Saturday, February 18, 2017

You Don’t Need A Handyman To Have GREAT Planter Boxes

In 5 bookshelves from the local thrift store I can grow enough vegetables to feed a family of 4 and then some!

Most bookshelves are at least 9 inches deep to accommodate books with a few additional inches in the front. Most vegetable roots don’t need much more than that. Bookshelves with the shelves in or out make perfect vegetable, flower, and herb planters!

If you go to your local hardware store looking for large planters to plant veggies in, they run pretty expensive. I mean, you can spend a couple of hundred bucks on deep pots that are far more depth than you need.

Your local thrift store has old wood bookshelves for $10 - $20 each. The reason that I started buying them was because our ground was so hard and packed I would have had to hire a commercial excavator to get through it. Now, I have vegetables growing all over the place!

When you get the shelf home, you can leave the back on, or soften the ground under it, and lay the frame down with no back for deeper veggies like carrots.

Here’s a cheap and simple project. Go to the thrift store and buy a bookshelf that is sized to a nice area of your yard. Go to the hardware store and buy enough soil to fill the shelf, and some organic seeds. Voila! You have an organic garden. Flowers, herbs, or lettuce are great choices if you’re just starting out.  

I give a lot of organic vegetables away during the summer months which means that ours and our neighbors vegetables are not trucked in from anywhere and are not pesticide riddled. Try it!

Monday, February 13, 2017

It's About Clean Food And Water

I can’t figure out why anyone would call global warming a hoax. Some call it a Democratic conspiracy to kill jobs. Why would somebody, or let alone an entire party making up half of the country’s people try to kill jobs, or lie about climate change?

Science shows that certain pollutants created by MANY polluting factors have caused the globe to become warmer. Factories, energy exploration, cars, and even cattle farming are only a few of these polluters. These climate changes that are taking place on our globe have changed the temperature and acidity of the oceans. Without regulation and working with the rest of the world, the pollution that many people of the world endure could be worse. I’m pretty sure that the “kill jobs” theory is a conspiracy of its own. The Trump administration is doing away with many environmental regulations in order to expand jobs through heavy gas, oil, and coal exploration.
My conversation today isn’t about global warming or polluted air, it’s about our waters and the man made pollution that threatens them and the food and wildlife that live in them. Think about this; Our oceans grow food, they provide passage for ships that carry food and products, and they provide gems, jobs, and an economy of their own with fishing jobs, coastline resorts, and many food items for nutritional supplementation.

Our rivers and lakes provide fresh water for drinking, irrigating, fishing, recreation, and more. If you leave global warming out of the discussion, let’s just talk about the man made pollution in our waters. In recent years some fish in the Colorado river have come up showing characteristics of both genders. They say that drugs from urine that finds its way to the rivers do not break down in the water when run through sewage treatment. In addition, fish in commercial hatcheries are fed genetically modified food. Trash can be found on the shores of most American rivers. lakes, and the ocean, and the oceans around the world are filled with floating plastic that kills birds, fish, and other wild animals.

You don’t have to be a tree hugger to see the damage to our planet that is caused by man. You can be a redneck hunter and fisherman and I assure that you have seen the changes in your own environment with fewer animals to hunt, fewer fish to catch, and trash along the banks of the lakes and rivers.

Of course, I’d be irresponsible to write that “the sky is falling,” but it is a fact that water shortages are becoming more common, and many of the earth’s rivers and oceans are highly polluted with toxic waste. I saw a recent documentary that showed well drilling companies in California claiming to drill several hundred feet deeper than the past because the water tables are dropping.

Water is one of our most precious medicines. The disappearing water that we are consuming, bathing in, and growing our food with must be clean! Our organs rely on clean water! According to H. H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, the lungs are about 83% water, the skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones contain 31% water.

