“In soil science, humus (coined 1790–1800; < Latin: earth, ground) refers to any organic matter that has reached a point of stability, where it will break down no further and might, if conditions do not change, remain as it is for centuries, if not millennia. Humus significantly influences the bulk density of soil and contributes to moisture and nutrient retention.
In agriculture, humus is sometimes also used to describe mature, or natural compost extracted from a forest or other spontaneous source for use to amend soil. It is also used to describe a topsoil horizon that contains organic matter (humus type, humus form, humus profile)…”
Humus has been finding its way into all kinds of foods lately and is being touted as something special. But after looking it up, all I can say is: Why would anyone want to eat THAT?
HEY, FOLKS, THAT WAS A TEST!
How many of you read the first couple of lines and then immediately wanted to jump on your computer and tell me that the word is “hummus” not “humus”? Hummus, of course, is (also according to Wikipedia):
“…a Middle Eastern and Arabic food dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. Today, it is popular throughout the Middle East (including Turkey), North Africa (including Morocco), and in Middle Eastern cuisine around the globe.”
In fact, if you actually looked up the above definition for humus, you’ll see that Wikipedia also notes: “Not to be confused with Hummus.”
Now, why (you’re asking yourself) would Cordelia’s Mom be wasting time instructing us on the difference between humus and hummus, when she could instead be writing one of her fabulously heartwarming or humorous posts?
Because, dear readers, I simply want to see if anyone is paying attention. I want to see how many of you actually read more than just the first two sentences of my posts, and how many of you simply skim through them. If you’ve already entered a comment or sent me an email telling me I’ve spelled hummus wrong, then I know you did not read very far into this post. Shame on you!
I read every word of every sentence of every paragraph of every post that I follow. Sometimes the best part of those posts is somewhere in the middle.
Many of my posts start off [supposedly] on a particular subject, but then somewhere in the middle take a turn into something totally different. Sometimes my words relay one viewpoint, but the image I choose to go with those words relays an alternate viewpoint. You need to pay attention, people!
True, some of my posts are a little lengthy. So, if you find yourself only reading the first paragraph and then skimming the rest, you might be missing the best part(s). Perhaps you should wait until a quiet time to read my blog so that you can enjoy all of it. I’m OK with having my stats drop on particular days (like, for instance, work days) if it means my readers can spend more time enjoying my posts at other times (like, for instance, late nights or weekends).
I generally post on Thursday, but that doesn’t mean you need to read my post on Thursday. Normally, you have an entire week before my Home Page changes. And even if you miss a post any particular week, you can always find it listed on the side of my Home Page or in the Archives. So, really, there’s no reason not to take your time to read and enjoy everything.
I imagine by writing this today I might lose a follower or two, and I’m OK with that. If you don’t love me enough to read my posts entirely, perhaps this isn’t the right blog for you.
But then, I might gain a few followers by writing this post. I’m sure lots of bloggers occasionally get the feeling that their hard work is not being fully appreciated, and I’m guessing some of those bloggers will jump onto my bandwagon. (If you read all of mine, I will read all of yours.)
Anyone want to jump in now? Assuming, of course, you’ve read this whole post?
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