In Praise of Plain Food

An ode to oatmeal and other outcasts

Pax Ahimsa Gethen
4 min readOct 20, 2023

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Top-down, close-up view of old-fashioned rolled oats in a dark blue bowl.
Good old-fashioned oats. Photo by Pax Ahimsa Gethen.

Growing up in the 1970s, the children’s show Sesame Street was a staple of my television diet. One of the muppet characters, Bert, is portrayed as square and boring compared with his fun-loving roommate, Ernie. (No, I don’t believe they are lovers, despite the insistence of some of my fellow queers.)

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