The nominee for new EPA chief, Scott Pruitt, is against many of the EPA regulations regarding mining and the environment. He hasn't mentioned a word about environmental stewardship, and has sued the EPA over regulations in the past.  The Standing Rock Souix Tribe in North Dakota are fighting to prevent the Dakota Pipeline from going through their land. Although there was a temporary shut down, President Trump has signed an executive order to start the project back up and go under the Missouri River with the pipeline full of toxic tar sand. If this were to seep into the drinking water, all of the peoples water will be threatened. YES, leaks DO happen! They have asked respectfully to have their water and sacred land bypassed by the pipeline but to no avail. I pray for them every day.

I have lived in a part of Colorado where gas exploration has caused seepage into local creeks and drinking water aquafirs. Mostly, the gas companies denied being the cause.

Without clean water, we have no planet, no food, no civilization. Please write to your representatives to prevent the Trump Administration from capitalizing on our lives. There are cleaner forms of energy that are not a threat to our water and our food. If this administration were in touch with environmental issues they would have made clean drinking water in Flint, Michigan a first 100 days priority for the administration. Instead, they are building walls and hating while some people are still operating their homes and families on bottled water donated by others.

Please write to your representatives and to Scott Pruitt, the nominee for new EPA Czar, and tell them that environmental irresponsibility will not be tolerated by the American people. To confirm an anti environmentalist as the head of the Environmental PROTECTION Agency is wrong. It’s hateful. It’s irresponsible all in the name of job creation. Scott Pruitt has made a career out of fighting the clean air and water acts. There are plenty of clean energy jobs just waiting for people to fill them along with plenty of workers willing to be trained.

Please, stand up for your planet and the health and well being of our food and water. Tell your representatives to vote NO for Scott Pruitt! Your body cannot sustain without it.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Maintaining Balance And Harmony

Stress kills. Sometimes we obsess about problems or people that rub us the wrong way to the point of
letting them take over our body on a cellular level. Certain stress hormones that are produced when we “red zone” can affect our heart health to the point of becoming a threat to our long term health.

In our current political environment, it’s important to give our mind and body a time out every now and then. Meditation for 30-60 minutes a day is an ideal way to bring harmony to your mind and body. After many, many years of attempting to meditate, I have finally found that space for peace. The problem is, when you're all hyped up on stress, sitting quietly is all but impossible. I used to sit and bounce my knee while insisting that I was just not able to meditate. Now, once I decide that it’s time to relax, my body can’t wait to close my eyes, close the door, and chill out. This has taken many years to accomplish.

You don’t have to be a guru or a tree hugger to meditate. Let’s call it something other than meditation. How about just calling it a time-out? This is the mindless place that you go when you’re vacuuming, or mowing the lawn. It’s a place where your body relaxes and your mind goes blank. It’s the place where the old man goes when he takes his fishing boat out on the lake. This is a mindset that halts the production of stress hormones and gives your body a short rest for mental and physical healing.

What can you do to find complete relaxation? Yes, even with a toddler in the house, or a tyrant of a President that’s freaking you out, you can find some time. If it means going out to the car in the garage and putting a new age CD in the stereo, you MUST find this type of time-out to maintain a healthy balance in your mind and body.

Ahhhh. The feeling of sitting on a beach with a breeze in your face. I love that. You Tube has tons of free music with ocean sounds, or meditation chimes. You need to find something that resonates with you. If it’s not sitting in a quiet place, try taking a long walk. Whatever you choose, just make it a regular practice until your body looks forward to it and falls into a relaxation as soon as you begin.

Finding a healthy peace in your heart and soul can serve as the greatest anti-oxidant of all. Be well.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Congratulations People Of The World!

Yesterdays peaceful marches around the world were a refreshing reminder that we are all in this together. No matter what your feelings are about civil liberties, gender, color, environmental concerns, religion, sexual preference, or (I hope I haven’t left anybody out) anything else, it’s clear that we have each other’s back.

This week we go back to President Trumps cabinet confirmations, and I focus on the confirmation of Scott Pruitt as the director of the E.P.A. Mr. Pruitt is against regulations regarding the environment and is ready to eliminate many regulations that will affect our quality of life.

