.

      I think there is an easy correlation between feeding one’s stomach and feeding one’s soul. My dad used to joke that they really should just make a pill to replace meal time. Even though our dinners would end in my parents yelling at each other more nights than not, I still couldn’t understand his idea. Coming to the communal table is good for a great many reasons. I’m glad to share a table, literal and in beliefs, with you.

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