Saturday, February 9, 2013


On Saturdays I get up before 5 in order to get to the campus at Louisville in time for class.  Then my work week runs from Sunday through Wednesday.  I try to do some cooking on Saturday night for the hubby and the kiddos to have some yummies!

Potato soup is my personal favorite!  

Potato soup
(This is as close to scratch as I get!)
3 pounds potatoes peeled and diced
2 boxes or 4 cans chicken broth
1 onion diced
1 tablespoon celery seed or 1 stalk diced celery
1 carrot shaved (optional)
1 can evaporated milk
1/2 stick butter
salt and pepper
 1 cup diced Velveeta

Boil potatoes and onion and celery seed in broth until tender.  Stir in the remaining ingredients and top with bacon, ham, chives, sour cream, whatever your heart desires!  So yummy!

My youngest loves chicken noodle soup.  Now, I buy generic as frequently as possible but making soup this way is so economical!

Chicken noodle soup
2 boxes chicken broth or 4 cans chicken broth
1 tablespoon celery seed or 1/2 finely diced celery stalk
1/2 carrot chopped, optional
1 small can chicken (white) or one cooked chicken breast, shredded
1/2 package egg noodles

Bring broth, chicken and celery seed to a boil stir in noodles and cook until al dente. 

Usually I double this recipe because my youngest LOVES it!

MMmmmm, soup's on!  Come on over!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Ethical Frameworks ~~ Help!

My work this semester focuses on domestic violence, specifically, domestic violence in rural areas.  As part of my analysis, I am to analyze this issue using utilitarianism, deontology and distributive justice. 

Now I can debate potential solutions from all sides utilizing each of the above, but analyzing root causes with each framework is more challenging. 

This is my understanding of the ethical frameworks:

-          Deontology (first principles)
o   First order principles that can guide society (beneficence, justice)
o   What is best solution
o   Is it the right thing to do
o   Does it follow general moral rules of what we should be doing
o   There are a number of principles we should follow
§  Do good for others
§  Cause no harm
§  Justice
§  Autonomy
o   Look at policy to see if it is following these principles
o   Conflict between different principles
o   The principles are found in spiritual traditions, philosophical documents
-          Rawls:  distributive justice
o   The original position:  rational, impartial people will establish a  mutually beneficial principle of justice as the foundation for regulating all rights, duties, power and wealth
o   It is about those decisions that are about the collective, not individual
o   Levels the playing field by giving greatest benefit to the least advantaged
o   What would rational and impartial people do?
o   Focus on civil liberty and fair distribution of primary goods
o   Veil of ignorance – about who we are and how policy might influence us, remove from the equation gender, economic level, profession.  Be totally ignorant to our own lives, we would make the decision that would best benefit the majority
-          Utilitarianism
o   Purpose is to make the world a better place
o   Greatest good for greatest number
o   Making a decision that is in best interest of greatest number
o   Do whatever will bring the most benefit to all of humanity
o   About the consequences, weighing what is going to have the greatest net gain at the end
o   In policy, programs have merit if they have positive outcomes with low cost to benefit ratio
o   Morality is about producing good consequences, not having good inte4ntions
o   Requires tremendous calculations

If you can provide any input on how each of these frameworks can be used to analyze the problem of domestic violence, I would greatly appreciate it!