Our planet is threatened by many things. Some things that we can ban together to fix. For example, plastic in the ocean is not arguable. The plastic is manufactured for packaging out of non-biodegradable ingredients. The people of the world continue to purchase these packaged products which go into the landfills, on to the ground, and unfortunately into our waters. SHAME ON US. Making an effort to support products that are packaged in bio-degradable packaging, and recycling other packaging will keep this stuff out of the stomachs of the birds and fish that provide food to our population.

The thing that we can’t change is that fossil fuel exploration is a powerfully rich industry. They own many of the mineral rights on private land. If you watched the recent fight by the Standing Rock Indians, it took extreme measures to keep a potentially dirty drilling project away from their water. What a great thing that the people of this country are fighting back in numbers and making their voices heard.

PLEASE READ THE ARTICLE from New York Magazine about what we are up against if Scott Pruitt is confirmed. If he is, we will have a lot of work to do to protect our air, water, and food. This is my passion. We should not be feeding our families food that the ingredients and methods of processing are not fully disclosed. Further, the future of our environment is ours and we deserve a hand in how it is managed.

Please email your legislators with “NO TO SCOTT PRUITT” in the subject line. Please do it today.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Our Planet, Our Selves

If our planet is sick, so are we. It's possible to eat whatever we want, and exercise every day and still feel well. If you feel well, there's probably no reason to suspect that there's poison in your air, food, or water. But there is.

There are alarmists among us who make documentaries and write books about the dangers in our environment. They are alarmists because it seems like nobody is listening. They are hollaring at a fevered pitch because nobody has been listening for too long. It's not a secret that there are fewer fish in the ocean because of climate change AND over fishing, but the fisherman need to make a living, so they continue to fish. It's definitely no secret that fossil fuel production presents threats to our water, our soil, and consequently, our food.

There are, no doubt, hidden threats to us in the foods that we buy, and not only admitted junk foods made with preservatives, but even our FRESH vegetables are threatened by genetic engineering. These threats are not visible, and because the major food growers have all the money, the government discusses regulations where we do not have to be informed of these "potential" threats.

Donald Trumps new appointment of the director of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE is a leading activist against the EPA. He is against many of the EPA regulations and doubts that fracking is affecting America's drinking water. OK, Mr. Pruitt. Let's talk about that. I lived in Silt, Colorado when natural gas began bubbling up in a local creek. Because our house was within a two mile radius of the seep, not only did the gas drilling company provide us with bottled water for over a year, but they drilled a deep sensor pipe outside of our house to be sure that gas did not seep into our crawl space. All that expense while denial of any responsibility for the seep. Calling it "naturally occuring."

After the initial shock of what was happening in our neighborhood, a young woman (who developed adrenal cancer) with a new baby was compensated an undisclosed amount (enough where this local rancher showed an obvious elevation in class of his home and vehicles, etc.). All the while, the gas drilling company denied responsibility.

The problem here is that we are relying on the EPA to investigate and protect the environment and our families. This has not been happening so far, and I expect that it is to become worse.

We have go to be more militant about what's in our food, air, and water. What the global warming deniers don't get is that once our water is either gone or contaminated, there can be no life on this planet.

If you have not been active about your planet up until now, I encourage you to get involved. Personally, I don't intend to allow our Government to feed me full of lies and tainted food. I intend to grow my own food or buy from local growers. I intend to bring my own bags to the store, buy only organic food and products, not support companies that are not animal or worker friendly, write letters to my government officials, and post exposing information about companies that deliberately use poison for profit.

I have been an environmentalist for over 50 years, but now I intend to share enough information to make you one too.😀

Friday, November 11, 2016

All Men Are Created Equal. That's What I Was Taught.

I’ve written this blog for several years and have been able to refrain from using it as a place to spill my personal guts during difficult times. I don’t talk politics. I don’t like to talk politics, but I want to get this off of my chest before inauguration day where I will begin my 4 year residency in a bunker, or another country.

