by Lou Harvey-Zahra
The earth – helped by her two friends, the warm sunshine and tickling rain – grows the food that we eat to stay alive. The earth looks after us and we need to look after her. The earth is our home and holds treasures of life: plants, insects and animals! Our own garden is a wonderful and amazing place...
Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten: Lou states in Part 1 of her article, "As parents we need to ask the question: 'What legacy are we leaving for our children?' 'What about our children’s children?' No longer can companies and governments clear old growth rainforests, dredge the seas of all life, and pump toxic waste into our water ways, without a cry of 'no!' from protesters and protectors of our planet for the future generations." Again, in Part 2 she provides great ideas on becoming green and living a more sustainable life.
Family & Parenting
Cross-posted from www.Care2.com
As you’ve probably noticed, trashcans overflow after winter holiday festivities. Wrapping paper, bows, ribbons and boxes fill up a big portion of that too-stuffed trash bin. Ease the load going to the landfill by wrapping your gifts in repurposed items and reusable containers. Here are 12 great ideas to get your imagination rolling for preparing your presents and ensuring they’re something the recipient will never forget...
Editor's Note from Susan Lutz: Originality lights up the holiday. Here are some fun ways to give the environment a gift of a little less packaging to have to deal with on December 26th.
Mother Nature wastes nothing, but people waste a lot. That's why TerraCycle, a company that turns trash into usable products, is constantly being honored for their good works on behalf of society and the environment. Take a look at how TerraCycle can turn your potato chip bag into a stylish shoulder bag that's selling at big store chains like Wal-Mart and Target.
by Peter Russell
Cross-posted from WakingTimes.com
You may be surprised to hear that meditation should be effortless, that no striving or concentration is needed. I know I was. When I first became interested in meditation, back in the mid-sixties, I was repeatedly told that it took great mental discipline and many years of practice...
Editor’s Note from Eden Kozlowski: Peter talks about learning meditation by letting it rest in the experience therefore taking away the striving, judgements and idea that we need to achieve something.
Cross-posted from www.Care2.com
As the Holidays come around again, most of us will be pulling out our fancier dresses and suits, our wools and dry-clean “only” clothing. But did you know that most clothes (at least for us girls) that demand we only dry clean them, really don’t need anything more than gentle hand or machine washing? Granted, a good men’s wool suit can be hand washed, but handing it over to someone else to clean and press is so much easier...
Editor's Note: Another way to shake off the shorter days and getting prepared for Spring, Tara Stiles demonstrates a wonderful sequence to build warmth and strength. Moving into the next season is always a little tough. Here is a great way to undo some of winter's temptation for hibernation and get ready for the green leaves and flowers coaxed from the ground by the cooler, wet weather of Spring.
It may be the greenest skyscraper ever built, but the most important thing to the people who work in it will be the feeling of sitting on a park bench, enjoying the breeze!
Editor's Note: I wait for pomegranates ALL YEAR LONG. They are probably in my top three favorite foods of all time and this just looks like a wonderful recipe to add to my ever growing list of foods I try to serve at Thanksgiving to get my family converted to a healthier and cleaner way of eating. Butternut squash is full of beta-carotene and when roasted becomes very savory sweet. I believe that the pomegranates, which are rumored to be the HIGHEST levels of anti-oxidants of all fruits will pair vary nicely with the squash and crisp greens while protecting your heart and brain against disease and cancer. Also full of fiber and vitamin C this dish lends a helping hand to the digestive and immune systems as well.
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