The Positive Tree Of Life
This past election was one of the most emotional and upsetting  times of my life. I’m not sure if I will ever recover. I’m serious. I’m afraid that the country is now plagued with pictures in their head that they won’t ever remove. For example, this morning I saw two video clips taken from schools around America. The first one was a bunch of kids chanting to the Mexican kids in the class room; “Build The Wall, Build The Wall!” The second was a high school boy walking through the halls with a Trump / Pence campaign sign yelling “White Power!”

The harsh reality here is that these children developed these chants from watching the recent campaigns. It wasn’t the crooked or biased press that put those words in the kids heads, it was the people who spoke them! I’m not saying that one candidate was better or worse, just that the behavior was totally unacceptable. With bullying being such a hot topic in schools for the past 10 – 15 years, causing suicide and depression in kids, adults need to stop it! They need to tell abusive people to stop! No one deserves to be demeaned. Period.

This morning I saw a tweet from the President Elect stating that the "hired professional" protesters in the streets all over the country are behaving unfairly. I wonder if he’s aware that we have a constitution that allows for us to speak our feelings. Maybe the protesters feel as though they were treated unfairly. Maybe they're speaking on behalf of themselves because of his demeaning words and not because somebody is paying them. Maybe the President Elect should learn to take responsibility for his words and realize that in a position such as his, he should learn about truth and compassion.

I will accept that the people have voted, and our system allows someone who received fewer popular votes to win the election. I get it, but I will defy every demeaning or bigoted word that comes out of his mouth. I will do my best to defend what I believe in, and I would hope that we will all teach others how to apologize when they have stooped too low.

I believe in climate change. I believe in justice for all. I believe in gender equality. I believe in treating all people equally. I believe in loyalty. I believe in liberty. I believe in helping each other. I believe in the constitution, I believe in the truth, and I believe in my right to a firearm, believe it or not.

What I don’t believe in is war, dishonesty, bullying, prejudice and bigotry, disrespect of the environment and each other, or a President Elect who will not give citizens the right to peaceful protest as provided for in our constitution. What other American Liberties are we about to lose? 

Now, more than ever, everybody needs to cut the crap and support each other like we’re all Americans, and according to our founding fathers, we’re all created equal. This is not open to argument!

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Moon Was Spectacular Over The Weekend!

Ask E.R. Nurses or your local police, and they will tell you that when the moon is full, the incidences of accidents and violence significantly elevate.
The moon exerts an electromagnetic pull on water, which is what our bodies are mostly made of.

The cycles of the moon affect the balance of ions in the atmosphere which affects the number of positive ions on the earths surface. The reasonant pattern of the ocean waves has been set in motion by the gravitational effect of the orbiting moon on the rotating earth over a period of time.

When the positive ions mix with the ones on the earths surface that are more negatively charged, it results in changes in our bloodstream. Blood cells and the walls of our veins and arteries usually hold a negative charge. This allows for a free flow of blood.

When the moon is full, the ions in our blood become more positive, so the flow of blood gets stickier. This directly affects the efficiency of our body to oxygenate itself. The result? Possible headache, stress, and tension.

Plants, specifically pines and asparagus ferns, emit tons of negative ions, as do large bodies of water like lakes and the ocean.  If you tend to be stressed or over-anxious during full moon cycles, try going camping, or going out and enjoying nature where you can. You might even find some relief in your own bathtub, or by filling your home with plants!

Research has shown in Australia, Canada, and the U.K., that there were as many studies that showed increased animal bites and there was a no higher incidence, however, a full moon makes it easier to see at night, so there are higher incidences of animals out hunting. For the same reason, there are fewer prey animals out, but because animals migrate at night, the brighter lighting allows for more incidences.

There are more hurricanes, arson, murder, epileptic seizures, and all around more aggravation during a full moon. Check the morning news today to see if there was more craziness in your neighborhood this weekend! Then, take a bath.

Inspired by: Home Enlightenment, by Annie B. Bond (Rodale Press, 2005)